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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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    Last week's Windows 10 event brought us the latest preview of not just Microsoft's direction for the next evolution of its operating system, but also of some of the key software titles that users will be working with. That means a lot of members from the Office family of products, and while this software may call Microsoft's own platforms home, the company's been working towards making more and more of these titles available for users of other mobile ecosystems. Today Microsoft makes the next step in such efforts, taking the Android tablet versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint out of ...

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    Before Microsoft took over Nokia's mobile division, we spent a good amount of time praising the the once cellphone giant for its efforts with the Lumia smartphone lineup. The Lumia designs were both bold and futuristic, but what really stood these smartphones apart from the competition is the enhanced camera experience that we began to test with devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 a few years ago. The successors to these smartphones have been in the market for a few months now, and dubbed as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830 respectively. We've already spent a good deal of time covering ...

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    Microsoft sure does like to change the way things are named! Windows CE gave way to Handheld PC and Palm PC, then to Palm-Sized PC, then Pocket PC was replaced by Windows Mobile Standard, Professional, and Classic. Windows Phone came along when Microsoft rebooted the platform in the wake of competition from Apple and Android. Windows Phone 7 was followed by Windows Phone 7.5, then 8.0, and most recently 8.1. Did I miss any? Are you confused yet? Then again, one could argue whether or not Microsoft's naming has been more or less confusing than Android's "sweet tooth" classification (it ...

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    With all Microsoft had to show at last week's Windows 10 event – from HoloLens to Spartan, not to mention what the new OS will mean for the company's smartphones – there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for what Microsoft's doing next. But before we start focusing too much on the future, it's time for another round of looking back on past performance as Microsoft release its latest quarterly financial figures. The overall picture is a mixed bag, but the company does manage to score a few wins in mobile, especially with the help of the Surface Pro 3 and its Lumia phones. Last ...

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    This past week, we got to see a bit of what Microsoft was planning for Windows Phone. Microsoft even checked off a few items on our wish list, which we appreciated. One other little nugget that Microsoft dropped on us was that new flagship hardware was coming.  There were few real details about from whom, or when. It was just an “oh by the way” on the way out the door. Perhaps we will see Microsoft focus on flagships for a while. This is great news! One of the reasons tech people (myself included) have been walking away from the platform is because of that very lack of high-end ...

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    This week's Windows 10 event brought us a lot of reasons to be excited about Microsoft's next-gen OS, not the least of which being the early access that interested users will be able to get in giving it a spin on their phones. Some rumors clued us in to what Microsoft's possible plans, and the event itself confirmed them: the preview for phones would land sometime in February. That's great to hear, but phones are only one part of the whole Windows 10 experience; what about computers? Now, Microsoft had already released an early preview of its OS for PCs, but its event brought word that ...

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    Microsoft sure had a lot to share at yesterday's Windows 10 event, including both new hardware and software. On the hardware front, the HoloLens was easily the flashier of those new offerings, but we also got to see Microsoft's new collaborative wall-mounted slate, the Surface Hub. We heard about how easy it would be to interact with, and how it would be available in both 55-inch and 84-inch sizes, but beyond that high-res 4K display, we didn't get a lot of hardware details. While there are still empty spaces we'll need to see filled in, at least some of those specifics are finally ...

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    The Microsoft Surface line-up has been a mixed bag of success and failure. We highly praise Microsoft for its Surface Pro line-up, but we haven't felt the same about its Surface RT, up to the point where we really didn't pay much attention to the launch of the Surface 2 for a review. While we did like the Surface hardware, the real problem was Windows RT, and that problem seems to continue, or should we say, seems to have come to an end. Microsoft has just issued a statement to confirm that both the Surface RT and the Surface 2 won't be receiving Windows 10 like current Windows 7 and ...

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    Over the past few days we've been hearing tons about Windows 10 – Microsoft's new and improved operating system with a renewed focus on the future – but details have been relatively sparse about hardware. Sure, we've heard about the HoloLens and Surface Hub, but those two aren't going to be on the market for a while, if ever. Microsoft Mobile Devices exec Ifi Majid has finally told us some information we've been desperately trying to get for months now, that a Microsoft flagship smartphone launch is likely to take place this summer. We were hearing rumors swirl last month that ...

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    Windows 10 is coming to existing Windows Phone models, right? At least, the initial word from Microsoft was that “all Lumia Windows Phone 8” models would get Windows 10 updates. And then at yesterday's event, Microsoft pushed beyond that Lumia limitation and clarified that Windows Phone 8.1 models in general – presumably including those from other OEMs – will be upgrading to Windows 10. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, we're not out of the woods just yet, and in a new blog post published overnight, Microsoft pencils-in a few asterisks next to those update guarantees. Microsoft exec ...

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    We saw a lot of really cool innovations from Microsoft today. There's so much to be excited about in the coming months. New hardware will be released that will run Windows 10, new phones will be announced. Cortana (Microsoft's answer to Siri and "OK Google") will land on the desktop and help give you the information that you want right when you want it - without even having to take your hands off the keyboard. What you might have missed, however, was Microsoft Photos. Photos? Really? After all we saw today, why am I focusing on the Photos app?! Technology is great. It enables us to do so ...

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    Couldn't watch the Windows 10 stream live? Well, we've been covering all the big announcements one-by-one here at Pocketnow, bringing you news that extends past mobile to PCs, embedded systems, and even wearables. In just a little while we're conducting an Editorial Roundtable to discuss today's news in even more detail, as well as offering all our opinions on the developments, expected and jaw-dropping alike. But if you'd like even more coverage of this Windows 10 action, Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore is ready to sum everything up in a convenient seven-minute clip. Watch below to give ...

