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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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    Update (8 Aug, 2:00pm Eastern): "Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait." - Charles Dickens The latter ain't the case this week. Enjoy. Sometimes the news comes not in a solid column from a single direction, but as a scattershot shower-spray from every corner of the space. Today's podcast reflects just such a week in mobile technology, with tech news as far-flung and varied as the menu items on an appetizer mixer from Applebee's. All that (plus a larger-than-normal helping of your listener mail) is waiting for your ears on episode 160 of your favorite tech podcast: the Pocketnow ...

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    Windows 10 promises big changes for the way code is shared across devices, and beyond the arrival of useful universal apps that will easily transition between PC, phone, and tablet form factors, Windows 10 also looks to help break down boundaries between competing platforms. Back in April we learned about Microsoft's plans for encouraging devs to bring existing Android and iOS software to Windows 10, thanks to an Android subsystem that would allow for very lightweight porting, as well as tools to help adapt Objective-C apps from iOS. That sounded all kinds of promising, but will the ...

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    Microsoft has been on a roll with consumer-oriented products lately, something uncommon for the Redmond that we knew in the past. We've seen the company launch a bevy of apps for iOS and Android, and leave a few in preview here and there as well. Microsoft Sway is one of those services in preview that just swapped status today. Microsoft Sway has left preview and becomes fully available to iOS, Android, and Office 365. Sway is really a re-imagined presentation tool. It's less powerful than PowerPoint, but even with its web limitations is capable of delivering some stunning presentations ...

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    Even though Microsoft has been kind of infamous for its timing at launching products, this is clearly a new company. Redmond was able to deliver its Windows 10 promise for computers, and so far stats seem positive. If you're in the market for a product right now, it seems you won't even need to upgrade. Microsoft has decided to already sell its Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 installed. Whether it's the case of the 10.8-inch tablet, or the 12-inch professional computer, you won't have to bother with the burden of installing Windows 10 on either. This is also happens to be the ...

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    If you're a serious Windows fan, you likely have already upgraded your PC to Windows 10 – and hell, you were probably running the Insider preview months before you made your final upgrade. And that Insider testing may also extend to your smartphone, where you've had the opportunity to try out some of the latest Windows 10 Mobile builds. But Microsoft's Windows 10 ambitions are far greater than just the desktop and mobile spheres, and we'll even see the platform arrive as an update for the company's Xbox One game console. So far the Xbox has lagged behind other Microsoft platform in terms ...

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    Sources may dispute the numbering that will come to Microsoft's next-gen Windows smartphone flagships, but whether we're looking at the 940 series or the 950 series, a steady stream of rumors, now evolved to the point where we're seeing leaks of actual of hardware, has been hard to ignore in establishing that these phones are on their way. And as we look forward to top-shelf hardware like Snapdragon 808 or 810 SoCs, quad HD displays, and 3GB of RAM, a fresh leak attempts to give us maybe the best glimpse yet at one of these handsets, upon the publication of some new images of a Lumia 950 ...

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    Microsoft may not be the world's most famous smartphone OEM, and particularly after the turn of events with the Lumia division. That said, the company did confirm a solid commitment to the platform, and that we should expect flagship devices later this year. Rumors first started with the Lumia 940 / 940 XL, and then these flipped to Lumia 950 / 950 XL. Now it seems things are flipping again. Sources claim that Microsoft will indeed launch a Lumia 940, Lumia 940 XL and even a Lumia 840 later this year. The Lumia 940 is said to bring a 5.2-inch QHD display, and be powered by a 64-bit ...

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    Every new smartphone stops getting updates eventually; maybe hardware requirements have gone up, or the user base has moved on to new handsets, but at some point it just stops making sense to allocate resource towards updating old phones. But even when it's not explicitly stated, many of us assume there's some level of grace period baked-in there – that we can expect a steady flow of updates for at least a year (and two if we're lucky). Sadly, that's just not the case in reality, and we're finally getting formal confirmation of one smartphone that's going without a major update. The ...

