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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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    Technically, the vast majority of today’s smartwatches and especially so-called fitness bands are focused among others on improving the health of their wearers. But aside from counting steps, tracking workouts, estimating calories burned and monitoring sleep habits (oftentimes rather clumsily), very few can actually help make a difference in an owner’s life. Microsoft is looking to change the way you interact with intelligent wearables, according to a patent application filed last October and published recently by the USPTO. This is in fact a continuation of a concept first envisioned ...

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    When we're talking about improvements with smartphone imaging tech, we usually think about picture quality: low-light performance, stabilization, and all that good stuff. And while better camera tech gives us access to higher and higher quality pics, some of the most interesting developments are happening over on the software side of things, as algorithms get better at processing the content of these photos, learning to recognize their subjects and make smart decisions about how to categorize and sort our pics. That extends from automatic photo tagging to some more impressive feats, like ...

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    If you perhaps felt the two-stage rollout of cumulative Windows 10 updates for Technical Previewers didn’t cover everyone’s particular beta testing needs, Microsoft is today announcing a third so-called “ring.” This one’s aptly dubbed Release Preview, and joins the previously introduced Fast and Slow rings to make sure as many people as possible can sample early, unfinished OS builds with the risks each separate individual is willing to take. Confused? Gabe Aul, Redmond’s Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team, explains it best in a recent Windows blog post, ...

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    The wound grows deeper from the discharge of the Nokia acquisition. Microsoft, having recently revealed the mobile unit's poor performance and forecast, has announced it would have to lay off "dozens" more jobs separate from the 2,300 eliminations the company took in Finland last year. That round of cuts resulted in the shutting down of an R&D facility in Salo. Finland is just coming out of a protracted economic recession, but will have to continue with a ballooning unemployed rate projected to be near 10 percent within the year. Former CEO Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft ...

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    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

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    In any industry, you will generally find three competing standards that stand out above the rest of the field. Look no further than Windows, Mac, and Linux. That’s just one example, but there is a certain beauty to this rule of three that one must appreciate. Unless one is not an Android or iOS fan, then this rule starts to look a little crappy. There has been a long, drawn out battle to win that third spot in the hearts, minds, and pockets of the phone-buying public, but Microsoft has thus far failed to take a stranglehold on that third spot despite it being in arguably the best shape ...

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    Microsoft changed its ways on many positive levels with the newest version of the world’s most popular desktop operating system, letting owners of genuine Windows 7 and 8 copies board the 10 bandwagon for free, and promising and delivering more frequent updates as part of a revised “OS as a service” code. The Technical Preview program also formed a stronger sense of community and helped iron out bugs before they reached the masses, but on the not so bright side of things, Windows 10 updates were often forced on users who maybe wanted to wait, just because Redmond’s engineers felt ...

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    Consider this the answer to Google's acquisition of Songza. This one's a little more tricky, though, if only in name. Canadian-made iOS music app Groove is now under Microsoft's belt. It's not related to the latter's streaming media service (formerly called Xbox Music and Zune Music) nor the Microsoft Office shared document editing feature. The Groove app crafted custom playlists using machine learning. It was last logged with two million App Store downloads before it was delisted as a result of the acquisition. Those still using Groove will not receive further updates. The startup's ...

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    "We are breeding the cow and they are milking it." The first-ever internet adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the country is being taken advantage of by US tech companies and local lawmakers are only letting them get away with it. German Klimenko wants the madness to end. In a 90-minute interview, Klimenko gave a rhetorical performance rivaled only by John Legere's. The adviser ranted in favor of moving government computers off of the pervasive Windows operating system and placing tariffs on US tech companies' products to give Russian products a chance in competing with ...

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    Windows 10 as a platform is one that, if nothing, else, is chock full of potential. Whether it just gets by or manages to thrive is going to depend a lot on how able manufacturers and devs are to tap in to a lot of that promise, from universal apps that effortlessly transition between device types, to tools that streamline ports from competing platforms. Things may have hit a snag when it comes to Android apps, but Microsoft's been making some visible progress with its Windows Bridge for iOS. Talk is cheap, though; just how easy is it really for a dev to adapt an existing iOS app for ...

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    As if all of a sudden going back on promises of unlimited cloud storage and also downgrading free OneDrive plans wasn’t enough to alienate users who can always choose Google Drive or Dropbox, Microsoft just bungled things further by inexplicably limiting people’s accounts to 1TB digital hoarding space. Don’t get us wrong, this is what’s supposed to happen, like it or not, towards the end of the year. But that’s the problem. Redmond vowed it’d at least try to make the transition as painless as possible, notifying Office 365 consumer subscribers who are over the terabyte mark of ...

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    In a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his perspective on how his former homebase is faring. As the company's largest individual shareholder, he's been disappointed with the lack of information about revenues from cloud services as competition from Amazon in particular has been stiffening. Ballmer does think that Microsoft's hardware projects like Surface, Xbox and HoloLens are great steps in that robust devices are needed to serve as the interface to and from the cloud. He also praised the company for its effort to drive its software ...

