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Sky plans to launch a mobile voice and data service in the UK through a partnership with Telefónica (Ben Woods/The Next Web)

Sky has today announced that it will begin offering mobile voice and data services to customers for the first time following an agreement with Telefónica UK. The partnership means that the service will run via wholesale access to Telefónica’s mobile infrastructure and services across the country. The first services aren’t due to be made available to customers until next year, though. The move itself makes a lot of sense; while Sky is primarily known for its TV services in the UK, it also offers broadband and landline telephone services, as well as a number of digital offerings available to its customers via mobiles and tablets. Once this service is ready, it will be able to compete with rivals like Virgin Media, which already offers a ‘quad-play’ bundle that includes mobile services.

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Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail (Travis Green/Google Commerce)

Since we announced Send Money in Gmail , paying back your friends has never been so simple, whether you’re chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your housemate for your share of the rent. Today, we're excited to make this feature available for Gmail users in the UK. This means people in the UK will now be able to quickly and securely send money to friends and family in the UK directly within desktop Gmail -- even if the recipient doesn't have a Gmail address. Sending and receiving money in Gmail is free and easy. To send money in Gmail, hover over the attachment paperclip, click the £ icon to attach money to your message, enter the amount you wish to send, and press send. You can also request money in Gmail by hovering over the attachment paperclip and clicking the £ icon to attach the request to a Gmail message. When you receive money for the first time, you’ll need to claim it by setting up a Google Wallet Balance and linking your debit card or bank account. After that, your money can be kept in your Wallet Balance for later sending, for spending on Google Play, or you can quickly transfer it to your bank account. We’re rolling out this feature over the coming weeks to all UK Gmail users over 18 years old, so keep an eye out for the £ icon in the attachment options. Learn more at google.co.uk/wallet. Posted by Travis Green, Product Manager, Google Wallet

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A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android (Office Blogs)

Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android . If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked! Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone.  The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen. Let’s take a look at some ways Outlook helps you accomplish more: Get back on top of your inbox Email overload is the new norm. That’s why Outlook helps you focus on what is most important and clear out the rest. The new Outlook app separates your mail into two tabs—Focused and Other. Important emails appear in your Focused inbox, while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way. If you move email in or out of your Focused inbox, Outlook learns this about you and gets even more tailored to your priorities. Are you no longer reading that newsletter you signed up for? Outlook has a one-click unsubscribe to help you stop unwanted mail. The Focused Inbox works across all of your email accounts to help you focus on what matters

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Microsoft launches Office for Android tablets, new Outlook mail apps for iOS and Android (Julia White/The Official Microsoft Blog)

Last week, we saw the new experiences coming with Windows 10, including how Office universal apps for Windows 10 will deliver new touch scenarios for the smallest devices all the way up to Microsoft Surface Hub. This came on the heels of our recent Office for iPhone release and Office for iPad update, as well as the Preview of Office for Android tablets. These are all important steps toward our goal of bringing the power of Office everywhere – to everyone, on every device. To date, we’ve seen more than 80 million downloads of Office on iPhone and iPad worldwide. The Office apps remain in the Top 10 Best Productivity Apps category with a 4+ rating. Since the Office for Android tablet preview release, these apps have received a tremendous response, earning a 4+ rating. The preview generated more than 250 thousand downloads of the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps across 33 languages and more than 110 countries, helping us refine and improve the product. This customer feedback has been critical to ensuring a high quality and consistent Office experience across the broad Android ecosystem. With these releases, we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible as we work to reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world — and today, we are making two important announcements that continue this journey. First, we are pleased to announce that we’re removing the “preview” label from our Office for Android apps.

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