Archive for : February, 2018

Microsoft developed new messaging app ‘SMS Organizer’

Microsoft noticeably raises the quality of its services on Android over the last two years. Of course, this resulted in incomparable products such as Android Apps like Microsoft launcher and Next Lock Screen.

Now, SMS Organizer is the latest masterpiece of Microsoft. It is a text messaging service from Microsoft Garage, an initiative within the company that lets employees work on projects they are passionate about.  According to Android Central, the app has an array of customization options, which makes it a worthy alternative to your current messaging app.

How the app was created

Microsoft Garage developed the SMS Organizer. They worked out Hyderabad and India as the app is tailored to address problems new to the Indian market. Moreover, SMS Organizer was reportedly designed to cut through the clutter and give a messaging experience that surfaces valuable information at the top. The app’s main interface is split into three sections: texts, reminders, and starred messages.

There is also a reminder feature that can be useful particularly for parsing the information in the texts and creates cards with actionable data. SMS Organizer can also be utilized for flights as the date, time and booking reservation number in the app. On the other hand, it also shows credit card bill’s due date and total amount due. While this feature is not entirely new, the difference is that Microsoft’s app can be used on any device.

Furthermore, the SMS tab is broken down into five categories: personal, transactional, promotional, archived, and blocked. With this, SMS Organizer automatically sorts incoming messages into their respective sections.

Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager Nikhil Verma said, “We took user privacy very seriously from the beginning and designed the app around the fundamental premise that SMS is a very private entity for a user. The user should have the absolute control over how they manage and backup their SMS. Hence, all the data classification is done on the device and none of the SMS content is ever uploaded to the cloud.”

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WhatsApp new features

People who use WhatsApp Messenger continues to increase with 1.5 billion people sending instant messages through the platform. With this, the platform recently added an update to support Apple CarPlay, Tech Malak revealed.

The new versions 2.18.20 allow users to interact with WhatsApp directly through the CarPlay user interface. How? This is by getting notified through badges when new messages are available. The app has a previously worked in-car through Siri whenever drivers wish to interface with messaging.

Meanwhile, Siri can also read out these messages while the car is in motion. Siri can also be used for sending WhatsApp message to any chosen contacts. This creates direct competition against the iMessage App. Unlike WhatsApp, it allows users to browse their messages via Carplay’s UI.

Overall, WhatsApp features are almost the same as iMessage. That is why it offers a reasonable alternative to Apple’s offering. WhatsApp is no doubt the most prominent low-cost choice for users worldwide. These are the people who want to send video, audio and SMS messages.

WhatsApp Business App

The Facebook-owned platform continues to add new valuable features for its users. Late last month, WhatsApp Business rolled out to users in a select few markets around the world. It remains a free app for business or bank related matters and this makes it easier for the companies to connect with their customers. Here are the additional features:

  • Business Profiles helps customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website.
  • Messaging Tools save time with smart messaging tools such as immediate response that provides answers to FAQs, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you unavailable.
  • Messaging Statistics is the review simple metrics like the number of messages read to see what’s working.
  • WhatsApp Web shows the send and received messages with WhatsApp Business on your desktop.
  • Account Type is where people will know that they are talking business because you will be listed as a Business Account. Later on, some businesses will have confirmed Accounts once it has been confirmed that the account phone number matches the business phone number.