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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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    After its dismal growth reading on smartphone shipments, market research firm IDC has released both its quarterly shipment reports for tablets and the trend line continues groundward. 39.6 million tablets went across the world last quarter with 87.6 percent of them being regular slate tablets — plenty of them in the form of Apple's older iPads and Amazon's Fire tablets (with some 54-fold growth) while others from smaller budget market players round out the majority. In what IDC refers to as the fledgling "detachables" sector, Microsoft still leads the field with its Surface initiative ...

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    Voice-powered assistants are becoming more and more popular ways for users to get access to data, using them to conduct searches and connect with the websites holding  answers. But for as powerful as they are, use of such services can mean making certain compromises. Take Google's voice search on Android devices, for instance: you can ask it to search for anything you choose, but it's only going to give you results from Google's own servers – there's no easy way to conduct a Yahoo search, or a Bing search. But over on Windows 10, users have been able to get a lot more flexibility out of ...

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    Update: The podcast will be out at 3pm Eastern on April 29 and at anytime right here! Enjoy. Apple's quarterly earnings have fallen for the first time since 2003. As iPhone sales slow, what are the ramifications for Cupertino? Is Nokia getting into the smartwatch game by buying up Withings? Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebooks, but will we ever see Android and Chrome OS merge? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone ...

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    It's been just about a month now since Microsoft gave us our latest look at where Windows 10 is headed, sharing news of the forthcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update during its Build 2016 keynote. The feature-packed release, formally know by codename Redstone, is set to deliver things we've already spotted in testing through Insider previews, like support for the Bash shell, Continuum beaming, an easy dark mode toggle, and the introduction of the stylus-focused Windows Ink Workspace. In making that announcement, Microsoft confirmed plans to distribute the Anniversary Update this summer, ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    Microsoft’s (timid) push to consolidate Windows as the world’s third largest mobile platform continues, with a decent amount of contemporary choices available both stateside and on the old continent for power users and extremely cash-strapped smartphone buyers. The Acer Liquid M330, first unveiled way back at IFA last fall, has just become the cheapest unlocked model sold through Redmond’s US e-store with Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded. The Lumia 550 torch is therefore passed on, and the M330 cuts two big corners to slash $40 off the 550’s list price. The display is slightly smaller, ...

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    Microsoft's interaction with mobile tech has been nothing short of uneven over the years. It found some early success with PDAs, but the rise of smartphones left the company behind. Windows Phone felt to many like a catch-up effort, but one that never quite managed to compete on the same level of Android or iOS. With Windows 10 Mobile, there was the hope that Microsoft might finally be ready to play with the big boys, but the months since the platform's launch have been anything but cause for optimism: flagship phones that failed to catch on with the public, updates that left beloved ...

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    Google realizes that Gmail addresses aren't for everyone. But even if your digital mail lives on someone else's server, Google would still like little more than for you at least to be accessing it through its Gmail app. That's led to developments like the “Gmailify” service we saw debut earlier this year, where Google worked to implement a number of Gmail-like features for users connecting to external Yahoo or Outlook email accounts. Today Google's got some fresh news about how Gmail's making it easier for users with existing email services to adopt the Gmail app, as the company ...

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    Beta testing can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different developers. Some use it as a last once-over, exposing some pre-release software to a segment of the public in order to help uncover any not-yet-spotted bugs. Others seem to use it as a nearly perpetual testbed where new features make their debut shortly before hitting an app's public build. So when we see an upcoming app make its beta debut, as happened with Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for iOS a couple weeks back, we don't always know what to think. As it turns out, this was one of those quick-last-check betas, and ...

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    Just how bad are things going for Windows-powered smartphone sales in general and Microsoft’s latest Lumia flagships in particular? So bad that a recent survey of the US mobile market has shown dumb phones beating the 950 and 950 XL’s clique in Q1 2016 activations. With Redmond’s focus aimed in other directions, the platform may seem doomed, but if affordability kept the spark of hope alive all this time, you’re about to be made an offer you can’t refuse. In fact, the ultimate Lumia 950/950 XL deal is already up for grabs up north, while the US is left waiting for a sign. The ...

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    A couple weeks back we saw Microsoft release a noteworthy update for Windows 10 Insiders, giving testers access to a number of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update enhancements that the company had just finished teasing at Build. Bash was a (nope, resisting that pun) hoot to get to finally try out on a Windows machine, and the ease at which we could toggle the system's dark mode on and off had us wishing the option had been there from the beginning. But not all of the hot new Windows 10 features Microsoft told us about during its Build keynote were ready for action … at least, not just yet. ...

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    When you're a company as big as Microsoft or Google, you've got a lot of eyes on you at any given time, ranging from media critics, to government watchdogs, to competing companies. And while that sort of exposure is a mostly inevitable consequence of being a tech giant, it sure can keep a good number of PR and legal employees busy round the clock. Any time that they don't have to spend worrying about these issues is manpower that can be better allocated elsewhere, so to that end Google and Microsoft have found themselves coming to something of an agreement, each pledging to lay off the ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    Curious how your favorite mobile companies have been doing? You're in luck, as the biggest of the big are lining up to share their latest financial figures. Today we've got new reports incoming from a couple of these giants, and right now we're taking a look at Microsoft's. The company's unsurprisingly making good money (though it's seen better quarters), and on the hardware side we're seeing the continuation of some familiar trends. Quarterly revenue hit $20.5 billion, with net income of $3.8 billion. While those figures are slightly down from last year ($21.7B and $5.0B, respectively), ...

