Apple's Siri voice assistant received a new challenge Wednesday as Microsoft debuted a similar long-rumored feature for Windows Phone 8.1 called Cortana. Powered by Bing search, Cortana (named after a virtual character from the Halo video games) appears to have a lot of Siri's personality, but will only be available to U.S. users as a beta when Windows Phone 8.1 launches in the next month or two. Sound familiar?
Why wouldn't we start in with the iPhone 6 rumors already? The year is creeping on by, getting ever closer to the next handset drop date, so let's see what's cooking in that and other stories this week. But as we look forward to the iPhone's future, we also get an inside look at the past, where it all began. Plus games and TV news and more in this week's hottest news roundup.
As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint finally made their way to the iPad, and they're already smashing successes just a day after their release. All three apps currently occupy the top three positions for free apps on the iPad App Store, and the fourth is occupied by Microsoft's redesigned OneNote. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella celebrated the news on Twitter, saying, "looks like it’s a productive Friday for #iPad owners!"
Microsoft Office for iPad? After roughly three years of rumors and bogus launch windows, the whole project had started to seem like a myth. But today the Redmond computing company finally launched the iPad version of its widely used office suite, including its signature programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The launch was announced earlier this morning by Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO in the wake of Steve Ballmer's departure.
Could the long wait finally be over at last? Microsoft is holding a "mobile first, cloud first" event in San Francisco next week, and rumors are percolating that the long-awaited Office for iPad could indeed be part of that mix.
A big social media fail for one of Apple's bitterest rivals (hahaha) and some coming soon products from one of Apple's previous bitterest rivals. It's all about peace, love, understanding, and schadenfreude in this week's best of news stories. Plus, if you haven't updated your devices to iOS 7.1 what are you waiting for?
Looking for something to do while you're waiting for your Apple devices to receive the rumored iOS 7.1 update "any day now"? We've got a pretty juicy Tuesday recap to snack on while you wait, including Apple buddying up with BlackBerry for CarPlay (sort of), RadioShack store closures and oh so much more. Rather than tell you about it, let's just dive right in, shall we...?
Happy Fat Tuesday! If you can't make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year, our Monday recap has an app that can put you into the heart of the fun right from your iOS device, along with a handful of other news items you might have missed yesterday. Let's kick things off with a big "oops, sorry about that" from the folks at Twitter...
Few consumers, it seems, really care for Windows phones. But what if Microsoft brought its beloved Xbox Live service to iOS--would you be more interested then? Microsoft certainly hopes so, as The Verge claims that the Redmond giant is on the verge (sorry) of bringing the service to iOS "in a big way." The problem? That would bring it into direct competition with Apple's own Game Center.