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Microsoft news recap: Microsoft Store to sell Razer’s new Android phone, Microsoft Edge gains improvements on iOS and more

Microsoft (MSFT) news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Microsoft Ventures joins in $30 million round for 3D printer startup

Microsoft Ventures has taken part in a $30 million investment round for 3D printer startup Markforged. As a 4 year old startup, the company has received investment from Siemens, Microsoft Ventures and Porsche.

Microsoft Store is US/Canada “exclusive in-store partner,” will sell Razer’s new Android smartphone

This week saw Razer, a company known for its products in the PC gaming space, unveil its first step into the mobile arena. The company unveiled its first smartphone, the Razer Phone, running Google’s Android. It is being reported that Microsoft Store is the “exclusive in-store partner” for the Razer Phone, and will stock the phone in its stores alongside Samsung’s S8.

Microsoft Edge updated on iOS, picks up battery life improvements

With Microsoft Edge being in beta on iOS, Microsoft has released an update that brings some refinements, bug fixes and improvements. In version 2.6, the following changes have been made:

  • Battery usage optimization: Some of you told us that your phone heats up or otherwise consumes more battery when you use Edge. We looked under the hood and found a few optimizations. Let us know if you continue to experience high battery consumption.
  • Improved left/right swiping to go back and forth between pages.
  • Added support for actions and activities extensions, such as sharing sites, saving sites to notes, adding sites to Pocket, etc.
  • Fixes a bunch of other bugs!

Google follows in Microsoft’s footsteps with its new Remix 3D-like community Poly

Microsoft and Google continue to step on each others toes, with Google now launching its own 3D community, similar to Microsoft’s Remix 3D platform. Google’s 3D platform, called Poly, offers an open library of 3D content. For users of Microsoft’s platform, the two platforms will be able to work alongside each other, due to open standards for 3D content.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.

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