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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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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    Even with how desperate Microsoft is in gaining some mobile traction, we wonder why we've seen such a long delay in the company launching another Lumia flagship. Surely it does make sense for the company to finalize Windows 10 Mobile, and have this flagship become the first device to support it. The problem is when the market has waited for more than a year, and when it seems there is still more to wait. New leaks show us the possible specs of two Microsoft flagship Lumias to come, and judging by some recent rumors, we believe these are the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. When it comes to the ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    Being able to share data between devices can be a chore depending on the platform you've chosen. We could say that each ecosystem tries as much as possible to allow you to copy data from their computer platform to a mobile that belongs to its platform, but to be able to do this between platforms is a true nightmare. Leaks over the weekend showed us that Microsoft is planning to fix that, or at least we thought it was. It's hard to predict if these were controlled leaks or not, but certain users got their hands on the installation files for a service called Microsoft OneClip. In a nutshell, ...

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    Microsoft's mobile efforts stand to get pretty exciting over the next few months. Not only do we have the formal commercial release of Windows 10 Mobile to look forward to, but the arrival of new hardware running Windows 10 out of the box. And for a platform that's been sorely in need of some fresh handset blood (and maybe not just in the midrange budget space, for a change), that's pretty tantalizing. But just what sort of phones can we expect? We've heard a few theories, and today we pick up some fresh evidence to help steer our imagination, as a 5.7-inch Windows Phone pops up in an ...

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    Getting developers to bring their apps to Windows Phone can feel like pulling teeth sometimes. Maybe Windows 10 will help resolve that situation, with new tools designed to make porting as painless as possible, but for the moment (despite things getting better) app availability remains a problem. On the flip side, though, Microsoft has been nothing less than willing to bring some of its own high-profile software to its smartphone competition, and we've been tracking efforts to bring Office to iOS and Android devices for years. While progress is at times slow, over the months we've seen ...

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    If you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you've got a free upgrade to Windows 10 coming your way: that much, Microsoft's been clear about. But the upgrade pathway's been a bit murkier for those nefarious software pirates. In an interview published back in March, Microsoft's Terry Myerson stated, “we are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” making it look like even pirates would get a free copy of Microsoft's new operating system. But is it really going to be that simple, or there is a big asterisk hanging over that promise? Today Microsoft clarifies ...

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    So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source. Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already ...

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    With as much of our digital lives conducted from mobile devices as they are, it's been refreshing to see the emphasis that the companies connecting us with online resources have been placing on content that's as useful as it can be for such mobile consumption. Google started marking mobile-optimized search results last year, and back in April we learned that the company would begin prioritizing such listings in searches originating on phones and tablets. Now Microsoft is jumping on board that same bandwagon, and talks today about its own efforts to do something very similar. Like Google, ...

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    A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn't commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers. Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this ...

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    Microsoft is up to a great deal of changes when it comes to the future of Windows 10. We’ve already heard that the company no longer wants to change the name, as it’ll now focus on making Windows 10 a service that updates constantly over the next few years. One of our biggest questions was how many versions of Windows 10 would be announced during the final launch this summer, but it seems we get final details today. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and even though most of the operating system elements will be shared, each one will have ...

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    The field of computing is evolving at a rapid pace. Currently all three major mobile platforms are making noise in a number of different categories. We thought it would be a good time to take a step back and take a look at all three major platforms – Android, Windows, and iOS – and see where each stands not just in the field of mobile, but in computing as a whole. Diversification is key here. Joe Levi already examined the state of Android, so let’s turn our sights over to the state of Windows Phone. Two guys – Bill Gates and Paul Allen - literally working out of a garage in New ...

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    We’ve seen a few teasers of how Windows 10 for phones is shaping up. After a lukewarm reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft has clearly been hard at work at improving what we felt to be a build that really wasn’t ready for consumer testing. We were waiting for a new build to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team has just tweeted about the current status of Windows 10 for phones. We heard about build 10080 last week, ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    One of Microsoft's most important divisions is its Office department for productivity tools, and within that, iOS has become a key part of the Redmond-based company's playbook. It's kept its iOS apps well up-to-date, and it's not about to buck that trend, providing today a couple Microsoft Office iOS updates bringing minor (but welcome) improvements to the iOS versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The changelogs for all three are below – the updates are fairly minor and self-explanatory, though several of the new features have seen lots of support for their addition as of late. For ...

