Yesterday's post about Outlook for Android generated a lot of discussion about that app's shortcomings. Here are some alternatives to consider.
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While I've often touted Microsoft Outlook for Android (and iPhone), it's fair to say that this mobile app, while great, has a few troubling limitations. The good news? They're working on it.
While Apple's iPhone is popular in certain countries, Android owns a near monopoly in the smartphone market. And it's the go-to mobile choice for the Windows Guy.
One of the nice things about Android is that it behaves like Windows when it comes to choosing default apps. This means that you can always use the web browser or other apps you prefer, even if your handset maker or wireless carrier has configured the phone to use other apps.
Part of the appeal of Android to Windows users, I think, is that Android offers the same freedoms as Windows, and works similarly. But Android can be quirky and non-obvious too. Case in point: What happens when you connect an Android phone to your Windows PC via a USB cable.
While most readers know that Microsoft makes a ton of great Android apps, you probably don't know that it also provides a way to keep up-to-date on its Android app innovations.
Those who adopt Android as their smart phone platform will need to deal with Google and its apps to some degree. But even if you're not a fan of the search giant, there are some Google apps for Android that you should embrace.
One of the tough things about moving from Windows phone to Android is that you lose access to the useful and fun live tiles that made Microsoft's devices so wonderful. But Android does have an alternative that, while not perfect, can help you retain some of that "at-a-glance" functionality you may be missing.
Windows users moving to Android face an interesting dilemma when picking a new smart phone. Because most Android handsets are rarely if ever updated in any meaningful way, you'll want to choose wisely.
You've adopted an Android smart phone, but your contacts, email, and calendaring information are tied up in your Outlook.com or Office 365 account. No worries, you can access it all from Android.
Adopting Android as your smart phone platform doesn't mean you need to leave Microsoft behind. So this new series will step through the process of getting up and running with your Microsoft-based data and apps on Android.
For the past year or so, I've been wrestling with how to advise Windows users who are disappointed in the failure of Windows phone and wish to choose between Android and iPhone. This week, that choice became much clearer.
Google controls the dominant personal computing platform. So why isn't Android Wear even remotely successful?
Android has some major problems. And they are familiar to anyone who has used Windows PCs over the years.
I've long recommended that Microsoft should release its own Android handsets. But you don't need to wait for that.
It's an epic tale of highs and lows, of Project Fi support dropping the ball, and of me finally figuring it all out for myself.
This week's Microsoft Paint drama was fun, but it's only a small example of what's wrong with Windows. We need a better plan.
You've been able to configure Cortana as the default assistant in Android for quite some time, but the option is hard to find.
There's been a lot of hand-wringing in the Microsoft fan base thanks to a recent report about Android usage outstripping that of Windows. Guys, relax. This transition was inevitable.
Earlier this month, Microsoft updated Cortana for Android so that it would work in a read-only mode above the lock screen. Now, you can interact with Cortana above the lock screen.
Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss how we handle leaks, Windows 10 Creators Update nearing completion, the return of Patch Tuesday, Windows 10 ads, and more.