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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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    Yesterday, Microsoft started making good on an old promise as it began distributing public updates for old Windows Phone 8.1 handsets that would bring them into the world of Windows 10 Mobile. It was a big deal to see this day finally arrive, sure, but not everyone was so happy. After all, while a bunch of popular WP8.1 phones made the list of phones receiving the update, there were plenty missing – including models that had previously been included as part of Microsoft's Insider Preview program. The company talked vaguely about excluding certain models such that their updates didn't ...

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    In an unusual move, Microsoft focused 99 percent of its Windows 10 Mobile advertising efforts on the high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL over the past few months, forgetting budget-conscious consumers kept the platform afloat all this time. Yes, an entry-level Lumia 550 launched alongside the 950 duo, but did you see a single TV ad since October highlighting its out-the-box W10M use and quality – pricing ratio? How about deals, where were the 550’s when the 950 XL was sold at $100+ discounts or with complimentary Display Docks? Well, better late than never, and better something than nothing, ...

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    All week long, we've been talking about Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile updates for the company's fleet of existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, as rumors suggested that the day when the first of these updates would start heading out to the public was nearly upon us. And while early confirmation never came, the rumors continued their reprise: Windows 10 Mobile updates would land this Friday. Now the day's finally upon us, and we can finally put all those rumors to rest as Microsoft confirms the start of Windows 10 Mobile updates. Just as we heard it would be, the update process is a manual ...

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    Samsung may have held back its big smartphone flagship announcement for MWC this year, but CES in January still gave us occasion to check out some new Galaxy hardware. Take, for instance, the Galaxy TabPro S, a 2-in-1 tablet bringing the Galaxy brand to Microsoft's Windows 10 ecosystem. To hear the latest market reports, such convertible slates with their detachable keyboards are the hottest segment of the tablet family, and the one likely to be responsible for a good chunk of sales going forward. So when can you get your hands on this how new model and give it a try for yourself? Today ...

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    Update: The Direct Download link is up and we'll be publishing things starting at 3pm Eastern. The iPhone 7 might be the leakiest iPhone yet, in that we're seeing quite a few shots of the camera and antenna bands. The Galaxy S7 Edge does battle with the S6 Edge+ and Note 5. Windows Phone users say goodbye to HERE Maps, and the camera on the Galaxy S7 is THOROUGHLY reviewed. We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and ...

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    We pulled off a couple of maps apps comparisons last year, one of them was between Google Maps and HERE Maps. In a world where the best option for Windows Phone and Windows 10 users was HERE Maps, it sure was a great option for them. But, as the service announced yesterday, it won't be anymore. So, what's up now? How will Microsoft fill the hole, seeing as its own Maps client has been sorely lacking? A Redditor took to /r/windowsphone with a list of wants including a directional pointer for your triangulated location, searching for en route attractions and better lane notifications. ...

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    Is it really, truly happening? Windows Phone users were burned in the past when Microsoft release a major platform update without bringing the new code to older phones, but this time was supposed to be different: existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets would be getting updates that brought them into the world of Windows 10 Mobile. We know that Insider testers have been working with in-development builds for months (hell, over a year by this point), but when would a public release be ready? After missed deadlines, and rumors that failed to pan out, it's been looking like that day could nearly ...

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    While we’re most likely still a fairly long way from enjoying the excitement of football stadium attendance in our living rooms with the HoloLens headset, Microsoft’s Windows Holographic mixed reality computing platform is starting to make some similarly cool things happen. Case in point, the Actiongram “experience” that will become available to deep-pocketed developers and beta testers sometime in the summer, following the HoloLens Dev Edition launch on March 30. Thanks to a small team of only 5 people, which worked on the app for roughly 6 months, you’ll soon be able to produce ...

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    We're looking at the end of an era for Windows smartphones, as Microsoft looks ready to finally start delivering updates that will transform the current crop of Windows Phone 8.1-powered handsets into modern Windows 10 Mobile devices. While that change promises exciting times ahead for the platform, the Windows Phone era has been full of some memorable times, to say nothing of some memorable software – not the least of which has been Nokia's Here lineup. But just like it has to Windows Phone itself, change came to Here last summer as an auto-maker group acquired the brand from Nokia. ...

