Short Takes Daily: What's going on in the world of Microsoft for Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Microsoft

Short Takes Daily: What's going on in the world of Microsoft for Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Today in the news: Microsoft continues its push to improve your productivity with its Wunderlist purchase; some lucky users will get the Windows 10 upgrade pre-downloaded; Microsoft's launching 'hassle-free Internet' for mobile users across multiple platforms.

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Windows 10 upgrade will pre-download to reserved systems

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"BUY WUNDERLIST" CROSSED OFF MICROSOFT'S TO-DO LIST

Popular to-do list app Wunderlist and its maker 6Wunderkinder are now part of the Microsoft family. The free app had garnered plaudits from the Verge as the best to-do list app for its abilities to set and manage recurring tasks, to add tasks via email or Google Now, and to set time and date-based reminders.

Why bother making this buy? Microsoft explains it perfectly:

The addition of Wunderlist to the Microsoft product portfolio fits squarely with our ambition to reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Building on momentum for Microsoft OfficeOneNote and Skype for Business, as well as the recentSunrise and Acompli acquisitions, it further demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to delivering market leading mobile apps across the platforms and devices our customers use – for mail, calendaring, messaging, notes and now tasks.

This is the third big buy of a well-loved, multiplatform productivity tool, following Acompli and Sunrise.

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SAY HELLO TO 'HASSLE-FREE WIFI'

Thanks to the premature public debut of microsoftwifi.com, we now all know that Microsoft will be launching Microsoft WiFi, a cross-platform pay-as-you-go service that will offer Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users the ability to connect to WiFi public hotspots around the world. The site's been pulled, but while it was up, it reportedly had a catalog of 10 million hotspots across 130 different countries.

Speaking of WiFi, Dan Tynan over at Yahoo Tech reports on the possibility of those wireless networking signals actually powering your mobile devices one day.

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And that's it for today. 

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