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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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    Piece by piece, Microsoft's vision for Windows 10 is being exposed to users participating in the public Technical Preview. The first release got the ball rolling, and this month's new build added to that equation with the introduction of new apps like the Project Spartan browser. Back at its January event, Microsoft shared even more software that would be emerging for Windows 10, including some updated versions of its Office apps for smartphones. Today it talks a little about what it's been doing to improve that software, and when we can expect to give it a try for ourselves. The preview ...

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    Yesterday we heard about a nasty bug affecting some Windows Phone users who were attempting to give Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview a spin. Users with certain Lumia 52x-series handsets were finding their phones rendered unusable after playing with the preview, when trying to move back to Windows Phone 8.1. As a result, Microsoft halted distribution of the preview to devices like the Lumia 520, 525, and 526 until it could work out what was going wrong. The preview's still on ice for these models for now, but Microsoft may have already solved this mystery, as it explains today. The ...

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    Just about a week ago, Microsoft made available the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview release for its Lumia smartphones, giving users a chance to check out the progress the company is making on new Windows 10 features. Maybe the best thing about this new release was the sheer number of phones compatible with it; Microsoft hugely expanded its list of supported hardware from the very limited initial preview we got back in February. But not all of those handsets are playing nicely with the new build, and with a few of them, Microsoft's going so far as to stop making the preview available ...

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    Back in the early days of 2015, a report surfaced that Cyanogen and Microsoft had been talking about business, and Microsoft was interested in sinking a $70M investment in the custom ROM maker. It was an almost scandalous suggestion, tantamount to Microsoft backing Android (but at least not Google's Android), and while it made for a good story, a couple months later we heard that the deal as described wouldn't be happening. What might be possible instead, this new info suggested, was that Microsoft could be making a deal to get some of its apps on Cyanogen-running phones. Sure enough, ...

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    Even though most of us are not fond of bloatware, we didn't really complain about the partnership that Microsoft landed with Samsung. Microsoft Office is a must have for most of us anyway, so the fact that the Galaxy S6 came with these apps out of the box was well taken by the public. What's interesting is that those same US carriers that ship you a phone with a ton of unusable bloatware have decided otherwise. Verizon has just confirmed that its Galaxy S6 models won't ship with any pre-installed Microsoft software. The reasons for this were not provided, but the statement does mention ...

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    As the wait for true flagship Windows phones continues – and we look towards the impending arrival of Windows 10 this summer for more – we're left being graced by new entrants from Microsoft in the affordable smartphone market, the latest of which is the Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM. What will interest you most about the Lumia 540 Dual SIM if you're in the market is the price tag without a doubt. The phone is priced to sell, at just $150, and features some commendable respect for that fairly small price to pay. Paying that price will get you a Snapdragon 200 processor, a 5-inch 720p ...

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    We knew it was coming: after waiting for two months since the initial release, earlier this week Microsoft indicated that it intended to make the next public Windows 10 Technical Preview available today. Right on schedule, the new preview build is out, ready to be installed on more Lumia phones than ever before. How many phones? Well, not all-all of them, but a hell of a lot more than last time around. As we mentioned earlier, the list now includes models like the 1020, 1520, 925, and 928, though it does miss a few notable handsets like the 930 and Icon. For what it's worth, Microsoft says ...

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    Even though Mobile payments have existed for years, thanks to Google Wallet, we really haven't seen the service take off. Apple has spent its last two events boasting about how much Apple Pay is growing, but none of that data is backed by factual numbers. All this being said, we do know that Microsoft is building a lot of new payment functionality on Windows 10 for mobile devices, and today we hear more about what's to come. A new regulatory filing has just emerged in which Microsoft applies to deploy a money transmission service in all 50 states. Sadly no specifics have been provided on ...

