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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's Surface Pro 3 was a bit of a surprise when it launched back in May, and despite the tablet's relatively early arrival, hitting the scene just eight months following the debut of the Surface Pro 2, the Pro 3 sure appears to be doing quite well; what Microsoft has shared about Pro 3 sales, at least, indicates that consumer interest is stronger than it had been for earlier Pro models. Maybe that success means that Microsoft doesn't have to try so hard promoting the tablet; maybe it means that consumers are going to be interested in the hardware no matter how the company positions ...

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    It's hard to not admit that Microsoft has scored a hit with its Surface Pro 3. There are still some of us that are mixed between loving it, hating it and just getting used to it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a powerful tablet, that's well design, and aggressively priced for all it can do. If you're wondering just how well it's selling, Microsoft has just decided to shed some light on the topic. Microsoft's Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood just came on record to state that the Surface Pro 3 is already outpacing earlier Surface Pro models. Hood was sadly not specific on sales ...

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    A little over a week ago, Microsoft got the ball rolling for Windows Phone 8.1 updates, as confirmation arrived that Nokia Lumia models would soon be getting WP8.1 alongside the phones' Cyan software updates. Of course, carriers being what they are, even that news didn't mean that users everywhere would be receiving 8.1 immediately. Those Windows Phone users in the States who check Nokia's update page are currently presented with notices that updates are still under testing across multiple carriers, with no ETA given; just when might we expect them to arrive? At lease some might turn up ...

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    A few weeks ago, our intrepid reporter, Taylor Martin attempted to use on the Surface Pro 3 for one solid week, forgoing his typical writing machines in favor of the Surface Pro 3. He didn't quite make it. In Taylor's defense, there were some unforeseen power issues, and Taylor reported that in his piece. But at the same time, he also wrote about how the user experience of the Surface was a bit too disjointed for him to successfully use the tablet on the regular. Ok, fine. Windows 8.1 has some issues. But were they so bad that a user couldn't get along after, say using a Macbook Air ...

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    We've been hearing a lot about the Nokia Lumia 530 recently, and just yesterday, the phone was teased by a Vietnamese online retailer. Today, Nokia has made the phone official, and, while the Finns call it "the most affordable Lumia yet", it runs the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system: Windows Phone 8.1. €85 before taxes and subsidies is what you should expect this phone to cost, when it will start rolling out in select markets next month. For the money you can choose between a single and a dual-SIM version, both of which are powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm ...

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    For a moment in time, it seemed like such a sure thing: following the first two generations of full-sized Surface tablets, this past spring it finally looked like Microsoft was going to introduce a more compact Surface Mini. In the days leading up to the company's May event, the Mini was the clear favorite for the new hardware likely to be featured, but at the last minute focus shifted to what we ultimately saw announced, the Surface Pro 3. In the weeks that followed we've been picking up bits and pieces of the Mini's story, like the multiple mentions of the device in the Pro 3's manual, ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 530 has been on our radar for the last couple of weeks. Surely it's not the next Lumia flagship that many of us would dream about, but after the success of the Lumia 520 last year, it's clear that a lot of people are looking forward to a well-priced and decent Windows Phone experience. If you're holding off to see what the Lumia 530 is all about, new leaks show us everything we want to know about it. Vietnamese web shop Mainguyen is famous for posting information on upcoming smartphones and getting the spec information right. On a new listing for the Lumia 530, we do see ...

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    The new CEO of Microsoft's new mantra for the direction of the software giant is "mobile-first and cloud-first". At Pocketnow, we're interested in the mobile-first stuff. To me, that would mean Microsoft intends to put a lot more effort into making their Windows Phone and Windows tablet operating systems and devices much better than anything else out there.  I'd expect to see better hardware, a wider variety of hardware, better battery life, better games, more frequent new games, a better music experience, an awesome version of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, and tighter ...

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    Contrary to what others in the industry (and even others on the Pocketnow team) may say, the Nokia X was a great little phone. It felt durable, performed well, and once you got rid of that custom launcher and put the Play Store and the Google Now launcher on it, it was a neat little piece of hardware that I thoroughly enjoyed using as my daily driver -- albeit for too short a time. Sure, those aren't things that most people will do, but the fact that you could was what made it remarkable. Yes, we all hated the launcher. Yes, we all hated the singular "back" button, too. But the concept -- ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 has been met with much praise. Surely this is the first version of Cortana that many of you are experiencing, but in no way can this service be considered as a lesser product than the more mature services we find on iOS and Android. Still, the biggest problem with Cortana is that it's currently only available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the US, or at least was the problem, as it's about to change. Cortana's program manager Marcus Ash has just tweeted about the future of Cortana outside the US. He claims that unless something comes up, ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    Over three months have passed since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014, and the distribution of OTA updates has finally begun; users in more and more markets are upgrading to the latest version of the platform, and those who haven't yet will be joining them soon. But Build wasn't just about the main 8.1 release itself, and also brought us news about some of the add-on features that would be arriving to complement it. For instance, we were told about big changes coming to the lockscreen, with a new API delivering never-before-seen (on Windows Phone) levels of customization. ...

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    It's only been a few weeks since we reported that Microsoft had acknowledged that the Surface Pro 3 was giving customers issues with Wi-Fi connectivity. If you remember, users were complaining about the Wi-Fi drivers completely disappearing after the Surface Pro 3 returned from sleep. Surely you could fix the issue by resetting your Surface, but that doesn't change the fact that it was an annoying procedure, and one that Microsoft hopes to fix today. The company has just released the System Firmware Update 7/16/2014 for the Surface Pro 3. In addition to some other bug fixes and system ...

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    Last week Satya Nadella addressed Microsoft's employees, talking about his vision for where the company's focus needs to lie going forward. This week, that push for change starts hitting closer to home for many, as Microsoft announces layoffs affecting some 18,000 workers. Stephen Elop addresses that difficult decision in a message distributed to the Microsoft Devices Group this morning, but more than just talking about the effect on staff, he also discusses shifting priorities for the business. That won't be without its casualties either, and the first one on the chopping block looks to ...

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    Both the Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Cyan updates have barely reached some Nokia Windows Phones in the market, and already some customers are experiencing issues. These updates both intend to bring your current Nokia Lumia device up to date with Microsoft's latest software and features, but it seems that if you decided to give these features a try early, you might be in for a little trouble. There is a thread on the Nokia support forums where certain users have been left with a bricked device after trying to install the update, but it seems that certain specific conditions have been ...

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