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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 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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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:39 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial Samsung Galaxy S5 sales, even though the phone isn't officially out yet. BlackBerry and T-Mobile are next as its official that both companies hate each-other. Apple vs. Samsung follows as Phil Schiller takes the booth to defend his company. Rumors of a reversible USB connector reach rumor mill. We end today's show talking about Microsoft, Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, the new Nokia Lumia 930, and all the rest of the things that got announced. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Initial Samsung Galaxy S 5 sales are solid, ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    "We have to temper our enthusiasm," warns Stephen Schenck, "lest we get ahead of ourselves." It's sage advice. The news piece broadcasting that warning also contained a rumor as tantalizing as it was familiar: some folks over at WPDang had heard through the grapevine that HTC intended to follow up its new One M8 with a Windows-powered variant of the same hardware. We'd heard tell of a similar rumor when the One M7 launched last year, only to spend the next twelve months buried under a wave of Nokia Lumia devices, punctuated by the occasional Samsung rehash. Rather than the Live ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    Nokia's services have proven to be one of the biggest ways for the company to differentiate the Lumia brand from competitors. As a result we've seen a ton of "HERE" services, like HERE Maps, that were initially available only to Nokia devices, but that were later ported across the platform. One of the services that wasn't available available for free was HERE Drive+, though that is about to change with the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft has just announced that both HERE Drive+ and also HERE Transit will go free for all Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The official statement reads: ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    Windows Phone, being the youngest of the major mobile platforms, is comparatively feature light. There are holes in its offerings, such as application support, no centralized notification center, and even customization options for end users. As petty as any one of these missing features may seem, together – paired with the other, tiny idiosyncrasies – are far more important and difficult to overlook. Android and iOS, on the other hand, have received several major point updates since their launch and have both physically and visually matured an impressive amount. They're still far from ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 5:14 PM

    Just a few hours back, we got to hear Microsoft's new Cortana voice assistant speak for the first time. The company is understandably excited about what Cortana can do for WP8.1 users, and presents the system as a much more user-aware alternative to Siri or Google Now. But when we're talking with Cortana, just who is it we're hearing respond? Back in January, rumors suggested that Microsoft had tapped Jen Taylor to reprise her role as Cortana from the Halo games to model her voice for the service. What we heard today sounded close enough to Cortana from the games, but is this really Jen ...

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