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Microsoft Trials Outlook Premium, Google Apologizes for April Fool… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-04-2016

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

Microsoft is now actively inviting you to trial Outlook Premium, a paid, premium version of its email service 25+ Outlook Keyboard Shortcuts to Make You More Productive Outlook is one of the most popular desktop email clients in use today. If you're one of those many Outlook users, the following keyboard shortcuts are sure to save you lots of time. Read More . Outlook Premium was first outed in February when ZDNet reported Microsoft was piloting it. Now, as reported by, 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


As you may have noticed, Friday was April 1, AKA April Fools’ Day The Best April Fools of 2015, Facebook Riffs with Friends, & More... [Tech News Digest] Celebrating April Fools' Day 2015, Facebook's Riff app, the ASUS Chromebit, Amazon's Dash buttons, HBO on Sling TV, and homeless people reading mean tweets. Read More , 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 Microsoft Announces Windows 11, Apple Launches New iPhone GI... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft gives up on Windows 10, Apple recreates the best phone ever made, Facebook changes the nature of friendship, Oculus teases the Oculus Prime, and MakeUseOf gives Donald Trump a job. Read More .


The Internet Will Soon Be Lowercase

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 Writing For the Digital Age: 5 Free Writing Style Guides Online English is the language the world speaks and we have to put in our two bits to do it correctly. The web has created a global audience, so if you are among the ones who... Read More , 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 What Is Your Favorite Social Network & Why? [You Told Us] If you're online - which we know you are as you're reading this article - then you'll be aware of social networks. Hell, "aware" is the very least you'll be, and you're more likely to... Read More .

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 Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Apple Music Taylor Swift recently persuaded Apple to pay artists for songs streamed during free trials of Apple Music. But she's wrong. Again. Read More 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 Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More can be. Apparently. And of how shallow Swift is. Obviously.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you interested in trying Outlook Premium? Have Google’s April Fools’ Day pranks gone too far? Do you use a capital I when writing Internet? How do you feel about Taylor Swift advertising Apple Music? Show us a picture of yourself as a Powerpuff Girl!

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. rob
    April 6, 2016 at 1:38 am

    "The Internet has been treated as a proper noun, and thus capitalized, by most online style guides, since time immemorial." Or at least since it became popular a few years back. Have to say, I don't believe I've ever capitalized the word "internet". It's just a random noun.

  2. Mr_Know-It-All
    April 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hello, all.
    RE: Internet, vs internet; Do you capitalize the Telephone, too? The Telescope? The Automobile? Oh, yes, how about the Hammer? I think not.
    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

    • Dave Parrack
      April 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Why would you capitalize those words? You own a telephone, a telescope, and an automobile, but you use THE Internet. There is only one, not one in every household.

  3. Anonymous
    April 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Don't think I will be paying Microsoft $3.99 per month for basic email. Maybe I am missing something, but is this a marketable product outside of the enterprise? Really?

  4. Anonymous
    April 5, 2016 at 4:35 am

    You Can Pry Caps From My Cold Dead Hands.


  5. Zabar
    April 5, 2016 at 12:55 am

    There is only one Internet, and it should be capitalised, Internet.

  6. Prof. A. Z. O'Trope
    April 4, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    We will lowercase internet effective June 1, . . .

    . . . People who verb adjectives should be violented.

  7. Anonymous
    April 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    "Watch Taylor Swift Fall Off a Treadmill"
    YAAAWN!!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Dave Parrack
      April 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      You know you don't have to watch it, right?

      • PlaGeRaN
        April 5, 2016 at 9:54 am

        Taylor being Swift as always, love her music vids

    • Deborah
      April 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

      I LOVE watching Taylor fall flat on her face. over and over again...