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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:

  • by | April 16, 2014 1:43 AM

    Last week we heard about the possible Microsoft post-Windows Phone 8.1 update strategy, namely that three GDR updates might be in the works (GDR1 and GDR2 for this year, and GDR3 for possibly early 2015). While these, at the moment, are just rumors, a new report has surfaced trying to shed more light on GDR2 (as GDR1 is allegedly going to be a bug fix release). Unverified sources claim that Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 will add support for 2K resolution displays, alongside the addition of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoCs.  These are, according to Qualcomm's own claims, quad core Krait 450 CPUs ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 12:49 PM

    Software devs love peppering their releases with a few well-placed Easter eggs, and voice-based virtual assistants on smartphones have been no stranger to this trend: Siri can be goaded into telling knock-knock jokes, and Google Now will engage in some Star Trek dialogue if asked to beam you up. As a result, it shouldn't be too surprising to learn that Microsoft's Cortana likes to get in on the fun as well, and this morning we check out one of the first-known Cortana Easter eggs. Remember Clippy, the on-screen cartoon paper clip “assistant” that would pop up in Microsoft Office with ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    Windows Phone 8.1 is not Windows Phone 9. It might seem merely a bland truth or a bit of farcical arithmetic, but the above statement is important to keep in mind when considering Microsoft's latest update to its distinctive smartphone operating system. After over a year since the last major upgrade, it's natural for advocates and casual users alike to pine for something profound – a ground-up rewrite that propels the third-place contender to the top in one fell swoop. Windows Phone 8.1 is not that rewrite. Less a reinvention than a honing of what came before, the new Windows Phone ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 5:58 PM

    You may not remember this, but more than a decade ago, Microsoft embarked on the first move that wiped the Palm Pilot’s presence from existence. It may sound funny or odd to you today, but believe it or not, what Microsoft did was launch the first PDA with a color display. Today this is a standard, but when you walked into a store in the year 2000, choosing between a Palm Pilot with a black-and-white display and a plastic casing, compared to a Compaq iPAQ made of aluminum and a color display was a no-brainer, even if the iPAQ was twice as expensive. So, did Microsoft innovate and ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 5:12 PM

    One of the many changes Microsoft announced at Build 2014 back at the start of April was the arrival of universal cross-platform apps; you'd purchase it once, and then have access to the same software across Windows Phone, your Windows desktop, and eventually even your Xbox One console. Over the weekend, Microsoft started making some necessary changes in order to get this system up-and-running, and today we see the arrival of support for linked apps, as well Dev Center compatibility with new WP8.1 Phone Store apps. What Microsoft did over the weekend was to introduce some new pricing ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 2:08 PM

    Following the many visual, performance, and functional updates to Google's Android platform over the last year alone, as well as the major UI overhaul in Apple's iOS 7, Windows Phone was the last remaining major mobile OS in need of some new finishing touches. That's exactly what the platform will soon receive once the Windows Phone 8.1 update rolls out to the public. Currently anyone can download the developer preview to get a feel for what the next version of Windows Phone will feel and look like. Our own Adam Lein and Michael Fisher spent the last six days tinkering with the new OS. ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 10:58 AM

    You've seen our Windows Phone 8.1 video review. You've may have caught us talking about WP8.1 in our live Hangout this morning. But are you ready to stop hearing other people tell you about their own experiences with Microsoft's latest mobile platform update and start forming some opinions for yourself? We've been eagerly awaiting Microsoft's release of the WP8.1 preview for developers, and got news a few days back that we should expect its distribution early this week. Sure enough, Monday is here, and with its arrival Microsoft has released the WP8.1 preview. So how do you get the ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 8:00 AM

    Of all the understatements and mischaracterizations of the tech world, probably the most ignominious is the point-upgrade. No matter how many major improvements they've contained, updates like the bump from Android 4.3 to 4.4, and BlackBerry 10.1 to 10.2 have always seemed somehow less impressive due to their miniscule numeric promotion. And that's more true than ever before with Windows Phone 8.1. From the introduction of a native voice assistant to some long-overdue interface overhauls, Microsoft's new software injects some sorely-needed modernity into its smartphone platform, and we're ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 11:50 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in stores, aside from the Samsung Gear line-up. HTC is next as the company takes a stab at the Galaxy S5 by comparing it to the HTC One M8, at least secretly. Microsoft is next as we get more rumors of a Surface Mini to be launched soon. LG follows as we get more reports of a 2K display coming on the LG G3. We end today's show talking about the launch of Google Glass to the public, at least temporarily. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy S5 availability draws big crowds (in some places) - HTC leak makes ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:54 AM

    Windows Phone 8.1 might not be available for your phone just yet -- but it will hopefully arrive soon -- but Microsoft seems to be preparing everything for when the refresh hits your device. And, if you own a Windows Phone, chances are you're using a PC; however, if you're the exception, and your computer of choice is a Mac, you might want to update your Windows Phone app client. The new version is available to download and Windows Phone 8.1 support is just one of the changes Microsoft added to the app. You will now also be able to drag and drop .DNG files to Browse Device UI, and there ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Last year, rumors were flying around hot that Microsoft was putting together a pint-sized version of its Surface tablet, the presumed Surface Mini. From the sound of things, we'd be getting a device with a display in the seven-to-eight-inch range, and that the aspect ratio might change to an iPad-style 4:3. But then by the time 2014 started looming over the horizon, these Surface Mini rumors began drying up, and we haven't heard anything noteworthy in several months now. All of a sudden, though, the Surface Mini is back in the spotlight with new rumors discussing the tablet's hardware, ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:09 PM

    Ever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build last week, we've been anxiously awaiting the release of the WP8.1 Developer Preview – OK, so it's been on our mind since even before Build, but now it's so close we can almost taste it. We've heard a few specific dates mentioned for its availability, and the first-such – April 10 – has finally come with no corresponding release. Earlier this week we heard Joe Belfiore talk about the software coming out during the “first part of April,” and today he gets much more specific, tweeting that fans should “check in early next ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:00 AM

    There was an interesting question that came up recently and I wanted to take a moment to examine the topic. I’m as big a fan of Nokia as the next guy. Heck, my last feature phones before graduating up to smart phones were Nokia. So I’m not a Nokia hater by any means. But the question did give me pause: Does Microsoft need Nokia? This is a multi-faceted question, as are most good questions. There’s the hardware side, the software side, and as they love to say in the dugout of a baseball game, “the intangibles.” Microsoft has not been shy about recruiting new and exciting OEM’s ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:37 AM

    One of the biggest hurdles that most companies deal with when becoming acquired, is the fact that governments have to approve the transaction. Government trade commissions ensure that these deals won't hinder business for competing companies, or benefits for customers, and that's exactly what the Chinese government has been doing with the whole Microsoft-Nokia acquisition, which has led to some recent statements from Nokia. Now to be clear, even though Microsoft has acquired Nokia's handset division, this only entitles Microsoft to the production of smartphones and feature phones. Nokia on ...

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