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    The biggest, most profitable corporation in the world cannot be stopped from printing money by the FBI, the US Department of Justice, future American president Donald Trump or the developers of the number one search engine. Google, or rather Alphabet, will occasionally exceed Cupertino in NASDAQ market capitalization, but when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t have the financial muscle to retain the crown for more than a few days. Not even close, according to independent valuation consultancy company Brand Finance, which assesses Big G’s brand at “only” $94 billion, compared to ...

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    Windows users, your long wait may nearly be over – on multiple fronts. Earlier today we shared news with you about the latest rumor addressing Microsoft's hugely anticipated release of Windows 10 Mobile updates for Windows Phone 8.1 devices, but that's not the only software news that's been months in the making: last week we heard from a couple sources that Microsoft was nearly ready to deliver extension support to its Edge browser, with the feature arriving in time for the next Windows 10 Insider release. Microsoft still hasn't confirmed this development, but a new find sure suggests ...

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    The formal start of spring (up here in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) is just one more week away, bringing with it warmer weather, blooming flowers, and longer days. And while we're certainly looking forward to all that, can we also look forward to it bringing us Microsoft's long-awaited updates that will transform the current crop of Windows Phone 8.1 handsets into modern Windows 10 Mobile devices? The company's been extremely hesitant to offer its smartphone users any sort of ETA in recent months, and though we've heard plenty of rumors already this year, and seen no shortage of ...

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    Undecided between the two cheapest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 configurations around? Redmond makes it very easy to choose now, selling both the Intel Core m3 and Core i5 4GB RAM/128GB SSD models at $900. The latter, which is clearly faster and more desirable, typically costs 100 bucks extra, and we’re guessing the 2-in-1’s budget-conscious adopters were willing to cut the performance corner, since the Core m3 version isn’t on sale. Instead, you can also grab the other Core i5 Surface Pro 4 SKU for less than usual, as long as you see fit to cough up a $300 premium on 8 gigs of RAM and ...

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    We saw it at MWC. We saw it in Great Britain. Well, as promised, the details came to surface on the Microsoft Lumia 650 — namely, the purchases and shipment details in the US and Canada. The newest first-party Windows 10 Mobile offering is a mid-ranger, and as such, caught an appealing mid-range price on both sides of the border at $199 in the respective currencies — that means that Canada's getting a better deal with a US equivalent at $151. Still, for the money, it's the same fun in a slab: that Snapdragon 212 (which actually outclocks the ol' 400 by 100,000 cycles) with 1GB of RAM ...

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    Microsoft made a lot of big promises when it introduced Windows 10 last year, but its ability to follow through on them all has proved to be a bit of a mixed bag. Just last month, for instance, we received confirmation that the planned Project Astoria Android app support was dead – though the Windows Bridge for iOS would live on. Another bumpy spot for Windows 10 has emerged courtesy of the platform's new Edge browser, and specifically its extension support. The extension framework (including support for code initially developed for other browsers) sounded very promising, but the OS ...

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    We're digging into our coverage of Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but while our first impressions are positive, we're seeing slower pre-sales than last year's Galaxy S6. At the same time, Apple is lowering expectations for future smartphone sales. At least detachable screen PC sales are looking up as tablet sales are falling flat. Huawei has a big announcement in store for their first phone collaboration with Leica, and LG finally reveals when the G5 will start shipping. We've been hard at work covering news stories and prepping for the next generation of phone reviews. We ...

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    It’s odd, but despite there being superior Pro 3 and Pro 4 configurations around, we haven’t seen a lot of solid deals offered on the non-Pro Surface 3 convertible Windows 10 tablet lately. Or maybe we haven’t paid close enough attention, since the 2-in-1 device is rather old and lackluster by 2016 computing standards. Whatever the case, the Microsoft Surface 3 returns in the spotlight today, thanks to Amazon, which fulfils orders placed with third-party seller USA Supply Source starting at $385. That hooks you up with 64GB internal storage space and 2GB RAM in addition to the ...

