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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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    Remember when gold mobile devices were the epitome of tackiness, bad taste, and just generally poor decision-making? How far we've come, and thanks to some new alignment of the stars, gold phones now find themselves very much in vogue. If you're a manufacturer who missed the boat on launching your latest gear with a gold option, it might be worth your while to think long and hard about correcting that tragic oversight with a fresh new edition. Today, that's just what Microsoft is doing, introducing a new, gold Surface Pen alongside some really tricked-out, high-end Surface hardware. This ...

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    It took Microsoft a vexingly long time (several years, to be exact), but at long last, Skype’s most serious security vulnerability has been patched with a simple update. No more following a few quick steps on nefarious websites to uncover the IP address of any given user, as the immensely popular video chat service hides such information by default now. The desktop and mobile amendment available on all platforms tackles concerns voiced primarily by gamers over time, but individuals attentive to data privacy should come together and relish the change, no matter their online preferences ...

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    Microsoft seems to be a diligent player in another company's walled garden. With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro, two new iOS interaction methods have changed up what it means to be an app on an Apple device. And Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on it. All three apps are taking up new features, including: "Annotate with Ink," accessible via the new Draw tab and now takes the Apple Pencil A 3D Touch menu which allows you to immediately create or open a project Download fonts from the cloud on demand Files are now searchable on Spotlight (iOS 9) PowerPoint also now ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your RSS/iTunes/Xbox feed starting January 24 at 3:00am Eastern. It's also down below right now. We would've liked to feature some fanart this week, but we'll have to wait until next time to show it off. HTC Nexus phones, a free smartwatch with your smartphone and iOS apps coming to Windows Phone. Who says the post-CES lull has to be dull? All of the above –plus a special announcement from Pocketnow's Editor-in-Chief and your listener mail– awaits on episode 184 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So put on your Perfume and varnish up your Islandwood; we're ...

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    A couple days back we got word that there was a possible design flaw with the power adapters sold with older Surface Pro tablets, and that Microsoft was expected to announce a recall. Supposedly affecting Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 tablets sold prior to July 15 of last year, we heard that a wiring issue created the potential for a fire hazard. That report suggested that Microsoft would officially announce a voluntary recall on Friday, but today we see that news arrive one day early, as Microsoft confirms its recall plans. It turns out the dates for affected models are a ...

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    Could a low-end 5-incher with a 720p screen, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage space really be the end of the once glorious Lumia product family? Hard to say for sure right now, but the Microsoft Lumia 650 inches closer and closer to a formal announcement, followed shortly by a European commercial launch, according to new rumors. In Germany, the unusually sleek-looking (for an entry-level device) Lumia 650 will reportedly go on sale in early February, priced as low as €220 unlocked. That’s around $240, mind you, which beats the US MSRP of the Lumia 550 by a full Benjamin. Of course, ...

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    The Microsoft Build developer conference is up, coming and a year beyond Build 2015. It was then that the company announced its efforts to close the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile app gap with a development bridge between the above platforms and Android and iOS. What was called Project Astoria lies in stillwater, but sources signaled that Project Islandwood has turned up green lights. Today, Microsoft published the first of several tutorials for "Building a Simple App with the Windows Bridge for iOS." The process involves both a Windows 10 PC running Visual Studio 2015 and the Bridge ...

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    When the 64GB versions of a device cost more than a 128GB version, you know there's something good going on. But as we have the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book out right now and presumably another consumer-grade Surface convertible tablet on the way, we may be looking at what we call "expensive model housecleaning." Both SKUs of the 128GB Surface 3 (with 4GB RAM) have had their prices cut by $150, resulting in a $50 undercut from comparable 64GB models. The Wi-Fi only edition stands at $449 and the LTE edition comes up to $549 at the Microsoft Store. Best Buy is offering the Wi-Fi only ...

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    Windows smartphone users everywhere have been looking forward to the updates that will bring Windows 10 Mobile to their existing Windows Phone handsets. And while Microsoft hasn't appeared to be in any rush to get those updates out, it finally looked like we were about to see distribution en masse: earlier this month, we heard about carriers prepping for the update's arrival in a matter of days, and saw some preliminary evidence that updates had already started going out in certain markets. That was all very promising, but now we're wondering if many users could end up waiting just a bit ...

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    We introduced you to the NuAns Neo at CES 2016. It's a Windows 10 Mobile phone that sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 system-on-a-chip and is able to run Continuum, Microsoft's protocol for extending a phone's horsepower onto a desktop space. Thing is, Microsoft didn't acknowledge this fact in its minimum specifications for Continuum up until now. Plop down to Microsoft's Hardware Dev Center today and you'll get an updated page with new minimum requisites looking form-fit to the Neo. The Snapdragon 617 is now among the 808 and 810 as being Continuum-supported processors. 2GB of RAM is ...

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    How many of you take advantage of your smartphone's ability to place video calls? Whether you're using FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or any of a number of third-party services, modern apps give us tons of ways to feel a slightly closer connection to the friend or family member we're calling, by putting a face to that interaction. But now we're thinking a little beyond the confines of our phones' screens and learning about what just might be the next big thing for video calls, as Microsoft Research shows off its Room2Room, letting users interact with a life-size projection of each other. Right ...

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    Today's mobile devices can do a million and one different things, limited only by the imagination of software devs and the resources afforded by hardware manufacturers. And while we usually love learning about new tricks our gadgets can pull off, when that trick is “spontaneously catch fire,” we find ourselves a little less excited. Now Microsoft may be planning a big recall for Surface Pro accessories, as word arrives of a possible fire hazard. Reportedly, Microsoft's come to learn that the power adapters shipped with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 tablets prior to July ...

