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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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    Some believe it’s finally worth buying, others were recently reminded the iPad Pro has nothing on it, while many probably thought about purchasing it, but couldn’t justify the extravagant spending. Well, if you’re part of the latter category, and found the Surface Pro 4 compelling but a little rich for your blood, it might be time to pull the trigger on eBay before it’s too late. The Windows 10-powered 12.3-inch convertible tablet (keyboard dock not included) sets you back $650 in a 128GB i5 configuration, or $895 with the same Intel processor inside, and double the SSD capacity. ...

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    It's been four months since Microsoft struck on a keyboard for iOS that made typing with a single thumb's arc a whole bunch easier. Now, if only there were a way to add a GIF to it. Well, Word Flow 2.0 is now out and it comes with a bunch of new, internet-powered features like a search function for emoji, images, GIFs, businesses, news, facts, videos, contacts, blah blah blah... all of it powered by Microsoft's own Bing search engine. Google's competing product, Gboard, has been working in the company's search services as well. This only seems like an appropriate volley back just to keep ...

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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts. After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list ...

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    While HP and Microsoft tried their best to make it clear off the bat that the Elite x3 isn’t meant to put Windows 10 Mobile on the consumer OS map, it’s hard for the masses to not get excited about a phablet so much better than the Lumia 950 XL, at least on paper. Unfortunately, the HP Elite x3 provides features and specs perfect for both business and everyday power users… at a prohibitive price as far as the latter group is concerned. If you perhaps hoped Redmond would steer the ship away from a guaranteed collision at the eleventh hour stateside and up north, we’re sad to report ...

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    Number two ride-hailing app Lyft has been looking to better compete with top dog Uber while fending off newer transit startups like Bridj. And so, after nine funding rounds and a company valuation of $5.5 billion, it went to look for an owner. Would General Motors increase its investment of Lyft to a controlling stake? Nope. According to Recode's sources, it didn't make a bid. The company shopped itself out to Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and even Apple for $9 billion before cutting down that price. As Uber is divesting from its service in China, it now has incentive to hit Lyft hard back ...

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    With all the bad news about the platform that we've been feeding you, it's time for some good news for the believers. Facebook took its Windows 10 Mobile app out of beta this week, deeming it stable enough for a version 1 release. Good news for Microsoft as it can drop work on its own Facebook client for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, it is actively shuttling users to uninstall the app and download Facebook's. If you're on the marketplace for an Amazon app, it has now come back from the purgatory of Windows Phone deprecation and is now on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app only ...

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    Microsoft's efforts in mobile have downsized and downplayed in accordance with its downsized sales of Windows phones. It's a trend that doesn't look to be reversing without major stimuli. As Microsoft reported only 1.2 million Lumia sales for the second calendar quarter, research firm Gartner believes that the company's manufacturer partners have only been able to sell about 750,000 smartphones. Windows phone sales wedged in just under 2 million units for April, May and June. That's an annual drop of 76 percent. Windows mobile OS market share dropped from 2.5 percent to 0.6 percent. The ...

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    If you think that £750 was a bit over the top to fork over for a Windows 10 Mobile phone with a desk dock, well, Microsoft thinks so as well. Then again, maybe its lowering the price of the HP Elite x3 Business Pack because it had to move back its release date of the product. First boxes were supposed to hit the post today, but we're now seeing them going out on August 22. Furthermore, if you pre-order an Elite x3 right now, you'll be paying just a bit less than your fellow customers: £706.80 including VAT. What's four days between you and Microsoft? £43 and change, apparently. ...

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    In an addendum to its Windows 10 Anniversary Update post, Microsoft is informing people of the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update that was rumored for release two weeks ago. Well, it got released yesterday. Surprise much? You can head into your unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phone's settings and check for updates. As always, carriers will take their time and will have their own advisories for when the update comes out. Source: Microsoft Via: PhoneArena

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    Just as an FYI: if you're not already back at school, you're going to be there soon. Sorry. And if you don't go to school, you should be the parent of a kid going to school. Why? Because Microsoft's Education Store has furthered the existing discounts of some Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book models. In fact, you can save a maximum of $300 on a Pro 4 equipped with an Intel Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD ($699) or a Surface Book with a Core i5, a 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM ($1,199), not to mention some other notebooks from HP, Dell and ASUS. You can head to our source link, input your ...

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    This might be a little hard to remember, what with all the recent and semi-recent price cuts and bundle deals on both the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL from the Redmond-based tech giant and various third-party retailers, but the lowest the jumbo-sized variant was ever sold at is $500, display dock included. The manufacturer’s official US e-store has just made the $499 price tag a permanent thing, no longer however throwing in a free Continuum-enabling accessory. Not exactly a steal, considering Windows 10 Mobile’s very slow evolution and deadlocked expansion, as well as ...

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    Microsoft’s iPad-ridiculing Surface publicity efforts are essentially as old as the 2-in-1 Windows tablet/laptop family itself, though for a little while, they ceased to frantically take jabs at the competition, turning over a new, more conventional, neutral and, honestly, boring leaf. But then out of nowhere, Apple controversially argued the iPad Pro is a full-blown computer, at which point we knew exactly what to expect. The latest Siri clone-voiced Microsoft Surface commercial has probably arrived sooner than anyone anticipated, this time featuring Cortana too, repeatedly taunting ...

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    Same great(?) taste, new lower price! Microsoft has done it once for the Lumia 950, it might as well do it again and tow the Lumia 950 XL along with it. It is about nine months post-release after all and AT&T has gotten pretty impatient. The Lumia 950 is now permanently $399, a $150 drop from its second price of $549. The Lumia 950 XL has made a similar slide to $499. With no indication that a Surface Phone is in the nearing, Microsoft might be forced to keep these coldcake phones on its selling roster along with the mid-range Lumia 650. Speaking of, that phone also has a discount, ...

