Posts tagged with: Microsoft

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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    Microsoft introduced its Band wearable this past fall, a cross-platform fitness tracker that packed features like GPS reception and a UV sensor which helped elevate it above the pack of lesser-equipped activity tracking competitors. And while it was capable of doing quite a bit out of the box, the great thing about smart wearables is how they continue to evolve with the arrival of new software. This week, Microsoft's bringing just such an update to the Microsoft Band, introducing new biking functionality, a web-based dashboard, better service integration, and opening an SDK for third ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a lot of work in building more popularity for its online services, since we know that it's Satya Nadella's main focus for the company going forward. In that challenge we've seen the company do some odd moves in sharing some of its love with iOS and Android, even before bringing the functionality to its own platforms. Bing is one of those services that also seems forgotten lately, and the company has taken some measures. Microsoft recently launched a deal that would give users a crazy 100GB of OneDrive storage for free, for two years. All you had to do was register ...

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    If the way you're grabbing screenshots from your Xbox One currently resembles the way you did it (the media, and everyone else) in the early Windows Phone 7 days (with a camera pointed at your screen), you should be happy to find out that those days are over. The ability to take Xbox One screenshots will be just one of the many new goodies and improvements Microsoft will send to your console next month, as part of the March update. The February update was no slouch either, but there's really "big stuff" coming, aside from Xbox One screenshots (double tap the X button on your controller and ...

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    Windows 10 is Microsoft's next big bet to the future of desktop, mobile and even game console computing, and the company's Technical Preview has gained a lot of praise among the media, even with how early the product is. Sadly our impressions on the mobile variant are still not positive, but we're optimistic that there's more to improve down the road. Microsoft has done an amazing job at updating its desktop variant so far, and today we learn more about what's to come. The company's Gabe Aul has just spilled the beans on hotfixes that should be reaching testers today, and the details ...

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    If you're currently on the ropes deciding if you should buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in the next few months, there are more reasons than ever to become part of the full Microsoft ecosystem, assuming you also use Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft made a big deal of how universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone will also work on the Xbox One, but at the moment, support for third-party apps is limited to only a few elite developers. This is about to change and in a major way. Sources claim that Microsoft is preparing to show us how the whole third-party Xbox One platform will work in April ...

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    Progress isn't just about welcoming the new, although that's often a big part of it. It can also mean that we have to say goodbye to the old, sacrificing sometimes-beloved features in the name of what's next. Back in 2012, when Microsoft was first introducing us to Windows Phone 8, we learned about Rooms, private invitation-only spaces where you could share information and media with specific people; maybe you'd create a Room for your family, or for a close group of friends. Last week we saw the Windows 10 Technical Preview become available for certain WP8.1 devices, and it landed without ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is here, giving owners of select Lumia smartphones an early glimpse into Microsoft's next efforts for its mobile platform. But what's next for the program? When can we expect a new release with some fresh new features? And what about compatibility with additional phones; should you just try that hack that tricks Microsoft's servers into letting you put the preview on unsupported hardware? The company's Gabriel Aul has been fielding questions on Twitter, and brings us answer to these questions and more. That installation hack we told you ...

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    We had heard that Microsoft was planning two major GDR upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1, but with all the Windows 10 buzz, it was easy to assume that GDR2 was dead. Many of us are already testing the Windows 10 preview for phones, so it really doesn't make any sense for there to be Microsoft resources working on an update in between. Still, Microsoft is Microsoft, and some new documents prove otherwise. Internal Microsoft documents that are usually only shared with OEMs and carrier partners claim that Microsoft is still working on GDR2 for Windows Phone. The document is dated on January ...

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    We knew that Microsoft's initial release of its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones wouldn't support every WP8.1 handset under the sun, but we didn't expect it to be quite as limited as it was, with zero support for flagship hardware. Instead, the release worked with half-a-dozen recent low-to-midrange handsets. Now, you could just wait for future Windows 10 previews if you find yourself with some of that not-yet-supported hardware; Microsoft's been very clear that compatibility is only going to get better. But if you're the impatient type, with a streak of DIY confidence running ...

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    There's a lot to like about the Surface Pro 3, making it little surprise that Microsoft's been selling a boatload of the tablets. Beyond the full-blown Windows experience that the tablet offers, making it a prime tool for mobile productivity, one of the Pro 3's real stand-out features is the Surface Pen, a precision pressure-sensitive active stylus tracked by the tablet's digitizer panel. If you were already a fan of what the Surface Pen delivered, there's good reason for you to be excited about future Surface tablets, as Microsoft is reported to be in discussions to purchase the firm ...

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    It seems like the last few days have seen Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors taking a turn for the hardware side of things, revisiting the idea of the Galaxy S Edge, giving us hints about the phone's camera, or talking about what to expect from accessories. But it wasn't long ago when our GS6 focus was pointed at the phone's software, amid reports that Samsung was in the process of seriously slimming-down TouchWiz to deliver core functionality, while moving a lot of what had been perceived as bloat to optional add-on apps. Today we hear from a new source about what Samsung's up to, adding some ...