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    Microsoft’s big developer conference will get the year's platform-specific events off to a bold start, with Build 2016 planned for the tail end of March. We learned about this year's schedule back in December, and last week details about registration finally arrived, with Microsoft opening things today, on January 19. We hate to tell you this if you were hoping to attend, but registration has come and gone, with Build 2016 filling up at its usual breakneck pace. Those who signed up while they could will pay just under $2200 to attend the event, where Microsoft will lay out its framework ...

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    Has Windows 10 been all that you hoped for? Last year we saw the release of Microsoft's latest platform, attempting to bridge divides between devices types as the company looked to bring users a cohesive computing experience. And while the software we got did a lot of things right, there was also a lot more we were looking forward to that wasn't quite ready for prime time. Since last spring we've been anticipating Microsoft's first big Windows 10 feature update, codenamed Redstone and on track for release sometime this year. Will we get everything we've been looking forward to? A new rumor ...

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    After nearly a year's worth of buildup, we are still nowhere near close to the coming of the HoloLens, Microsoft's (pricy) all-in-one productivity computing solution with integrated augmented reality. But the roadshow goes on and so do the tidbit drops as we trudge through time. Bruce Harris, one of Microsoft's Technical Evangelists (isn't that an awesome job title, by the way?), was on a recent jaunt to Tel Aviv to show off a non-functioning headset to games developers there. The lounge get-together was more intimate than the usual convention space affair and Harris was fairly liberal ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    With the new iPad Pro, Apple's arguably the company playing catch-up for once, and it's easy to look at the jumbo-sized tablet as a direct response to the positive reception Microsoft's been getting from its recent Surface Pro models. From the sheer size of the tablet, to the matching keyboard, and even to the active stylus, Apple borrows more than one trick from Microsoft's bag. But for all those similarities, these companies each approach their productivity tablets in slightly different ways (as Microsoft is all too ready to point out). But now a newly published patent application ...

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    One glance at the only Windows 10 Mobile flagship not manufactured by Microsoft back when it was first announced, and you could tell the Acer Liquid Jade Primo wouldn’t come cheap. But since its producer isn’t exactly a household name in the smartphone business, we hoped for the best. Alas, Orange and Expansys Portugal have begun taking pre-orders for the Full HD 5.5-incher, which is valued at a rather steep €600. That converts to $653, so more than both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL stateside. Obviously, that’s not a fair comparison, and browsing through Redmond’s Portuguese e-store, ...

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    We will probably never know for sure if Lumia 950 and especially 950 XL’s recent availability woes were caused by software and firmware glitches or a simple case of demand exceeding supply (or a bit of both), but all’s well that ends well, and the two Windows 10 Mobile flagships can again be ordered online from Microsoft worldwide. Perhaps worldwide is a bit of a stretch, but folks living in a number of “important” European countries, plus US and Canada, have sufficient Lumia 950 and 950 XL inventory at their disposal. For the time being, at least, and as long as you’re willing ...

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    We know this isn’t what Windows mobile fans want to hear, but Microsoft will probably further cut back on hardware releases in 2016. Forget the Lumia 750 and 850, both of which are likely canceled, or eventual Lumia 950 and 950 XL sequels, destined to morph into a single rebranded, even more business-oriented “Surface Phone.” It seems the only new Lumia in the pipeline is the oft-rumored low-end 650, itself bound to skip a high-profile MWC announcement, instead going official on February 1 via a bland blog post. Though extremely attractive on the outside… for an entry-level ...

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    With another mid-range Lumia device set to fill in the space between major releases, it's important that Microsoft get things right — especially after the tribulations wrought on Windows 10 Mobile fans by the Lumia 950 and 950XL. So, will the Lumia 650 deliver on stability, form and function? We don't know just yet. Neither do Czechs as retailer LAN-SHOP has seemingly just opened up pre-orders — or orders on request, for what it's worth — for the device this week. The device comes in at 5,491 Kč, which turns over to €203, £155 or $222. There's no product picture, of course, ...

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    You probably would never have expected this, but it seems the entry-level Microsoft Lumia 535 is one of the world’s very first smartphones capable of running the newest mobile-centric Windows iteration. After launching on board the high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as the far humbler 550, Windows 10 Mobile has reportedly gone out to a small sample of Lumia 640 users in parts of Europe, and now the Lumia 535 in Latin America. Unlike previous OS releases, or Android updates, Microsoft directly handles W10M’s rollout, bypassing carriers and calling all the shots, which is why things ...

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    Trade-in and trade-up programs are nothing new for the technology industry, working like a charm in the recent and not-so-recent past to improve the mainstream appeal of Microsoft Surface-series products, Samsung Galaxy phones, or HTC Ones. But wearable discounts up for grabs after the exchange of different smartwatches and fitness trackers aren’t exactly common, with select Apple Watch models letting you score the Microsoft Band 2 completely for free until February 7. You read that right, if you’re willing to dispose of a working, mint condition 38mm “iWatch” with stainless steel ...

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    If Microsoft is able to make good on all the promises we heard in the months leading up to the release of Windows 10, we're looking forward to a future where app availability is no problem at all for the company's platform, as it provides developers with tools to quickly and easily bring their existing code to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Unfortunately, things haven't been looking too great on the Android-porting side of it, but at least progress with iOS apps was coming along nicely. Back in November we got an update on where things were headed next, and heard about plans to launch an ...

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    It's finally happening: with carriers sounding the warning that Windows 10 Mobile updates are about to start arriving for old Windows Phone 8.1 models, the era of Microsoft's next-gen mobile platform is nearly fully upon us – so will you be ready for it? Earlier today we shared with you one of the many ways Microsoft is getting its users prepared for the imminent debut of those updates, with the introduction of a new UpdateAdvisor app. At the time, the app still appeared to be in beta, and we figured that Microsoft would finish its test work and get the software ready for the public at ...

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