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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 has done a very good job at keeping everyone on the loop of its progress with Windows 10. The update started rolling out to some yesterday and to others today, but it seems that even then, the company has found a few bugs to squash. The company has already prepared its first patch for its new operating system, and it seems very important. Build 10240.16405.150725-1815.th1 for Windows 10 is reportedly already being deployed to customers. If you've already updated to Windows 10 then this should appear on your Windows Update section, and in the case that you haven't updated to the ...

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    At some point we're going to stop talking about Windows 10 for a brief moment and share with you some news that's happening on other major platforms. But today is very much Microsoft's time to shine as Windows 10 makes its formal PC debut, and that's just got everyone's heads spinning with all manner of Windows-related material. We just spent a little time talking about plans for the ultimate release of Windows 10 Mobile, and now we're picking up some further details about both Microsoft's hardware and software intentions, thanks to a new interview with the company's Terry Myerson. ...

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    With Windows 10 now upon us, the next big hurdle for the platform to clear is mobile. Windows 10 PC availability is getting underway presently, but if you want to try out Microsoft's latest OS on your smartphone, your only option at the moment is to participate in the company's Insider testing program. Commercial availability of Windows 10 Mobile will be coming in the future, both as an update to existing hardware and as the factory-installed platform in new phones – but just when? Microsoft's been notoriously cagey about providing a specific release date, and while we still don't have a ...

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    Windows 10 is finally here!  While the Windows 8 interface was designed for the future of computing where software could recognize where your eyes were looking or understand your hand gestures in three dimensional space, people just aren't ready for that. We want that same old start menu that we've known and loved ever since 1995. Enter Windows 10, which brings a lot of backpedaling to the UI for those who just didn't get Windows 8's interface (of which there were many), but at the same time adds a "tablet mode" which retains many of the touch-friendly interface features of Windows 8. So ...

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    Windows 10 for PCs may be out today, but we've still got some time to go before we see Windows 10 Mobile make its commercial debut on new smartphones. While no one likes to wait, at least we have something nice to look forward to, as Microsoft has let us know we can finally expect some new flagship-quality Lumia phones. Considering how long it's been since we've seen some top-shelf silicon on the platform, that's big news. But for a while there, especially in the early days of 2014, it sounded like a new high-end Windows Phone model could be just around the corner, and we found ourselves ...

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    Update: Additionally, you can download Windows 10 installation ISO files here. Despite the fact that Microsoft has officially flipped the switch on the Windows 10 update, you might not be getting your free copy immediately. It might take days, or even weeks, until you can enjoy the brand new OS with its shiny new features. However, there's a way to force the Windows 10 update to your computer, and have it downloaded and installed right away. RedmondPie published a neat tutorial on how to force Windows 10 update onto your PC, and, so far it has been working flawlessly. Just follow these ...

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    Some users out there were luckier than others, as Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 update slightly earlier to them. There's no need to be jealous at all, because your free Windows 10 upgrade is already on its way. If you have a PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the upgrade should be available for you as we speak. However, not all machines that are eligible will get the update instantly, but you will not be left out. After nine months of beta testing, Windows 10 is ready for mainstream. If you have registered to get the update from your taskbar, you will be notified when ...

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    We're pretty much just a few hours away from Microsoft's official launch of Windows 10 to the public. We're talking about the desktop variant though, as the mobile version of Windows 10 is clearly still a product in development. We're sure that many of you are eagerly waiting for today to be over and get the goods, but it seems that Microsoft became impatient. Users have begun to report that Microsoft is already deploying Windows 10 to some lucky customers. It's hard to confirm what has determined that certain specific customers get the update today and not tomorrow. We assume that what ...

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    Remember Nokia's Z Launcher from about a year ago? Well, now it looks like Microsoft also wants a piece of the Android launcher market, as the Redmond-based giant is working on an application, dubbed Arrow Launcher, which is basically a launcher for Android. You can download the APK and take it for a spin here (needs invite to receive updates post-install), but remember that this is a Beta version, so expect to see some bugs and inconsistencies all the way throughout. What you get with Arrow Launcher is a home page, with another page to its left and right, for a total number of three, a ...

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    Rumors dating back several months now have been talking about Microsoft's follow-up effort to last year's Band wearable, a cross-platform fitness tracker with an interesting sensor package. After those first whispers of a Band 2 arrived, we eventually saw Microsoft confirm its general plans, mentioning development of a new Band, presumably for launch later this year. That idea of the wearable arriving sooner rather than later may be picking up some new support thanks to a fresh rumor out today, claiming that Microsoft is already winding things down for the original Band. Supposedly, ...

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    Microsoft has made a ton of controversial changes to its mobile platform. From providing broader support to competing platforms with its newest services, to massive layoffs in the Lumia division, it's hard to not be concerned over the future of Microsoft's smartphone business. Satya Nadella has committed to continue building great Lumia offerings going forward, and today we hear more. Satya Nadella was recently questioned about his stance in mobile during the company's results conference call. When approached by Keith Weiss from Morgan Stanley on the company's smartphone business in the ...

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    Surely email isn't dead, but that doesn't mean that services like Slack aren't trying to kill it. Instant messaging continues to be a more practical way to communicate, but it tends to be impractical in the long run if you want to find old conversations. Microsoft has just launched a new service that intends to fix just that. Microsoft Send is a new app for iOS that's part of the Microsoft Garage list of experimental services. The idea of Send is to allow you to communicate quicker in a sort of instant messaging UI, but then these conversations are stored on Microsoft Outlook. This service ...

