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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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    Has it really been five months already since Microsoft introduced the Surface 3, its latest Surface tablet and the first non-Pro model to run a full version of Windows? After initial sales of the WiFi version of the tablet began back in May, carriers got sales started of the 4G-connected version this summer. But for all those options shoppers had access to, one was still missing: the unlocked, carrier-free edition of the LTE Surface 3. Last month Microsoft reported that the unlocked Surface 3 LTE would go up for sale in the US in late August – and that clearly hasn't happened. Today the ...

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    Microsoft has done a good job at wowing the world with its new HoloLens project, but obviously at this point it’s just that, a project. We have yet to see when this will become a reality for the enterprise and consumers, so it does leave the door open for any competitor to try to find a way to use these ideas and compete. Apple is notorious for grabbing existing ideas and launching them with its own touch, and today we learn of its probable next project. Trusted sources claim that Apple has already poached Microsoft’s lead HoloLens audio engineer, Nick Thompson. Before joining ...

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    As one Mr. Ferris Bueller put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That's just as true for smartphones as so many other things in life, and with the rapid-fire pace at which new phones seem to always be arriving, sometimes it feels like a new phone is gone nearly just as soon as it arrived. The latest victim of rapid turnover appears to be the Lumia 640 at T-Mobile, as the carrier puts a permanent halt to online sales of the phone, barely over two months since it first welcomed the handset to its lineup. While Microsoft ...

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    Update: That Huawei Watch gave us the jeebies all through the program. Well, glad that's all uploaded. One of the nice things about the current monoform world of slab smartphones is that there are very few moving parts to break. Until, that is, you decide to defy common sense and stick your brand new Galaxy Note 5's S Pen into its silo backwards. That's when life stops getting funny ... and starts getting real. Join us for a debate on whether this is an example of terminal user stupidity or inexcusable design flaw, and then stick around for all the news of the week in mobile technology, ...

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    Smartphones with extremely well-endowed front cameras have blown up of late, and the selfie trend might impact Microsoft’s plans for a fall charge on next-gen iPhones and high-end Androids too. The recently rendered Cityman, aka Lumia 950 XL or 940 XL, has a lot going for it, based on fairly plausible gossip. It’s big, at 5.7 inches in display diagonal, high-res, with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels in tow, a multitasking powerhouse, courtesy of 3GB RAM, and is shaping up to be the ultimate mobile photography tool, thanks to a 20MP PureView rear cam. What you probably never suspected is the ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft silently updated a Windows 10 support webpage to contain a key piece of information according to which 8GB of internal memory will be “required” for Lumia smartphones to run the operating system’s mobile flavor. In case you didn’t get the memo, or chose to ignore it, hoping it’d turn out to be an innocent typo, Redmond is back with clarification on the matter. A separate section on the company’s website, dedicated to Lumia storage, spells out exactly why Windows 10 Mobile needs 8GB storage space. It’s simple, really, and it’s ...

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    The Cityman and Talkman are codenames for two smartphones that Microsoft will allegedly unveil in the near future. According to some reports, October 19 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are looking forward to seeing new Microsoft Lumia flagships. While we've been seeing renders and leaks of all sorts regarding the two aforementioned phones, the leak we're looking at is hopefully going to further clarify things. The images above and below appear to be official press renders (claimed as such) of the two upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagships, the aforementioned Cityman (above) and ...

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    Windows 10 has proven to be rather popular since its launch on July 29, and we assume it has to do with more than just its free price tag. Microsoft has brought some major changes that have actually made Windows "cool again," something desperately needed after the flop of Windows 8. If you're wondering how many products run Windows 10 today, we just received details. Yusef Mehdi, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group has just tweeted details. We hear that 75 million devices now run Windows 10, and this even includes computers from back in 2007. 90,000 ...

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    Just when we thought Microsoft couldn’t possibly surprise us with anything big at its allegedly jam-packed October press event, the biggest Surface model yet pops up in the news for the first time. That’s biggest if you don’t count the gargantuan 84-inch Surface Hub, of course. Gear up for a Surface Pro 4 configuration with a display diagonal of between 13 and 14 inches, reportedly developed alongside a more compact, “traditional” 12-inch version. There’s obviously no way to verify the fresh rumor’s legitimacy at the moment, as its source provides no concrete proof. Unnamed ...

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    The general release of Windows 10’s mobile edition is rapidly approaching, even though a precise deadline hasn’t been pinned down, so a certain restlessness among owners of older, humbler Lumias is natural. After all, Microsoft never issued a comprehensive list of smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile on the way, currently promising a first wave of upgrades for the Lumia 430, 435, 532, 535, 540, 635, 640, 640 XL, 735, 830 and 930 on its website. That’s a pretty big inventory, yet there’s at least one glaring, vexing omission: last year’s Lumia 530 may not move up from Windows Phone ...

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    Just over a month ago, Android users got their first shot at trying out Microsoft's response to the Google Nows and Siris of the world, as Microsoft got invite-only testing underway on Cortana for Android – well, that was the plan, at least, but a leaked APK quickly gave a whole lot of additional Android users a chance to interact with Cortana for themselves. While it was great for Microsoft to start going cross-platform with Cortana like that, we still needed to see Cortana for Android availability greatly expand, and the iOS port was nowhere to be found. We're still waiting for ...

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    With each passing day, Microsoft loses another precious opportunity to recover some of the lost ground in the challenging high-end smartphone arena. But if fresh rumors pan out, the Windows Mobile offensive may not be so far on the horizon. The Lumia 940 and 940 XL, alternatively referred to as 950 and 950 XL by certain insiders and codenamed Cityman and Talkman, will likely sit out Berlin’s IFA trade show early next month. A dedicated press event scheduled before September ends also seems a long shot, so if MS wants to have the two flagship phones in stores by Christmas, it needs to ...