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    It's definitely not normal for any company to reveal the deficiencies of an existing product, over a product it's still far from releasing, but Microsoft is desperate to give its new Edge browser some mind share. Microsoft Edge is the company's promise to a modern web experience, which in a way betters competitors, and in others simply catches up. Today the company decided to publish the security benefits of Microsoft Edge, and here are some. First of all, Microsoft Edge will be superior to IE because it's a universal Windows app. In Microsoft's technical terms: "This fundamentally changes ...

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    According to a recent report, Microsoft orders have been reduced because of lower-than expected smartphone demand. The Redmond-based company is continuing Nokia's policy to push low-end smartphones in emerging markets but apparently these markets are not that interested in Microsoft smartphones as the company has anticipated. 20 percent is what the report claims that Microsoft orders will be reduced by, every month, throughout the rest of 2015, in order to adjust to market demand. The main markets referred to are India, South America and Southeast Asia, where Microsoft is pushing ...

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    Microsoft's trying a lot of new things with Windows 10, from the free upgrade path from existing Windows versions, to the promise of ubiquitous cross-form-factor universal apps, to the ability to carry around your phone as a portable PC, attaching it to desktop peripherals as you choose. But maybe the biggest change for Windows 10 concerns what's next for the OS – or rather, what isn't. You may have gotten the sense this is where Microsoft's platform was headed before, but now the company makes its intentions even more clear, calling Windows 10 “the last version of Windows.” That ...

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    There's no shortage of Windows tablets out there, and a ton of companies that make Windows laptops have taken a swing at the tablet form factor, too. But for all the choices available to shoppers, Microsoft's own Surface lineup remains the hardware to beat, and a huge reason why are the smart design decisions the company's made. This week Microsoft shares some of the history that led to that iconic Surface look, sharing the story of early Surface prototypes. As Microsoft's Ralf Groene tells it, the key point at which the Surface we know today first started coming together was the ...

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    Windows 10 marks the debut of Microsoft's new web browser, which recently picked up the name Edge. Coming to PCs, tablets, and phones alike, Edge is a key component of Microsoft's revamped platform, and users are understandably excited about all the features it promises to bring. One we just learned about is powerful support for browser extensions, with Microsoft making it easy for developers who have already crafted browser extensions for Chrome or Firefox to to adapt them for Edge. And while that sounds promising, we're now learning about some important limitations, especially when it ...

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    Microsoft may not be as popular for its Windows 10 for phones preview as it is for its desktop sibling, but we do see the company hard at work in improving what's to come. We've seen some good leaks of how cool the UI will become in a more mature build, and we've also come across other leaks that show us what we should expect in the next update. We're not sure if Microsoft is going to be able to launch something this week given it’s already Thursday, but these leaks just got awesome. One of Microsoft's crown jewels is Microsoft Office, and more specifically Excel. The company has ...

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    Microsoft has quickly made OneDrive one of its most important projects, devoting various teams to updating it and keeping it feature-packed while still very usable. And it's not done with what it has, either – it has big plans for OneDrive, especially in the integration of various devices, and it's working hard toward that goal. Part of that is building out a universal OneDrive Windows app, and according to a Microsoft roadmap that was on display at Microsoft's Ignite IT conference in Chicago, that is likely coming in the fourth quarter of this year. The roadmap – which is embedded ...

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    What is Microsoft Continuum? Just in case you haven't heard of it before, Continuum is Microsoft's solution to let you use your smartphone as a desktop computer - wirelessly. There are times when a phone just doesn't cut it. It's too small or too limited, and the task simply requires that you pull out your tablet or laptop, or sit down at your desktop PC. I write all my articles on a computer running Microsoft Windows. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse (both ergonomic, because that's how I roll) and a 27-inch monitor. This set up lets me have plenty of room to see what I'm writing, and ...

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    Enter The Surface 3 Giveaway, presented by the Pocketnow Deals Store, for a chance to win Microsoft’s versatile tablet computer. Is it a tablet or a laptop? You decide. The Surface 3 is thin and light, making it easy to take with you anywhere, but also has the ability to run full desktop software - something many tablets just cannot do. For your chance to win, just go to The Surface 3 Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Register for membership, click on ‘Enter Now’, and you’re done. Then share the contest on Twitter for a chance to earn more entries and increase your odds ...

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    Even though it's been a while since Microsoft announced the Lumia 735, we haven't really seen the device much in the US. At a time when Microsoft is re-inventing itself and holding off major product launches until it finalizes Windows 10, it would make sense for us not to see new Lumias until later this summer. Still, it seems that Microsoft is splanning to launch something in the mean time, and this time it might be the Lumia 735. Photos of the Lumia 735 have emerged in a confidential FCC filing, and there are some minor differences to the Lumia 735s that we know. Instead of Nokia ...

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