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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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    Famous tipster @evleaks, even though retired, has spent his last couple of tweets telling us about the future of the Microsoft Lumia lineup, and even some past that never happened. On one hand he tells us that the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet that some loved and others hated, was actually just one of five tablets in the works under codenames Illusionist, Mercury, Pine, and Vegas/Atlas. Still these are not the only codenames he revealed today, as we also learn of some Microsoft Lumia future. Evan Blass has just revealed that in addition to the Lumias under codename Cityman and Talkman, there are ...

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    It's fantastic to see the level of access Microsoft is giving its users as it develops Windows 10, inviting desktop and mobile users alike the chance to preview the software as it takes shape in the months leading up to the formal commercial launches. But for as great as it's been to get an early look at all this, issues with the user experience on Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones has managed to temper our enthusiasm – what we have now is good, but we can easily imagine how much better things will be once they're fine-tuned quite a bit more. The good news is that those improvements ...

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    Last Friday, Microsoft spelled out much of what's about to happen next for testers participating in the Windows 10 Insider Preview. That includes the update path to the final, commercial-ready build once it's time for the OS to go public on July 29. And while we thought the company provided some clear answers to questions the tester community had asked time and time again, as the new week begins things are looking much less certain, and Microsoft could be reversing course on one key point. If you've got a legit copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, you can upgrade for free to Windows 10 – that no ...

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    Right now, the bulk of the world's smartphone users are on Android – somewhere floating up around 80 percent. And while new users are picking up their first smartphones every day, if you're the company behind a competing mobile platform, any growth plan is going to have to include some strategy for convincing at least some of those Android users to jump ship. Unsurprisingly, we've seen plenty of evidence of companies working to do just that, most recently with Apple's upcoming Move to iOS tool. Microsoft's had it's own migration app for some time now, and the company recently released a ...

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    We're a little over a month out from July 29, the day that marks the formal commercial arrival of Windows 10 for PCs. If you've already been participating in the Insider Preview program and running early builds, that may not sound like such a big deal, but there are some important changes you should be aware about as Microsoft makes the transition from testing to full-on availability. Today the company shares some of what to expect as we get in for the home stretch. Before the final build gets here, we've got a few more weeks of previews left, and Microsoft's making a little adjustment to ...

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    We've struggled to love the Microsoft Band because of its rudimentary design, and it's uncomfortable fit, but that doesn't mean that this isn't a powerful wearable. On the contrary, the Microsoft Band has proven to be a very powerful product over the last couple of months, and this only expands as developers make use of it. Today we learn of a new game that it will be able to track in a far better way than the average tracker. Microsoft has just partnered with TaylorMade in order to add golfing support for both he Microsoft Band and also the Health application. You first tell the app what ...

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    Windows Phone fans are used to dealing with a limited selection of smartphone options from carriers, and that's been just as true for Verizon as any. Shopping for such models in its stores, you'd find yourself presented with some very slim pickings: there's the One M8, a high-end (if not aging) model, and the new LG Lancet, a lower-end FWVGA phone. What about something that splits the difference? Ever since last summer, we've been following reports that the Lumia 735 could make its way to Verizon, and after a number of false starts, those rumors picked up in earnest again last month. ...

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    Microsoft has spent the last year reinventing itself since Steve Ballmer stepped down, and Satya Nadella became the company's CEO. The changes have involved more than just a change in leadership, but also a very corporate different strategy. Change is sadly not popular with some of the people that stay, or in some cases, some people just don't fit the new mold, and that's what seems to have happened today. Microsoft has just announced that Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft, and joining him in this departure is also Mark Penn, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder. Stephen Elop is a very ...

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    Yesterday we learned that the latest preview release of Windows 10 Mobile was nearly available, all because of the voices of you, its users. While the new 10136 build was looking ready to go, there was one big problem: a glitch prevented users from easily upgrading from existing preview builds, requiring them to go all the way back to Windows Phone 8.1 first. Microsoft asked testers if they still wanted 10136 to come out now, even if that meant jumping through some hoops with the Windows Phone Recovery Tool, and the “yes” votes won out. Today Microsoft makes good on the wishes of those ...

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    Last month, Microsoft announced that it was taking the leash off its digital assistant Cortana and letting the service run wild across mobile platforms, confirming plans for both an Android and iOS app. The company warned us that the iOS version could still be a few months off, but the Android release was set to debut quite soon, tipped for availability by the end of June. It looks like those release plans have hit a snag, though, and in a new post today Microsoft informs Cortana fans that they'll have to wait a little longer before they can try it out on Android. The new plan, according ...

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    Two of Microsoft's hottest new devices could be making their way to the lineups of one of the US's largest nationwide carriers very soon. The Lumia 640, announced at Mobile World Congress this year to build on Microsoft's affordable smartphone success, is coming to T-Mobile today. And if new information from WinSuperSite is to be believed, both the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are also going to be making their way to AT&T by the end of the month. Allegedly, WinSuperSite obtained the information in the following quotation at a Microsoft-sponsored event from a representative of the ...

