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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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    With the new iPad Pro, Apple's arguably the company playing catch-up for once, and it's easy to look at the jumbo-sized tablet as a direct response to the positive reception Microsoft's been getting from its recent Surface Pro models. From the sheer size of the tablet, to the matching keyboard, and even to the active stylus, Apple borrows more than one trick from Microsoft's bag. But for all those similarities, these companies each approach their productivity tablets in slightly different ways (as Microsoft is all too ready to point out). But now a newly published patent application ...

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    One glance at the only Windows 10 Mobile flagship not manufactured by Microsoft back when it was first announced, and you could tell the Acer Liquid Jade Primo wouldn’t come cheap. But since its producer isn’t exactly a household name in the smartphone business, we hoped for the best. Alas, Orange and Expansys Portugal have begun taking pre-orders for the Full HD 5.5-incher, which is valued at a rather steep €600. That converts to $653, so more than both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL stateside. Obviously, that’s not a fair comparison, and browsing through Redmond’s Portuguese e-store, ...

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    We will probably never know for sure if Lumia 950 and especially 950 XL’s recent availability woes were caused by software and firmware glitches or a simple case of demand exceeding supply (or a bit of both), but all’s well that ends well, and the two Windows 10 Mobile flagships can again be ordered online from Microsoft worldwide. Perhaps worldwide is a bit of a stretch, but folks living in a number of “important” European countries, plus US and Canada, have sufficient Lumia 950 and 950 XL inventory at their disposal. For the time being, at least, and as long as you’re willing ...

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    We know this isn’t what Windows mobile fans want to hear, but Microsoft will probably further cut back on hardware releases in 2016. Forget the Lumia 750 and 850, both of which are likely canceled, or eventual Lumia 950 and 950 XL sequels, destined to morph into a single rebranded, even more business-oriented “Surface Phone.” It seems the only new Lumia in the pipeline is the oft-rumored low-end 650, itself bound to skip a high-profile MWC announcement, instead going official on February 1 via a bland blog post. Though extremely attractive on the outside… for an entry-level ...

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    With another mid-range Lumia device set to fill in the space between major releases, it's important that Microsoft get things right — especially after the tribulations wrought on Windows 10 Mobile fans by the Lumia 950 and 950XL. So, will the Lumia 650 deliver on stability, form and function? We don't know just yet. Neither do Czechs as retailer LAN-SHOP has seemingly just opened up pre-orders — or orders on request, for what it's worth — for the device this week. The device comes in at 5,491 Kč, which turns over to €203, £155 or $222. There's no product picture, of course, ...

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    You probably would never have expected this, but it seems the entry-level Microsoft Lumia 535 is one of the world’s very first smartphones capable of running the newest mobile-centric Windows iteration. After launching on board the high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as the far humbler 550, Windows 10 Mobile has reportedly gone out to a small sample of Lumia 640 users in parts of Europe, and now the Lumia 535 in Latin America. Unlike previous OS releases, or Android updates, Microsoft directly handles W10M’s rollout, bypassing carriers and calling all the shots, which is why things ...

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    Trade-in and trade-up programs are nothing new for the technology industry, working like a charm in the recent and not-so-recent past to improve the mainstream appeal of Microsoft Surface-series products, Samsung Galaxy phones, or HTC Ones. But wearable discounts up for grabs after the exchange of different smartwatches and fitness trackers aren’t exactly common, with select Apple Watch models letting you score the Microsoft Band 2 completely for free until February 7. You read that right, if you’re willing to dispose of a working, mint condition 38mm “iWatch” with stainless steel ...

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    If Microsoft is able to make good on all the promises we heard in the months leading up to the release of Windows 10, we're looking forward to a future where app availability is no problem at all for the company's platform, as it provides developers with tools to quickly and easily bring their existing code to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Unfortunately, things haven't been looking too great on the Android-porting side of it, but at least progress with iOS apps was coming along nicely. Back in November we got an update on where things were headed next, and heard about plans to launch an ...

