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Founded in 1974 by Paul Allen and Bill gates, Microsoft is among the largest computer technology companies in the world. Microsoft's first major operating system was DOS (Disk Operating System). They released Windows 1.0 in 1984. In 2000, Bill Gates retired and Steve Ballmer became Microsoft's new CEO. Microsoft has since created such products as Bing, Office, Windows Live, Internet Explorer and their latest mobile smartphone OS, Windows Phone 7. Read our Microsoft coverage for the latest Windows Phone 7 news, reviews and videos:

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    The public release of Windows 10 is nearly here, and Microsoft is busy getting all its plans ready for the big July 29 release. If you're a member of the company's Insider program, though, you've had early access to the operating system, helping Microsoft test things out along the way. As it prepares for the final build, today the company is announcing a temporary halt to system updates, before a stress-test of its distribution channels. What does that mean? Sometime within the next day the recent builds 10162 and 10166 will stop showing up in Windows Update for Insider testers, leaving ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 on July 29 is a big deal, and Redmond wants to make sure it feels that way. Microsoft has done a good job in gaining tons of customer feedback with its Insider Program, and we've seen it over the last couple of weeks with every build being pushed. If you're wondering how Microsoft plans to handle its public launch in the next few weeks, think big. On one hand, Microsoft is planning to hold special events in 13 cities worldwide in order to celebrate Windows 10, and the statement provided by Microsoft claims that this is also in appreciation to the 5 million ...

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    Last week Microsoft made headlines as it announced some big mobile-related losses and major staff cuts, leaving Lumia fans more than a bit concerned. And even though the company asserted that it would remain in the phone business, we were hungry for details and found Microsoft offering little in the way of sustenance. Later we picked up some relief in the form of a report that claimed Microsoft would be sticking with its smartphone business for at least the next two years to come. This week we've got some more in the way of good news, as Microsoft officially confirms plans for new ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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    It was last month when Verizon Wireless kicked off sales of Microsoft's Lumia 735 smartphone through its web portal, and now it's ready to move the Windows Phone device into its brick-and-mortar stores across the nation. The phone isn't going to be any different than it was when it went live for online orders way back in June, though there's no denying that it's far more convenient for many to go to the store than to order a device (often having to deal with confusing plan changes and strange fees) and then wait for it to be shipped to your home. The Lumia 735, if you opt to subscribe to a ...

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    Tablets are a strange thing. Most people don't upgrade them near as often as they do their smartphones, and the entire purpose of tablets is still debated among many confused consumers. Because they're not as popular as their smartphone counterparts, OEMs don't make tablets at as quickly a pace as they do phones, and so we're a little short on new devices to wave in your face. Thankfully, tablets keep like leftovers from a pasta dinner, and not that month-old milk you haven't bothered taking out of the fridge, and some of the best tablets in early 2015 are the same tablets from 2014, and ...

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    Microsoft isn't really everyone's cup of tea with some of the drastic measures taken to its mobile division lately. The company is clearly on a roll in reinventing its approach to the software business, and we've seen it in the way it neglects its own platform for some early product launches for competitors. The biggest example of this is how the company has pushed new versions of Office apps and Outlook for iOS and Android, while leaving Windows Phone in the dirt, and today things go a step further. Microsoft has just announced the launch of Office 2016 for the Mac, which brings new and ...

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    We haven't quite been hearing the things we want to hear from Microsoft as of late. Just yesterday, the company announced that it was laying off a huge amount of people, mainly from the division of the company that's responsible for creating the Windows smartphones we know and love. Immediately after the news broke, one question was thrown around the social media world – what would become of Windows on Microsoft smartphones? Were first-party Microsoft-manufactured devices never going to hit the market again? We may have an answer, thanks to Bloomberg Business – according to the ...

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    The "selfie phone" started to become a thing last year -- yes, we were wondering whether the trend will pass the test of time -- and Sony capitalized on it with its C3 smartphone, one that packs a beefed-up front facing camera with an LED flash. While there are some problems with these so called selfie phones, Sony doesn't seem to care as the company followed up on the C3 with the C4, and Windows Phone selfie phone fans were happy that we called the Lumia 735 "the original selfie phone". There were some other products focusing on the topic, like Polaroid's attempt to copy the OPPO N3, and ...

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    In an email to employees Wednesday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dropped the sobering news hinted at by his "tough choices" memo of several weeks ago: the company is "fundamentally restructuring" its phone business. Phrasing the changes as part of Microsoft's ongoing "reinvention," Nadella said Microsoft would cut up to 7,800 jobs globally over the next several months. The cuts will take place primarily in the company's mobile-phone business, which grew from the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business in April of last year. Nadella also announced that Microsoft would ...

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    Yesterday we've seen a report that claimed Microsoft's upcoming operating system, dubbed Windows 10, is expected to do more for notebook sales than to smartphone ones. While it doesn't necessarily conflict with this report, today's bit, coming from the same source, doesn't seem to confirm it either, so it just makes sense for us to present the other side of the story as well. According to "many" Taiwan-based ODMs, Windows 10 will not be able to boost large-scale PC replacements and upgrades. This, according to the report, is mainly due to the fact that, according to said ODMs, web surfing ...