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    Microsoft is a productivity company at its core, and we see this in almost every one of the products it launches. As Microsoft's Windows 10 event is on its way, the company has expressed how important it has been for it to build products that currently don't exist in order to improve the Windows 10 experience. The first of two products announced is the Microsoft Surface hub, and it's bigger than you think. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a huge 55 or 84-inch 4K display with integrated computing capabilities. It supports multi-touch, multi pen input, and it supports advanced sensors, built-in ...

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    Samsung and Google may have gotten the ball rolling with Gear VR and Cardboard, but head-mounted 3D isn't done there; at today's Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced its next-gen augmented reality system, Windows Holographic. The hugely ambitious project will draw on APIs introduced in Windows 10 to give developers the tools they need to allow users to interact with virtual displays that seem to seamlessly blend into the world around them. Of course, you need some advanced hardware to pull of a feat like that, and for this Microsoft has its own HMD, the Microsoft HoloLens wearable ...

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    There's already a Windows 10 preview for PCs; what about a smartphone release? We've heard that Microsoft was getting such a thing ready, but had been unsure about the timeframe. Today at its Windows 10 event, the company confirmed its intent to release that update after the Super Bowl - that means we can start looking for it in early February. How can you get access to the preview as soon as its available? You'll need to register as a Windows Insider, details for which you can find through the source link below. Insiders won't just get the first crack at Windows 10 on phones, but will ...

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    Microsoft's Internet Explorer is currently one of the biggest web browsers in the world, but not necessarily the world's, or the most advanced. Over the last couple of years we've seen how Google Chrome, FireFox and even Apple's Safari have evolved to add new features that were still missing on Internet Explorer. Today, Microsoft has announced a new Project Spartan to improve web browsing across all Windows 10 form factors, and even though we still don't know if this will be an evolution of Internet Explorer or a new web browser, here are some of the improvements mentioned. Joe Belfiore ...

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    Between Windows Phone apps, PC software, and its various Xbox consoles, Microsoft knows a thing or two about gaming. With Windows 10, the company's commitment to gaming and online entertainment continues, and at its event this afternoon the company is sharing what it intends to do differently with its next platform update. As you've likely picked up on by now, connectivity between devices is king for Windows 10, and that extends to gaming. Social interactions are getting a priority, and that even means cross-device chat, with PC users talking to those on mobile devices and vice versa. Like ...

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    While we're eager to see what Windows 10 means for tablets, PCs, and consoles, probably the most exciting part of Microsoft's Windows 10 event for our phone-obsessed mines is what it means for smartphones. Joe Belfiore has just started diving in to the latest Windows 10 preview for phones, showing us what it's like to use the platform on a Lumia 1520. Right from the start, we see a new look for the start screen, with improved support for custom backgrounds. Phone settings get a major revamp, and action center notifications will support sync with PCs. Messaging will support seamless ...

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    Microsoft's just getting things started with its Windows 10 event today, and while the company has lots of interesting announcements coming up (already teasing what sound like two new device types for a little later on), one of the early tidbits to emerge concerns an issue that's of key importance to anyone with an existing Windows device: what's the upgrade situation going to look like? We already knew that Windows Phone 8.1-running Lumias would be seeing the release of updates to Windows 10, but that's just a fraction of the device types that will make up the Windows 10 ecosystem: what ...

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    Microsoft's previous reveal of Windows 10 showed us a company that's willing to make some bold moves in order to re-invent itself. The first Windows 10 preview showed us that the desktop version of Windows is moving in the direction that many of us wanted in Windows 8, and we also got some teasers on how great this will be for mobile. That said, a lot is still  unsaid, and today's Microsoft event should shed some light on the future of Windows Phone. Join us for our Editorial Roundtable as we discuss our first impressions over everything that Microsoft announces today. Rumors claim that ...

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    We're less than one hour away from Microsoft sharing the latest news about Windows 10, its ambitious next-gen OS that seeks to further bring the company's disparate platforms together under one common core. That's going to mean big things across devices ranging from smartphones, to tablets, to PCSs and even the company's game consoles. We've already heard a lot about what to expect, but seeing is believing, and the time for that is nearly here. The festivities begin at noon Eastern (5pm GMT), and you can watch from the comfort of your own home through the embedded stream below. Following ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    With the clock ticking down until Microsoft's Windows 10 event tomorrow, we find ourselves hugely excited for all the news we're about to get about the company's plans for its next generation of not just a mobile operating system, but a unified platform that will touch phones just as much as it does laptops and tablets. While the event might mark the upcoming availability of a Windows 10 preview for phone, it's bound to be quite a bit longer before the official release ready. When that day does arrive, Microsoft's already stated that current Windows Phone 8 Lumia models will see the ...

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    Microsoft's got its big Windows 10 event tomorrow, where we'll get our latest insight into how the company plans to move forward with the evolution of its operating system and the ecosystem of devices and services that support it. That's going to mean big things for mobile, especially with the emphasis Microsoft seems to be putting on unifying devices across traditionally disparate categories; the lines between phone, tablet, game console, and classic PC will all start getting more and more blurred. But is all the news that's set to happen going to be taking place on the software side of ...

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    Even though Microsoft hasn't broken any records with its Surface lineup, the company's Surface Pro 3 has proven to be a step in the right direction. The new productivity tablet has proven to be one of our favorite gadgets of 2014, and it has challenged other OEMs and platforms to make tablets more productive. Part of Microsoft's success has fallen in its extensive software update plan, and today we learn more. Microsoft recently released new firmware update to all three of its existing Surface tablets. The company didn't provide much detail on what bugs were getting fixed, or what ...

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