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    The day you've been waiting for has arrived: the Windows 10 preview release for existing Lumia smartphones is here. We've known to expect it for sometime in February, but after last week's rumored start to the preview failed to happen, we were left without a great sense of an ETA. All we needed was a little patience, because today Microsoft finally flips the switch, inviting curious Windows Phone users to get an early taste of Windows 10 on their phones. To get the preview on your phone you'll need to register for the Windows Insider program, though that's free and easy (hit up the first ...

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    Microsoft has gained a lot of fame for making its mobile operating system run like a champ on the lowest hardware specifications imaginable. Sadly, Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't necessarily shined in allowing Microsoft to retain this reputation, and with the confirmation that Windows 10 will run on devices with 512MB of RAM, but with less features, you could say we have all the reasons in the world to be worried. If you currently own any budget Lumia, we've got some possible good news. Microsoft's Gabriel Alu has taken on Twitter to tell us all that he's currently testing Windows 10 on a budget ...

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    It's surreal to think that the same company that was roughly 90 days from going bankrupt back in 1997, is now considered the most valuable company in the world. Even more surreal is the fact that Microsoft was one of the companies that helped boost credibility back into Apple as part of Steve Jobs' turn around plan, and that now Apple is worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. Apple's stock is on a rise after certain records were broken yesterday, and the numbers are just crazy. Apple became the first US company in history to close stock market trading with $700 billion in ...

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    Earlier today we told you about a little promo Google's got going, where in exchange for you going over a security checklist to help insulate your account against attack from ne'er-do-wells, Google will bump your free Drive storage up by 2GB – not too shabby. Well, that's just half of the free-cloud-storage action that's going around today, and Microsoft's also looking to hook you up with some free storage, to the tune of a hefty 100GB. Register yourself a Bing Rewards account, and in exchange for signing up for OneDrive promo emails, Microsoft will give you 100GB of OneDrive storage – ...

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    There's nothing hotter than to be given the chance to test the latest and greatest software before it reaches store shelves. That is, unless something goes wrong at some point of the installation, or the bugs are so unbearable that you'd prefer to remove the software from your device. The desktop version of Windows 10 Preview has proven to be reliable, even with the usual bugs that are to be expected, but there are some good news for those choosing to give it a try on phones. Microsoft had unofficially mentioned that it would provide a phone recovery tool for those that give Windows 10 ...

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    Samsung hasn't had the best track record when it comes to its court disputes. Just a few months ago we saw how the Korean giant decided to play hardball with Apple twice in court, and the results of these disputes were not in Samsung's favor. At the same time, we saw how Microsoft then attacked Samsung over other legal disputes, and to that we have a new status today. If you remember, the whole Microsoft vs Samsung issues began when Microsoft decided to acquire the Nokia mobile division. Before this, Microsoft and Samsung had two contractual agreements over the use of certain Microsoft ...

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    Three weeks: we've got just three weeks to go until one of the biggest times of the year for smartphone, tablet, and wearable news, with Mobile World Congress 2015 set to get started in Barcelona during the early days of March. That's already meant companies like Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and more teasing their MWC events, sending out early invites to the press. The latest company to get us psyched-up for its MWC showcase is Microsoft, as its own invites start hitting inboxes. Unlike the many manufacturers holding their press events on March 1 (MWC-proper doesn't start until March 2), ...

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    It's been a few weeks since Microsoft unveiled its newest operating system, including the fork Lumia-lovers have been waiting for: the mobile platform we're calling "Windows 10 phone edition." Since then, we've seen lots of news concerning the company's new smartphone software, from leaks documenting some of the features we saw on stage to statements regarding which devices will actually get Windows 10 phone edition, to user concerns about its move from a revolutionary to a derivative UX. And we've talked all of these issues to death on the last few episodes of our Weekly podcast. Amid ...

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    Microsoft is definitely not famous for being timely, and we've got the Windows Phone launch periods to prove it. The folks from Redmond are in desperate need of reinvention, and even when we thought that the company's top priority would be Windows and Windows Phone, we've seen more love reach iOS and Android in the last couple of weeks. Still, we do know many of you are already using the Windows 10 Preview, but if you're wondering how far away we are from a final build, the wait is long. Reports claim that Microsoft is targeting its Release to Manufacturing version of Windows 10 to reach ...

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    In another year from now, we'll be talking about all the new smartphones shipping with Windows 10 already on them, but for the moment our more pressing concern is what the Windows 10 upgrade situation will look like on currently-released WP8.1 hardware. Last week word came in that the Windows Insider preview release would indeed run on lower-end 512MB RAM hardware, and this week Joe Belfiore is talking a little more both about that preview release, as well as the issue of Windows 10 on 512MB RAM phones. First up, we hear a comment on these 512MB RAM phones that mirrors some of what company ...

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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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