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    Microsoft doesn’t seem to care too much about the year’s fast-approaching biggest celebration of love, but it’s not going to let George Washington’s birthday go unnoticed, offering a slew of Presidents Day discounts on some of the company’s hottest gadgets. Through February 20, the Microsoft Band 2 will again be available at $200 a pop stateside, in your choice of sizes, 50 bucks being taken off the cross-platform wearable’s list price for the first time in a couple of months. In addition to working with Windows Phones, Androids and iOS devices, the smart band stands out with ...

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    Like that football game that just happened, this news may not end up being a total upset to Windows 10 Mobile fans. After whiffs of a more-than-decent mid-range Lumia 850 — perhaps as Microsoft's last of the last Lumia phones — have settled, it seems that a change in the narrative was called for. Sidlers at Baidu's Nokibar subforum have been up in arms over what is claimed to be a phone with a 5.4-inch 720p screen and a Snapdragon 210, maybe a Snapdragon 212 instead. With the bigger chassis comes the loss of front-facing speakers and the addition of what's likely to be an iris scanner ...

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    It may seem like Microsoft is fighting a losing battle in web search, but sometimes, even ranking second can be good enough for a tech giant of Redmond’s caliber, as long as that means servicing more than 20 percent of US e-queries. On Android devices, you have to figure it’s much harder for Bing to steal a couple of percentage points away from Google, though the app’s latest major update should definitely help. The key is to keep an open mind, and at least give the perennial underdog a chance, as the potential is clearly there for Bing to surprise you. Previously rolled out to iOS ...

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    When are finally going to get the chance to see the debut of the next – and by plenty of accounts, maybe even the last – Lumia smartphone? The Lumia 650's been on our radar for months, and since right around the start of the new year we've really been looking into just when this puppy might be fixing to launch. Rumors first suggested a very-early February low-key announcement, before backing off and claiming that the Lumia 650 was facing some short delays. Well, that rumored February 1 launch clearly didn't happen, so what about this new, delayed date? While earlier reports didn't name ...

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    Update: Hopefully you'll forgive the "airport" audio quality in the latter half of the show. Thanks for being patient. Fitbit gets a fancy new band, manufacturers old and new are picking up the Windows Mobile mantle and a phone that'll probably never see the light of day changes up its OS. It must be another week in mobile technology, and that must mean it's time for another episode of our little pow-wow. Join us as we get ready to get techy on episode 186 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:15pm Eastern on February 4 (click here for your local time), or check ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    With Fitbit's launch of its new Alta band, we've got wearables on the mind, but today it's not just new models that are catching our attention. We're also checking out the arrival of a new update for one of last year's models, as Microsoft delivers some new features for its own wearables, updating its Microsoft Health companion app and helping the Band 2 stretch its battery life to new lengths. While some of us will use a fitness tracker to just generally keep on top of our physical activity, there's no shame in admitting that many of us are interested in losing weight. To that end, ...

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    As Super Bowl 50 approaches, it’s probably time you bowed out of the race for a big game ticket sold at the average price of around $5,000 online. After all, you got your large-screen TV, unlimited hot dogs and beer at your disposal, not to mention a comfy seat on the couch and the best angles CBS cameras can bring you. But what if there was a way to further enhance the living room football-watching experience, basically beaming the excitement from the stadium to mere inches away from your eyes? That’s right, we’re talking augmented reality, though it’s important to note actual ...

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    Is the pocket-friendly version of Microsoft’s super-successful Windows desktop OS dead? Well, it’s definitely struggling in terms of both mainstream adoption and general system stability, but as Redmond reportedly considers killing off the Lumia brand, more and more third-party device manufacturers join the seemingly sinking ship, which is a relatively good sign. Some of these OEMs are industry veterans or at least promising up-and-comers, including Xiaomi, Acer and Alcatel OneTouch, while others, like NuAns or Funker, don’t even appear to be household names of their domestic ...

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    The Financial Times is sourcing "people familiar" to report that Microsoft will acquire TouchType, the company that makes algorithm-assisted keyboard app Swiftkey, for $250 million.This is the Microsoft's first acquisition of a mobile-centric services provider in 2016. It acquired the developers of the Accompli, Sunrise Calendar, Wunderlist apps in the past year or so. The eight-year-old company, which most recently reported sales of just £8.4 million ($12.1 million), is currently held in the majority by venture capital and angel firms while company co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben ...

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    Did we really need yet another unofficial Microsoft Lumia 650 press render in anticipation of the low-end phone’s imminent introduction? Probably not, seeing as how the 5-inch Windows 10 Mobile handheld has had its design exposed multiple times of late. But getting evleaked is nowadays an obligatory transitional stage from pre-production to store shelves, and Evan Blass couldn’t miss the opportunity of chiming in on the purported “last Lumia.” Alas, the illustrious tipster doesn’t confirm or dispute that label, so there’s still no way to know for sure if the Lumia 850 was ...

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