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    It’s probably only a matter of time until the EU goes after Google for anti-competitive practices regarding the search giant’s translation service in addition to the way actual search, web browsing and shopping apps are built into stock Android. But Microsoft is doing a pretty good job nurturing its own Translator for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, so Google Translate may not hold a monopoly much longer, even on the world’s most popular mobile platform. Two of the recent major iOS updates for Microsoft Translator are essentially brought together on Android now, with the app finally ...

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    Windows Phone managed to find some of its biggest success not with high-end feature-packed flagships, but by bringing shoppers some of the best values around on really low-priced hardware, pairing affordable handsets with a platform that wouldn't over-burden them with steep system requirements. Now that Windows 10 Mobile is here, will this this trend continue? Certain carriers would sure like to see that happen, and today Cricket Wireless is doing its part to help, stepping up to offer a pre-paid Windows 10 option in the form of the Microsoft Lumia 650. We saw the Lumia 650 launch back in ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    There are a lot of good reasons to enable GPS reception on your smartphone – and just as many why you might want to leave it turned off. Sure, navigation becomes a little trickier when your phone doesn't know exactly where it is, but keeping GPS enabled consumes precious battery capacity, and the more paranoid of you out there just might not love the idea of your phone acting as a tracking device to begin with (cell tower and WiFi-based location estimates notwithstanding). But for whatever reason you might choose to keep GPS turned off, some apps just refuse to play nicely without it. ...

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    First, Microsoft abruptly took away people’s unlimited OneDrive cloud storage due to “abuse”, and inexplicably downgraded free accounts from 15 to 5GB digital hoarding space. Then, pressed by backlash, the Redmond-based software giant reconsidered the latter move, but only tripled available storage back for folks who expressly declared their desire. Everyone else was still supposed to keep the 15 gig ceiling through the end of the year, though someone messed up a couple of months ago and prematurely enforced the new restrictions. The confusion continues with another olive branch ...

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    If there’s one thing that brings together people of all ages, races, sexes, cultures, nationalities, religions and professions, it’s the way we’ve become accustomed to respond to devastating natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Everyone’s thoughts and prayers right now go out to folks in Japan’s Kyushu region and Ecuador’s northwest pacific coast, where recent seismic waves have killed at least 41 and 272 respectively, according to the latest estimates. If you know somebody that might have been affected by the quakes, but haven’t gotten in touch yet, ...

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    As painful as it might be to admit for ardent fans of the Windows Phone, aka Mobile, platform, Microsoft has been (at least) one step behind the competition ever since it annexed Nokia’s struggling handheld business. Even today, there are a handful of Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor on sale, while the sole W10M representative of the Snapdragon 820 lineup is slated to launch commercially sometime in the summer. But Redmond isn’t ready to completely throw in the towel yet, apparently adding support for Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC before the MSM8998 ...

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    Interaction layers are a mighty headache for developers who know them from the back of their hands. We regular folk only can grade how good of a job their interface maximizes use of those features by achieving or failing to do what we want to do with them. If an app has a ton of features available, you'd probably not want to see all of them in list form — you'd want a cleaner, simpler look that you can put your fingers on and manipulate properly. Apple has tried adding feature access using the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch. The Pocketnow jury thinks it's flopped. So, what will Microsoft ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your podcatchers starting at 3am Eastern on April 16. Enjoy! The HTC 10 is taking the Android world by storm. Can this one phone turn the tides for HTC? Our LG G5 coverage is in full swing, and everything you want to know about this phone will be answered. Lastly, another "backdoor" encryption bill is headed to congress, what might this mean for consumer tech? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, ...

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    A good software company is inventing new roles for itself all the time, looking to connect with users wherever it can and deliver the software solutions they need. Recently we've seen Microsoft really stepping up its efforts with keyboard apps, delivering its shortcut-laden Hub Keyboard for both Android and iOS platforms. But the Hub Keyboard hasn't been the only Microsoft software keyboard we've been hearing about this year, and back in January we got an early look at what Microsoft was working on in terms of bringing Windows Phone's Word Flow keyboard to iOS – including a convenient ...

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    When it comes to typing on the Microsoft Surface Pro, you don't really have too many choices in choosing a proper keyboard: really, it's the Type Cover or bust. But if you want a more luxurious feeling pad for your palms to rest on while you're typing away on your Pro 3 or Pro 4, Microsoft has decided to come up with its Signature Type Cover clad in a material called Alcantara, made by an Italian company of the same name. It's water-repellent, fire-retardant, yet soft, breathable and versatile for use in vehicles as well as, well, a Type Cover. The Signature Type Cover comes in a two-tone ...

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