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    It's been almost two months since Microsoft first released the Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones, allowing interested users (with the right hardware) to get an early shot playing around with some of the features set to arrive with the introduction of Windows 10 for phones. In the weeks since, we've seen leak after leak revealing changes present in unreleased internal builds, leaving us wondering when another preview would be ready for public consumption. And while Microsoft left us with the impression that we would be seeing monthly releases, that clearly hasn't been happening. ...

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    Microsoft may not be the most timely company when it comes to updating its operating systems to be on par with competition, but we're ready to forgive them after the announcement of Windows 10. The company has addressed almost every single complaint that the whole world had with Windows 8.1, and to sweeten the pot with a free update to Windows 10 this summer just makes things better. Still, we know Microsoft isn't just working on Windows 10 on the short term, and today we learn more about future updates. Just like Windows 8.1 was codenamed "Blue" and Windows 10 was codenamed "Threshold," ...

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    Back in my college days I was a die-hard Microsoft OneNote user. I had a folder for each course I was taking and every lecture got its own notepad, complete with tabs, pictures, and handwritten as well as typewritten notes. The advantage of OneNote, in addition to a single location for everything with the freedom of free-form text, is its universal indexability. Put another way, virtually everything in a OneNote collection is indexed and searchable - including handwriting and text inside images. OneNote was introduced when smartphones were in their infancy and we rarely considered snapping ...

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    What's a Windows Phone user who wants some high-end hardware to do? Last year brought few handsets powered by top-shelf silicon, and while that meant the arrival of attractive phones like the HTC One M8 for Windows and the Lumia 930, those didn't really add up to offering a ton of options. If you wanted a more phablet-sized device, the selection's been even slimmer, and for a long time now our go-to choice for a powerful Windows phablet has been the Lumia 1520. After a long life on store shelves, it's finally time for even this model to say its goodbyes, as AT&T and Microsoft cease ...

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    Of all the companies making mobile devices, whose customers are the most loyal? Microsoft may not sell a boatload of phones compared to other players, but are Lumia converts fiercely loyal? Do Apple fans return for iPhone after iPhone? This evening we find ourselves taking a look at some survey data that attempts to identify the electronics manufacturers with the most loyal fans, and those with the highest customer service rankings. And depending on your expectations going in, there might be some data here that could be quite surprising. For starters, how about Samsung leading in terms of ...

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    It may have taken Microsoft a couple decades to realize it, or at least find a successful way to market it, but if you want to make big money in the software and services game these days, you don't sell people things: you get them to subscribe to things. For while that copy of Office or that hot new squad-based PC shooter game may be very attractive one-off purchases, it's the Office 365 subscription and the Xbox Live account that keep the money coming in day after day, year after year. As a result, we find ourselves presented with more subscription offers than ever before, and while $10 a ...

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    Remember back twenty years ago, when Apple's position in the computer market had languished, and the battle on everyone's mind seemed to be Microsoft versus Linux? It felt like David versus Goliath, but this wasn't just about a struggle for power. There was another battle taking place under the surface, one that promised to have broader implications: private code versus open source. In the years since, Microsoft's attitude towards open source software has softened a little, but Windows has remained a locked-down platform, offered to users only as pre-compiled executables. Now with the ...

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    Windows Phone users are all too familiar with app availability issues: when a popular app is out for one smartphone platform but not the one your phone runs, it can really suck. But for as often as Windows Phone finds itself on the going-without end of that stick, there's the occasional app that's both really popular and a Windows Phone exclusive. We've mentioned some of these gems in the past, including Microsoft's Office Lens. Well, Office Lens may still be a powerful document acquisition tool, but it's finally losing its Windows-Phone-only status, as Microsoft makes it available for ...

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    One of the most high-profile changes arriving in Widows 10 is Microsoft's move to a new primary browser, with Spartan rising to fill Internet Explorer's shoes. We've heard a lot about what Spartan will do, and earlier this week its first public PC release landed, but so far we haven't seen it be made available for the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Spartan's mobile debut should be coming soon, as a newly leaked video attempts to reveal an upcoming Windows 10 for phones build, Spartan and all. Like that new video showing Windows 10 on the Xiaomi Mi4, the Chinese narration here ...

