Microsoft news recap: Path Guide delivers indoor navigation, responds to new Skype experience complaints and more

Jack Wilkinson

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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!

Microsoft Research releases Path Guide for Android, an indoor navigation app

We’ve seen the usefulness of outdoor navigation apps such as Bing Maps, but what we haven’t seen much of is indoor navigation. Microsoft Research’s latest project, Path Guide, helps to solve that. Users are able to submit indoor directions, so that other users can navigate indoor places, such as malls. It is only available for Android at the moment.

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Latest EFF report proves Microsoft “Has Your Back” against governments seeking data

People are becoming more and more concerned about government surveillance and the data that governments can have on us. The latest “Who Has Your Back” report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has shown that Microsoft is committed to ensuring users’ data is secure, following industry best practices. It received 4 out of 5 stars, inline with the likes of Apple, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Microsoft addresses complaints about the new Skype app, says “we will build the next generation together”

Microsoft began the rollout of the new Skype experience not long ago, for those on Android and iOS, however, it was hit with criticism by Skype users who weren’t happy with the changes, particularly with its Snapchat-esque Highlights feature. Microsoft has responded to the complaints, saying that “we will build the next generation together”.

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Microsoft and BMW team up to bring Skype for Business to the new BMW 5 series

BMW has announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to bring Skype for Business to its BMW 5 series vehicles. Skype for Business will be integrated into BMW’s iDrive system.

Skype for Business BMW Car

That’s the top Microsoft news for this week – we’ll be back next week with more.