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    Microsoft made no big fuss about its latest low-end Windows mobile entry, despite looking surprisingly “premium” for its price tag, and the Lumia 650 went on sale in Europe rather quietly too. Stateside, it’s still not available in either unlocked or carrier-subsidized form, which may well change in a matter of mere days. “The official destination for the latest news, updates and insights from the Microsoft Lumia U.S. team” just announced on Twitter they’ll be “posting some official updates on social media later this week” regarding the metal-framed 5-incher, and that can ...

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    It would want your money, sooner or later, but until then, it wants you (yes, you) to choose what exactly goes into its latest project. You might have heard of Jolla — struggling to survive as it is — and PuzzlePhone — which only got 46 percent of its Indiegogo funding goal. Those two startups represent a good snapshot of Finland's tech scene right now: still ailing, but very much alive. If you play Clash of Clans, you have Finland's Supercell to thank. Nokia's also pushing patience with its comeback to the mobile hardware industry. And then there's Microsoft, still cutting jobs ...

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    We're well into the third month of the new year already; snow's melting, spring's just over the horizon … so where the heck are Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone Lumia handsets, already? Microsoft hasn't reassigned itself a hard-and-fast due date since missing its initial December target, but come on already – we've seen indications from mobile carriers and Microsoft subsidiaries alike suggesting that updates have been nearly ready to head out for weeks now, so what's taking so long on pressing the big “go” button? Even with many recent reports ...

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    While Microsoft’s Project Astoria experiment seems to have failed miserably, reaching its inevitable downfall before it could get off the ground and deliver satisfactory Windows 10 ports of Android apps, the iOS-based Islandwood equivalent looks to be thriving. Not just on paper, as soon enough, Lumia users may have an Instagram version to call their own thanks to this easy-porting tool. If you’re on Windows Phone 8.1, you can always access a native Instagram client, but that’s technically stuck in beta status for several years now, and it’s literally got one lousy update since its ...

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    We know, we know, you’re as eager as always to try out ahead of everyone else all the new things Microsoft is experimenting with Windows 10. That’s why it’s called a Technical Preview, but perhaps you should skip one particular Fast Ring release. At least put it off a few days if you were thinking of installing it on a Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 or Pro 3. There are just too many risks this time around, as Redmond’s own Corporate VP of Engineering Systems, Gabe Aul, acknowledges “some” of the above mentioned devices experience “a freeze or hang” once updated to Windows ...

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    While we won't be getting that HTC 10 with Windows 10 Mobile and we're still waiting for that Panos Phone and the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL weren't the most exciting flagships for a long time, this run-on sentence doesn't have to mean that you'll be disappointed by the Lumia 650. If you like a great looking, power-efficient mobile workhorse, you can find one right now on Expansys UK. And you can get it for £159.99 ($227). As of our post, there were 15 black units in stock and 17 white ones — both come with 16GB storage (expandable by microSD) and 1GB of RAM. Source: Expansys UK (1, ...

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    What's it take for us to pull up a year-old phone and start looking at it in a new light? A software update? Sure – but it had better be a major one. A newly discounted price? Again, possibly, but you'd have to be practically giving the handset away for us to spend much time on an aging model. But what about new hardware functionality? The idea of a smartphone picking up some new hardware tricks months after it launches is a pretty tantalizing one, maybe most because it just so rarely happens. But here we are in March of 2016, a full year after Microsoft announced the Lumia 640 XL, ...

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    There have been more false starts to the highly anticipated Windows 10 Mobile rollout for WP 8.1-powered Lumia devices than anyone imagined in their darkest nightmares, so it’s getting harder and harder to trust even Microsoft when it comes to update timelines. Let alone a forum moderator for Vodafone Italy, who shows great confidence in predicting W10M OTAs will begin the week of March 7 – 13 for the Lumia 1520, 930, 735, 830, 635, and 535. Unfortunately, we’ve no idea what this confidence is based on, as Redmond continues to seem more focused on stabilizing the new OS and ironing ...

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