Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac previews improved inking features and more

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Among the new features in Office 2019 for Mac is Focus Mode in Word.
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Microsoft just introduced the commercial preview of Office 2019 for Mac, with the full release scheduled for the second half of this year. 

New features include a roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations in all these Office apps. There’s a focus mode coming in Word, while Excel is getting new charts and functions, including CONCAT, TEXTJOIN, IFS, and SWITCH.

Microsoft is bringing Gears of War to iOS … with a twist

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Gears Pop! lands on mobile in 2019.
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Hit Microsoft franchise Gears of War is making the leap to mobile next year in Gears Pop!

Microsoft has teamed up with Mediatonic and Funko to bring the popular shooter to Android and iOS with a big twist. And yes, that’s the same Funko that creates adorable pop culture collectibles.

Enjoy the first trailer right here.

Step into the digital dojo to master Microsoft Office [Deals]

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Up your skills in Microsoft Office, one of the most widely-used productivity platforms.
Up your skills in Microsoft Office, one of the most widely-used productivity platforms.
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No matter where you work, Microsoft Office isn’t far away. It’s the productivity platform for countless businesses, used for word processing, spreadsheets, emails, presentations and more. So one surefire way to enhance your resume is by mastering Microsoft Office.

Today in Apple history: Apple becomes world’s most valuable tech company

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It was a big day for Apple!
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May 26: Today in Apple history: Apple worth more than Microsoft for first time May 26, 2010: In a massive milestone, Apple passes Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable technology company.

The changing of the guard proves particularly amazing given that, just 15 years earlier, Apple looked close to dead, while Microsoft dominated the tech world thanks to Windows.

Windows 10 code suggests Microsoft isn’t done battling iPhone

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Windows phones could be about to make a comeback.
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New code discovered in Windows 10 suggests Microsoft isn’t ready to give up its fight against the iPhone just yet.

Microsoft’s mobile platform as we know it is all but dead, but it looks like the company is hard at work on yet another operating system that could power its long-awaited Surface Phone.

Apple drops a spot in Fortune 500 rankings

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Apple's revenues need to get bigger if it wants to rise in the rankings.
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Despite closing in on becoming the country’s first trillion dollar company, Apple took a small drop in the annual Fortune 500 rankings.

The rankings released this morning put Apple in the number 4 spot as ExxonMobile leapfrogged the iPhone-maker and Berkshire Hathaway to claim the number 2 spot.

Microsoft wants to bring iMessage to Windows

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Microsoft’s new Your Phone service can sync messages with Android, but not with iOS.
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Microsoft wants to work with Apple to bring iMessage to Windows machines.

The company’s upcoming Your Phone app will seamlessly sync content between your iPhone and your Windows 10 PC, but unlike those with an Android device, you won’t be able to sync messages. Microsoft is hoping it can team up with Apple to change that.

Microsoft calls desktops/laptops a ‘second screen’ for phones

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When you're out of the office, this is your primary computer. Your desktop or laptop is your PC second screen.
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Microsoft acknowledged today that PCs take second place to phones for most consumers.  This wouldn’t be an amazing admission for most companies, but it’s startling coming from one that makes virtually all its revenue from desktop/laptop software.

Especially considering Microsoft’s attempts to compete with the iPhone all went nowhere. 

Microsoft Your Phone app lets your PC and iPhone work better together

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With Microsoft Your Phone, your iPhone's text messages and notifications can appear on your PC.
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Microsoft unveiled an app today designed to allow Windows users to  show the text messages and notifications from their smartphone. Plus, Your Phone will make moving images between phone and PC easier.

Also at its Build 2018 developer conference, the company announced that the new Windows Timeline is coming to  iPhone and iPad.

AI improves Microsoft Word for Mac in Office 365

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There are new features for Office for Mac subscribers, and Microsoft demonstrates them in a video.
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Microsoft has good news for users of Mac, iPad, and iPhone: there are improvements in Office 365 for all of you.

Word for Mac now uses neural machine translation to convert text between 11 different languages. This AI system is intended to produce more accurate results.