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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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    Going back a few months by this point, rumors have been closing in on the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch. Well, perhaps “wearable” would be a better term for it, as more recent claims of a dense array of sensors, both environmental and biological, as well as an elongated design more in common with fitness trackers might have gotten you thinking that this could be more FuelBand and less Android Wear. Today a new report arrives that reinforces this idea of a fitness-based wearable, as well as touches upon possible pricing. If all this was sounding a lot like the Gear Fit, there's ...

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    With Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's mobile division, we wonder what new innovations we might see in Lumia smartphones going forward. Nokia Lumia devices have been well praised for the image quality their cameras can produce, and with devices like the Lumia 1020, we know both companies are just scratching the surface. Still, to cross from smartphone camera quality to other categories, there are other experts in the matter, like Canon for example, and yes there are patents in between. Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent deal with Canon. The specifics of this ...

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    For years, Android enthusiasts begged Nokia to appease the masses with what they thought would be the perfect combination of the best software and hardware – its hardware running Google's mobile operating system, Android. Not everyone – including our own Michael Fisher – bought into the theoretical Nokia-made dream phone. But there is no denying it was an extremely popular concept. Back in 2010, even I was guilty of suggesting a Nokia-made Android smartphone would solve all my personal gripes with smartphones. And I continued to preach the same story until Microsoft announced it ...

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    One month back we were talking about Microsoft and its efforts to bring Office to non-MS platforms. Specifically, rumors suggested that Microsoft was making work on a tablet version of Office for Android a big priority, even over a touch-based version of Office for its own Windows tablets. This week, we get an update on progress towards this goal, with word that a private beta test for this Android tablet Office build is about to get started. Microsoft has a public signup page for users interested in participating in pre-release beta testing of new Office software, and while the there's no ...

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    Some of us praise the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and some of us are still mixed about replacing our computers and tablets for just one device. Still, for the vast majority of the world, this is a very good hybrid product to consider if you're in need of a balance between work and play. Sadly there is no such thing as a perfect product, and current Surface Pro 3 owners are already voicing an issue with Microsoft directly. Microsoft support forums are currently packed with users complaining over an issue where their Wi-Fi connection disappears, or in other cases becomes really slow. This issue ...

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    These last few weeks have seen the Lumia 635 creeping up on us here in the States, following the smartphone's formal introduction back at Build in early April. T-Mobile was quick to announce its support for the 635 even back then, and lately it's just been a question of when the phone would get around to arriving. We saw it make the requisite swing by the FCC in late May, signaling things were progressing on their way towards retail availability, but then just last week we witnessed Microsoft abruptly halt pre-orders; was something wrong? Fret not, as today T-Mobile goes official with 635 ...

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    Windows Phone 8.1 may not be the world's preferred mobile operating system, but there is a reason for its current cult following. It's simplicity, ease of use and reliability are well praised, and the fact that Microsoft has kept evolving the "Modern style UI" into something more functional with every software update means a lot. Still, there are some things that many of us wished we saw with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, and at least one of those needs is reportedly going to be launched soon. For the longest time, many of us have wanted to see folder options in the Start Screen, just ...

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    Since April's Build 2014 Windows Phone 8.1 announcement, smartphone users have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of updates. Sure, a ton of you are already running the developer preview, but OTA updates will mean new firmware and much broader availability. The big question has been working out just when they might start hitting phones. A recent Nokia leak pointed to sometime next month, and as we get ready to move into July new details are arriving, with confirmation coming in on multiple fronts that WP8.1 updates are just about to go out. Carrier SFR in France is advising its users that ...

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    A Microsoft smartwatch has been in the rumors and headlines for quite some time. Said gadget has been recently confirmed as being in the works, with a feature that we all want other wearables to have: cross-platform compatibility. A recent Microsoft smartwatch report seems to confirm that said gadget is not only in the works, but also that it will indeed work with different platforms. We've heard that Apple's upcoming iWatch might have more than 10 sensors inside; today's report claims that the Microsoft smartwatch will have 11, and it will continuously monitor your heart rate, syncing ...

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    With July in sight, odds are good that current users of Windows Phone 8 – those of you who haven't dipped your toes in the 8.1 pool yet by means of the developer preview – are about to see over-the-air WP8.1 updates start landing in just a couple weeks. Until those days arrive, your only 8.1 options have been that preview release, or the rare new model shipping with 8.1 right out of the box. But despite that limited availability, 8.1 adoption is already showing some steady growth, and the latest numbers reveal it's already reached nearly eight percent of Windows Phone users. The actual ...

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    Even though most of us are still waiting for Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 8.1 to our devices, we already know that it's becoming official in some regions, at least in Finland for now. If you're still wondering how far are we from this reaching our shores or carriers, well you're not alone. The cool thing is that it should only be a matter of time for other regions to receive the update, as Microsoft has already begun to publish documentation surrounding the update in an official manner. Microsoft has just published its Windows Phone 8.1 update history page, which clearly points to the ...

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    We've seen Nokia announce the successor to the X, X+, and XL line-up of phones yesterday. The X2 runs Nokia X OS 2.0, which brings some improvements to the table over the initial version of the software platform. Among these new features you'll find the ability to display four tiles side by side, the apps list, as well as a brand new user interface for the camera. If you are among those who purchased one of the initial devices, you'll be sad to find out that Nokia X OS 2.0 will not be available as an update for you. The Nokia X, X+, and XL will, however, get more updates to fine tune the ...

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    Microsoft is definitely out to finalize the project that it began more than a decade ago. Back in 2002, the company believed that a tablet is the best form-factor for productivity, even though Apple ended-up gaining more popularity with a more consumer-oriented approach. Still, that doesn't mean Microsoft has lost hope for its ideal, and the Surface Pro 3 is probably the best product Microsoft could've ever launched to get that market going. Microsoft's biggest selling point for the Surface Pro 3 is that it can compete and derail the trend set by the MacBook Air, and to prove how much it ...

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    Probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phones of the year, is also one of the most affordable ones, if not the most affordable. The Nokia Lumia 635 made the same amount of headlines as its predecessor did, and obviously that's because you can have a full-fledged Windows Phone for a crazy price tag. What's interesting is that even though pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 635 began a day ago, same prices announced of $99 for the AT&T model unlocked and $129 for the T-Mobile version, also unlocked, the Microsoft Store has just yanked these pre-orders without no explanation. The ...

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    Nokia X2 is a device name we've become vaguely familiar with of late. Rumors of the next-generation Nokia X began popping up just a few weeks ago, when the name and a different swath of specifications popped up in a benchmarking application. Unlike the Nokia X, X+, or XL, all announced at Mobile World Congress, the Nokia X2 was rumored to come with slight improvements across the board – a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1GB RAM, and 4GB storage. The rumors were met with a lot of skepticism, though. Some thought it was too soon for yet another Nokia X phone. Others felt Microsoft ...

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