Recently Browsing 0 members
No registered users viewing this page.
By Rich Woods
OneDrive roadmap updates include dark mode on the web, PDF bookmarks, and more
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft published its OneDrive roadmap update for the month of February, letting us know what's new and coming soon for the cloud storage service. Right at the top is dark mode for OneDrive on the web. Indeed, the web is among the last places for OneDrive to get dark mode, but it's here now. All you have to do is click the settings icon and toggle it on.
Next up is "at a glance" summaries when sharing files. These are cards that will show you key points in the file, and they'll also include how long it should take to read. The whole idea is that the person receiving the file can decide how to interact with it. Of course, if the file is marked as sensitive, this won't happen.
If you're viewing PDFs on iOS, you can now put a bookmark on a page, saving your spot. This is great news for anyone that reads long PDFs and revisits them, wanting to find the same spot. All you have to do is long-press on the page and the menu will come up.
Finally, OneDrive is getting support for version history with DWG files, which is good news for anyone that works with them. With the exception of "at a glance" summary cards, all of these features are rolling out now. The summary cards are marked as in development.
Microsoft Garage launches Group Transcribe, a live transcription and translation app
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft Garage - a division inside Microsoft that's focused on creating experimental and innovative projects - has launched a new app called Group Transcribe, as spotted by MSPoweruser. Like many other Microsoft Garage projects, Group Transcribe is a slightly different take on a fairly common basic concept. In this case, that's live transcription and translation.
You can find plenty of transcription apps out there like Google's Live Transcribe, but those will only use the phone of one user, and because of that, you might not always get the most accurate transcriptions due to audio distortions. Group Transcribe allows multiple users, such as meeting participants, to create a shared transcription session across their devices. Using the microphone on each of the users' phones, the app can more clearly understand each one.
Meetings are then transcribed on-screen in real time and saved so you can search through the meeting later. The app can also translate multiple different languages in real time, so participants can speak more freely in their native languages, rather than everyone having to speak English. Group Transcribe supports "languages in 80+ locales", which means it might not be exactly 80 languages. These include Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cantonese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, and more.
Naturally, the transcription and translation features rely on machine learning and AI, which users can contribute to by choosing to share their conversation data. By default, Microsoft won't store data from these sessions after they're over.
The sad news in all this is that Group Transcribe is only available for iOS, so if you're an Android user hoping to try it out, you're out of luck. There's always a chance we'll see an Android version later on, but nothing has been announced yet.
By Usama Jawad96
Google is adding more metrics on Play Console for better analysis of app performance
by Usama Jawad
Google updates its Play Console from time to time. It serves as a centralized portal for developers to deploy their apps, monitor their performance, identify trends, and manage releases, among other things. Now, the company has introduced a set of new metrics and benchmarks so developers can better analyze their app's store performance.
This update essentially enables developers to better understand their apps' usage and identify opportunities to improve. It features new metrics as well as benchmarks to compare your app against. Some of these new metrics include the ratio between daily active users (DAUs) and monthly active users (MAUs), their individual growth rates, 28-day returning users, average purchase value, average revenue per daily active user (ARPDAU), and purchases per buyer, among others.
The stats page now also presents visuals which draw comparisons from peersets of apps and games from 250 categories such as "Comics" and "Audiobooks". You can further filter these by region to get more granular metrics to benchmark against your own apps. Google has noted that:
Google has stated that this is only the first step in a multi-year effort aimed at bringing more insights to all developers, and the company will be looking to expand these capabilities in the future.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft Outlook is getting a new calendar look
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced some new features coming to Outlook at its spring Ignite conference. For Outlook on the web, you're going to get what's called Outlook calendar board. It's more of a free-form view of your calendar, rather than the grid view that you're used to.
It's going to be more customizable, so you have more control over how you see your calendars, files, and more. Under the views dropdown, you can try it out by selecting "Board". It's available now on Outlook on the web.
The other new feature is suggested times, which is coming to iOS and Android. The feature is all about suggesting times for you to organize your meetings. It uses what Microsoft calls AI to figure out what time you're available, and what time attendees are available to give you the best available slot. It will give the best suggestion for everyone involved, even if it's not perfect for everyone.
You can learn more about the Board view for Outlook on the web here, and it's out now. Suggested times is going to be rolling out for mobile users this month.
Neowin Podcast Episode 19: Android, Windows, and iOS betas are here
by João Carrasqueira
Welcome back to the Neowin Podcast! On episode 19, we're talking about beta season - that wonderful time of the year for tech enthusiasts where major beta updates start to be released.
As we get deeper into 2021, we're starting to approach some big new software updates, and because of that, there are previews and betas rolling out that you can try out now. The most notable is likely Android 12, the next big Android update which brings along some UI changes and some potential new features - though some of them are hidden for now. Windows 10 is also getting updated to version 21H1 with some minor changes, and iOS is getting its mid-life update to version 14.5, which finally lets you unlock your phone with a mask on.
If you're interested in learning more about these updates, you can check out our coverage of them in the links below:
Google announces Android 12 How to install the Android 12 developer preview Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 21H1 How to start testing Windows 10 version 21H1 iOS 14.5 lets you unlock your phone with a mask on and change your default music player with Siri You can listen to the episode below, and the Neowin Podcast is available on iTunes - and apps that rely on its library - as well as Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music. And if you want to add it to your own podcast library, you can use this RSS feed:
Neowin.net · Episode 19 - Beta season is here Do you have a topic you'd like us to discuss on the podcast? Let us know in the comments!