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    The biggest issue with facial recognition software, is that well, my older son looks a lot like me. We’ve seen Google work hard at fixing this in its latest versions of Android, but that is no guarantee on every scenario. Microsoft has been working hard on that regard with Windows Hello, and today we’re shown how. Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 included a bevy of new services, and when it comes to security, we have Windows Hello, which is the company’s biometric security system. This allows you to authenticate your computer using facial recognition, fingerprints, etc. Obviously ...

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    For a company that made its name with software, it sure feels like all of a sudden there's a lot of Microsoft hardware we're looking forward to. Maybe at the top of that list are some new Lumia models, flagship-caliber devices that have been long overdue for the company's lineup. But beyond that we've been anticipating new tablet options, as well as a second-gen wearable. So when's all this gear going to land? While earlier rumors suggested that the new Lumias, at least, could debut sometime next month, a new source suggests that Microsoft's instead planning a big event that will introduce ...

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    Microsoft's inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 marks a very smart move that other manufacturers like Apple and Google haven't followed with their current PC offerings. The inclusion of a smart digital assistant makes far more sense when using a powerful computer, than when using a phone on the go in most cases. Today we learn that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has just announced a new "Wake-on-voice" feature that will be included on Windows 10 computers running on Intel processors. The idea is that you can wake up your computer from a low power state by simply saying "Hey ...

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    It's really not fair to compare the pricing of the Surface Pro 3, a proper full-fledged computer (with the storage, processing power, and general spec package to match) in a tablet form factor, to devices like the iPad Air 2 or Nexus 9, but take a stab at it and you may find yourself coming down with a serious case of sticker shock: at its least expensive, a Core i3 Surface Pro 3 will set you back a solid $800, just about as much as the best-equipped iPad Air 2 option. On the high end, a decked-out Core i7 Surface Pro 3 comes in just shy of $2,000. Thankfully, we've seen Microsoft's ...

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    We've been hearing about a possible Microsoft Surface Phone for nearly three years now. With all the recent changes that have happened in Microsoft, it's even harder to believe that this phone will happen now. That said, it could be that the company is still considering it, and today we learn about its specs. It seems that this Microsoft Surface Phone is known by the codename of project Project Juggernaut Alpha, which matches the previous leaks we heard a couple of years ago. If true we're seeing a spec sheet that's rather powerful with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display of 1440×2560 16:9 ...

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    Big things are happening for Microsoft's mobile platform over the next few months, and beyond the long-awaited public release of Windows 10 Mobile, bringing an overhauled software experience to the company's devices, we've also been looking forward to the launch of some new Lumia handsets – and more importantly, top-shelf units with flagship-caliber specs. A pair of models known by their codenames Cityman and Talkman have found themselves at the forefront of such rumors, and the latest word has suggests we're just a few more weeks away from seeing them go official, with Microsoft ...

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    Okay, before you scroll like mad down to the source link, please, at least let us have a chance to give some context for you. Michael Fisher is known for complaining about how devices that support Micro-USB Type-C will devilishly decline his old Type B cables. But the convenience of not having to recklessly damage your non-reversible Micro-USB jack or port (in committing the crime of plugging in your charger in the dark) is there. And a firm called Codistas has answered to this demand by creating a reversible Type B port. The magic Codistas worked into the "Micro-Flip" connector is ...

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    The slow roll towards the debut of Windows 10 Mobile continues as the last preview build before final release is out. Or at least, what we think will be the final preview build. Application development for Windows Phone 8.1 has all but stood still for obvious reasons. Yet, each day that Microsoft isn't updating its core apps on its home platform, it's doing so for others. Microsoft's Office suite of apps for iOS and Android get more updates than the same set for Windows Phone. One of Microsoft's latest acquisitions, Sunrise Calendar, has yet to announce any push in the Windows mobile ...

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    Even though we still don't have any success figures for Windows 10, Microsoft has done a good job at nailing its launch goals, at least in timing. We still don't have a defined date for Windows 10 Mobile, but we've heard that either IFA or CTIA could give us the information we need. Given how close we are to the date, it only makes sense for the company to make leaps towards it. It seems that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 Mobile build 10512 very soon. Yes, we do know that the previous build is almost a month old, and we do know that 10512 is a major number jump from the ...

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    Microsoft's got new Lumia hardware on the way – and to hear the latest rumors, we could be less than a month away from the debut of some new flagship-level handsets. And while Microsoft’s certainly not forgetting about its Windows Phone 8.1 lineup as the first pure Windows 10 phones emerge, with plans to release software upgrades that will bring those older models the company's new mobile platform, the company still has to make important decisions about which phones it wants to highlight as these new flagships arrive. That looks like it means one model not quite making it to its ...

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    The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is now available on AT&T in the States and we've got one of them to test out. As is the theme with Microsoft and their Windows Phones since shutting down Nokia, this is a budget friendly device that won't let you show off any ground-breaking incredible new features like Nokia used to do with the likes of the Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 from 2013.  The Lumia 640 XL is, however, quite a nice phone especially if you're into the giant-screen phablet style devices.  The Lumia 640 XL is only a bit smaller than the Lumia 1520 with its 5.7" screen versus the 1520's 6" ...

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    Google Now's been as successful as it is on Android not solely because of all it can do for its users, but also because of how eminently accessible it is: from an Android phone, Google Now is little more than a home-button-swipe away. So for a competitor to really rise to challenge Google Now's success, it's going to not only have to compare favorably with the service on the features side, but also in terms of accessibility. Luckily for Microsoft, that's just what it's doing as it makes its latest enhancements to Cortana for Android, integrating with Android via the same home-button ...

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