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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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    We started yesterday off with an exciting development for Microsoft's next-gen smartphone platform: no, not the public start of the Windows 10 preview, but maybe the next best thing – some leaked screenshots of the release in action. We got to see the new Action Center, system settings interface, and even that post-update Super Bowl quote we heard about earlier this week. This morning we find ourselves with a new round to check out, as further Windows 10 phone preview screenshots surface. What have we got here? The pics appear to reveal an audio recording app, and keyboard software shows ...

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    Windows Phone has always been a visually striking platform, but for a long time it was also one of the least-customizable. Thankfully, that’s not true anymore – and we're closing out the week by giving you a quick video tour of two apps responsible for the change. The first is TileArt (or #TileArt if you wanna be teenybopper technical about it). This is an app from Ricc Webb, a Microsoft employee who built it in his spare time because he was frustrated with the other customization options available for Windows Phone. The Lumia Conversations blog has a good interview with Ricc, whom ...

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    About a month ago, the Xbox One February update was launched in preview for certain users, and now it is ready for the masses. Chances are that your Xbox One has already downloaded the update (should your power settings be on Instant On), and you're already noticing some changes. If not, don't worry, as it might take some time for the new bits to reach your console. The refresh brings a lot of cool features to the table, like Controller improvements, Game hubs, Party Chat updates, Custom backgrounds and tile transparency (our favorite), as well as TV updates. Check them out below, as ...

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    Microsoft's public preview of Windows 10 for smartphones is ready to get started soon. Rumors that it might launch earlier this week have clearly not panned out, though we heard as much already, anyway. But soon the preview will be here, make no mistake; will your phone be able to run it, though? Late last month we talked about an update to the now-Windows Insider app that mentioned minimum system requirements, making it sound like certain current Windows Phone models might not be able to run the preview. In the comments, many of you jumped on the theory that handsets with just 512MB of ...

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    Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is what has been allegedly used to grab these Windows 10 phone screenshots. The official date on which this piece of software will be available to the public is still unknown. What we're looking at in the pictures above an below, however, is allegedly the Preview installation acknowledgement, the Action Center, as well as the System Settings. While the pictures themselves aren't very telling, aside from having a look at what might be in store, we can, however, see that the Action Center will now have not one, but three rows of icons (both toggles and ...

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    For those of you not familiar with this product, Sunrise Calendar is a a free calendar app that is compatible with multiple Calendar services, including Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. With Microsoft Outlook, and Outlook becoming available on Android and iOS, why would the Redmond-based company pay more than $100 million (according to reports) in order to purchase it? While Microsoft declined to officially comment on the story, the reason behind the purchase could be the fact that Microsoft might include some of the functionalities of Sunrise Calendar in its own offering (or help ...

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    In the smartphone world, a five-inch display is a pretty sizable canvas … but what if you could add, say, 30 inches to that? That's the question the Microsoft HD-10 was built to answer, and we're taking a demo unit for a spin in today's video! The Microsoft HD-10 is an unassuming hockey puck of a device, a plastic pancake with two cable ports and precious little else to make it stand out. That means it blends right in with the Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire Stick, or whatever else you've got tethered to your television ... while leaving the real up-close-and-personal connectivity matters ...

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    When the Lumia 830 broke cover at IFA 2014, we were struck by its resemblance to the earlier Lumia 1020 – a device which, thanks to its huge 41MP camera, stands alone as the only true super-shooter in the Windows Phone lineup. Microsoft touted the 830 as a kind of affordable successor, a so-called “midrange flagship” designed to compete on cost. But with the Lumia 1020 still on Microsoft Store shelves for over $100 cheaper, is newer really better? As in most smartphone comparisons, the answer isn't exactly straightforward. The Lumia 830 is nearly two years younger than the ...

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    For the Microsoft Surface 2, it all started with a price drop back in August of 2014, followed, more recently (last week), by a mentions of a Microsoft decision to no longer manufacture the Surface 2. As far as Windows RT is concerned, pretty much all OEMs except for Microsoft have given up on the platform, and, judging by the looks of it, it is now Microsoft's turn to put the final nail in the Windows RT coffin. "We are no longer manufacturing Nokia Lumia 2520; however, those still eager to buy Nokia Lumia 2520 should visit Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, third-party ...

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    We're still waiting for the Windows 10 Phone preview to land -- and there are some fresh details which you shouldn't have missed if you're interested in the preview -- but until then we take whatever we can get. Vesku Paananen, a Microsoft employee, might have accidentally leaked a feature we haven't seen so far, one that will probably grace our Windows Phones: we're talking about Windows 10 phone portrait tiles. According to BestMobileBlog, who spotted the image, in preparation for a Business Summit where he'd show off Windows 10 for different devices, Paananen has tweeted the picture ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 2520 joined the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 on the list of very good looking tablets running a very bad Windows RT operating system. As much hype as there was for Nokia to finally build a Windows-powered tablet, the company's decision to stick to Windows RT made this tablet a DOA product. Windows 10 does paint a much brighter picture for mobile tablets running the operating system, and today we have good and bad rumors for fans of the Lumia 2520. If we start with the bad news, one source is already claiming that the existing Nokia Lumia 2520 is being put to rest ...

