What you need to know
- Many of Microsoft's apps take advantage of the folding displays of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.
- Microsoft highlights its expanded partnership with Samsung in a new blog post.
- Teams supports showing a presentation on one half of a screen while showing people's faces within a meeting on the other half.
Microsoft and Samsung further expanded their partnership with new features for foldable devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. These features take advantage of the unique form factors of folding devices when using Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook.
For example, in Microsoft Teams on a foldable Galaxy mobile device, people can see a presentation on the top half of a screen while seeing people's faces from the call on the bottom half. Within a Teams call, a user can open a shared Whiteboard and draw using the S Pen on supported devices.
Outlook also takes advantage of the folding displays, as it can show the contents of an email on one side while previewing emails on the other side.
Samsung's phones support dragging and dropping content between multiple active apps as well, such as Microsoft's Office apps.
"With the Multi-Active window, you can run multiple apps at the same time," says Patrick Chomet, executive vice president, head of Mobile Products & Experiences at Samsung. "For example, you can open Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint and easily drag and drop a table right into your presentation. Now, you can even run two instances of the same app."
Microsoft calls the Galaxy Z Fold 3 a "multitasking powerhouse" in its blog post discussing Microsoft's apps and the new folding Galaxy phones. The post doesn't specify which features work on the Galaxy Fold 3 and which work on the Galaxy Flip 3. The Galaxy Flip 3 doesn't support the S Pen, so some features, like drawing on a Whiteboard in Teams, won't be supported.
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A folding device for productivity
Samsung is taking its biggest foldable to the next level with S Pen support, stronger glass, water resistance, and improved specs, all at a lower price than before. Many of Microsoft's apps can take advantage of its folding display.
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