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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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    The last time we saw a Nokia Lumia on Verizon was last year with the Lumia Icon. That device has been discontinued and Verizon's Lumia Windows Phone selection has been seriously lacking. Now Verizon has finally gotten a new Lumia Windows Phone in their line up and it's the Lumia 735. Of course, this device is kind of old too. The original version was unvieled in Berlin in September of 2014. 9 months later, the Verizon version of the Lumia 735 is now available. The Lumia 735 is kind of a mid-range phone by last year's standards, but in 2015 it still has a few nice things going for it. Last ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    It's been a little over a week now since Microsoft released the last public preview release of Windows 10 Mobile as part of its Insider Preview program. And while build 10136 was a feature-packed one, it didn't arrive without its own share of problems, notably the roundabout way by which it had to be installed. Microsoft told us that a future release would allow for upgrading from 10080 without jumping through such hoops, and yesterday we heard that the company was already zeroing-in on its next candidate build. We were expecting that we might see that one arrive in another week or so, but ...

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    This year promises to be one of the most important for Microsoft in a while, as the company gets ready to release its new Windows 10 platform in just a few more weeks. That launch is sure to set the stage for the rest of the year's developments, but what then? How can Microsoft take that momentum and put it to best advantage in 2016? In a newly leaked internal email, CEO Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft's mission statement going forward. Officially, Microsoft's mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” To do this, the company will put ...

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    Until Microsoft "soon" decides on the next Windows 10 Mobile release, Insiders can continue playing with build 10136, that's become available last week. Whether the new build that will arrive will be 10149, or a more recent one, is yet unknown, but this particular 10149 version, that's been allegedly leaked, brings some changes to the table. For starters, as you can see in the image above, the Edge address bar (Edge is the name of the now rebranded browser) has been moved to the bottom. Unlike on Android and iOS, where you have to reach all the way up to the address bar, Edge will make it ...

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    A week ago Tuesday, Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile for testers. And while the update brought with it a number of improvements, there was a big shadow hanging over its release in the form of complicated installation requirements: users couldn't easily upgrade from the last preview release, and would have to do a fresh install – after first going back to WP 8.1. Microsoft promised that the next Windows 10 Mobile preview build would address this issue, and anyone not interested in jumping through those hoops could simply wait for its arrival, and continue upgrading ...

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    As the company behind a major smartphone platform, Microsoft's making a name for itself by not keeping its best software and features locked down behind OS lines, going to quite some effort to offer both Android and iOS users access. Cortana may be the latest to set out on that cross-platform journey, but the defining undertaking along those lines has been Microsoft's ongoing work towards bringing its Office suite to mobile users everywhere. Last month we learned about some big progress happening over on Android, as a newly refreshed app suite debuted for Android smartphones. At the time ...

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    A new firmware update has been released by Microsoft today for its two flagship tablet products, the Surface 3 and Pro 3. There aren't many new features involved, but these are meaty firmware updates nonetheless, and will be crucial for the devices moving into the future. The changelogs for both updates are below. The key takeaways for the Surface 3 update are driver updates; this should improve stability and performance across the board. In the case of the Pro 3, there are driver updates as well, as well as a UEFI update adding support for new Windows 10 features. With the launch of the ...

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    We're just a little over a month removed from the day when Windows 10 will make its commercial debut, ready for installation on new systems or as an upgrade to existing Windows versions. While many users will get their hands on Windows 10 either as a free upgrade or built right in with newly purchased machines, there's still going to be a contingent that installs it fresh: typically, people building new PCs from components, or upgrading ancient hardware that never made the trip to Windows 7. And when they do so, they may have a new way to get their hands on the software, with rumors that ...

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    We're just over five weeks away from July 29, the day when Windows 10 formally becomes available to PC users. And while we're obviously looking forward to that date, maybe even more interesting is what's going to happen next, as Microsoft finishes up work on Windows 10 Mobile and prepares that platform refresh for its own commercial release. We know that's happening at some point after July 29, but so far Microsoft's been hesitant to talk about its schedule with much more specificity. As a result, we find ourselves looking to other sources for information, and today check out a carrier ...

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    Famous tipster @evleaks, even though retired, has spent his last couple of tweets telling us about the future of the Microsoft Lumia lineup, and even some past that never happened. On one hand he tells us that the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet that some loved and others hated, was actually just one of five tablets in the works under codenames Illusionist, Mercury, Pine, and Vegas/Atlas. Still these are not the only codenames he revealed today, as we also learn of some Microsoft Lumia future. Evan Blass has just revealed that in addition to the Lumias under codename Cityman and Talkman, there are ...

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    It's fantastic to see the level of access Microsoft is giving its users as it develops Windows 10, inviting desktop and mobile users alike the chance to preview the software as it takes shape in the months leading up to the formal commercial launches. But for as great as it's been to get an early look at all this, issues with the user experience on Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones has managed to temper our enthusiasm – what we have now is good, but we can easily imagine how much better things will be once they're fine-tuned quite a bit more. The good news is that those improvements ...

