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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    Bots are taking over the world. And they're here to help. No, we're not talking "Big Hero 6" style or even RoBoHoN-style, we're talking about services you chat with like Facebook M or Google Assistant or Bing's army of bots to help you get reservations for a restaurant or book tickets to an attraction. They're accessible from a growing number of messenger apps. Skype's one of them and it wants to make finding the right one to talk to a little bit easier. It has updated its iOS app to include a new bot icon on the "Recent" section. Need to keep one in your pocket? Add it to your favorites. ...

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    Microsoft's SwiftKey has completed its first major order of business since its acquisition — make a keyboard all about the emoji. Swiftmoji, now available for iOS and Android, brings smartened emoji suggestions on top of the word suggestion bar, not relegated to a panel of icons you have to pull up and dig through. There are over a thousand of these little things out there and plenty of keyboards to type them up with. As far as we know, few put an algorithm to good use for them. Download: Android, iOS Via: Android Central

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    More Googlers have come to the press under a shroud of secrecy to let the public know that the company does have a strategy in VR besides the Android-based Daydream platform. This follows Re/code's reporting from its sources that one such project at Alphabet's X research labs had been canceled in favor of Daydream development. From Engadget's sources at Google, it seems that upper management has been placing employees onto the project, telling them that Daydream isn't really the company's far vision for VR and AR. The headset will be self-run and focused on providing augmented reality ...

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    Microsoft wraps up its 2016 fiscal year with revenue dependencies growing on services and other sources and weaning off products. The net result is still down for the quarter and down for the year as compared to 2015. Fourth quarter earnings totaled $20.6 billion or a 7 percent drop from 2015's numbers. On paper, though, the company registered about $3 billion in operating income, better than the $2 billion loss from last year. Remove impairments, integration and restructuring costs and you'll find that income on those terms was down by a bout a third — this time last year, Microsoft ...

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    As HP ramps up its export operations for the latest and greatest Windows 10 Mobile phone yet, we're finding out that fans of Microsoft and hunky hardware might have to wait to get their fingerprint fix. As Windows Hello is prepared to support fingerprint-based biometric security, it seems that the manufacturer has jumped the gun a bit by having one on. In an HP QuickSpecs document for the Elite x3, there's an asterisk saying that the fingerprint reader will "not be enabled until OTA coming soon." How soon that will be, we aren't sure. Microsoft is targeting print support for sometime this ...

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    Forget sketchy fan-made renders of the mythical Nokia C1 Android handheld. And forget Microsoft too. The Finnish tech giant has died and is just about ready for a spectacular rebirth and consumer hardware-producing return, alongside its rapid rise in the telecommunications infrastructure and patent world. Rumor has it we’ll see not one, but two “premium” Nokia-branded smartphones released by the end of the year or in early 2017. These will be built by a startup company named HMD, with a number of former and current Nokia executives calling all the shots. Foxconn may still help put ...

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    Three long months after it started selling on European shores, not to mention six excruciating months after its year-opening CES introduction, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo with Windows 10 Mobile pre-installed is finally up for grabs stateside at $650 unlocked. Too… much, too late? It certainly appears so, especially given the 5.5-incher’s Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM and Full HD screen resolution, all a tier or two below most recent Android high-enders. Even within the humble W10M ecosystem, it feels hard to justify a Jade Primo purchase at $650 when you consider Lumia 950 and 950 ...

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    Microsoft is admitting this its hopes for getting Windows 10 onto a billion active devices by the middle of 2018 are dashed. Why? Because of Windows 10 Mobile. ZDNet, which first reported on Microsoft's revised track, asked Microsoft for more on its reasoning. The company responded that while booting up 350 million monthly active devices is a nice start within the first year or so, a lot of the strategy relied on its mobile ops. "[...] due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal," a Microsoft spokesperson said. The ...