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    You have to feel bad for Microsoft every so often when the NFL tries to use its Surface tablets to (but not for the direct purpose of) our amusement. But sometimes, you get a little kickback for all the embarrassments you've had to suffer. In this case, it's the NFL letting Microsoft go crazy with its team logomarks to deliver Surface Pro 4 Type Covers with all 32 teams getting some rep on top of a grey canvas. Thanks @Microsoft for the new @Surface and #Steelers Type Cover. Can't wait to put them to use this season! pic.twitter.com/0mj0uLZomd — Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown84) July 21, ...

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    There are wins. And then there are the losses. So many losses. Many athletes know the pain of defeat, but Microsoft knows the pain of desertion, especially on its mobile side. Another app has left the Windows Phone ecosystem, this one being Under Armour's MyFitnessPal. The company has notified its customers through an email that it will not offer nor support the app. Bugs have accumulated on the MyFitnessPal app while users have been dropping off of it. Those remaining must remain logged in to continue using the app. "Due to limitations of the Windows Phone store, we are unable to provide ...

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    The HP Elite x3 may soon have some awesome augmented reality capabilities similar to the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro and just like how the Microsoft HoloLens does. PCWorld talked with HP's mobility head Michael Park about how some Universal Windows Apps made for the HoloLens could be usable on the new phone some time down the developmental roadmap. While the Elite x3 has some intense silicon behind it, it does not have special camera and depth-sensing hardware built onto it. In all likelihood, we'll have to see a head- or arm-mounted peripheral come out — and if that's the case, we'll have to see ...

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    The Surface Book's unique hinge — which allows for the the Windows 10 computer to detach its tablet body from the keyboard — is going to be less obtrusive next time around. That's the word we're getting about the supposed Surface Book 2 as we wait for its launch. MSPoweruser is also reporting on an all-in-one Surface PC with three particular variants: one with a 21-inch full HD display; a 4K display at 24 inches; and another 4K version at 27 inches. This product is said to be targeted for home use. As far as the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge of the the Surface Book is concerned, we're told ...

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    As if to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt the beastly HP Elite x3 isn’t worth $1,000 (or even $800), Microsoft has just outdone itself with the latest North America-only Lumia 950/950 XL yard sale. We won’t get into all the ways the Windows 10 Mobile-running 5.2/5.7-inch duo is inferior to the Snapdragon 820-powered Elite x3 (well, there’s one), but it’s pretty obvious the former two models are stellar bargains at $400 and $450 respectively. That’s down from their extravagant list prices of $550 and $650 in unlocked configurations, and to further sweeten the deals, Redmond ...

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    We know the recent Brexit referendum badly impacted local prices of consumer electronics as diverse as the OnePlus 3 and HTC Vive, but something tells us HP and Microsoft intend to overcharge for the Elite x3 worldwide. Oh, yeah, HP told us that a little while ago via several regional branches of its official e-store, which still doesn’t completely absorb the shock of seeing the business-oriented Windows 10 phone fetch £750, VAT included, on Redmond’s British website, equating to a nice, round, heart attack-inducing $1,000. A thousand bucks for a 6-inch gadget? Can it cook dinner or ...

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    The prospect of owning a pair of mixed reality head-mounted smartglasses before most of your friends even find out what this futuristic technology is all about might sound appealing to some everyday PC consumers, but coughing up $3,000 on a developer-centric product will probably turn out to be a pretty bad investment. Unless you’re keen (and able) to help shape and evolve the Windows Holographic platform running on the unpolished Microsoft HoloLens, in which case you may have already signed up for your super-costly test drive several months back. But if you haven’t for one reason or ...

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    We interrupt our ongoing Galaxy Note 7 coverage with an important message for restless supporters of a different smartphone platform. The world’s third most popular mobile operating system is still (barely) alive and kicking, with its first so-called “feature update” ready to head out to the masses shortly after the desktop iteration. Granted, the hope (and promise) was Windows 10-powered PCs, tablets, Xbox Ones and phones could get the Anniversary Update simultaneously, starting yesterday, August 2. But a week isn’t such an excruciatingly long time to wait for owners of select ...

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    As Microsoft continues to de-emphasize its mobile hardware operations through mission revisions and layoffs, one particular employee's move through the revolving door seems to have made waves. Juha Alarkarhu, who most recently directed Microsoft's Phones Imaging unit, has announced that he has moved back to Nokia as Head of Imaging and Presence Capture, working on the company's enterprise-focused virtual reality gear called "Ozo". A small announcement: today was my first day in Nokia Technologies! I am now new Head of Imaging in the Ozo team. — Juha Alakarhu (@jalakarhu) August 1, 2016 ...

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    Back when the Microsoft Band 2 was marked down to $175 (from an ill-advised list price of $250) for the second time, with an unusually distant expiration date, we speculated the deal could become permanent, seeing as how a sequel should be drawing near. Even if Redmond decides for some reason to extend the wearable’s upgrade cycle, and hold up the Band 3 until spring, heated competition in both the fitness tracker and smartwatch spaces must prompt frequent discounts. Surprisingly enough, the manufacturer is back charging an absurd $250 for the sensor-rich band in all three sizes. But ...

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    It was the maligned "Mid-Range Flagship" on AT&T that was going to get its Windows 10 Mobile update someday. Long after everyone else has left the station, — and the device left Microsoft's support — Big Blue has moved upon the Nokia Lumia 830. In a support forums post, it has announced the milestone Windows 10 Mobile update for the device. As of this post, the update has not been officially acknowledged in AT&T's Device Support section. That said, you should know what to do at this point: download the Upgrade Advisor app, check for update availability and then make you have ...

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