Microsoft news recap: showing ads in the inbox, Samsung debunks ‘Microsoft Edition Samsung S8’ and more

Jack Wilkinson

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!

Wall St Journal gets pounded after suggesting finance pros drop Excel

the Wall Street Journal recently published a story accusing Microsoft Excel of not keeping up with the needs of the financial sector, and subtly advising people to drop the software as a result. That, however, didn’t go down too well with some people in the financial sector.

Excel 2016 new Data capabilities

Inbox ads spotted in, are you seeing them?

For free users of Microsoft’s hosted email service,, it appears that the company is beginning to show inbox ads, where ads will appear in the inbox similar to how an email message would look. Those on an ad-free premium subscription do not see these.

Samsung clears up the mystery behind the Microsoft Edition S8 and S8 Plus

Despite rumours of a Microsoft Edition Samsung S8, Samsung has come out and debunked the myth, stating that there is no ‘Microsoft Edition’ of any of its devices, but does confirm that Microsoft is aiming to offer a unique edition from within its own retail stores.

Microsoft Teams Guest access for Microsoft Accounts is delayed again, apparently

Microsoft Teams’ Guest Access feature is still being worked on, with yet another delay, although Private Channels are well underway. Guest access is needed for those who aren’t necessarily part of an organisation, but are doing work for them, such as a freelancer.

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