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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:

  • by | April 2, 2014 11:39 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial Samsung Galaxy S5 sales, even though the phone isn't officially out yet. BlackBerry and T-Mobile are next as its official that both companies hate each-other. Apple vs. Samsung follows as Phil Schiller takes the booth to defend his company. Rumors of a reversible USB connector reach rumor mill. We end today's show talking about Microsoft, Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, the new Nokia Lumia 930, and all the rest of the things that got announced. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Initial Samsung Galaxy S 5 sales are solid, ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    "We have to temper our enthusiasm," warns Stephen Schenck, "lest we get ahead of ourselves." It's sage advice. The news piece broadcasting that warning also contained a rumor as tantalizing as it was familiar: some folks over at WPDang had heard through the grapevine that HTC intended to follow up its new One M8 with a Windows-powered variant of the same hardware. We'd heard tell of a similar rumor when the One M7 launched last year, only to spend the next twelve months buried under a wave of Nokia Lumia devices, punctuated by the occasional Samsung rehash. Rather than the Live ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:19 PM

    Nokia's services have proven to be one of the biggest ways for the company to differentiate the Lumia brand from competitors. As a result we've seen a ton of "HERE" services, like HERE Maps, that were initially available only to Nokia devices, but that were later ported across the platform. One of the services that wasn't available available for free was HERE Drive+, though that is about to change with the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft has just announced that both HERE Drive+ and also HERE Transit will go free for all Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The official statement reads: ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    Windows Phone, being the youngest of the major mobile platforms, is comparatively feature light. There are holes in its offerings, such as application support, no centralized notification center, and even customization options for end users. As petty as any one of these missing features may seem, together – paired with the other, tiny idiosyncrasies – are far more important and difficult to overlook. Android and iOS, on the other hand, have received several major point updates since their launch and have both physically and visually matured an impressive amount. They're still far from ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 5:14 PM

    Just a few hours back, we got to hear Microsoft's new Cortana voice assistant speak for the first time. The company is understandably excited about what Cortana can do for WP8.1 users, and presents the system as a much more user-aware alternative to Siri or Google Now. But when we're talking with Cortana, just who is it we're hearing respond? Back in January, rumors suggested that Microsoft had tapped Jen Taylor to reprise her role as Cortana from the Halo games to model her voice for the service. What we heard today sounded close enough to Cortana from the games, but is this really Jen ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 2:00 PM

    Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote is still underway, and we weren't expecting any Nokia news until later in the day, but Stephen Elop has managed to surprise us by joining Microsoft on-stage and revealing the Lumia 930. The Lumia 930 features a five-inch 1080p display, has built-in support for wireless charging, and offers a 20MP main camera with optical stabilization.The phone's powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC. Sales of the 930 will begin this June, with a suggested price of about $600, off-contract. Nokia will introduce the phone to markets in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, while ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:43 AM

    Build 2014 is underway, and Microsoft has wasted no time in getting started by announcing Windows Phone 8.1 Joe Belfiore took the stage to get us started, announcing two new hardware partners, Micromax and Prestigio. Those names may be unfamiliar to many of us, but they're already hard at work on new hardware; the two phones you see Belfiore holding up above are in-development handsets from Micromax and Prestigio. Then we jump right in to new features, getting started with an eagerly anticipated one: the Action Center.  Users will see not only notifications but detailed information on ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:27 AM

    Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote is just about to get started, when we expect to get the company's formal announcement of Windows Phone 8.1. That means confirmation of features, including one that's been intriguing us for months now, Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant. Seen as the company's answer to Siri or Google Now, we've been hearing about it since last fall, and new evidence for the service arrived with the leak of the WP8.1 SDK. Still, we haven't managed to actually hear Cortana speak so far, so we're quite excited for this official news. As we wait with baited breath, one last ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 4:51 PM

    Microsoft's Build conference begins tomorrow. Unless we've been wildly misled, Build will mark the public debut of Windows Phone 8.1. We may well see Nokia announce some WP8.1 phones (or maybe just a single phone) of its own, rumors have suggested that WP8.1 developer previews could be ready next week, and then a little later this month we could see sales of new WP8.1 hardware begin. We've already caught multiple signs pointing to Microsoft's intentions for an imminent launch, and with Build nearly upon us, today we spot one more, as an update goes out for the Windows Phone PC sync app. ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 5:04 AM

    The April 2 Nokia event where we expect "#moreLumia" is basically part of the Microsoft Build conference starting today, and, according to both rumors as well as speculation, the world should expect the Lumia 630, alongside the higher-end Lumia 930 Windows Phone devices, powered by the latest iteration of the platform, 8.1. However, a recent report (based on an anonymous tip) claims that the rumored Lumia 930 will not be unveiled; instead, we should prepare to see only the Lumia 630. Another recent report claimed that on April 23 we should be able to get both the 630 and the 930 (in ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 4:42 AM

    OWA stands for Outlook Web Access and if you're using Exchange (or Office 365) on your computer's browser, or on your iPhone or iPad, you know it's a pretty handy tool for collaboration and communication. It offers access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks, pretty much like Google's own suite of products, including Gmail. While Apple users are able to install and use OWA on their iPhones and iPads, Android users will soon be able to do the same. Microsoft has announced the Microsoft OWA Android client, however, without any specific timeframes. We expect the same functionality like on ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 4:15 PM

    Last fall, Windows Phone 8 GDR3 arrived to deliver support for 1080p resolutions and larger displays. In doing so, the platform introduced support for an extra column of Live Tiles, now with enough room to display three medium tiles (or six small tiles) in a row. Early on, we thought this mode might be coming as an option to existing devices (seeing it teased on models like the Lumia 920), but this ultimately failed to transpire. A new rumor suggests that it might finally be happening for Windows Phone 8.1, and phones with screens measuring 4.5 inches or larger would be able to partake. At ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    We're just days away from the start of Microsoft's Build conference, when we expect the company to make a major announcement concerning the introduction of Windows Phone 8.1. We may or may not hear about new 8.1-running phones (though that's definitely where we're leaning for that Nokia event on Wednesday), but the platform itself should very much be on the agenda. Following any launch event, how might WP8.1 ultimately become available to users? We heard last month that Microsoft's Developer Preview Program may release the software shortly following any announcement at Build, and today a ...

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  • by | March 30, 2014 1:38 AM

    There were a lot of rumors and leaks of Windows Phone 8.1, and its features, and on March 26 we've heard that Microsoft has allegedly finalized core development for the upcoming refresh. According to some recent reports, March 26 was also the day on which Microsoft's OEM partners have gotten their hands on Windows Phone 8.1. What does all this mean? First of all, phone makers can now develop and test firmwares; it also means that Windows Phone 8.1 devices should be just around the corner. WPCentral claims to have information on a certain April 23 date on which the first phones will become ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:09 PM

    As of yesterday, Microsoft's insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation. Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn't deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it's a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft's mobile ...

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