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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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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? 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 comparing mid range phones, ...

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    One week back, Microsoft Build 2016 brought us an early look at where Windows 10 is headed next, and a lot of our attention went to the changes coming in the big Windows 10 Anniversary Update landing sometime this summer. For most users, that means they've got months and months to go before they're going to have the chance to try out all the features we saw demoed at Build, but that needn't be the case: Microsoft continues to give its Insider testers an advanced look at new Windows 10 features before they're quite ready for prime time, and today the company's releasing its latest preview ...

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    For months now we've been hearing about Microsoft’s rumored plans for new Windows smartphone hardware, with talk of a device that would move Microsoft past the days of Lumia phones and into a new era: the era of the Surface phone. Sure, that branding is far from a lock, but the idea of Microsoft moving towards some new high-end hardware designed by Panos Panay and his team has been looking like the platform's future – but when will it happen? Instead of the late-2016 ETA that had been bouncing around, a new report claims that our Surface phone could be even further out – while also ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is far and away the most immature of the major operating systems on the market so far. The many and the proud devices that were able to make the jump from Windows Phone 8.1 to W10M have been made familiar with its quirks. And its bugs. Those who don't appreciate bootloops as well as the loss of the Lumia Camera app, good news: Microsoft has now decided that those phones will be able to keep their original recovery images so that users who aren't enjoying Windows 10 Mobile can back out and return to WP8.1. Those looking to roll back to an earlier W10M build will need to ...

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    Nope, it's necessarily about bringing back the HERE Maps app to Windows Phone. But where is it going to go from there? Well, nowhere, not unless Microsoft helps it along. Or Amazon. Or both. Both Amazon and Microsoft have been working on cloud server agreements with HERE, formerly Nokia-run, now in the hands of a German automaker conglomerate of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The three plan on producing vehicles with intelligent mapping sensors to relay data about driving speeds, traffic and other bits of road information. Self-driving cars will heavily rely on this data to plan routes and ...

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    You've no doubt seen plenty of April Fools' jokes today, as companies the world around participate in the fun. Some of those jokes are subtler than others, and this afternoon we're learning about one that was so subtle that most of us missed it for days. OK, so that technically means that it's not an April Fools' joke at all, but it's still a pretty interesting Easter egg: hidden in Microsoft's Build 2016 keynote address was a secret thank-you message to the community. Microsoft fans are probably already aware that the company has a reputation for hiding secret messages in plain sight at ...

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    As painful as it must be to admit, there’s nothing Microsoft can do in the foreseeable future to threaten the Android/iOS mobile duopoly. Instead of vainly trying to fight the two platforms therefore, Redmond is courting fans of the competition with more and more software products meant to bring the best Windows gear closer to the world’s most popular phones. Yes, we’re talking PC – handheld interaction and compatibility, and not only as far as W10 and W10M devices are concerned. That “Anniversary Update” in the summer is practically guaranteed to provide a reimagined Action ...

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    Update: !yaD 'slooF lirpA yppaH How can we tell if the iPhone SE is a sales success? What's new for Windows 10 at Build 2016? Could you use your smart PHONE without any phone call capabilities? 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 we're taking a closer look at mobile audio hardware, but of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 194 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile may not be the heart of Microsoft's Build announcements this year, but the conference isn't leaving smartphone fans completely empty-handed, and one of the new developments we've seen concerns new functionality arriving with this summer's Windows 10 Anniversary Update. While so far taking advantage of Microsoft's Continuum feature to connect a W10M smartphone to a spare keyboard, monitor, and mouse for a full desktop computing experience has relied on having all these accessories lying around, soon users will be able to achieve the same sort of thing by wirelessly ...

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    Microsoft's Build 2016 conference has brought us some interesting news about the evolution of Windows 10, previewed some new developer tools, and renewed our enthusiasm for HoloLens. But where were smartphones throughout all this? We saw a handset pop up now and then during Microsoft's keynote address, but phone side of things felt a bit like an afterthought, a distraction from the main action. Is Microsoft still committed to its smartphone platform? Some comments from Microsoft EVP Terry Myerson help clarify the situation, and while Microsoft isn't backing away from smartphones anytime ...

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    Last week, Microsoft suffered a pretty embarrassing PR hit upon the deployment of its AI chatbot Tay: just hours after going live, users had managed to train the bot to start spewing racist tirades. You might think that after an incident like that, Microsoft would be planning to shy away from AI-driven bot interactions at Build 2016, but that couldn't be further from the case. Instead, CEO Satya Nadella has made he clear that he sees such bots as the future of computing, with natural human language taking the place of convoluted, often unintuitive UIs. Nadella's clear that it may take us ...

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    Microsoft's had a big year since last year's Build conference, delivering Windows 10 across device types and form factors. Those year-old announcements were full of hope and promise, and just how successful Microsoft was at living up to that buzz is going to depend a lot on what you value about the Windows 10 ecosystem. At this year's Build keynote, Microsoft may be putting smartphones on the back burner, but the company's still got some exciting announcements about the future of its platform all the same, and the big news to emerge so far has been confirmation of this summer's Windows ...

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    With as many devices as most of us juggle on a daily basis, it's no longer enough for one of them to provide us with powerful productivity tools; it also has to gracefully interact with other devices. That's exactly why the cloud is as essential for as many users as it is, letting us access the same documents no matter what screen we're sitting in front of. Back with the launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in 2014, Apple gave its users a great tool for streamlining workflow across devices, in the form of Handoff: you could begin drafting a message on your laptop, and easily finish writing it ...

