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Microsoft news recap: Skype unveils “Content Creators” mode, Microsoft admits to stale map data, 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!

Skype is looking to attract podcasters with new “Content Creators” mode

In an effort to attract content creators, Microsoft is launching a new feature on its Windows 10 and Mac apps, called the “Content Creators” mode. This mode will allow people to record and live stream calls, without the need for any additional software or expensive kit to do so.

Latest Bing Search iOS app update makes it faster and more customizable

The Bing app for iOS has been updated that improves the speed of the app, as well as adding additional customisation options. Here is the changelog:

  • Ability in settings to hide the homepage feed if you don’t want to see it by default
  • More seamless map and list switching experience for local category searches. Try: “restaurants near me”, “movie theaters in Seattle”, etc
  • Faster loading of webpages – we strive to make Bing the fastest and most beautiful mobile search app
  • Various other changes and bug fixes, stability and performance improvements

Woman playing Xbox video games on an iPhone

Microsoft admits to “stale” Maps data, working on a fix

In a statement, Microsoft has admitted that its Maps API has stale data, laying blame on a bug that delays bringing the data over from HERE Maps to Bing.

We have been speeding up our data processing and expect an update to be available this summer. We continue to invest in our maps and will continue to enhance data freshness as we move forward. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, this type of delay will be a thing of the past.

OneDrive is getting new File Restore feature, ransomware protections with Office 365

Microsoft is adding more features to its OneDrive for Office 365 service, such as additional security features to protect against ransomware, but now it is also adding a File Restore feature. The File Restore feature will allow users to restore their entire OneDrive to any point in time up to the last 30 days.

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

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