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Android devices loaded with Microsoft apps
You may find some Windows apps on your next Android.
I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet update.
Some of Microsoft's biggest productivity apps will be preloaded on select Android devices later this year.
That includes Skype, One Drive for storage, One Note, and other Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft made agreements with several device makers, including Samsung and Dell.
Hey, if Microsoft can't get you to buy a Windows phone, it'll bring Windows apps to your Android phone or tablet.
In some cases it's a pretty good value when it includes a year trial of Office 365, worth $100.
This could also help encourage more Android users to upgrade to Windows 10 on PCs, when it comes out in the summer.
Microsoft has taken a slightly different approach to software.
You get Windows for free and hopes that you'll start paying for subscriptions to Office and other services.
But a Microsoft executive has said that any device with a screen less than ten inches.
Like a phone, will not have to pay for Office.
So let's say you don't want more pre-installed apps on your devices.
And I don' t blame you.
There's so much bloatware that you can't delete these days.
But screenshots posted on a developer's forum show that the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone will let you uninstall or disable some pre-loaded Samsung and Google apps.
These are apps you couldn't previously delete in settings like S Health, S Voice, YouTube, Gmail even the google play app store can be deleted if for some strange reason you wanted to do that.
In other news, Amazon's Fire TV stick is adding a feature that no other video streaming device has.
A way to use it in a hotel room.
When you're connecting to WIFI, in a place like a hotel or a dorm.
You are forced to visit another website to verify your user name to be granted access.
And that makes it impossible to use a device like the Chrome cast or the Roku stick, which demand a very simple wi-fi name and password to set up.
Amazon stick now has captive portal wi-fi access to get you past that authentication page.
So you can plug it into an HDMI port in the back of the TV to start streaming video when you're away from home.
The Fire TV stick is also being updated to work with Bluetooth headphones, so you can listen to the TV in private.
The update to the Fire TV stick is rolling out over the next couple of weeks and the Fire TV box will be getting the same feature.
The stick costs 40 dollars and it's coming to the UK and Germany April 15th.
And in social media news Twitter announced it's working with Four Square to let you tag your tweets with specific locations.
Right now Twitter shows your general location if you have it turned on.
But soon, you can be much more specific, and use 4Square's data base of 64 million places.
You can also click on a place to see what other tweets were posted at that location.
There's no date yet for when it will launch.
That's your tech news update, and you can stay updated at cnet.com.
From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.