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Microsoft Releases Smartwatch Apps

Microsoft Releases Smartwatch AppsMicrosoft Releases Smartwatch Apps

Microsoft has just released a bunch of apps for wearable devices—not for their Band, but for Android Wear smartwatches and the Apple Watch.

First for the Apple Watch is Outlook, which allows you to read full emails and respond with either canned replies or your own through voice dictation.

Cupertino's wearable also gets to-do app Wunderlist and will soon be able to install private social network Yammer, which will be able to take advantage of iOS 8's Handoff feature with an iPhone, according to Engadget.

Android Wear, on the other hand, gets updated versions of both OneNote and OneDrive. The cloud service will now use photos uploaded within the past 30 days as a watch face every time users activate their devices. As for OneNote, it now shows the latest notes looked at right on the smartwatch.

Finally, Microsoft has released a Translator app for both platforms: Just speak into the watch and the app will translate it into any of the 50 languages available.

It also lets you pin your most commonly used translations (say, "Where is the toilet?" or "Help, I'm lost!") and browse previous ones. All these apps, besides Yammer, are now available for download from iTunes or Google Play.

Microsoft still has not released a smartwatch of its own, with some commenting on the failed project the company initially attempted to launch last year. It does make its Microsoft band, which unlike a standard smartwatch offers users a wide range of body sensors.