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    It's finally happening: with carriers sounding the warning that Windows 10 Mobile updates are about to start arriving for old Windows Phone 8.1 models, the era of Microsoft's next-gen mobile platform is nearly fully upon us – so will you be ready for it? Earlier today we shared with you one of the many ways Microsoft is getting its users prepared for the imminent debut of those updates, with the introduction of a new UpdateAdvisor app. At the time, the app still appeared to be in beta, and we figured that Microsoft would finish its test work and get the software ready for the public at ...

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    Shoppers looking for a new Windows 10 Mobile smartphone are finding themselves with more and more options these daysWindows 10 Mobile updates, but what about Windows 10 updates for existing WP8.1 hardware? Time was we were hoping for a December release, but midway through the month we got confirmation that Microsoft wouldn't quite hit that target, and the best we could hope for was early 2016 distribution, instead. We've already seen carriers getting ready for these updates, but when exactly could we hope for them to arrive? The latest word from carriers suggest our first updates could ...

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    Redmond’s software engineers are busy with so many important projects nowadays, looking to once and for all stabilize Windows 10 Mobile, as well as further drive desktop adoption numbers, that no one could really blame them if they paused minor updates for their productivity-focused Android apps for a couple of months. But that’s surprisingly not the case, and the entire Office suite is getting a makeover as we speak to tack on “more sharing options” and “sign-up simplification”, among others. Well, not quite the entire suite, but its three most popular titles. First up, you ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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    Although it looks more focused than ever on spreading its tentacles to rival mobile platforms with both complex and very simple apps, no strings attached, Microsoft obviously remains fully committed to improving Windows 10 on desktops and smartphones, and especially the latter’s currently rudimentary ecosystem. It’s only a matter of time until old Lumias running Windows Phone 8.1 will start jumping on the W10M bandwagon, and if you’re still unsure as to your handheld’s compatibility with the new OS, Redmond plans to make it easy as pie for you to find out. A couple of screenshots ...

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    With the Consumer Electronics Show already behind us, and the Mobile World Congress drawing near, it might start feeling like the most exciting part of the year for gadget enthusiasts will be over before you get a chance to take a breath. But fret not, as there’s plenty left in the tank for the industry’s heavyweights to make the headlines in March and beyond. Just a little over a month after MWC 2016 wraps up, Microsoft shall have its traditional Build developer conference in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, possibly unveiling the first sneak peek at Windows 10 “Redstone.” ...

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    You like charts? Tech analyst Horace Dediu likes to craft charts for "idle amusement" on occasion and, based on data from market research firm Gartner, has found that iPhone shipments have surpassed Windows PC shipments in 2015. Furthermore, if we extrapolate current trend lines out to 2027, we might see Mac shipments up above PC shipments. Idle amusement. pic.twitter.com/Kiyj3Vr5Hx — Horace Dediu (@asymco) January 13, 2016 Of course, the PC space has been contracting in favor of smaller or more physically-versatile devices for productivity's sake (at least, the buzzword right now is ...

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    What’s on the horizon for Microsoft as far as new smartphones go after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL seemingly defied the odds and couldn’t keep up with demand? Well, high-end Lumia 9-series sequels might be scrapped in favor of a business-friendly miniature Surface, whereas the Lumia 650 and 750 should foster Redmond’s hopes of becoming a name to be reckoned with in the low-cost market. Meanwhile, the upper mid-range Lumia 850 is still most likely cancelled, despite strutting its prototype stuff several times of late, though Chinese federal approval of a mystery RM-1182 once again ...

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    "We cannot confirm nor deny the existence of a product called Falcon." Michael Fisher did his best CIA impression on the Pocketnow Weekly when dishing out on HP's ambiguous answer to the question of whether the company would put up a crazy-looking Windows 10 Mobile phone. And there's another similarly crazy-looking Windows 10 Mobile phone that may or may not be on the horizon, this one supposedly being tested Microsoft. This is a GFXBench diagnostics page for a "Windows Phone" device supporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Any other spec shouldn't really mean much to us at this ...

