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Switch to iPhone: For a better Microsoft experience

If you want or need to use Microsoft Office and services, you'll want to use them on iPhone.

We've already covered how iPhone and iOS provide not only a great Apple app experience, but a great Google and Microsoft app experience as well. Because of the iPhone's popularity and uniformity of platform, it's not only easy to develop for iOS, it's hard not to. That may be why a lot of people who prefer Google or Microsoft services also prefer switching to iPhone to use them on Apple's hardware. It's not just Apple enthusiasts who say so either.

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Find photos faster and type less with Bing's new image search

Microsoft is introducing an new way to search for photos with Bing on iOS mobile browsers that involves much less work with typing words on a keyboard.

Instead, users of browsers like Safari for iOS can type in a couple of words, such as "spring flowers", to bring up groups of suggestions that Microsoft calls "bubbles".

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Microsoft's new Office Delve app for iPhone lets users view their shared documents

Microsoft's latest iPhone app is Office Delve, which lets business users of Office 365 to look quickly through shared documents via a card-based user interface.

Microsoft seems to be making a bigger effort to support iPhones in general and Office apps in particular. That includes adding support to store Office files on the iPhone in Dropbox accounts.

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Microsoft revamps Bing.com design for iOS users with new sections

Microsoft has launched a revamped design for its Bing.com homepage for iOS browser users, with a number of new features and changes.

Safari browser users can now swipe up to see the sections on the Bing.com home page. They will also notice a new translucent color scheme.

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Microsoft quietly launches iPhone beta for Project Phoenix expense report app

Microsoft has very quietly launched a limited beta testing program for Project Phoenix, a new expense reporting app. At the moment, it's an exclusive for the iPhone.

The official Facebook page for Project Phoenix first launched earlier this month, with a summary of the development team's idea behind the app.

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Office Sway lets you add video from your camera roll in latest update

Microsoft has updated its Office Sway presentation app to version 1.2. Sway, which has rolled out to more countries since its initial launch in New Zealand in November 2014, has added a number of new options for dealing with photos and text, as well as the ability to add video from your iPhone's Camera Roll.

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OneNote for Mac lets you find and copy text in images

Microsoft OneNote for Mac has received support for optical character recognition (OCR) in its latest update. OCR allows users to find text in images in OneNote, and comes alongside other helpful improvements, such as reducing clutter while viewing shared notebooks, and the ability to close a window without quitting the app.

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Microsoft confirms its purchase of Sunrise via a video interview with its co-founder

Update: Microsoft has now officially posted word that it has bought Sunrise and that video has gone live once again.

Original story: Microsoft has now confirmed earlier reports that it has acquired the Sunrise calendar app. The company did this via a video on its YouTube channel which has since been set as "private". It shows Pierre Valade, the co-founder of Sunrise, being interviewed by Microsoft's "chief storyteller" Steve Clayton. The video also features Javier Soltero, the co-founder of another company Microsoft recently acquired, Acompli, which created the new Outlook email app for iOS and Android.

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Outlook for iPhone or iPad could be the mail app we've been waiting for!

Outlook is Microsoft's relaunch of Acompli, the iPhone and iPad email app they acquired last December. It's been rebranded but it still supports not only Microsoft Exchange and Outlook mail accounts, but Google, iCloud, and Yahoo as well. For file storage, you can instantly hook into Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box. There are focus lists and scheduling options to help you get through your inbox faster, and your calendar is only ever a tap away.

Not only does Outlook support all these services and perform all these tasks, it does so exceptionally well. So well in fact, it may be the mail app you've been waiting for.

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Microsoft OneNote for Mac — is it an Evernote contender?

OneNote is Microsoft's answer to Evernote and other note-taking software. It's available for iOS and OS X (along with Android and Windows Phone), but I'm going to focus my attention on the Mac version. Is it a viable alternative to Evernote? Let's take a look.

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