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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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    You know that grain of salt we sometimes advise you to take things with? Well, consider yourself on a low sodium diet, because we're going to need you to set that grain of salt down, crush it up into some even tinier bits of microscopic salt dust, and take this new leak with one of those infinitesimal specs; we've got a leak to check out that claims to offer some insight into an upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagship, but is this one just too good to be true? The Lumia 930 launched last spring, and here we see a document attempt to assign some specs to a supposed successor, the Lumia 940. While ...

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    Yesterday we saw Microsoft make an aggressive move to capture the mobile productivity market, freeing all versions of its iOS and Android Office apps from the requirement for paid Office 365 subscriptions. While that sounded great on the surface, there were a few limitations, like how business users would still have to pay up for Office 365. We also heard at the time that certain features wouldn't be available in the free version, like certain “advanced authoring, analysis, [and] presentation” tools. But just what counts as “advanced?” Would you find yourself not having access to ...

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    Microsoft told us on October 24 that we can, depending on what you feel, say goodbye to the Nokia Lumia, or be excited about the Microsoft Lumia, as the Redmond-based company is going through with its rebranding process of the (now Microsoft-owned) Finnish manufacturer's Windows Phone line-up. With the same occasion, we were given hints that a smartphone is in the works, and on its way, and today, we're getting solid confirmation. Behind the hashtag #MoreLumia lies a genuine teaser up on Nokia Conversations page. You're invited to "come back on November 11, to find out more!", and that's ...

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    Microsoft has long struggled with its strategy for Office on mobile devices. Does it want to make these apps free to use, encouraging lucrative sales of Office software on the desktop? Can it convince users to pony-up for ongoing Office 365 subscription fees, dangling these mobile apps as a carrot on a stick? The Office smartphone apps may have launched with requirements for 365 subscription, but Microsoft eventually backed down from that position, making them full-on free. But even as that change arrived, tablet users still found themselves forced to pay up. Rather than continuing to seed ...

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    Remember the selfie phone from Microsoft's #morelumia IFA event in Berlin? Yeah, the Lumia 735. The selfie phone extraordinaire, if some FCC docs and recent leaks are to be believed, is on its way stateside to arrive on the doorsteps of Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Nokia Lumia 735 may be a ways off, though. Today the Lumia 735 has passed through the FCC's regulatory approval process with Verizon-friendly LTE and 3G bands, opening up the door for availability through the carrier before the year's end. However, Windows Central weighs in with its oft-reliable sources and squashes that ...

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    The state of wearables is clearly going through experimentation, up to the point where even dictionaries struggle with the word “wearable.” Try a web search of any smartphone from back in 2006, and you’ll notice the same thing happened with smartphones, even up to the name “smart phone.” Today they’re almost entirely a slate of touch-sensitive glass, but eight years ago, you could see the oddest of form factors, from dual-sliding keyboards, to the unpopular backflip. What’s interesting is that the simplest of form factors became the predominant design, and the rest has become ...

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    There's no doubt about it: the Nokia name is going the way of the dodo when it comes to Windows smartphones, and Microsoft is now being quite upfront about its efforts to transition the Lumia brand into one we'll see on explicitly Microsoft-branded handsets. We've already checked out some leaks to that extent, but now a new series of images helps drive the point even further home, as China's TENAA regulatory agency publishes new shots of the RM-1090, a Lumia model sporting some eye-catching Microsoft logos. The 1090 is expected to be a dual-SIM mid-ranger, but right now its hardware ...

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    We just got finished telling you about AT&T's plan to welcome Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge into its stores on November 7, with sales beginning shortly thereafter, but that's far from the only new entry into the carrier's stable of device. In addition to that wrap-around phablet, this morning we catch wind of release announcements concerning an Android with a front-facer to die for, a couple Windows Phone models, and more. First up is the HTC Desire Eye, the company's new “selfie” phone that pairs a 13MP main camera with another 13MP shooter around front, complete with its own flash. ...

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    After Microsoft acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division, it was clear that Windows Phones would be ousted by Microsoft at one point; more recently, the Redmond-based company made the branding switch from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia, but that doesn't mean that Nokia is saying goodbye to smartphones. According to the most recent rumours, Nokia is preparing a high-end Android-powered smartphone. The report from China claims that the N9 team within the Finnish manufacturer is currently working on a Nokia Android flagship smartphone which will probably be powered by Google's OS. ...

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    Samsung is not at all a stranger to court filings, legal actions, and courtrooms in general, across the globe; however, this time the South Korean phone manufacturer isn't fighting Apple (as it does most of the times), but Microsoft. Samsung is regarding Microsoft as a direct hardware competitor (as an effect of the Microsoft-Nokia deal where the Redmond-based company acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division), and thus, refuses to pay royalties. In the light of a previous patent agreement, Samsung was supposed to help Microsoft by building Windows Phones, as well as sharing ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    It seems this is the year wearables finally take flight – Apple has one, Samsung has a bunch, LG has a couple, Pebble has two, Motorola has one, and the list goes on and on. Microsoft has given us a jolt this evening with the unexpected announcement of a new fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, along with a wellness monitoring service dubbed Microsoft Health. The device has ten sensors to measure things such as heart rate and the ultraviolet index, along with stress levels and more. It can also last 48 hours with just one charge. Both of these things haven't quite been matched by ...

