Microsoft slates Windows' touch Office for mid-2015

From InfoWorld: Among a blizzard of announcements about Office Thursday, Microsoft also snuck in a loose release date for the touch-centric Office it has long planned to ship for Windows.

"We will deliver touch-optimized Office apps for Windows with Windows 10," Microsoft said in one of several blog posts trumpeting changes to the Office suite on the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets.

Windows 10, which is now in a technical preview, will ship around the middle of next year, Microsoft has said previously.

LG's G Watch R lands on Google Play atop the Android Wear heap

From PC World: LG's G Watch R started racking up solid reviews a couple weeks ago, but now you can actually buy one.

The Android Wear-based smartwatch is available now through the Google Play Store for $299. AT&T is selling the LG Watch R as well, as announced earlier this week, but there's no benefit to purchasing through the carrier aside from being able to see the watch up close first.

Microsoft’s First Lumia Smartphone to Debut November 11

From DailyTech: We’ve already seen leaked details of Microsoft’s first Lumia branded smartphone (sans Nokia), and the Redmond, Washington-based company today just announced that it will reveal the device next Tuesday:

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphone isn’t some high-powered flagship device. Instead, it’ll be a low-end smartphone with a budget price tag to match. Following image and regulatory leaks of the device earlier this week, these specs were revealed to the public:

Apple unveils new enterprise support plan

From InfoWorld: Four months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership to amalgamate IBM's big data and analytics capabilities with Apple's iPhone and iPad, Apple launched a new support offering that taps both companies' expertise to assist enterprises.

AppleCare for Enterprise, as the new support tier is called, was painted with broad strokes on a new Apple website. AppleInsider first reported on the new site Wednesday.

Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured on your iPhone

From PC World: On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Office for iOS that unifies the user experience across all devices—great and small—and opens the door to free editing and content creation, whether you have an Office 365 account or not. This new Microsoft Office for iOS suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Google squashes Android 5.0 Lollipop battery-drain bug

From CNET: A bug in Android 5.0 Lollipop was draining Nexus 5 smartphone batteries at a fast clip, but the Wi-Fi-related glitch was fixed by early Thursday.

Nexus 5 users who had received the Android 5.0 update had been complaining that their phone battery would drain much faster than expected when Wi-Fi was enabled. Users piping in on the Android Developer Preview site noted that an entry on their device's battery stats screen called "Miscellaneous" was sucking up a lot of juice.

OnePlus: 500K Smartphones Sold So Far, 1M by Year’s End

From DailyTech: OnePlus may not be a name known to a mainstream audience, but tech enthusiasts should be familiar with the company by now. The company has been selling its “One” smartphone for the past six months via an invite-only system (which has sparked the ire of many people) at a bargain price of $349 (for the 64GB model).

Microsoft to marry Office with Dropbox for cloud productivity

From InfoWorld: In the latest example of Microsoft partnering with a major competitor, the company has struck a deal with Dropbox to improve interoperability between Office and Dropbox's cloud storage and file sharing services for consumers and businesses.

The partnership, announced Tuesday, creates a "coopetition" relationship, since Microsoft's OneDrive and OneDrive for Business compete against Dropbox's namesake consumer service and against Dropbox for Business.

Google and LG strike broad, decade-long patent licensing deal

From PC World: Google and LG have entered into a patent cross-licensing deal, the latest partnership seeking to reduce the threat of lawsuits between major tech companies.

The agreement, announced on Tuesday, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” built on the two companies’ existing patents as well as those they file over the next 10 years, they said. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re pleased to enter into this agreement with a leading global technology like LG,” said Allen Lo, Google’s deputy general counsel, in a statement.

Apple delivers bug-fixing iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers

From CNET: iOS 8.1 is only a couple of weeks old, but Apple has already seeded a beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers.

Launched on Monday, the new beta carries with it various bug fixes and performance improvements, according to the release notes. No specific details have been revealed. And since it's a minor update, we probably won't see anything earthshaking added to Apple's mobile OS.

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