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    Microsoft has done a very good job at keeping everyone on the loop of its progress with Windows 10. The update started rolling out to some yesterday and to others today, but it seems that even then, the company has found a few bugs to squash. The company has already prepared its first patch for its new operating system, and it seems very important. Build 10240.16405.150725-1815.th1 for Windows 10 is reportedly already being deployed to customers. If you've already updated to Windows 10 then this should appear on your Windows Update section, and in the case that you haven't updated to the ...

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    At some point we're going to stop talking about Windows 10 for a brief moment and share with you some news that's happening on other major platforms. But today is very much Microsoft's time to shine as Windows 10 makes its formal PC debut, and that's just got everyone's heads spinning with all manner of Windows-related material. We just spent a little time talking about plans for the ultimate release of Windows 10 Mobile, and now we're picking up some further details about both Microsoft's hardware and software intentions, thanks to a new interview with the company's Terry Myerson. ...

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    With Windows 10 now upon us, the next big hurdle for the platform to clear is mobile. Windows 10 PC availability is getting underway presently, but if you want to try out Microsoft's latest OS on your smartphone, your only option at the moment is to participate in the company's Insider testing program. Commercial availability of Windows 10 Mobile will be coming in the future, both as an update to existing hardware and as the factory-installed platform in new phones – but just when? Microsoft's been notoriously cagey about providing a specific release date, and while we still don't have a ...

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    Windows 10 is finally here!  While the Windows 8 interface was designed for the future of computing where software could recognize where your eyes were looking or understand your hand gestures in three dimensional space, people just aren't ready for that. We want that same old start menu that we've known and loved ever since 1995. Enter Windows 10, which brings a lot of backpedaling to the UI for those who just didn't get Windows 8's interface (of which there were many), but at the same time adds a "tablet mode" which retains many of the touch-friendly interface features of Windows 8. So ...

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    Windows 10 for PCs may be out today, but we've still got some time to go before we see Windows 10 Mobile make its commercial debut on new smartphones. While no one likes to wait, at least we have something nice to look forward to, as Microsoft has let us know we can finally expect some new flagship-quality Lumia phones. Considering how long it's been since we've seen some top-shelf silicon on the platform, that's big news. But for a while there, especially in the early days of 2014, it sounded like a new high-end Windows Phone model could be just around the corner, and we found ourselves ...

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    Update: Additionally, you can download Windows 10 installation ISO files here. Despite the fact that Microsoft has officially flipped the switch on the Windows 10 update, you might not be getting your free copy immediately. It might take days, or even weeks, until you can enjoy the brand new OS with its shiny new features. However, there's a way to force the Windows 10 update to your computer, and have it downloaded and installed right away. RedmondPie published a neat tutorial on how to force Windows 10 update onto your PC, and, so far it has been working flawlessly. Just follow these ...

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    Some users out there were luckier than others, as Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 update slightly earlier to them. There's no need to be jealous at all, because your free Windows 10 upgrade is already on its way. If you have a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the upgrade should be available for you as we speak. However, not all machines that are eligible will get the update instantly, but you will not be left out. After nine months of beta testing, Windows 10 is ready for mainstream. If you have registered to get the update from your taskbar, you will be notified when ...

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    We're pretty much just a few hours away from Microsoft's official launch of Windows 10 to the public. We're talking about the desktop variant though, as the mobile version of Windows 10 is clearly still a product in development. We're sure that many of you are eagerly waiting for today to be over and get the goods, but it seems that Microsoft became impatient. Users have begun to report that Microsoft is already deploying Windows 10 to some lucky customers. It's hard to confirm what has determined that certain specific customers get the update today and not tomorrow. We assume that what ...

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    Remember Nokia's Z Launcher from about a year ago? Well, now it looks like Microsoft also wants a piece of the Android launcher market, as the Redmond-based giant is working on an application, dubbed Arrow Launcher, which is basically a launcher for Android. You can download the APK and take it for a spin here (needs invite to receive updates post-install), but remember that this is a Beta version, so expect to see some bugs and inconsistencies all the way throughout. What you get with Arrow Launcher is a home page, with another page to its left and right, for a total number of three, a ...

