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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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    Windows 10 is coming to existing Windows Phone models, right? At least, the initial word from Microsoft was that “all Lumia Windows Phone 8” models would get Windows 10 updates. And then at yesterday's event, Microsoft pushed beyond that Lumia limitation and clarified that Windows Phone 8.1 models in general – presumably including those from other OEMs – will be upgrading to Windows 10. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, we're not out of the woods just yet, and in a new blog post published overnight, Microsoft pencils-in a few asterisks next to those update guarantees. Microsoft exec ...

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    We saw a lot of really cool innovations from Microsoft today. There's so much to be excited about in the coming months. New hardware will be released that will run Windows 10, new phones will be announced. Cortana (Microsoft's answer to Siri and "OK Google") will land on the desktop and help give you the information that you want right when you want it - without even having to take your hands off the keyboard. What you might have missed, however, was Microsoft Photos. Photos? Really? After all we saw today, why am I focusing on the Photos app?! Technology is great. It enables us to do so ...

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    Couldn't watch the Windows 10 stream live? Well, we've been covering all the big announcements one-by-one here at Pocketnow, bringing you news that extends past mobile to PCs, embedded systems, and even wearables. In just a little while we're conducting an Editorial Roundtable to discuss today's news in even more detail, as well as offering all our opinions on the developments, expected and jaw-dropping alike. But if you'd like even more coverage of this Windows 10 action, Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore is ready to sum everything up in a convenient seven-minute clip. Watch below to give ...

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    Microsoft is a productivity company at its core, and we see this in almost every one of the products it launches. As Microsoft's Windows 10 event is on its way, the company has expressed how important it has been for it to build products that currently don't exist in order to improve the Windows 10 experience. The first of two products announced is the Microsoft Surface hub, and it's bigger than you think. The Microsoft Surface Hub is a huge 55 or 84-inch 4K display with integrated computing capabilities. It supports multi-touch, multi pen input, and it supports advanced sensors, built-in ...

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    Samsung and Google may have gotten the ball rolling with Gear VR and Cardboard, but head-mounted 3D isn't done there; at today's Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced its next-gen augmented reality system, Windows Holographic. The hugely ambitious project will draw on APIs introduced in Windows 10 to give developers the tools they need to allow users to interact with virtual displays that seem to seamlessly blend into the world around them. Of course, you need some advanced hardware to pull of a feat like that, and for this Microsoft has its own HMD, the Microsoft HoloLens wearable ...

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    There's already a Windows 10 preview for PCs; what about a smartphone release? We've heard that Microsoft was getting such a thing ready, but had been unsure about the timeframe. Today at its Windows 10 event, the company confirmed its intent to release that update after the Super Bowl - that means we can start looking for it in early February. How can you get access to the preview as soon as its available? You'll need to register as a Windows Insider, details for which you can find through the source link below. Insiders won't just get the first crack at Windows 10 on phones, but will ...

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    Microsoft's Internet Explorer is currently one of the biggest web browsers in the world, but not necessarily the world's, or the most advanced. Over the last couple of years we've seen how Google Chrome, FireFox and even Apple's Safari have evolved to add new features that were still missing on Internet Explorer. Today, Microsoft has announced a new Project Spartan to improve web browsing across all Windows 10 form factors, and even though we still don't know if this will be an evolution of Internet Explorer or a new web browser, here are some of the improvements mentioned. Joe Belfiore ...

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    Between Windows Phone apps, PC software, and its various Xbox consoles, Microsoft knows a thing or two about gaming. With Windows 10, the company's commitment to gaming and online entertainment continues, and at its event this afternoon the company is sharing what it intends to do differently with its next platform update. As you've likely picked up on by now, connectivity between devices is king for Windows 10, and that extends to gaming. Social interactions are getting a priority, and that even means cross-device chat, with PC users talking to those on mobile devices and vice versa. Like ...

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    While we're eager to see what Windows 10 means for tablets, PCs, and consoles, probably the most exciting part of Microsoft's Windows 10 event for our phone-obsessed mines is what it means for smartphones. Joe Belfiore has just started diving in to the latest Windows 10 preview for phones, showing us what it's like to use the platform on a Lumia 1520. Right from the start, we see a new look for the start screen, with improved support for custom backgrounds. Phone settings get a major revamp, and action center notifications will support sync with PCs. Messaging will support seamless ...

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    Microsoft's just getting things started with its Windows 10 event today, and while the company has lots of interesting announcements coming up (already teasing what sound like two new device types for a little later on), one of the early tidbits to emerge concerns an issue that's of key importance to anyone with an existing Windows device: what's the upgrade situation going to look like? We already knew that Windows Phone 8.1-running Lumias would be seeing the release of updates to Windows 10, but that's just a fraction of the device types that will make up the Windows 10 ecosystem: what ...

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    Microsoft's previous reveal of Windows 10 showed us a company that's willing to make some bold moves in order to re-invent itself. The first Windows 10 preview showed us that the desktop version of Windows is moving in the direction that many of us wanted in Windows 8, and we also got some teasers on how great this will be for mobile. That said, a lot is still  unsaid, and today's Microsoft event should shed some light on the future of Windows Phone. Join us for our Editorial Roundtable as we discuss our first impressions over everything that Microsoft announces today. Rumors claim that ...

