Rumour: BlackBerry up for acquisition

Published by on May 22nd, 2015, No Comments


The BlackBerry rumour mill is once again turning, with new rumours citing that the Canadian company is up for acquisition. Speculation posits that many tech behemoths are interested in purchasing the company, including major names such as Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei.

Interestingly, another certain company – which acquired another famous smartphone marque not too long ago – is also interested: Microsoft.


New Microsoft Office for Android (phones) preview app now available

Published by on May 20th, 2015, 2 Comments

Office-for-Android-640x358As part of Microsoft’s overhaul of just about everything, Android phone users will shortly have access to an improved Office experience. The update has been available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android tablets for a while now. In this initial release, Office for Android phones is only available as a beta, or preview, with three apps in the Google Play Store – Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (more…)

BWB TV Review: Microsoft Lumia 535 – Windows for all?

Published by on May 19th, 2015, No Comments


2015 is an interesting year for Microsoft. For the first time in years, the Redmond company seems to be establishing a vivid ecosystem, with results which look – so far – to be impressive. From the forthcoming release of Windows 10, to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft now has the opportunity to regain the confidence of its consumer base – and that pursuit of critical appeal is where the firm’s newest budget smartphone, the Lumia 535, comes into play.

You can read the full written review here. But first, below is the video review by Bryan Smith. Please check it out and let us know what you think. (more…)

Skype Translator Preview is now open to all users

Published by on May 13th, 2015, No Comments


If ever there were a tangible sign that we’re living in the 21st century, it’d be live digital language translation. Following their announcement last year, Microsoft has officially brought real-time translation to all Skype users.

The service, while currently an open preview (or beta) is far from perfect, but allows for real-time transcription between two Skype users speaking different languages.


Microsoft set to release new Windows 10 for phones preview

Published by on May 13th, 2015, No Comments

microsoftMicrosoft has been on a preview spree the last couple of weeks. Recently the tech giant released a downloadable preview of the new Office 2016. Now though, after a less than stellar reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft may be ready to release a preview of an improved build of the OS.

This release was anticipated to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. (more…)

Microsoft confirms ’10′ will be the last version of Windows

Published by on May 11th, 2015, No Comments


The end to Microsoft’s roughly three-year update schedule for Windows appears to be night – Microsoft Executive Jerry Nixon has confirmed that Windows 10 will the last version of the world’s most popular operating system that will see a launch.

This, however, doesn’t mean an end is imminent for Windows – it rather signals a massive change in the manner which Microsoft sell and update their iconic operating system.


Mango and Microsoft celebrate launch of app with R 1 flights

Published by on May 7th, 2015, 1 Comment


Low cost airline Mango this week launched its third app, this time for all devices operating Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. In celebration of the app launch, the airline has made Windows exclusive fares available from R 1 for a limited time.

Mango was the first African airline to offer a mobi-site and apps allowing bookings, payment and flight management on the go. The Mango app is available for download in all app stores for Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows 8.1 devices. (more…)

Microsoft releases Office 2016 Preview

Published by on May 5th, 2015, No Comments

Office20162015 will be a big year for Microsoft. This statement has been reiterated within most presentations at the company’s annual Build developers conference. They have been working hard to gain customer feedback for all major products that are scheduled for a launch later this year.

Microsoft has already pushed Windows 10 technical previews alongside the Windows 10 mobile previews over the past couple of months. Now its time for another major Microsoft service to show us what it has up its sleeve… (more…)