Microsoft admits the Windows Mobile platform is dead

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Windows 10 Mobile
Android and iOS just lost another rival.
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Microsoft’s effort to compete with Android and iOS is over.

In a series of tweets, the company’s vice president of operating systems admitted that there will be no new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile in the future. He blamed the decision on a lack of support from third-party app developers.

Microsoft is bringing its Edge browser to iPhone

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Microsoft Edge for iPhone
Windows users will feel right at home.
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Microsoft throws in the towel on its Apple Music rival

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Microsoft Spotify
Alas, poor Groove Music -- we barely knew you!
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Microsoft is throwing in the towel when it comes to music streaming and downloads by announcing the closure of Groove Music.

The service will continue running through 31 December, after which customers will no longer be able to download or stream music. In the meantime, Microsoft is encouraging subscribers to migrate their music collection over to Spotify, while Groove Music Pass subscribers will receive a 60-day free trial of Spotify’s premium tier in order to entice them.

Upgrades for your email, mobile photography, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include a powerful email platform, a waterproof all-purpose camera, and lots more.
This week's best deals include a powerful email platform, a waterproof all-purpose camera, and lots more.
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Every week here at the Cult of Mac Store, we’re busy finding great deals on tech tools, gadgets, and courses. This round, we’ve got an email app contender for Outlook and Gmail, and an all-purpose, waterproof HD camera. Also check out the comprehensive course in the Microsoft Office suite, and a video editor packed with 60 video assets. So there’s something here for everybody, read on for more details:

Apple ditches Bing for Google on Siri and Spotlight

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Siri
Siri is switching to Google.
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Apple just gave Microsoft’s search engine Bing a huge blow today by replacing it with Google on iOS and macOS.

The company previously used Bing search results as the default when users made a search query via Siri on iPhones or from Spotlight on Macs. Bing will still be around in some capacity, but it appears that the company has given in and turned back to using Google.

Apple teams up with Microsoft to fix iOS 11 Mail issues

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Mail app inbox
You might have problems with Exchange and Outlook accounts.
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Apple has confirmed that it is working closely with Microsoft to resolve an issue with Mail syncing in iOS 11.

Some users have discovered that they are unable to send emails using their Exchange or Outlook accounts since updating their devices. Apple promises a fix will be available in a future iOS 11 release.

Today in Apple history: Steve Ballmer freaks out and stomps an iPhone

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Ballmer
Turns out using an iPhone at a Microsoft event is a bad idea.
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September 11, 2009: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly snatches an iPhone from a Microsoft employee during a meeting and pretends to destroy it.

This isn’t the first time Ballmer behaves in a wacky way and incurs negative publicity as a result. However, it’s an embarrassing moment for a man who ranks among the world’s most powerful people.

Apple will have to fight off new Surface devices next month

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Surface Book
Apple won't make a 2-in-1, but Microsoft has more up its sleeve.
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Apple will have to fight off fresh competition from new Surface devices next month. Microsoft has confirmed it will be holding a keynote in London during its annual Future Decoded event, and sources familiar with its plans say we can expect at least one new device.

Today in Apple history: Apple fan Jerry Seinfeld joins the dark side

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Microsoft ad
"What's the deal with bad advertising?"
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August 21 TIAH August 21, 2008: Microsoft recruits comedian Jerry Seinfeld to appear in a series of ads. It’s a naked attempt to shake Microsoft’s reputation as a “stodgy oldster” (as opposed to Apple’s trendsetting hipster image).

Microsoft pays Seinfeld a reported $10 million for the ads. However, thanks to the Mac’s appearance in virtually every episode of Seinfeld, the comedian remains the world’s most famous Apple fanboy.