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    Last Friday, Microsoft spelled out much of what's about to happen next for testers participating in the Windows 10 Insider Preview. That includes the update path to the final, commercial-ready build once it's time for the OS to go public on July 29. And while we thought the company provided some clear answers to questions the tester community had asked time and time again, as the new week begins things are looking much less certain, and Microsoft could be reversing course on one key point. If you've got a legit copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, you can upgrade for free to Windows 10 – that no ...

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    Right now, the bulk of the world's smartphone users are on Android – somewhere floating up around 80 percent. And while new users are picking up their first smartphones every day, if you're the company behind a competing mobile platform, any growth plan is going to have to include some strategy for convincing at least some of those Android users to jump ship. Unsurprisingly, we've seen plenty of evidence of companies working to do just that, most recently with Apple's upcoming Move to iOS tool. Microsoft's had it's own migration app for some time now, and the company recently released a ...

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    We're a little over a month out from July 29, the day that marks the formal commercial arrival of Windows 10 for PCs. If you've already been participating in the Insider Preview program and running early builds, that may not sound like such a big deal, but there are some important changes you should be aware about as Microsoft makes the transition from testing to full-on availability. Today the company shares some of what to expect as we get in for the home stretch. Before the final build gets here, we've got a few more weeks of previews left, and Microsoft's making a little adjustment to ...

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    We've struggled to love the Microsoft Band because of its rudimentary design, and it's uncomfortable fit, but that doesn't mean that this isn't a powerful wearable. On the contrary, the Microsoft Band has proven to be a very powerful product over the last couple of months, and this only expands as developers make use of it. Today we learn of a new game that it will be able to track in a far better way than the average tracker. Microsoft has just partnered with TaylorMade in order to add golfing support for both he Microsoft Band and also the Health application. You first tell the app what ...

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    Windows Phone fans are used to dealing with a limited selection of smartphone options from carriers, and that's been just as true for Verizon as any. Shopping for such models in its stores, you'd find yourself presented with some very slim pickings: there's the One M8, a high-end (if not aging) model, and the new LG Lancet, a lower-end FWVGA phone. What about something that splits the difference? Ever since last summer, we've been following reports that the Lumia 735 could make its way to Verizon, and after a number of false starts, those rumors picked up in earnest again last month. ...

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    Microsoft has spent the last year reinventing itself since Steve Ballmer stepped down, and Satya Nadella became the company's CEO. The changes have involved more than just a change in leadership, but also a very corporate different strategy. Change is sadly not popular with some of the people that stay, or in some cases, some people just don't fit the new mold, and that's what seems to have happened today. Microsoft has just announced that Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft, and joining him in this departure is also Mark Penn, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder. Stephen Elop is a very ...

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    Yesterday we learned that the latest preview release of Windows 10 Mobile was nearly available, all because of the voices of you, its users. While the new 10136 build was looking ready to go, there was one big problem: a glitch prevented users from easily upgrading from existing preview builds, requiring them to go all the way back to Windows Phone 8.1 first. Microsoft asked testers if they still wanted 10136 to come out now, even if that meant jumping through some hoops with the Windows Phone Recovery Tool, and the “yes” votes won out. Today Microsoft makes good on the wishes of those ...

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    Last month, Microsoft announced that it was taking the leash off its digital assistant Cortana and letting the service run wild across mobile platforms, confirming plans for both an Android and iOS app. The company warned us that the iOS version could still be a few months off, but the Android release was set to debut quite soon, tipped for availability by the end of June. It looks like those release plans have hit a snag, though, and in a new post today Microsoft informs Cortana fans that they'll have to wait a little longer before they can try it out on Android. The new plan, according ...

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    Two of Microsoft's hottest new devices could be making their way to the lineups of one of the US's largest nationwide carriers very soon. The Lumia 640, announced at Mobile World Congress this year to build on Microsoft's affordable smartphone success, is coming to T-Mobile today. And if new information from WinSuperSite is to be believed, both the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are also going to be making their way to AT&T by the end of the month. Allegedly, WinSuperSite obtained the information in the following quotation at a Microsoft-sponsored event from a representative of the ...

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    Before we dive into the update bit, you should know that you will be able to play your Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One console, thanks to the recently announced "native" backwards compatibility, at E3, something many have wished for. Excited? Xbox One owners can look forward to receiving a major update for their consoles this fall. It might not have a dedicated Cortana button like maybe your next PC, but there are a lot of exciting things on their way to look forward to. Microsoft has committed to unifying some key parts of the experience, and Xbox live is among them. The new UX will ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant may have debuted on the company's Windows Phone handsets, but it's on the cusp of expanding in a big way. In addition to the Android and iOS apps we saw the company announce last month, Cortana is also set to find a home on PC, and you may have already had a chance to give it a spin in a recent Windows 10 preview. While we generally think of Cortana as a software tool or a cloud service, today we also get word of an interesting hardware component that's just over the horizon, as Toshiba shares word of plans to equip all its upcoming Windows 10 laptops ...

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    Microsoft's clearly working on the next generation of Lumia hardware, phones that will be among the first models running Windows 10 Mobile. While there's nothing official just yet, rumors have already made quite a few stabs at working our what we might hope to expect from these handsets. One big feature on the minds of a lot of Lumia fans has been the return of a really great camera, and expectations have been running high that some of these upcoming models might deliver imaging performance that truly lives up to the PureView name. Now a new leak gives us reason to be optimistic, as ...

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