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    Rumors dating back several months now have been talking about Microsoft's follow-up effort to last year's Band wearable, a cross-platform fitness tracker with an interesting sensor package. After those first whispers of a Band 2 arrived, we eventually saw Microsoft confirm its general plans, mentioning development of a new Band, presumably for launch later this year. That idea of the wearable arriving sooner rather than later may be picking up some new support thanks to a fresh rumor out today, claiming that Microsoft is already winding things down for the original Band. Supposedly, ...

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    Microsoft has made a ton of controversial changes to its mobile platform. From providing broader support to competing platforms with its newest services, to massive layoffs in the Lumia division, it's hard to not be concerned over the future of Microsoft's smartphone business. Satya Nadella has committed to continue building great Lumia offerings going forward, and today we hear more. Satya Nadella was recently questioned about his stance in mobile during the company's results conference call. When approached by Keith Weiss from Morgan Stanley on the company's smartphone business in the ...

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    Surely email isn't dead, but that doesn't mean that services like Slack aren't trying to kill it. Instant messaging continues to be a more practical way to communicate, but it tends to be impractical in the long run if you want to find old conversations. Microsoft has just launched a new service that intends to fix just that. Microsoft Send is a new app for iOS that's part of the Microsoft Garage list of experimental services. The idea of Send is to allow you to communicate quicker in a sort of instant messaging UI, but then these conversations are stored on Microsoft Outlook. This service ...

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    Last week we saw Microsoft release its latest Windows 10 Insider preview, the version that should be the last we get before the platform formally lands next week: build 10240. With it looking like this is the final RTM build that will ultimately introduce the public to Windows 10, it's arguably the most important one we've seen land all summer, but just what is it doing differently than previous builds? Today a detailed copy of the build's release notes have leaked, explaining all that's going on behind the scenes. As shouldn't be surprising, there are a bunch of big-fixes present in ...

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    We just covered Apple's record-setting financial figures, and mentioned at the time how it's one of two giants in mobile sharing their performance this evening. The other is Microsoft, and the company's got some mixed figures to report when it comes to its smartphone game. Microsoft's problem is the growing popularity of budget-priced Lumia models, which just can't bring in a whole lot of money individually. And while Lumia sales in terms of units were very strong, growing some 3 million to 8.4M (as opposed to just 5.4M the same time last year), revenues took a dive, dropping 38 percent to ...

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    Microsoft helped usher-in spring this year with the launch of a new tablet, adding to its Surface line with the introduction of the Surface 3, the first non-Pro Surface to run a full version of Windows (and enjoy the same broad software support) and avoid all those RT shenanigans. And while the Surface 3 started hitting stores in early May, initial availability was only for the tablet's WiFi-only option. LTE would be on the way eventually, and today we get word of the first US carrier to offer just such an LTE-equipped Surface 3. AT&T begins Surface 3 sales later this week, where the ...

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    We all want Windows Phone flagships! However, we should understand that it would make little sense to unveil high-end devices prior to Windows 10 Mobile's release, so we're all hoping to see some Windows Phone flagships towards the end of the year. There were a couple rumored, like the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL, with some of their specs getting leaked, in addition some details. Then we started hearing about a certain Lumia 950, with some specs mentioned, and now a report turns everything upside down. According to this report from China, the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL we've previously heard ...

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    Shooting time-lapse video with your phone's camera is nothing new, and smartphone users have been putting together sped-up clips for ages. And while regular software does a great job at temporally compressing footage, that faster-than-life effect has a nasty habit of amplifying changes in camera orientation over time, resulting in a jarring, sometimes unpleasant-to-watch experience. Microsoft thought that there must be a better way to create this kind of video, and came up with its Hyperlapse system to smooth-out and stabilize time-lapse footage. Back in May we saw the Hyperlapse app for ...

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