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    We're just a couple of weeks away from the release of the desktop variant of Windows 10 to the public. Reports already claim that Windows 10 RTM should reach Microsoft's partners this week, and as such speculation has already begun over how this market will behave. If you're wondering where partners expect to see more momentum, today we get a glimpse. Trusted sources from the upstream supply chain claim that Microsoft's partners expect to see much more momentum from their notebook business, than from the smartphone business. Notebook vendors have seen a significant drop in sales this ...

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    Microsoft has been on a roll with Windows 10 updates, as we approach the final release date of the computer version on July 29. Just last week we saw Redmond launch a crazy three builds of the OS with minor bug fixes and improvements, something very odd for Microsoft. What's important is that these last builds seem to be some of the final touches that the OS needed, as we now get close to an RTM build. Sources familiar to the matter claim that Windows 10 RTM should be ready early this week. The source mentions that this particular RTM build is planned to reach partners by the end of this ...

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    The coming arrival of Windows 10 is a force of change across Microsoft's ecosystem, and beyond introducing the latest incarnation of the company's operating systems, it's leading to shifts in the other software and services Microsoft provides. Earlier this year, Microsoft shared word of one such change in the pipeline, dropping its Xbox branding from the new Music and Video apps for Windows 10. But for Music, at least, it turns out that Microsoft has even grander ambitions, and today reveals the next phase of this re-branding as it announces Groove. Groove is Microsoft's new name for what ...

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    With July here, the release of Windows 10 for PCs is within sight: last month, Microsoft formally confirmed July 29 as the day when it will go forward with public availability of its new operating system. And in the weeks since, many of you Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have likely reserved your copies. But when July 29 finally rolls around, will your update be ready to go? From the sound of things, you shouldn't hold your breath. In a new blog post, Microsoft's Terry Myerson discusses how availability of the Windows 10 update will commence. To hear him tell it, once July 29 arrives, the ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    For a tablet that's solidly over a year old at this point, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 keeps right on ticking. And why shouldn't it, with the sort of hardware that would look pretty good in a full-fledged laptop, let alone an eminently portable tablet. We found the Surface Pro 3 back in the news earlier this week as Microsoft released plans enthusiasts could use to 3D-print and build their own portrait-orientation docking stands for the tablet, and now it returns to the headlines once again, as we get word of a new hardware option becoming available for sale. Adding a new hardware ...

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    How do you use your Surface? If you're one of the many tablet users who just couldn't say no to the power and broad PC compatibility of the Surface Pro 3, you've no doubt spent a lot of time working with the tablet propped-up in one of its many integrated kickstand settings. From nearly flat to upright like a laptop, the kickstand offers plenty of flexibility – so long as you're interested in using the Surface in landscape orientation. What if portrait view would be more conducive towards your work? Back at its Build conference, Microsoft teased a new VESA-mount dock it cooked up for the ...

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    The last time we saw a Nokia Lumia on Verizon was last year with the Lumia Icon. That device has been discontinued and Verizon's Lumia Windows Phone selection has been seriously lacking. Now Verizon has finally gotten a new Lumia Windows Phone in their line up and it's the Lumia 735. Of course, this device is kind of old too. The original version was unvieled in Berlin in September of 2014. 9 months later, the Verizon version of the Lumia 735 is now available. The Lumia 735 is kind of a mid-range phone by last year's standards, but in 2015 it still has a few nice things going for it. Last ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    It's been a little over a week now since Microsoft released the last public preview release of Windows 10 Mobile as part of its Insider Preview program. And while build 10136 was a feature-packed one, it didn't arrive without its own share of problems, notably the roundabout way by which it had to be installed. Microsoft told us that a future release would allow for upgrading from 10080 without jumping through such hoops, and yesterday we heard that the company was already zeroing-in on its next candidate build. We were expecting that we might see that one arrive in another week or so, but ...

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    This year promises to be one of the most important for Microsoft in a while, as the company gets ready to release its new Windows 10 platform in just a few more weeks. That launch is sure to set the stage for the rest of the year's developments, but what then? How can Microsoft take that momentum and put it to best advantage in 2016? In a newly leaked internal email, CEO Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft's mission statement going forward. Officially, Microsoft's mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” To do this, the company will put ...

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    Until Microsoft "soon" decides on the next Windows 10 Mobile release, Insiders can continue playing with build 10136, that's become available last week. Whether the new build that will arrive will be 10149, or a more recent one, is yet unknown, but this particular 10149 version, that's been allegedly leaked, brings some changes to the table. For starters, as you can see in the image above, the Edge address bar (Edge is the name of the now rebranded browser) has been moved to the bottom. Unlike on Android and iOS, where you have to reach all the way up to the address bar, Edge will make it ...

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    A week ago Tuesday, Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile for testers. And while the update brought with it a number of improvements, there was a big shadow hanging over its release in the form of complicated installation requirements: users couldn't easily upgrade from the last preview release, and would have to do a fresh install – after first going back to WP 8.1. Microsoft promised that the next Windows 10 Mobile preview build would address this issue, and anyone not interested in jumping through those hoops could simply wait for its arrival, and continue upgrading ...

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