Microsoft week: Surface 3, Project Spartan and Windows 10 on more phones

Microsoft has been busy this week with several announcements, including a new Surface tablet and the first chance for testers to try the Project Spartan web browser. We’ve rounded up six of the key news stories below.

Microsoft unveils Atom-based Surface 3 tablet for £419

Microsoft Surface 3

Available to pre-order now, the Surface 3 is effectively a slightly smaller and less powerful version of the Surface Pro 3, sporting an Atom processor, 10.8in touchscreen and currently shipping in 2GB RAM/64GB SSD or 4GB RAM/128GB SSD versions.

Microsoft delivers Project Spartan browser in latest Windows 10 release

Microsoft Project Spartan

Released this week, Build 10049 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes the firm’s new Project Spartan web browser for the first time. Spartan will be the default browser for Windows 10, although enterprise users can still choose IE for consistency with other versions of Windows.

Microsoft opens up Windows 10 Technical Preview to run on more phones

Nokia Lumia 735

The version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones currently runs on just a few Lumia handsets, but Microsoft said that the next release will open this up to a broader range.

Microsoft promises Office 365 update for Open Document Format

House of Parliament at night on River Thames

Microsoft said that it will update Office 365 to enhance support for the Open Document Format (ODF) championed by the government, allowing users to export files as ODF regardless of the format in which they were created. 

Microsoft makes cloud backup to Azure more cost-effective

Cloud computing

Microsoft has introduced a new pricing structure for its Azure Backup cloud service based on the number of systems protected and the amount of data stored, which it claims will deliver substantial cost savings.

Microsoft delivers MDM features for Office 365 to support BYOD

Microsoft Office 365 devices

Microsoft has made mobile device management capabilities available in its Office 365 cloud-based business services, enabling customers to control access to data across mobile and tablet devices, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

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