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    Microsoft pulled a very uncool stunt on both Office 365 subscribers and users of its free OneDrive file hosting tier last fall, massively reducing previous cloud storage perks across the board, but in the face of public outrage, some of the controversial policy changes were temporarily reversed in December. This January 31, your window of opportunity closed for good, and today, those that neglected to simply ask Redmond to retain their 15GB digital hoarding room on the house may begin to experience problems accessing their full OneDrive libraries. No point complaining about it now, and ...

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    For a faltering tech giant that many expected to vanish after Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of its once thriving mobile phone business, Nokia is sure making frequent headlines and waves of late with various mergers, sales and partnerships. It’s clearly the dawn of a new era for the Finnish company now supervised by President and CEO Rajeev Suri, an era where telecommunications infrastructure and patents take precedence over mainstream consumer hardware, although Nokia-branded wearables and non-Lumia smartphones are also in the pipeline. Before those can turn a profit, ...

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    Black Friday is still months down the road, and with both Independence Day and Memorial Day in the rear view mirror, you’re probably expecting little movement on the tech deals and steals front in the very near future. But Microsoft doesn’t need a special occasion to get in the giving mood, randomly putting a bunch of hardware on sale last night through 11:59PM PDT on July 12. Arguably the number one bargain, at least for mobile enthusiasts, is a $150 dual SIM unlocked Lumia 650, marked down from its typical list price of $200 for the first time ever. The Windows 10-loaded 5-incher ...

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    Rumors have until now been few and far between regarding an eventual Surface Pro 5 launch by the end of the year, not to mention a Surface Book sequel, while the Surface Phone remains a definite but distant prospect. On the software update front, Microsoft wants the whole world to know already that the Windows 10 Anniversary, aka Redstone 1, rollout will begin for both PCs and mobile devices early next month. Still, you shouldn’t rule out a slew of fall 2016 hardware announcements. Extremely credible sources tell us “minor Surface configuration updates” are indeed also in the ...

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    With Windows 10 Mobile not exactly Redmond’s main area of interest these days, but the software and hardware giant nonetheless committed to supplying timely updates for both beta testers and the Lumia-owning masses, we couldn’t shake the feeling of absolute confusion regarding the upcoming Anniversary rollout. Known as Redstone 1 on the inside, this is the operating system’s second major makeover, set to finally follow in the footsteps of “Threshold 2” by the end of summer, at least on Windows 10 PCs. An explicit August 2 launch date became official a couple of days ago, though ...

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    Conventional tablets are dead, long live 2-in-1 convertibles! Market analysts have warned about the shifting trend for a while now, with more and more device manufacturers taking note and acting in consequence. There are but a handful of active OEMs in the low-cost Android slate field these days, whereas everyone else is either considering throwing in the towel or has done so already. Case in point, Dell, which was never fully committed to the industry segment anyway, and is today officially pulling the plug on the Android-based Venue tablet line on account of “declining demand.” That ...

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    The team at Pocketnow draws from a variety of disciplines, and we each bring a unique perspective to the table when it comes to discussing consumer electronics. Starting next month we're excited to introduce a new feature where members of our team can collaborate and compete. The Pocketnow Challenge will be a monthly series tackling various aspects of mobile technology, and it will be a way for us to have a little fun showcasing real world usage of these gadgets and gizmos. Last month we talked about using a phone screen in gray scale mode, and during that video we teased an upcoming ...

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    In the US, Windows 10 Mobile (neé Windows Phone) has lacked a phablet option ever since the Nokia Lumia 1520 left the AT&T scene. But it was never forgotten as it came time to update its software to Microsoft's next milestone. It has now risen from its grave. The Lumia 1520 is back in only Matte Black from AT&T for its original $584.99 full retail price. That's $19.50 per month on AT&T Next. As a reminder, there are AT&T variants of the phone available from third parties (this link is for one on Amazon) with prices far below $585. Hell, you could get an unlocked 1520 — ...

