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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 hasn't necessarily had the best time with its developer community. The company that once had its CEO sing "developers, developers" repeatedly has struggled to find enthusiastic support for it smartphone and tablet platform. As such, we've seen a couple of desperate measures in order to gain a broader community, and most of these efforts have worked, but Microsoft is at it for more. Developers are reporting that Microsoft has removed the yearly subscription fee that they would have to pay to either submit, or keep applications in the Windows Phone Store. This is a great move for ...

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    One thing that's no secret is that Microsoft has struggled with its mobile platform for years. After being the market leader for years last decade, the company hasn't found the right approach to regain its popularity after the launch of competitors like Android and iOS. We do know that Microsoft wants its company to focus on "Mobile and Cloud first," and Microsoft's new CEO explains how he measures success. In a recent luncheon with Seattle's Chamber of Commerce, Nadella was approached about the direction that Microsoft is steering with all the recent changes. Seattle Chamber President and ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    Windows finds itself smack dab in a period of transition right now. Users are shifting away from desktop PCs and even laptops to more mobile devices like tablets, to say nothing of smartphones themselves. And as this move continues, Windows becomes a more interesting operating system to us and our mobile focus. Windows 8 already saw tablets playing a major role, but missteps with RT and the lack of a cohesive Microsoft app ecosystem didn't do the platform any favors. We're already looking forward to what's next from Microsoft, and today we see invitations go out for an event that could ...

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    Last week, we were talking about the future of Windows Phone, with reports that Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty substantial re-branding project. Specifically, we heard that efforts were underway to start moving the Nokia name away from Lumia phones, while also shifting Windows Phone over to simply “Windows.” And certainly, we've be seeing a bit of evidence on all these fronts already, but this new leak attempted to really tie them all together and give meaning to these actions. Today we check out the latest evidence in support of this transition, revealing a Windows Phone ...

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    Like it or not, Microsoft is up to a ton of changes. At the moment we're having a hard time trying to call out on the ones that have been popular, but change usually comes with that. Microsoft is in desperate need of reinvention at times when tech startups have proven to show more mindshare than Microsoft's products, and it seems that this is going to start with Windows Phone. Yes, we know, Windows Phone as a brand is pretty much dead according to some recent information revealed. Nokia as a brand for mobile devices is also dead, and everything points to Microsoft and Lumia being the new ...

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    It used to be that Verizon was the carrier that least cared about Windows Phone. AT&T always pioneered product launches, and remained the exclusive carrier of the operating system for months before other carriers joined, and even then, Verizon took ages to do so as well. Today Verizon is carrying the cream of the crop when it comes to Windows Phone by holding exclusivity over the Lumia Icon, HTC One M8 for Windows, and if you thought the list ended there, Verizon is at it for more. Big Red is reportedly picking up the Lumia 735 in the next few weeks. This is still not yet official, but ...

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    Remember when HTC delivered its Windows Phone version of the One M8 last month? In the weeks leading up to its release we heard a few names thrown around, including things like the W8, but the phone ultimately debuted as the One M8 for Windows. Specifically “Windows,” not “Windows Phone.” Compare that to the company's previous WP entries: models with names like the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. What happened to that “Phone” part? This may be just the start of a larger trend, as multiple reports arrive that Microsoft is getting ready for a major Windows Phone re-branding effort, in ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 830 may or may not be "the affordable flagship," but that doesn't mean it hasn't captured the attention of Windows Phone fans across the globe. We're fairly sure some of said fans are based here in the US, and a subset of that group also uses AT&T. If you find yourself in that small group, you're in luck for sure – AT&T has just announced that it'll begin stocking the Nokia Lumia 830 this year. The 830 features specs like a 10MP PureView imaging unit, and integrated wireless charging. It ships with the latest version of Windows Phone, Lumia Denim (and we thought ...

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    Has it been a week already? Last Monday we were still gearing-up for IFA 2014, preparing ourselves for the torrent of phone, tablet, and wearable news that would consumer our lives for the days to come. We had high expectations going in, having heard no shortage of rumors for what new products would be on the expo floor, and that's not even touching upon the many launches we saw in the weeks leading up to the conference, from manufacturers too eager to wait for IFA itself. With our crack team of Taylor Martin and Michael Fisher on the ground, we've brought you hands-on report after ...

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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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    As we mentioned a tad earlier, aside from the Lumia 830, 735, and 730 dual-SIM, Nokia also announced a couple of accessories as well. In this hands-on video we're specifically taking a look at the Nokia Smart Wireless Charger, of course, while using a Lumia 830 with a Wireless Charging Flip Shell for Lumia 830 attached, and a Lumia 735 with a Wireless Charging Shell on its back. The Nokia Smart Wireless Charger is QI standard compatible and supports Bluetooth LE. Why? In order to be informed of the current battery level of your Lumia device. When it senses that your phone is running ...

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    It's the affordable flagship, according to Microsoft. But, as our specs post suggests... maybe not. There's nothing like real hands-on experience though, and that's exactly what Taylor Martin has brought us from within a press event in Berlin, Germany. Our Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on video is now live, and within it our initial impressions of the phone. The 830 looks like a phone that will let you distinguish from the crowd, and you can even swap backplates to take on a new look every now and then. We found that it was fairly thin and light, and performed decently well in our early tests. The ...

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    Now that the announcement has come and gone, it's time we take our first hands-on look at the new Windows Phones from Microsoft. We've started off with the Nokia Lumia 735 / 730, the "selfie phone" that Microsoft has been teasing for quite a while now. So let's take a look, shall we? We won't bore you by recounting specs here: we've already covered that in an in-depth Nokia Lumia 735 specs post here. We also won't bore you with a list of every single feature the phone has, because if you want that info, you're in the wrong place: check here instead. Of course, this is one of many IFA 2014 ...

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    Though its use is primarily for selfies, as Microsoft would like you to think, is the Nokia Lumia 735 good for anything else? We explore the question – is the Nokia Lumia 735 a one-trick pony, or a multitasking maven? – by listing out a full Nokia Lumia 735 specs chart below. Chime in with your thoughts about the selfie phone below, watch our hands-on video of it on YouTube, and check out the rest of our IFA 2014 coverage here from Berlin. We also have Nokia Lumia 830 coverage available for your consumption, and we're not forgetting about the 730 of course. Nokia Lumia 735 specs ...

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