Microsoft Trials Outlook Premium, Google Apologizes for April Fool… [Tech News Digest]
Microsoft trials Outlook Premium, Google regrets foolish Gmail feature, the “Internet” is set to become the “internet,” turn yourself into a Powerpuff Girl, and Taylor Swift falls off a treadmill advertising Apple Music.
Get Invited to Try Outlook Premium
Re: Outlook Premium – for comparison – an annual Hosted Exchange email account is $60 per email account. Outlook Premium is a steal.
— Richard Hay (@WinObs) April 4, 2016
Microsoft is now actively inviting you to trial Outlook Premium, a paid, premium version of its email service . Outlook Premium was first outed in February when ZDNet reported Microsoft was piloting it. Now, as reported by Thurrott.com, Microsoft has revealed some of the features of Outlook Premium, a proposed price point, and how to secure an invite to try the service.
For $3.99-per-month, Outlook Premium subscribers will get an ad-free inbox, easier sharing, and five personalized email addresses (thanks to Microsoft partnering with GoDaddy). Participation in the pilot program, which is all Outlook Premium is at the moment, is by invite only, and it should be noted that Microsoft isn’t openly discussing its plans as of yet.
However, you can request an invite to try Outlook Premium by clicking this link while signed into your Microsoft account. According to reports, Outlook Premium will be free for a year before Microsoft starts charging for access.
Google Regrets Mic Drop April Fool
We are truly sorry if Mic Drop was in any way harmful to you. More info on the Gmail blog we just posted. https://t.co/v3wbrqglOZ
— Gmail (@gmail) April 1, 2016
As you may have noticed, Friday was April 1, AKA April Fools’ Day , when the Internet is awash with fake news stories. Technology companies usually take part in the fun, and Google is known for producing the most, and most convoluted, pranks. And 2016 was no exception.
However, one particular Google prank went a little awry, with multiple people complaining that the Mic Drop option added to Gmail had caused them problems. The Mic Drop added a Minion GIF to an email thread before muting it. Which, if clicked in error, could mean you muting your boss, for example.
Google quickly dropped the joke feature, and apologized profusely for any harm it may have caused:
“We heard feedback that some of you were negatively impacted by this feature, so we quickly turned it off late last night. We realize many of you use Gmail for very important messages, and we are sorry if Mic Drop was in any way harmful to you.”
As annoying as this must have been for the people negatively affected by it, we hope Google doesn’t let this misstep put it off producing April Fools’ Day jokes in the future. Because, compared to the rest of the Web, Google’s are actually funny. Yes, even funnier than our own effort .
The Internet Will Soon Be Lowercase
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016
The Associated Press is ditching the capital I in Internet. Instead, at least for publications following the AP Stylebook, Internet will now be lowercase. The change will take place on June 1, when the Associated Press launches its 2016 Stylebook.
The Internet has been treated as a proper noun, and thus capitalized, by most online style guides , since time immemorial. However, over the years many people have argued Internet should be written as internet, and the AP has conceded defeat. Wrongly, in this writer’s humble opinion.
The argument seems to be that as there can be plenty of different internets the word doesn’t need to be capitalized. However, much in the same way we call the sun that we orbit “the Sun,” despite the word describing billions of celestial bodies, we should call THE Internet “the Internet”. Am I right?
Turn Yourself Into a Powerpuff Girl
Admit it, you have always wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl. And now you can, thanks to Powerpuff Yourself. This is a new website created to help promote the newly rebooted Powerpuff Girls, an animated series which originally ran on Cartoon Network between 1998 and 2005.
Powerpuff Yourself lets you create a Powerpuffed version of yourself, with huge eyes, a stylized outfit, and a background befitting your personal taste. You can then save your creation as an avatar, a GIF, or a wallpaper, before sharing it on your favorite social network .
Watch Taylor Swift Fall Off a Treadmill
And finally, proving once again that celebrities will do anything for money, Taylor Swift is now advertising Apple Music. And making a fool of herself while doing so. Yes, less than a year after complaining about Apple’s decision not to pay artists while everybody was trialing Apple Music, she’s shilling for the company.
The commercial sees Swift preparing for session on the treadmill by selecting a relevant playlist from Apple Music. She lands on Jumpman by Drake and Future, and proceeds to run and rap at the same time. Until she (or at least her body double) falls off the treadmill.
This is proof of how “distractingly good” Apple Music can be. Apparently. And of how shallow Swift is. Obviously.
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