While Microsoft’s in-house plans for wearables will become clearer with the Windows 10-based Band 2, the software giant is pushing forward with new apps for leading wearables already in the market. This includes a variety of new entries for both Apple Watch and Android Wear.
Microsoft has been supporting both wearable platforms for months. Most recently, the firm announced support for OneDrive and PowerPoint on Apple Watch and OneNote for Apple Watch. And this week it announced the following new and updated apps.
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Working with the Outlook app on your iPhone, Outlook for Apple Watch delivers Focused Inbox Watch notifications, email browsing and reading capabilities with archiving, deleting, flagging and scheduling support, Quick Replies with prewritten replies and voice support for you Dick Tracey types, and unread emails and upcoming appointments on Watch’s Glance screen.
As an Apple Watch app, support for Outlook is delivered via the Outlook app for iOS.
Wunderlist for Apple Watch—Microsoft’s acquired to-do/task mobile app—has been updated with support for Quick Add: just Force Touch (tap and hold) the screen while viewing the app to quickly add to-do items (“Call the new clients tomorrow at 10 am,” for example) with your voice. Microsoft has also redesigned Wunderlist’s Glance screen with support for up to four to-do items.
You can snag Wunderlist for Apple Watch by installing Wunderlist for iOS on your iPhone.
Described as “coming soon,” Yammer for Apple Watch will provide Yammer announcement and update notifications, the ability respond to updates with Like, Mark as Unread or View on Phone, and Glance-based access to an unread message count and notifications.
To get ready for Yammer for iPhone, you can install Yammer for iOS now.
A new update to OneDrive for Android Wear—which, yes, is delivered through the Android version of OneDrive—provides a nice new OneDrive watch face that’s personalized with your most recent photos, notifications for edited shared documents, and more.
You can grab OneDrive for Android Wear as part of OneDrive for Android.
Microsoft says it has completely redesigned OneNote for Android Wear, adding voice dictation support (“OK Google, take a note”) and quick access to your most recently-used notes.
Microsoft has offered versions of its Translator technology on the web and via its own Windows and Windows Phone platforms for a while now, but the ability to translate on the go—without needing to even take out a phone—is getting us pretty close to Babel fish territory. The Microsoft Translator apps for Apple Watch and Android Wear let you speak into the watch to get instant translations in all of the languages supported by Microsoft Translator, pin your most commonly used translations to the screen for easy access, and browse your translation history. This looks like truly impressive stuff.
You can download Microsoft Translator for Apple Watch or Android Wear via the Microsoft web site. Versions of this app are also available for Windows Phone and Windows tablets and PCs. Plus, be sure to check out related apps like Skype Translator and Document Translator.