Microsoft brings productivity apps to Apple Watch and Android Wear

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Microsoft has released a whole load of productivity apps for Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches, some new and some just updated.

We've seen software giant's apps on Android Wear before, with Bing and a software keyboard coming to Android smartwatches last year.

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Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, appears to still be on a mission to bring Microsoft to all platforms. Along with the platform-agnostic nature of the Microsoft Band, Nadella has worked hard to ensure Microsoft Office gets on as many platforms as possible.

Here's the lowdown on the new smartwatch apps from Microsoft:

Outlook for Apple Watch

A relatively self-explanatory one, it allows email and calendar info on your Apple Watch. It offers features such as personalised inbox notifications and quick actions like pre-written answers or voice detection.

Wunderlist for Apple Watch

Microsoft brings productivity apps to Apple Watch and Android Wear

Basically it's good for quickly making Microsoft calendar events. You can say, "Call the new clients tomorrow at 10 a.m." and it'll create an event with a reminder, which is nothing we haven't seen before.

Yammer for Apple Watch

A pretty useful app, Yammer lets you react to your most important notifications. Whether that be liking a comment, marking as unread or opening up the app on your iPhone.

Microsoft Translator for Apple Watch and Android Wear

This could be an absolute lifesaver when abroad. You have 50 languages to choose from, and from those you can "pin" your most used for easy, quick access to them.

One Drive and Note for Android Wear

Microsoft brings productivity apps to Apple Watch and Android Wear

These two are updated versions of existing apps for Android, which offer a few new features. The One Drive app will now allow you to set a watch face which will cycle through uploaded photos from the past 30 days. One Note will now let you look at your most recent notes as well as record them, straight from your smartwatch.

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These are useful additions for the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches. Especially useful if you're invested in the Microsoft ecosystem but (understandably) don't want to use the Microsoft Band.


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