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    Last week we saw Microsoft release its latest Windows 10 Insider preview, the version that should be the last we get before the platform formally lands next week: build 10240. With it looking like this is the final RTM build that will ultimately introduce the public to Windows 10, it's arguably the most important one we've seen land all summer, but just what is it doing differently than previous builds? Today a detailed copy of the build's release notes have leaked, explaining all that's going on behind the scenes. As shouldn't be surprising, there are a bunch of big-fixes present in ...

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    We just covered Apple's record-setting financial figures, and mentioned at the time how it's one of two giants in mobile sharing their performance this evening. The other is Microsoft, and the company's got some mixed figures to report when it comes to its smartphone game. Microsoft's problem is the growing popularity of budget-priced Lumia models, which just can't bring in a whole lot of money individually. And while Lumia sales in terms of units were very strong, growing some 3 million to 8.4M (as opposed to just 5.4M the same time last year), revenues took a dive, dropping 38 percent to ...

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    Microsoft helped usher-in spring this year with the launch of a new tablet, adding to its Surface line with the introduction of the Surface 3, the first non-Pro Surface to run a full version of Windows (and enjoy the same broad software support) and avoid all those RT shenanigans. And while the Surface 3 started hitting stores in early May, initial availability was only for the tablet's WiFi-only option. LTE would be on the way eventually, and today we get word of the first US carrier to offer just such an LTE-equipped Surface 3. AT&T begins Surface 3 sales later this week, where the ...

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    We all want Windows Phone flagships! However, we should understand that it would make little sense to unveil high-end devices prior to Windows 10 Mobile's release, so we're all hoping to see some Windows Phone flagships towards the end of the year. There were a couple rumored, like the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL, with some of their specs getting leaked, in addition some details. Then we started hearing about a certain Lumia 950, with some specs mentioned, and now a report turns everything upside down. According to this report from China, the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL we've previously heard ...

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    Shooting time-lapse video with your phone's camera is nothing new, and smartphone users have been putting together sped-up clips for ages. And while regular software does a great job at temporally compressing footage, that faster-than-life effect has a nasty habit of amplifying changes in camera orientation over time, resulting in a jarring, sometimes unpleasant-to-watch experience. Microsoft thought that there must be a better way to create this kind of video, and came up with its Hyperlapse system to smooth-out and stabilize time-lapse footage. Back in May we saw the Hyperlapse app for ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana voice-powered virtual assistant is going cross-platform, with plans in motion to bring Cortana to both Android and iOS. When Microsoft first shared this news in late May, it spoke of making the initial Cortana Android app available sometime in June, with the iOS release following later in the year. However, by mid-June Microsoft had revised its schedule a little, and instead informed us that the first Android Cortana beta would land sometime in July. We still haven't seen any sign of an official release, but today we've got the next best thing, as the Cortana Android ...

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    Do you install every update that's released for your computer? Sure, often installing updates is smart advice, keeping your PC armed with all the latest security features, but updates do a lot more than simply protect our machines from malicious attackers. Sometimes an update changes the way the system functions; one may even remove previously available features. As such, some users choose to carefully screen if and when updates are approved for installation on their machines. But from the looks of the latest Windows 10 Insider preview, that degree of choice is about to go away for the ...

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    "We are working on an update for Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come", said Microsoft back in January, shortly after unveiling Windows 10 upgrade plans (free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1). Windows RT was not part of the list, and said update we heard about back in January is likely to arrive in September. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul (General Manager OSG Data and Fundamentals team) took it to Twitter to inform Windows RT users, owners of a Surface RT, that "Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 will be available in September". There are ...

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    Microsoft recently made a big deal over its launch plans for Windows 10 on July 29. The company published a full article confirming that the Windows 10 launch will be a full experience, as a way to connect with fans. The company teased hands-on opportunities and meet ups in 13 cities across the world, and even plans for its retail stores, though now it seems that not everything is for everyone. Microsoft may be expecting high demand for its launch plans on July 29, up to the point where it seems you'll need an invite in order to be able to participate to some of the plans the company ...

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    Two weeks from today is July 29, the day when we formally begin the era of Windows 10. Microsoft's been working like gangbusters to get the software ready for release, and some of you likely participated in your own way by testing an advance copy of the OS through the company's Insider program. Now with the big release date in sight, Microsoft has been shifting its focus towards dealing with some of these down-to-the-wire issues, things like temporarily halting availability of new Insider builds so it can work on its update distribution system. One of the most important of these late-stage ...

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    While smartphone makers from Apple, to Motorola, to Samsung (and more) have all expanded into the world of smartwatches, other manufacturers are taking a more tempered approach, testing the waters with devices that are closer in construction and feature set to fitness trackers to full-on smartwatches: firms like HTC and Motorola fall into that camp. Last fall the latter brought us the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with a focus on exercise and health. Recently, we've been hearing that Microsoft could be in the midst of developing that model's follow-up, and today we get ...

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    Microsoft's recent round of layoffs hasn't left the company with a lot of good publicity. We spent most of our last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly discussing our concern for the future of Windows Phone, mainly because Microsoft is doing away with most of its mobile team. As a result, we've heard Terry Myerson giving hope for flagship devices coming soon, and now we have Microsoft's CEO shedding some light. In a recent interview with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did his best to explain how Microsoft plans to succeed in Mobile. According to Nadella, one of the major ...

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    Microsoft ... sit down, please. We need to talk. This won't be long. By the time you finally lay off the 7,800 talented people you promise to, your employee rolls will settle just above 110,000. I know, you'll do just fine: that number's still about 60% better than it was a decade ago.  But by that same time, the government of Finland will seek a supplementary budget to specifically patch the gaping hole you, Microsoft, have left in the country's job market. According to the Helsinki Times, you have essentially ripped the lungs out of a dying town. 1,000 researchers and developers will ...

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