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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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    Microsoft calls the Surface Pro 3 the "tablet that can replace your laptop." That's a pretty broad and lofty statement, but we have been putting the Surface Pro 3 to the test for several weeks now. It's impossible to deny it's one of the most powerful tablets ever. Still, the application situation may leave you feeling high and dry. Windows 8.1 only has a small fraction of the application support its tablet OS competitors have. Fortunately, you're not out of luck if you've been craving some of your favorite Android apps on your Windows tablet. BlueStacks has done a great job of enabling ...

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    One of the coolest features of Windows Phone 8.1 is the Cortana voice assistant. While it still has it quirks, updates are flowing in all the time and many have grown to love it. A new interview Search Engine Land conducted with a Windows Phone team member suggests that Microsoft may be looking to bring Cortana over to the other two major mobile platforms, Android and iOS. While Marcus Ash, the interviewed Microsoft employee, doesn't explicitly state that Cortana is coming to Android and iOS, he says Microsoft is definitely considering it. Here's the exact quote: We want to scale ...

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    Nokia has had a lot of success making really high quality mobile phones at very inexpensive price points. This was true 20 years ago, and these days Nokia (now in the form of Microsoft's handset division) is trying to translate that success to the smartphone market. Of course smartphones are far more complicated than the mobile phones of the 90s and they're more expensive to make, but as Nokia proved with the Lumia 520, it's still possible to make something that works very well without costing $600. The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of ...

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    We're still waiting around for Windows Phone OEMs to make with the release of OTA 8.1 updates (and the latest leak suggests we could still be about a month out from seeing the first of them land), but for users who have taken the initiative to manually install Microsoft's WP8.1 Preview for Developers on their phones (and there sure are a lot of you out there), we've already seen a few platform updates arrive. The first popped up around this time last month, with an eye on improving battery life, and the second arrived just last week, adjusting how settings are applied and making other ...

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    The affordable phone looks to be one of the biggest trends of 2014, with offerings from companies like HTC and Motorola having caught our eye. Windows Phones have also been leading the pack in terms of low-priced offerings, with a multitude of them coming in at less than $100. These latest two aren't quite that cheap, but come in at more affordable prices than most of today's flagships nonetheless. Both the Lumia 636 and 638 phones are powered by the latest iteration of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1. Their differences don't become apparent even when we talk specs ...

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    Apple’s continuity is a pretty powerful feature that’s coming to iOS. Actually, a lot of the features in iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite are very powerful. And they’re all designed to make you do one thing – go all in. Apple should do this, there is no question in my mind. But after giving it a couple of weeks to process, it occurs to me that Apple and Microsoft are taking two different approaches to the same end – unification. Microsoft has been beating the unification drum for some time now. Microsoft’s dream is to make all devices – phones, tablets, and computers – run the ...

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    What's the one thing you would improve about your smartphone if you could? Give it more storage? A higher-res display? Valid answers, but we already have a lot of options in those areas, and if you shop around you can usually find at least some model that suits your needs. But if you said “battery life,” well, that's a different story. There are a handful of devices out there with really giant batteries, like the old Droid Maxx models, select phablets, or the odd device with a tablet-sized battery, but all too often these arrive with one or more trade-offs. And you could always get an ...

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    Everyone seems to want to have a crack at making a smartwatch, Microsoft seemingly notwithstanding. If this latest report is to be believed, the company is indeed hard at work on a wrist-mounted wearable with a custom Windows build to boot. The watch reportedly features a flat, elongated display, though not freakishly large as one's imagination might assume. The inner portion resting against the user's skin is curved, allegedly, and the display itself is said to be fairly low-resolution. GearLive refers to the device as "the Surface watch," and reports that it has a similar interface ...

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    Curved screens? Got 'em. Done deal. With LG's G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round, smartphones have cleared that hurdle. What's next promises to be a bit more interesting, though, as we look forward to the day when phones will not just be curved, but foldable, with displays that can take a bend and keep right on working. Samsung and LG are both working on improving their flexible OLED offerings in the hopes we'll get there one day, but at the recent Society for Display Information conference we learned about a new player showing off its own folding screens, as Nokia demoed a couple models. ...

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    So far, interacting with your smartphone by waving around your hands in the air hasn't really caught on as a killer feature. Samsung's been doing it for a while now, but not in a way that has found much acclaim. And Amazon appears to be considering sometime very similar for its own smartphone, expected to launch in just a couple weeks. We've also heard talk about Nokia's interest in this kind of tech, with rumors that a phone codenamed Goldfinger could introduce us to the company's 3D Touch system. Goldfinger itself may never see the light of day, but upcoming devices are still tipped to ...

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    More than most, I want to believe the tablet-computer hybrid is possible. In fact, I know it is. That's exactly why I moved absolutely as many tasks as possible over to my iPad mini from the MacBook Pro. With the exception of intensive video editing and some of the fine-tunings of publishing stories here on Pocketnow, I can easily perform most of my daily tasks with the iPad mini paired with the ZAGGkeys Cover Bluetooth keyboard. It's a nifty little accessory that essentially transforms the iPad mini into a miniature, underpowered netbook. Why bother, though, if it's underpowered and I ...

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    iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet. Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, ...

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    We regularly find ourselves faced with a long list of new Nokia smartphone codenames. Some of those end up developing into the Lumia handsets we ultimately see released, and some of them we never end up hearing again. Today, @evleaks shares some of what he's learned about Nokia's potential plans all the way out into 2015, brings back a few familiar codenames, and introduces us to some all-new ones. He starts us off with some updates on properly numbered Lumia models, like talking about how the Lumia 635 is still on-track for a US release in July (if not sooner), although Sprint's version ...

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    Microsoft still has many of us waiting for the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 to the masses, and part of that wait also includes hardware. Surely we know that the usual suspects will launch phones, but lately that only guarantees Nokia phones. Many of us are still waiting for the confirmation of other OEMs to bring hardware and innovation to the platform, and Microsoft spilled its plans and partners today. Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker took the stage at Computex today to talk about the future of Windows Phone, and mainly about the partners that we should expect very soon. ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is still very much a beta product. Despite being only available in the United States for now (with the UK and other regions on the way), the product still isn't perfect. Microsoft is committing to updating Cortana bi-monthly in order to keep Cortana fresh and bug-free. Microsoft is open to breaking this schedule for updates "that are timely, urgent or especially badass," which is by no means a bad thing. This well allow Jen Taylor's voice to spout info that's entirely relevant to the world around us, reflecting major world events and the like. The change ...

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