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    Until the Surface Phone takes center stage (or should we say if the fabled business handheld ever materializes?), the high-end Windows 10 Mobile-based hardware torch is to be passed on from the Lumia 950 XL to the HP Elite x3. Just like Microsoft’s homebrewed Continuum-supporting pioneer and the non-XL 950, the third-party Snapdragon 820 powerhouse will be able to seamlessly convert into a PC, courtesy of its own Desk Dock and Lap Dock accessories. In many ways, the latter is the more interesting peripheral, synching to the 6-inch Elite x3 either wirelessly or via USB Type-C and working ...

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    Microsoft still has some soul-searching to do before deciding what’s next in the hardware-manufacturing field, with Lumia phones likely on the verge of extinction, but the Surface lineup almost guaranteed for an expansion… eventually. Unless the fabled Surface Phone is due out as a replacement of sorts for the entry-level Atom-based Surface tablet family. That makes little to no sense, since we’re talking completely different product categories, but Redmond just confirmed to the press it “will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices” by “the end of December 2016”, staying mum ...

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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    Verizon's blast from the Windows Phone past now gets a blast of current software. After months and months of Insider previews, the 'ol Checkmark has finally pressed its arthritic thumb to the publication trigger. Windows 10 Mobile is now on the way for the Lumia Icon (Lumia 929). You will need the Upgrade Advisor app to grab the update. It's also advised that you have a full battery before you go on with it. Better you got a Lumia than the HTC One M8 for Windows. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    Is it still worth even thinking about buying the Lumia 950 or the Lumia 950 XL at this point? Or might you be interested in a Surface Phone? Whatever the case, Microsoft's still re-offering this deal to the US and Canada anyway, so you might as well take heed and think about it. If you decide to get a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store for $649 (or $849 up north), you'll get a black Lumia 950 for free. Both devices are unlocked and set for your local GSM networks. The deal is good until June 27 or next Monday. To maximize the savings, you can get a free year of Office 365 ...

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    Want a different take on the Microsoft Surface 3? Huawei introduced one earlier this year with its MateBook. Since February, the products made its trek around the world. It's only now crawled back around to the US for a launch here. Hardware-wise, Huawei's crafted an 6.9mm thick aluminium chassis to hold in a 12-inch IPS LCD at 2160 x 1440 display with viewable angles through 160 degrees of rotation. Windows Hello takes advantange of dual array of microphpones and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. A 33.7Wh battery should get you through a nine-hour day. Intel's 6th generation Core M ...

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    It's a summer Olympics year and what better time would it have been to introduce new emoji with all of the activities from the Olympiad. Boxing, the pentathalon, handball and skeet. Well, you might have to do without the skeet — the rifle emoji that was already approved to be in the Unicode 9.0 standard that was released Thursday has been scrapped. The Unicode Consortium, which deliberates and enacts the standards of characters in software such as emoji, confirmed that the symbol was dropped from the list of 72, but did not go into why. Sources that were at the consortium's May meeting ...

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    We're about to end the second calendar quarter of 2016 and Kantar Worldpanel is putting out numbers for the first quarter. With numbers like these, it takes time to make sure they're right. And we'd wonder how right these figures can't be. Android has gotten some major annual gains in market share across the world. In the US, it's a 5.2 basis point jump to 67.6 percent. The platform's grown by 5.4 points in China to 78.8 percent. In the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, — labeled the "EU5" — share came to 70.2 percent, up 5.8 points. The biggest increase ...

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    For all its recent mobile failings, Microsoft remains one of the world’s largest, most profitable businesses, and the only way to continue growing is through service diversification, mergers and acquisitions. As such, it should probably come as no shocker that Redmond just entered into a “definitive agreement” likely to see it snap up social networking giant LinkedIn by the end of the year. This follows closely after another relatively high-profile purchase, of keyboard productivity app Swiftkey, though there’s really no comparing the two. While Microsoft reportedly coughed up a ...

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