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    With February upon us, it's only a matter of time before Microsoft releases its Windows 10 preview for smartphones, as promised at last month's event. WP8.1 users who are signed up for the company's Windows Insider Program will be able to check out a preview release of the upcoming platform, due sometime before the month's out. But when? Today we check out some seemingly-debunked rumors of an early start to the preview, as well as hear about some late-stage internal testing before the whole thing goes public. The Windows Phone gossip mill's been overflowing lately with claims that ...

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    The Lumia 830's model number might be a full hundred digits below Windows Phone’s true flagship, but the step down in prestige also brings a step down in size: at 8.5mm and 150g, the Lumia 830 is a very palm-friendly, very pocketable little Windows Phone. The sides are cool aluminum and the back is a polycarbonate panel available in several colors and adorned with the old NOKIA logo – one of the last uses of the legacy branding you’ll see on a Windows Phone. Popping it off reveals a removable battery and a MicroSD expansion slot, increasingly rare customizations these days and ...

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    "Lumia 930, 1520 and Lumia Icon will get “Hey Cortana” voice activation as part of the Lumia Denim update", says the official wording from Microsoft. This feature would basically allow certain Denim-powered phones to be on the lookout for the "Hey Cortana" keyword, which would activate the functionality to further improve the user experience. This is based on chipset features which enable the phone to listen to certain keywords (in this case, "Hey Cortana") in order to trigger a feature. However, in the UK, the O2 Lumia 930 Denim update rollout has begun; strangely, the "Hey Cortana" ...

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    When talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, it used to be that we were asking ourselves whether or not to believe rumors that the chip was a piece of junk, prone to overheating and generally not performing up to par. But as phone manufacturers like LG step up to stand behind the 810, while others like Samsung appear to be turning their backs on the SoC, the more appropriate question may be “is the 810 actually a bad chip, or is it just getting bad PR?” Qualcomm seems determined to do something about the beating the 810's getting in the press, and today released a statement that ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    Microsoft Surface Hub promises to be a "powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally" and to "unlock the power of the group". From what we've seen, Microsoft Surface Hub looks a whole lot like the failed Microsoft Surface "table computer" that we say several years ago. (No, you read that correctly, "table computer", not "tablet computer".) The original Microsoft Surface was essentially a relatively high-powered computer built in to a table. The tabletop was the monitor, and several cameras watched the underside of the screen to look for ...

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    Microsoft hasn't found the amount of success it wanted to see in mobile. Windows Phone is still just 3% of the mobile market, and even with its moves in acquiring Nokia's mobile division, the company is still struggling to re-invent itself internally. You could assume that Microsoft's interests in Android are low, given how the company killed the Nokia X project, but it seems these plans have changed. Microsoft is apparently going to invest a minority share of $70 million in Cyanogen, leaving what was once a simple ROM alternative, into a company that's now worth hundreds of millions. No ...

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    The final release of Windows 10 is still months and months away, but Microsoft is happy to give users eager for a preview an early look at the operating system. The PC preview has been out for a while now, and for the past few weeks we've been anticipating the start of a similar preview for phones. Earlier this month Microsoft started prepping for its release by publishing its Phone Insider app, and at the Windows 10 event last week, the company confirmed its intention to make that preview available in February. As we approach that release, Microsoft is updating the Insider app, giving it ...

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    (Update 1/29/2015: the answer now lies at the bottom of this post, so be careful when scrolling if this is your first time seeing this edition of the smartphone guessing game! Also, our apologies for the late update, folks; our lead smartphone reviewer came down with a wicked-bad case of the coughs in this year's Boston Blizzard, so he's been out of commission.) When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its ...

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    Last week's Windows 10 event brought us the latest preview of not just Microsoft's direction for the next evolution of its operating system, but also of some of the key software titles that users will be working with. That means a lot of members from the Office family of products, and while this software may call Microsoft's own platforms home, the company's been working towards making more and more of these titles available for users of other mobile ecosystems. Today Microsoft makes the next step in such efforts, taking the Android tablet versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint out of ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    Microsoft sure does like to change the way things are named! Windows CE gave way to Handheld PC and Palm PC, then to Palm-Sized PC, then Pocket PC was replaced by Windows Mobile Standard, Professional, and Classic. Windows Phone came along when Microsoft rebooted the platform in the wake of competition from Apple and Android. Windows Phone 7 was followed by Windows Phone 7.5, then 8.0, and most recently 8.1. Did I miss any? Are you confused yet? Then again, one could argue whether or not Microsoft's naming has been more or less confusing than Android's "sweet tooth" classification (it ...

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    With all Microsoft had to show at last week's Windows 10 event – from HoloLens to Spartan, not to mention what the new OS will mean for the company's smartphones – there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for what Microsoft's doing next. But before we start focusing too much on the future, it's time for another round of looking back on past performance as Microsoft release its latest quarterly financial figures. The overall picture is a mixed bag, but the company does manage to score a few wins in mobile, especially with the help of the Surface Pro 3 and its Lumia phones. Last ...

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    This past week, we got to see a bit of what Microsoft was planning for Windows Phone. Microsoft even checked off a few items on our wish list, which we appreciated. One other little nugget that Microsoft dropped on us was that new flagship hardware was coming.  There were few real details about from whom, or when. It was just an “oh by the way” on the way out the door. Perhaps we will see Microsoft focus on flagships for a while. This is great news! One of the reasons tech people (myself included) have been walking away from the platform is because of that very lack of high-end ...

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