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    Is the iPad Pro a personal computing replacement? Will spending at least $1,067 for a tablet, keyboard and stylus as opposed to an 11-inch MacBook Air with an accessory or two really make sense? Why not consider a Microsoft Surface? Well, it depends on your way of thinking when it comes to tablets and laptops. Microsoft's Senior Communications Manager for Surface Dan Laycock spoke to TrustedReviews about his company's line and where he believes Apple stands. // d;d++)c[d].apply(u,n);return u}function a(t,e){f[t]=s(t).concat(e)}function s(t){return f[t]||[]}function c(){return n(e)}var ...

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    Microsoft has been running various promotions in the past couple of months to try to keep the aging Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 in the limelight after Pro 4 and Surface Book’s glitzy introductions, the latest of which is unfortunately restricted to an American audience. From January 10 through 17, the non-Pro third-gen Intel Atom-powered hybrid can be picked up on and offline at Microsoft with a gratis Type Cover. The keyboard accessory typically costs $130, and it obviously lets you seamlessly transform the 10.8-inch Windows tablet into a productive mini-laptop. The same bundle deal is ...

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    It probably feels a little early in Lumia 950 XL’s tumultuous life cycle for an “all-time low price” to mean as much as it sounds, but given the reported demand – supply inequality, it’s a miracle you can get the Windows 10 phablet at any sort of discount stateside. Redmond typically charges $650 for the unlocked Snapdragon 810 powerhouse, and can’t currently commit to a delivery date for recent orders or take new ones. Meanwhile, import specialist and bargain champion Expansys USA lets you pick up the phone in a single SIM RM-1085 configuration at $565, lacking local stock at ...

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    It’s no big secret Microsoft has been struggling to achieve the same levels of public delight with its pocket-friendly Windows 10 iteration as the desktop version did, but the recent software stability issues of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL may have been blown out of proportion. After all, if things were so bad, adoption numbers would logically shrink instead of rise. Yet according to a trusted source of a very well-connected tech journalist, more than a million smartphone owners are running Windows 10 Mobile as their daily driver. That obviously includes hundreds of thousands of devoted ...

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    No, Microsoft is not going to be an MVNO of any carrier. In fact, if anything, Microsoft's pulling a more liberated version of Apple SIM with this news — well, in the sense that the Apple SIM is only available to the iPads. But the potential for the company to stretch into the cellular industry is there, believe it or not. And it starts with the introduction of the Cellular Data app to the Windows Store. The app will allow you to connect to an existing US carrier "using only your Microsoft account." No fixed-term contracts, no dealing with the customer service, just a la carte data for ...

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    Those who are looking forward to getting over the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL already are hoping that a mid-range device will save every one of us. The hope is that Windows 10 Mobile will work way better here than it did on those flagship products. And it better be better-built while the folks are at it! Now, FCC certification documents don't really tell of anything in those veins, but we do have one of Microsoft's products through the commission labelled "RM-1152," supposedly what we're calling the Microsoft Lumia 650. Certification is also not an indicator of release date, but hey, the ...

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    Update: We have added a tweet to the bottom of this post that mentions the quote from our headline. Pocketnow regrets the omission. For a social media company predicated on short-life exchanges, Snapchat seems to have a short temper with Microsoft and its developers. Since December 2014, the company has refused to let Windows Phone app devs use its API. We haven't been given reasoning since then, but the mere omission of Snapchat clients on Windows mobile ecosystem continues to be part of the app gap story the platform is facing. Rudy Huyn, developer of 6Snap and other Windows Phone ...

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    It essentially came out of nowhere, even though Samsung toyed with gargantuan Windows tablets in the past (without much success), and aside from a clearly inferior SoC, it looked like a strong Surface Pro 4 contender on paper. Now, the Galaxy TabPro S has a semi-official price tag attached to its name, making your buying decision a very tricky to navigate process. According to a reputable German publication, the 12-inch convertible shall start at €999 around those parts, which is likely to convert to $1,000 stateside. What AllAbout Samsung doesn’t say is whether the keyboard cover is ...

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