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    AT&T is set to start carrying the Lumia 830. The carrier confirmed as much back in early September, just days after the handset launched at IFA 2014. There's still no official date for exactly when the 830 will go up for sale, but the latest rumors have attempted to nail-down November 7 as the most likely possibility. As we wait to see if that date proves to be correct, some additional technical information on the handset is coming to light, and it's good news for anyone who likes wireless charging and broad accessory compatibility. We already knew the Lumia 830 would support wireless ...

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    Update: The Weekly 119 is now available in super-HQ audio form – your ears will thank you if you download or stream from one of the links below. See you next week! As one brand gets a supersized juice-up, another goes a little quicker to the retirement home – and the rest undulate in uncertain undertakings from the sensational to the soporific. So it goes in mobile as in any other field, and we're here to cover it in the brief lull between reviews at Pocketnow's Boston offices! In between talk of the Lollipop-flavored new Nexii and the sandblasting of Nokia logos from Microsoft's ...

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    Xbox Video continues to be Microsoft's way to provide Windows Phone users video and movie offerings. Surely there are other competitors like Netflix already running on Windows Phone, but Microsoft's offering balances the difference between owning and streaming in a smarter way. Microsoft has pushed update version 2.6.370.0 to Windows Phone users, and there are some decent things to look out for. Microsoft hasn't been specific as to what this update brings, but according to some users, the new update brings new playback controls for the service, even though the previous ones weren't bad at ...

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    It's that season again, when companies everywhere are sharing their latest financial reports. Will investors be facing record returns? Who's bringing in big profits, and who continues to struggle? We saw Apple weigh-in with its own data a couple days back, and now it's Microsoft's turn to follow along, as it delivers a report that looks pretty positive on the mobile front. Let's start with the good news: phone hardware sales are up, with Microsoft selling some 9.3 million Lumia handsets in the last quarter alone. Even compared to last year (well, for Nokia), that's an improvement, up from ...

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    Windows Phone is in smack dab the middle of some major re-branding. We started talking about such rumors in earnest back in early September, but the evidence predates even that: Microsoft would pick up the Lumia name directly, dropping the “Nokia” bit in the process, and Windows Phone would shorten to simply “Windows,” emphasizing the connectedness of Microsoft's ecosystem across form factors. We may not have gotten any big formal announcement for the latter, but Microsoft essentially confirmed the news with its announcement of Windows 10. The effort to phase out Nokia has been ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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    It used to be that Android was king of the low-priced tablet game: with even 2012's iPad models continuing to fetch premium prices, Apple's in no hurry to discount its hardware, whereas Android has no problem filling that sub-$300 space with plenty of tablets. Granted, there was a lot of crap down there mixed in with the few really good values, but at least affordable tablets were out there for those who wanted them. Now that Windows has emerged as an affordable tablet platform, we've seen a glut of similarly low-priced tablet hardware. But can it go even lower than the $100 price point ...

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    Back in the summer, before Apple launched its Apple Watch and when Android Wear was only just seeing its third model announced, we were talking about the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch – one that was said to come out this very month, in fact. Those rumors may have seriously cooled down in recent months, but Microsoft is still clearly thinking a lot about smartwatches. Over the weekend, news of a surprising smartwatch effort from the company emerged, not in the advancement of any Microsoft-branded wearables, but as it shared word of an experimental keyboard it had baked up for Android ...

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    We're coming up on two months now from the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows, an overdue flagship-level WP handset from someone other than the Nokia/Microsoft juggernaut. And while we were very excited to see an Android phone we loved get the Windows Phone treatment, the release of the device left a bit to be desired, hitting the US as a carrier exclusive, bound to Verizon. But even with that restriction we had cause to be optimistic, as it became clear that Verizon's exclusivity was a temporary launch thing, and that other carriers would pick up the phone for themselves in time: ...

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    Love it or question it, the Surface Pro 3 is one of the most functional tablets in the market. Surely it's not perfect, but it does provide users with more bang for their buck if you want to avoid the need to purchase a tablet and computer separately. One of its coolest features is its digital pen input, and Microsoft is about to address one of its most requested needs. Some inside sources claim that Microsoft is about to launch a separate application that will give users the option to control the pen pressure sensitivity of the Surface Pro 3. The update will actually turn the control ...

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    Microsoft has been doing some interesting moves to extend the cross-platform support of its existing services. We've seen how the company has brought Office Mobile to iOS, and to Android to some extent as well. We've also seen a lot of Microsoft Research gain a lot of popularity for its new projects recently, and today we see more of it. Microsoft has just announced XIM, a new cross-platform photo sharing service, that's actually more than what it sounds. At first we thought this was just another SnapChat competitor, but it turns out to be something unique. It allows you to share photos ...

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    In the last two years or so, one word in particular has become increasingly popular in this industry: flagship. Samsung’s new flagship this or that. What’s the best flagship of 2013? Is this new phone Company X's flagship? It gets tossed around endlessly, and practically every new high-end smartphone is considered a “flagship”. But what is a flagship, exactly? What does the term actually mean? Are we using it improperly and, thusly, altering its meaning in the mobile realm? According to Wikipedia, a flagship is "the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular ...

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    Even though tablet sales are stagnant at the moment, we all have the impression that we're really only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of this technology. Microsoft Research has been doing some amazing working in bringing smart haptic feedback to smartphone and tablet displays in order to give users a sense of texture, but this is just one of many projects. Today we learn of the company's new plans, and if these work, they're on to something big for professionals. Microsoft Research has just demoed a new transparent smart cover that we can really call "smart." ...

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