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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:

  • by | April 11, 2014 3:54 AM

    Windows Phone 8.1 might not be available for your phone just yet -- but it will hopefully arrive soon -- but Microsoft seems to be preparing everything for when the refresh hits your device. And, if you own a Windows Phone, chances are you're using a PC; however, if you're the exception, and your computer of choice is a Mac, you might want to update your Windows Phone app client. The new version is available to download and Windows Phone 8.1 support is just one of the changes Microsoft added to the app. You will now also be able to drag and drop .DNG files to Browse Device UI, and there ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Last year, rumors were flying around hot that Microsoft was putting together a pint-sized version of its Surface tablet, the presumed Surface Mini. From the sound of things, we'd be getting a device with a display in the seven-to-eight-inch range, and that the aspect ratio might change to an iPad-style 4:3. But then by the time 2014 started looming over the horizon, these Surface Mini rumors began drying up, and we haven't heard anything noteworthy in several months now. All of a sudden, though, the Surface Mini is back in the spotlight with new rumors discussing the tablet's hardware, ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:09 PM

    Ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build last week, we've been anxiously awaiting the release of the WP8.1 Developer Preview – OK, so it's been on our mind since even before Build, but now it's so close we can almost taste it. We've heard a few specific dates mentioned for its availability, and the first-such – April 10 – has finally come with no corresponding release. Earlier this week we heard Joe Belfiore talk about the software coming out during the “first part of April,” and today he gets much more specific, tweeting that fans should “check in early next ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:00 AM

    There was an interesting question that came up recently and I wanted to take a moment to examine the topic. I’m as big a fan of Nokia as the next guy. Heck, my last feature phones before graduating up to smart phones were Nokia. So I’m not a Nokia hater by any means. But the question did give me pause: Does Microsoft need Nokia? This is a multi-faceted question, as are most good questions. There’s the hardware side, the software side, and as they love to say in the dugout of a baseball game, “the intangibles.” Microsoft has not been shy about recruiting new and exciting OEM’s ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:37 AM

    One of the biggest hurdles that most companies deal with when becoming acquired, is the fact that governments have to approve the transaction. Government trade commissions ensure that these deals won't hinder business for competing companies, or benefits for customers, and that's exactly what the Chinese government has been doing with the whole Microsoft-Nokia acquisition, which has led to some recent statements from Nokia. Now to be clear, even though Microsoft has acquired Nokia's handset division, this only entitles Microsoft to the production of smartphones and feature phones. Nokia on ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 5:41 PM

    Microsoft's latest platform update for Windows Phone is nearly upon us, with the company making its big WP8.1 announcement at Build last week, and the first handsets running the software arriving shortly. But once 8.1 is here, and existing phones have made the update to 8.1, what then? We're quite used to Microsoft pushing out smaller general distribution releases between the bigger ones – you might remember three such GDR updates that came between the Windows Phone 8 launch and the arrival of 8.1. We've already heard a little about what Microsoft might be thinking so far as its next ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 7:39 PM

    With last week's announcements at Build 2014, Microsoft has left Windows Phone users salivating in anticipation of WP8.1. OTA updates are still a way's off, and the first all-new WP8.1 hardware won't be available for several more weeks, making the best chance a lot of enthusiasts will have to check out the platform in action the Developer Preview release. But just when will that be? Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter yesterday to answer a few questions about WP8.1, and updated us on an ETA. Before we get to that, let's look at what we've heard so far. The first date to get rumored ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 3:14 PM

    A lot of us were disappointed with how long it took Microsoft to announce Windows Phone 8.1, and specially because at the moment, we're still months away from its official launch in devices. Still, when you weigh all the changes that Microsoft has brought to the table with this upgrade, it's clear that the company has done the mobile operating system a lot of justice. If you thought that Microsoft was going to end its share of innovation there, you're mistaken, as we get some new rumors that point to the future of Windows Phone. A Reddit user who claims to work in Microsoft for the last 15 ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 11:04 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's push for wireless charging by bundling it with the Lumia 930. Then we talk about Windows Phone 8.1 and all the positive changes you can expect. HTC is next as we see the company working on a new Butterfly model with a regular camera. Apple follows the news as the trial against Samsung has revealed how worried the company is about Android. We end today's show talking about how the Obama administration is not happy with Samsung's silent selfie. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia to push wireless charging by bundling free ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 7:26 PM

    Microsoft's big Windows Phone 8.1 keynote address at Build 2014 was two days ago, but with the conference running through today, more and more 8.1 details have managed to trickle out. Let's take a look at a few of the changes that we've heard being talked about today: One of the improvements we're learning about concerns how user data is backed up to the cloud. Microsoft is aiming to give users a consistent experience across devices, especially as universal apps start arriving to give users access to the same code on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and Windows 8.1 computers. In order to realize ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 5:13 PM

    When Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday as it got Build 2014 started, the company touched upon a ton of features and improvements that add up to make WP8.1 the significant upgrade it is. Among those was the new Word Flow keyboard, supporting the sort of gesture typing we first saw popularized with Swype. At the time, Microsoft mentioned how this new keyboard has been used in a record-setting speed typing attempt; if you're curious to check that out in detail for yourself, the company has just released the video of that action, besting the previous record by a solid two ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 7:19 AM

    Last week we announced that Microsoft was officially releasing Office for Apple's iPad and shortly thereafter went hands-on to show you what to expect if you're an iOS user. Being an Android guy, I immediately headed to the Play Store so I could download the Android version on my 2013 Nexus 7. The link said that my device wasn't compatible with the app. What? Not compatible? How can that be? I've got Google's latest tablet running the latest version of the Android operating system! How can Microsoft Office not be compatible?! Android Support I pulled out my Nexus 5 and checked the same ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 6:23 PM

    I know, I've been writing about tablets as productivity tools a lot this week and last – more than usual. That's due in part to a video I was scheduled to make late last week – the one about going tablet-only for a day – and it getting replaced with another tablet-centric video about Microsoft's Office for iPad. After months upon months of rumors of the popular Office suite for iPad, Microsoft finally made it official last Thursday. For free, you're not going to get a lot from Microsoft on the iPad, though. The Office Mobile app, which has been around for some time for Android ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    When will you be able to get your hands on a working copy of Windows Phone 8.1? During yesterday's Build keynote announcement, Microsoft mentioned a few different windows for us to consider: “the next few months” for OTA updates, late April or early May for new phones running 8.1 (like the Lumia 630), and “this month” for the Developer Preview. We already heard an April 10 date rumored for the preview release, so is that what we're looking at here? Maybe not. A new leak sure suggests that there will be a slightly longer wait in store before the WP8.1 Developer Preview is ready for ...

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