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    We're less than one hour away from Microsoft sharing the latest news about Windows 10, its ambitious next-gen OS that seeks to further bring the company's disparate platforms together under one common core. That's going to mean big things across devices ranging from smartphones, to tablets, to PCSs and even the company's game consoles. We've already heard a lot about what to expect, but seeing is believing, and the time for that is nearly here. The festivities begin at noon Eastern (5pm GMT), and you can watch from the comfort of your own home through the embedded stream below. Following ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 has left many of us on the edge of our seats. Many of the changes we saw in Redmond's new operating system make a ton of sense for desktop users, but what we're most excited about is how the new "OneCore" mentality will benefit Windows 10 for mobile devices. Microsoft's second big reveal for Windows 10 is scheduled tomorrow, but it seems that this event won't work as the last one. Trusted sources claim that even though tomorrow's Microsoft event will focus mainly on the mobile aspect of Windows 10, we won't see its first preview launched tomorrow like we saw a ...

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    With the clock ticking down until Microsoft's Windows 10 event tomorrow, we find ourselves hugely excited for all the news we're about to get about the company's plans for its next generation of not just a mobile operating system, but a unified platform that will touch phones just as much as it does laptops and tablets. While the event might mark the upcoming availability of a Windows 10 preview for phone, it's bound to be quite a bit longer before the official release ready. When that day does arrive, Microsoft's already stated that current Windows Phone 8 Lumia models will see the ...

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    Microsoft's got its big Windows 10 event tomorrow, where we'll get our latest insight into how the company plans to move forward with the evolution of its operating system and the ecosystem of devices and services that support it. That's going to mean big things for mobile, especially with the emphasis Microsoft seems to be putting on unifying devices across traditionally disparate categories; the lines between phone, tablet, game console, and classic PC will all start getting more and more blurred. But is all the news that's set to happen going to be taking place on the software side of ...

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    Even though Microsoft hasn't broken any records with its Surface lineup, the company's Surface Pro 3 has proven to be a step in the right direction. The new productivity tablet has proven to be one of our favorite gadgets of 2014, and it has challenged other OEMs and platforms to make tablets more productive. Part of Microsoft's success has fallen in its extensive software update plan, and today we learn more. Microsoft recently released new firmware update to all three of its existing Surface tablets. The company didn't provide much detail on what bugs were getting fixed, or what ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Whether you call it Windows Phone 10, or Windows 10 for phones, it is indeed the next generation Microsoft mobile platform to grace phones (how many of the current phones is yet unknown), and is expected to be unveiled next week at a certain January 21 special event. Until then, we can look at these images from China, which allegedly show off some of the details of the upcoming OS. The Windows Phone 10 leak above allegedly shows off the Start screen with a background image -- though questions arise concerning tile transparency, or lack of it -- and tile group titles which, in this ...

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    Nokia launched the affordable Lumia 635 all the way back in April (making this a proper Nokia Lumia, before Microsoft transitioned the family over to its own branding), and in the months since, we've seen the phone come to more and more carriers. Over the summer, networks like T-Mobile and AT&T got their hands on the phone, and back in December we got word of the phone finding some new homes: Boost and Virgin now sell the phone for their no-contract plans, and we heard that Sprint would eventually be picking it up for regular postpaid plans. Today's the day that finally happens, as ...

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    Microsoft's Lumia Denim is probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phone updates since the inception of the operating system. On its own, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 does a good enough job at setting Microsoft's mobile operating system on par with competition, but Lumia Denim takes a couple of steps further in differentiating Microsoft's hardware from even other Windows Phones. The list of updates that come with Lumia Denim is quite significant, but Microsoft felt the camera enhancements alone were important enough to give us a tour during our stay in Las Vegas for CES 2015. Our ...

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    Last week we saw countless smartphone companies jockeying for a moment in the spotlight, as they all struggled to get their products some attention at a crowded trade show. Of course, there comes a point where you get big enough that you don't have to rely on some expo to get the public's attention, and there are few companies out there that can say they're as big as Microsoft. So even a week removed from CES, when Redmond comes strolling along with a couple new smartphones, we're sitting up and taking notice. That's just what the company's doing today, revealing the Lumia 435 and Lumia ...

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    We're just over a week away from January 21, the date Microsoft has set for its next big Windows 10 event. While the next edition of the company's operating system family was announced back near the start of fall, Microsoft's been taking its time in sharing all the details, and we've patiently awaited the day when it would turn its spotlight on the intersection between Windows 10 and mobile devices: it looks like January 21 will be that day. In preparation for the event, Microsoft has a new Phone Insider app out, one that's expected to give many users their first taste of Windows 10 on ...

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    With as many products that show up at trade events like CES, it's inevitable that some will resemble others to an extent. Of course, there are devices that have a thing or two in common, and then there are those that veer much closer to outright copycat territory, a situation we looked at earlier today after Oppo started speaking out about the Polaroid Selfie phone and its unmistakably N1-clone of a design. We find ourselves back in look-alike territory this evening as we hear about the Remix “ultra-tablet” from Jide Technology, an Android tablet that might look more at home in ...

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    CES 2015 is already starting to wind down, and though we've been able to check out a nice assortment of new products, there hasn't been much to share from the world of Windows Phone. Sure, we got those platform-agnostic Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3 models, but nothing really high-end; anything like new Lumias will have to wait. Almost as if in a conciliatory gesture, Microsoft has decided to give us something to tide us over until its next major launch, and today announced plans to release new gold-hued special editions of the Lumia 830 and Lumia 930. Both the 830 and 930 will be coming out in ...

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    As you may recall, ten days ago I returned to my long-neglected Lumia 1020 for the holidays. This overdue reunion of contrarian nerd with fringe platform was meant to answer a question we get quite often in the Pocketnow Weekly mailbag: at the dawn of a new year, is Windows Phone still a world worth moving to (or even visiting)? In an atmosphere of delayed flagship launches and growing skepticism among some smartphone manufacturers, the question is more pertinent than ever. The answer, as it turns out, is yes — but it carries some very important qualifiers, and it's certainly not ...

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