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    For smartphone users interested in software that makes the most of the cameras on their handsets, today's brought no shortage of news. Already we've seen Snapchat deliver a big update that, while it leaves the core photo-sharing mechanic intact, really helps enhance other areas of the app with photo and video support. Then there was Instagram, which decided that short-form video just wasn't working for the service, and updated its app to begin supporting clips that are up to a full minute long. Now we've got some camera-app news that should help prevent all you Windows 10 Mobile users from ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we talk a lot about the annoying lack of one-handed usability in modern smartphone software design. The Palm Web OS did some really great things with one-handed usability, as did Blackberry, and even Windows Phone 7-8.  None of those operating systems are really around anymore and even Microsoft has lost touch with one-handed usability when they started on Windows 10 Mobile. Android is a mess when it comes to one-handed usability and Apple has just solved the problem by releasing a new iPhone with a smaller screen that your fingers can reach across. The problem is ...

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    Fans of 2-in-1 Windows machines from Microsoft have been treated to several discounts lately, including $100 off Intel Core i5-powered Surface Pro 4 variants and an extra $100 off Surface Dock accessories. Not to forget the all-time low price reached by the non-Pro Surface 3 on Amazon earlier this month. Somewhat naturally, it’s now the Surface Book’s turn to try to improve its mainstream appeal, though the words “affordable” and “cheap” will still never be mentioned in the same sentence as the “ultimate laptop.” Always capable of seamlessly transforming into an unusually ...

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    Back in January we saw Microsoft introduce its biggest “tablet” yet. Not ringing a bell? Fair enough, because we're not talking about this past January, but all the way back in January 2015, when Microsoft launched the wall-mounted Surface Hub in 55-inch and gigantic 84-inch sizes. The business-focused presentation/brainstorming tool might not end up on any of our living room walls, but it was still neat to see Microsoft using the Surface brand for something that was maybe a little closer to its PixelSense roots. It's sure taken a while to get here, but the Surface Hub has finally ...

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    The iPhone SE is officially official! We're answering your questions about Apple's new mini powerhouse, taking a look at a smaller iPad Pro, and we finally have the full scoop on LG's Friends for the G5! 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 of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's podcast time on episode 193 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video ...

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    Tech arch-rivalry might still yield drawn-out legal battles between Samsung and Apple, advertising mockery, as well as various cheap shots exchanged by Cupertino and Microsoft when it comes to iPad Pro and Windows PC productivity. But if it’s mutually lucrative, the three aforementioned giants, plus Google, have proven time and time again they know how to get along. The latest evidence of an unlikely alliance for reciprocal gains comes in the form of a pretty vigorous Office 365 endorsement from the makers of the new iPad Pro. The 9.7-incher, alongside its 12.9-inch sibling and Mini 2, ...

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    While it’s certainly nice to see more than a dozen devices confirmed for Windows 10 Mobile updates, many of which are getting the sweet software goodie packs as we speak, we can’t overlook the fact Microsoft over-promised and under-delivered in terms of both ETAs and hardware requirements. Sure, all’s well that ends well, but what about Lumia 1020 and 1320 owners? As it turns out, there may simply not be enough of those to justify the effort put into optimizing the new OS for ancient Snapdragon S4 Plus processors. Otherwise, how do you explain that, despite these shocking omissions ...

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    The virtual workspace of the future is being packed up inside of boxes and is getting sent out right the heck now! Or later. Maybe someone was too trigger happy, here. But maybe the Microsoft HoloLens is something to be happy about. We've seen the specs and demos and the pre-orders were made by developers. Now, we're seeing signs of movement. Received hololens shipment confirmation. Could have it as early as tonight, depending on actual status. — Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) March 23, 2016 Rafael, by the way, lives in Bellevue, Washington, not terribly far from Redmond. If he has ...

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    2016 is off to a fantastic start for smartphone photographers. While we're prepping to review the LG G5, let's compare the current top shooters for each ecosystem. The Galaxy S7 is the new kid on the block. The iPhone 6S is Apple's current flagship, but we can expect the new iPhone SE to perform similarly. We're also throwing in the the megapixel monster Lumia 950. All three are poised to do battle! This trio represents the smaller sized flagship from each respective company. All three shoot native 4:3 aspect ratio frames. The iPhone and Galaxy both have 12MP sensors, while the Lumia saves ...

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    While Surface-series tablets have come a long way from their hesitant inception in terms of standalone productivity and power, the 2-in-1 Windows hybrids remain best used in combination with theoretically optional accessories. A $130 Type Cover is a must-buy if you can’t get yourself to relinquish physical keyboards, whereas the Surface Dock might just be the most underrated peripheral supporting the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, as well as the older Pro 3. But one of the reasons you probably avoided the desktop-transforming, dual monitor-capable… brick so far was its slightly ...

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    Microsoft is probably feeling the heat from the new wave of Android powerhouses, particularly the modular LG G5 and water-resistant Galaxy S7/S7 Edge duo. Beside those key selling points, superior RAM counts and faster processors, these high-end rookies are also surprisingly inexpensive, especially in BOGO arrangements. It comes as no surprise therefore the Lumia 950 costs $450 unlocked starting today and through March 27, while supplies last in Redmond’s on and offline US stores. Furthermore, the Continuum-enabled, Windows 10-running 5.2-incher fetches you a free year of Office 365 ...

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    Improvisational comedies tend to follow the flow of things even though they don't make a lick of sense. The result? Hopefully a room full of laughing faces. BLU and Windows do not run improvisational comedies. Microsoft disappointed many Windows Phone 8.1 users by cutting down the roster eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. For BLU Win HD LTE owners, they were in the clear. For those carrying the BLU Win JR LTE, tough cookies. You'd expect it with the minimum requirements for the update package, though: the phone had only 4GB of storage with 512MB RAM. Yet, BLU and Microsoft ...

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