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Microsoft news recap: new version of Skype for older Android devices, Bing Ads fan program launched and more

Microsoft 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 unveils new version of Skype optimized for older Android devices

For those who are stuck on older versions of Android, Microsoft is planning to launch a new version of Skype that has reduced memory and disk consumption, helping to provide a faster experience in challenging conditions. The new version is expected to launch in the near future and will be available on Android versions 4.0.3 through to 5.1.

Microsoft Teams gets voicemail support, team management features and more on iOS and Android

The iOS and Android apps for Microsoft Teams have received a fairly hefty update that adds a number of features, including:

  • Create teams and add members on mobile
  • Voicemail is now available on mobile
  • Share chat history with new participants in a group chat
  • Reduce the noise with mute chat
  • Grab someone’s attention with @mention in group chats
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Calling is now enabled for Android x86 devices
  • Join meetings anonymously (Android-only)
  • Reply to chats and channel posts right from your notifications screen (iOS-only)

Microsoft launches global Bing Ads fan program for the most dedicated advertisers

Those who are dedicated to Bing Ads, Microsoft’s Bing search advertising platform, will be happy to know that the company has launched a new fan program. The program will allow those dedicated to the platform to help improve features, solve problems, and receive goodies from Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Singapore datacenters to be 100% solar powered

In a continuing effort to be a greener, more responsible company, Microsoft has committed its Singapore datacentre to be 100% solar powered, as part of the company’s first renewable energy deal in Asia.

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

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