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    A couple weeks back, we got some incredibly unexpected news from an unlikely pair of companies, as Microsoft and Xiaomi shared word that they'd be making available a version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones that would operate on the otherwise-Android-based (well, MIUI) Xiaomi Mi4. Now we finally have the chance to check this out in action, with the publication of a hands-on video showing Windows in action on the Mi4. Granted, the language barrier here keeps us from appreciating some of the subtleties of this experience, but this kind of cross-platform action is still ...

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    Yesterday Microsoft introduced the latest tablet to join its Surface family, and one that finally puts aside the crippled Windows RT operating system for good: the Surface 3. Sales of the new Surface aren't set to start for a little over another month, but we heard that you'd be able to check the tablet out far in advance of that May 5 date, with select Microsoft retail stores getting demo units for display as of today. And while you can stop by and take a quick look at the Surface 3 on a whim, we're now learning that, much like the Apple Watch, if you want to get the complete hands-on ...

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    Microsoft just dropped a bit of a surprise, announcing the new Surface 3 tablet a few weeks in advance of our late-April expectations. The first full-Windows Surface that hasn't been a member of the family's Pro line, the Surface 3 attempts to offer a slightly more compact alternative to the Pro 3, while not skimping a heck of a lot on features. Starting at just about $500, it's also a lot more affordable than the $800 Pro 3, but just what do you get for that money? Let's take a look at the Surface 3's hardware: Microsoft Surface 3 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,10.8 ...

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    It wasn't even one week ago when we heard that Microsoft could have a new Surface tablet just around the corner, one that would be a follow-up to the Windows-RT-running Surface 2 while moving to a full version of Windows, just like on the Surface Pro 3. Rumor was that this new Surface might launch at Build in late April, if not slightly before, but we had no idea just how soon this new tablet would really be making its debut, as this morning Microsoft introduces the Surface 3. The 10.8-inch tablet has a 3:2 1920 x 1280 display, measures 8.7mm thick, and weighs just 1.37 lbs, making it the ...

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    Of the many stories to emerge from Microsoft January Windows 10 event, one of the most interesting was hearing about how Internet Explorer was being put out to pasture, and Microsoft would be embracing a new web browser for Windows 10, with the introduction of Project Spartan. From desktop to phone, the browser promised to supercharge productivity, bringing the power of Cortana, collaborative markup tools, and a brand new rendering engine to our web experience. After learning plenty about it, it's finally time to try it out for ourselves, as Microsoft makes its first Project Spartan ...

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    We've been hearing about 3D Touch on Lumia phones going back to the fall of 2013, first described as an in-air gesture control system under the codename Goldfinger. Later we heard it would arrive on the phone codenamed McLaren, but that device never saw the light of day. Reports talked about the way 3D Touch would cause a Live Tile to expand, a feature known as Mixview, popping-out other bits of relevant content. We heard comparisons drawn to certain aspects of the UI in Microsoft's Zune software, but no one had seen it in action. It still remains to be seen if anything will come of ...

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    Windows Phone has made leaps and bounds when it comes to app availability, at least compared to the state of the platform just a couple years back. But despite the success Microsoft's found at courting devs, its work is far from over, and there's still a ton of catch-up work to do. The forthcoming arrival of Windows 10 seeks to help close the app gap with its focus on universal apps, giving devs broader access to Windows users across form factors, but will that be enough? A new report claims that Microsoft's been working on a backup plan to bring new software to its smartphones, by giving ...

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    With the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft is making a big push forward towards cross-device compatibility, and paramount to that goal is the platform's focus on “universal apps.” Such software will run on a phone or a touchscreen tablet as easily as a device employing traditional non-touch inputs. And while that sounds great for users, how will we find ourselves referring to such software? At the WinHEC conference last week, Microsoft shared its intentions for how to talk about universal apps in comparison to existing desktop-only software. Software that takes advantage of this ...

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