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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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    As of right now, Microsoft offers its Windows Phone voice assistant Cortana to users in Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Despite that limited language compatibility, there's long been evidence pointing to Cortana seeing broad international support, and we've been wondering just when we might see the service expand its reach to some new nations. While we don't have firm ETAs just yet, the latest evidence suggests a whole lot of new WP users may have access to Cortana soon, possibly before the year's out. On Twitter this morning, a Microsoft France ...

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    Microsoft leaked recently that it would be dropping the Nokia branding from its products along with Windows Phone. Instead, we’d be treated with Lumia phones running Windows. This doesn’t really sound like a big deal on the face of it, but it’s worth mentioning that perhaps Microsoft is being a little hasty. Personally, I think both of these moves make perfect sense. Microsoft is not, in fact, Nokia. Nokia as a company still exists. They’re the one’s making Android launchers for…whatever reason. But it’s also the force behind Here Maps, which is pretty darn nice navigation ...

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    Updated with the high-quality edited version of the podcast, which you can stream or download down below (or through your favorite podcatcher app). We hope you enjoyed; we'll check back in with you next week! If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year. With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch ...

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    For the past week or two, we've been hearing more about this idea that Microsoft could be distancing itself from “Windows Phone” as we know it, and instead transitioning to more general “Windows” branding across all its platforms, including smartphones. Just the other day we checked out a render of an upcoming handset that appeared to be going this no-Phone route, and now we're turning our attention to a couple of promo videos Microsoft put together to highlight its app ecosystem, all while making scant reference to Windows Phone. The two spots below describe a bunch of Windows ...

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    With Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset division, a lot of changes are still to come. We've seen the continuous rumors of "Microsoft handset" where the Nokia branding is no longer available, and we do know that Microsoft is planning to shake its branding up a bit. Today we see the company making some additional changes that we were expecting to happen sooner or later. Nokia's Lumia update support portal was very famous for keeping customers informed on the timing for both major and small software updates. It was far better to access this portal, than to have to look back at ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily had the best time with its developer community. The company that once had its CEO sing "developers, developers" repeatedly has struggled to find enthusiastic support for it smartphone and tablet platform. As such, we've seen a couple of desperate measures in order to gain a broader community, and most of these efforts have worked, but Microsoft is at it for more. Developers are reporting that Microsoft has removed the yearly subscription fee that they would have to pay to either submit, or keep applications in the Windows Phone Store. This is a great move for ...

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    One thing that's no secret is that Microsoft has struggled with its mobile platform for years. After being the market leader for years last decade, the company hasn't found the right approach to regain its popularity after the launch of competitors like Android and iOS. We do know that Microsoft wants its company to focus on "Mobile and Cloud first," and Microsoft's new CEO explains how he measures success. In a recent luncheon with Seattle's Chamber of Commerce, Nadella was approached about the direction that Microsoft is steering with all the recent changes. Seattle Chamber President and ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    Windows finds itself smack dab in a period of transition right now. Users are shifting away from desktop PCs and even laptops to more mobile devices like tablets, to say nothing of smartphones themselves. And as this move continues, Windows becomes a more interesting operating system to us and our mobile focus. Windows 8 already saw tablets playing a major role, but missteps with RT and the lack of a cohesive Microsoft app ecosystem didn't do the platform any favors. We're already looking forward to what's next from Microsoft, and today we see invitations go out for an event that could ...

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    Last week, we were talking about the future of Windows Phone, with reports that Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty substantial re-branding project. Specifically, we heard that efforts were underway to start moving the Nokia name away from Lumia phones, while also shifting Windows Phone over to simply “Windows.” And certainly, we've be seeing a bit of evidence on all these fronts already, but this new leak attempted to really tie them all together and give meaning to these actions. Today we check out the latest evidence in support of this transition, revealing a Windows Phone ...

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    Like it or not, Microsoft is up to a ton of changes. At the moment we're having a hard time trying to call out on the ones that have been popular, but change usually comes with that. Microsoft is in desperate need of reinvention at times when tech startups have proven to show more mindshare than Microsoft's products, and it seems that this is going to start with Windows Phone. Yes, we know, Windows Phone as a brand is pretty much dead according to some recent information revealed. Nokia as a brand for mobile devices is also dead, and everything points to Microsoft and Lumia being the new ...

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    It used to be that Verizon was the carrier that least cared about Windows Phone. AT&T always pioneered product launches, and remained the exclusive carrier of the operating system for months before other carriers joined, and even then, Verizon took ages to do so as well. Today Verizon is carrying the cream of the crop when it comes to Windows Phone by holding exclusivity over the Lumia Icon, HTC One M8 for Windows, and if you thought the list ended there, Verizon is at it for more. Big Red is reportedly picking up the Lumia 735 in the next few weeks. This is still not yet official, but ...

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    Remember when HTC delivered its Windows Phone version of the One M8 last month? In the weeks leading up to its release we heard a few names thrown around, including things like the W8, but the phone ultimately debuted as the One M8 for Windows. Specifically “Windows,” not “Windows Phone.” Compare that to the company's previous WP entries: models with names like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. What happened to that “Phone” part? This may be just the start of a larger trend, as multiple reports arrive that Microsoft is getting ready for a major Windows Phone re-branding effort, in ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 830 may or may not be "the affordable flagship," but that doesn't mean it hasn't captured the attention of Windows Phone fans across the globe. We're fairly sure some of said fans are based here in the US, and a subset of that group also uses AT&T. If you find yourself in that small group, you're in luck for sure – AT&T has just announced that it'll begin stocking the Nokia Lumia 830 this year. The 830 features specs like a 10MP PureView imaging unit, and integrated wireless charging. It ships with the latest version of Windows Phone, Lumia Denim (and we thought ...

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    Has it been a week already? Last Monday we were still gearing-up for IFA 2014, preparing ourselves for the torrent of phone, tablet, and wearable news that would consumer our lives for the days to come. We had high expectations going in, having heard no shortage of rumors for what new products would be on the expo floor, and that's not even touching upon the many launches we saw in the weeks leading up to the conference, from manufacturers too eager to wait for IFA itself. With our crack team of Taylor Martin and Michael Fisher on the ground, we've brought you hands-on report after ...

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