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By Abhay V
Microsoft plans to unify Outlook across platforms using web technologies
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft is working to unify Outlook on all platforms by moving the email clients for all platforms to a shared architecture. In one of the on-demand Ignite sessions titled ‘The Evolution of Outlook’, JJ Cadiz, partner group program manager at the firm, listed the benefits that the company aims to bring to the email client by moving to a web-based platform, and also showed off some of the capabilities that are powered by what the company calls Outlook on the web Powered Experiences (OPX).
The Redmond giant is working to move the Windows, macOS, and mobile clients to a common architecture at the UI layer, such as by using React – something that the versions across clients like iOS, Android, and macOS use. To provide reliable sync across these devices, the company aims to use Microsoft Sync Technology (MST) as a common sync stack, which the firm also brought to the redesigned Mac app.
The company says that the common architecture enables it to deliver features faster to more platforms while also maintaining consistency of those features – all while reducing engineering costs. It plans to build features on the web first and then port them over to other platforms on both the desktop and mobile faster. Some examples include the new Room Finder feature in the calendar for Outlook on the web that is making its way to other platforms.
In addition to performance improvements and development efficiencies brought by a shared architecture, the session also details the efforts being made to further integrate other Microsoft 365 offerings with Outlook. The company showed off an improved spell-checking experience, immersive reader in Outlook on the desktop, and translator capabilities – in line with improvements being made to Word.
The session also shows off other capabilities coming to the app that are enabled by OPX, such as Teams chat integration into the web client – and eventually the desktop apps – to directly view Teams messages and files through Outlook. Using OPX, Microsoft will also be bringing complete app modules from the web, such as the To Do experience, in Outlook for Windows, helping the app better integrate with the company’s tasks solution.
While the company did not specify a timeframe for when it plans to bring these OPX-powered changes to the desktop clients, it notes that Office Insiders will be able to first try these features out.
Source: Microsoft TechCommunity via Thurrott
By Abhay V
Teams now supports native OS notifications for preview users on Mac and Windows
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft Teams preview users can now choose to switch between Teams’ own notification toasts and the native OS notifications on Windows and macOS. The feature to switch between the two forms of notifications has begun rolling out for users running the developer preview version of the app and was spotted by Twitter user Matt Wade.
Teams utilizes its own notifications designs, which are different from the OS-level notifications that are present on Windows and macOS. The difference means that they are not visible with other native prompts, do not adhere to all native settings, and are also managed directly through the app. While the support for native notifications is a small feature, it will be a welcome addition for those that prefer the native Windows toasts which can be managed along with other prompts.
The setting can be accessed under the Notifications section where users can choose between built-in or native options under the ‘Appearance and sound’ section. While the tweet first suggested that it is live only for macOS, Wade added in a follow up tweet that the feature was also available on Windows as well.
The feature is listed as currently under development in the Microsoft 365 roadmap, with a release set for September 2020. Considering that the feature is now being rolled out to preview users, it shouldn’t be long before it makes its way to the public next month.
By Rich Woods
Apple beats expectations, reports $59.7B revenue in the third quarter and a 4-1 stock split
by Rich Woods
Today, Apple announced earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2020, which ended at the end of June. The company beat expectations with $59.7 billion in revenue, an 11% increase over the same quarter last year.
"Apple's record June quarter was driven by double-digit growth in both Products and Services and growth in each of our geographic segments," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "In uncertain times, this performance is a testament to the important role our products play in our customers’ lives and to Apple’s relentless innovation. This is a challenging moment for our communities, and, from Apple’s new $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative to a new commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030, we’re living the principle that what we make and do should create opportunity and leave the world better than we found it."
Obviously, the biggest chunk of the revenue pie goes to iPhone sales, which brought in $26.418B in sales. Behind that is actually services with $13.156B in revenue. That's followed by the rest of Apple's hardware categories, including $7.079B in Mac revenue, $6.582B in iPad revenue, and $6.45B in wearables, home, and accessories revenue.
Apple also broke down its revenue by region. $27.018B came from North America, $14.173B came from Europe, $9.329B came from Greater China, $4.966B came from Japan, and $4.199B came from the rest of Asia Pacific.
Apple is offering a $0,82 per share dividend on August 13 to anyone that owns the stock on August 10. On August 24, Apple's stock will split four to one, meaning that for every share that you own, you'll have three more.
By Abhay V
Spotify's desktop apps updated with ability to stream to Chromecast devices
by Abhay Venkatesh
Spotify is updating its desktop apps on macOS and Windows, bringing the ability to stream to Chromecast devices. The Android and iOS apps were the only clients that could initiate a Chromecast stream via the Spotify Connect functionality. The updated app should be rolling out to all desktop versions now.
The addition of the feature is a nifty one for Chromecast users that prefer the music streaming service on MacBook laptops or other Windows PCs since those could previously not cast their content to a TV. The stream initiation can be done right from the Spotify Connect UI at the bottom of the app, just like one would for switching between other devices. The connected Chromecast devices show up in the list of available devices.
Image credit: 9to5Google The feature has been requested for a long time, as viewed on this Spotify Community thread which dates back to 2016. Recent responses by Rock Star MattSuda on multiple threads (via 9to5Google) confirmed the availability of the functionality. The app must be updated to version 1.1.38 or newer.
Spotify is also bringing video podcasts to the app on all platforms. The addition of the ability to stream to a TV via Chromecast right from the desktop further makes the service a viable alternative to competing offerings.