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    Before we dive into the update bit, you should know that you will be able to play your Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One console, thanks to the recently announced "native" backwards compatibility, at E3, something many have wished for. Excited? Xbox One owners can look forward to receiving a major update for their consoles this fall. It might not have a dedicated Cortana button like maybe your next PC, but there are a lot of exciting things on their way to look forward to. Microsoft has committed to unifying some key parts of the experience, and Xbox live is among them. The new UX will ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant may have debuted on the company's Windows Phone handsets, but it's on the cusp of expanding in a big way. In addition to the Android and iOS apps we saw the company announce last month, Cortana is also set to find a home on PC, and you may have already had a chance to give it a spin in a recent Windows 10 preview. While we generally think of Cortana as a software tool or a cloud service, today we also get word of an interesting hardware component that's just over the horizon, as Toshiba shares word of plans to equip all its upcoming Windows 10 laptops ...

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    Microsoft's clearly working on the next generation of Lumia hardware, phones that will be among the first models running Windows 10 Mobile. While there's nothing official just yet, rumors have already made quite a few stabs at working our what we might hope to expect from these handsets. One big feature on the minds of a lot of Lumia fans has been the return of a really great camera, and expectations have been running high that some of these upcoming models might deliver imaging performance that truly lives up to the PureView name. Now a new leak gives us reason to be optimistic, as ...

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    Microsoft has been working hard at keeping its Windows 10 Mobile updates coming to members of the Microsoft Insider program. We've kept a close eye on build 10136 for the last couple of days, but it seems it's taken Redmond longer than usual in pushing to beta testers. Today we learn that the build is pretty much ready for a launch, but at a risk. Gabriel Aul has been active on Twitter today asking users for feedback on what should be the best route to take for the launch of build 10136. It seems the build is ready, but there is a bug upgrading from version 10080 that could hold the update ...

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    Our own Microsoft Band review states it in the very title: "don't call it a smartwatch". If that's the case, Microsoft is yet to enter the smartwatch game, and join already notable competitors like Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, and the rest, in putting a smart timepiece on your wrist to try and make your life easier. How about this Microsoft smartwatch shown above and below? It is being referred to as Moonraker, and, as far as we're concerned, this story could go both ways: it could either be a leak, or it could be just a concept device (imagined by a third party). While we're ...

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    Windows Phone Facebook integration was one of the main selling points of the platform (phones running the Microsoft mobile OS), and the feature was also available on Windows, as well as several other offerings from Microsoft. According to a recently published support document, Windows Phone Facebook integration (as well as other Facebook connect features) will no longer be available. "Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. Facebook’s Graph API is the tool that we use to connect your Microsoft account to Facebook. It brings contact ...

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    A little more than a week from now, on June 17, 2015, T-Mobile will be launching the Lumia 640. If you haven't already, go ahead and read our review so you'll know whether you should be excited about this, or not. The information that next Wednesday, the T-Mobile Lumia 640 will become available comes from two different unknown sources that Windows Central is quoting in this report. By the looks of it, you won't be able to grab a T-Mobile Lumia 640 from the shelves; the carrier is apparently opting for a "Ship to (direct fulfillment)" model, which implies Magenta ordering it for you and ...

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    Ever since Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile device division, the Lumia line of Windows Phones has been focusing on affordable smartphones that still bring a lot of good-enough features with less compromises. This is probably a good strategy, since I'm sure a huge percentage of the population doesn't need an $800 iPhone for texting, Facbook, and Instagram. The Lumia 640, is one of the first Lumia smartphones to finally include Microsoft's own branding, and it removes many of the compromises you might have to endure on other low-priced budget smartphones like the Lumia 5XX series and even the ...

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    Wondering what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 update 2? We've got just the changelog for you to show you all that's changed in the second major (sorta) update to Windows Phone 8.1. Only certain phones are seeing the update, but it does indeed bring a couple notable changes that one could admire. We've made available below Microsoft's official changelog. Additionally, Windows Central notes a few changes of its own after a good amount of time testing the new software – there's MKV support for videos, a Reset Protection feature, there's now an "All Apps" button at the bottom of the Start ...

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    In case going through Expansys USA was a step you didn't quite want to take to get yourself a Lumia 535, we've got good news for you. Today, shortly after going live on Microsoft's Canadian Store, Micorsoft Lumia 535 sales have kicked off on the United States Microsoft Store for the low price of $149. We ran through all of the Lumia 535's specs when the phone was first announced, but as a refresher, the affordable midranger offers internals such as a 960x540 5-inch display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage internally, and 5MP front and rear-facing shooters in ...

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    Halo is one of the most popular video game series ever created, and now you can relive all your favorite Halo moments - or discover them all for the very first time. The Master Chief Edition Xbox One comes with several titles including Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary, the newly remastered Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, and access to Halo: Nightfall. To enter, just go to The Master Chief Edition Xbox One Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Register for membership with your email address and click on ‘Enter Now’. Afterwards, share the contest via Twitter for a ...

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    Remember the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone? That was the last (but a very solid) effort coming from the Taiwanese company as far as Microsoft's mobile platform is concerned. Just yesterday we've heard HTC's CEO Cher Wang talk about the future; new smartphone series, to be specific, and we've asked several questions, among which one particularly referred to a possible Microsoft collaboration for some Windows Phone love. As it turns out, an HTC Windows Phone device isn't an impossible thing after all, at least if you look at the image above. HTC is listed and mentioned by Microsoft as a ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work reinventing itself since the administration of Satya Nadella began a few months ago. We now see a company that's more aggressively focused in expanding its software grip, even if that's at the cost of not serving its own hardware at the same speed. Windows 10 plays a major roll in this reinvention, and today we learn more about its launch date. Microsoft had teased that we should expect Windows 10 to launch this summer, but today we finally get an official date for July 29th. We did hear that the service would be a free upgrade, but today we also learn that ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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