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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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    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has certified a new "Surface Ergonomic Keyboard" for use with Bluetooth 4.2. Now, why would a presumably large, weirdly shaped keyboard get the Surface branding from Microsoft? Well, it would seem to affirm rumors that a Surface all-in-one computer is coming next month. Now, mind you, a Bluetooth keyboard could be any size, — some pictures of this new keyboard would've been helpful here, but we don't have them — but as WinFuture points out, Microsoft has manufactured some pretty neat-o and large ergonomic keyboards under the "Sculpt" brand. The ...

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    Microsoft has recently cranked the anti-Apple advertising rhetoric back up, although not in a particularly convincing fashion, likely looking to keep last year’s Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book convertible PCs in the limelight for a few months longer, as major hardware revisions could still take a while. Discounts on both the super-high-end 13.5-inch laptop and slightly less impressive 12.3-inch tablet are of course nothing new, but a couple of configurations have constantly been left out of Redmond’s frequent sales events. Not today, at least as far as the humblest Microsoft Surface ...

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    The Elite x3's initial rush to market has HP reeling the Windows 10 Mobile phone back just a bit. While the US is seeing some sales action going on, some Microsoft Stores are holding back. In particular, there's one in Virginia that won't sell the high-power, business-focused device until mid-October. Windows Central was notified that a tipster got word "that the Elite x3 cannot be sold until October 11th." Inventory is in stock rooms, but the main roadblock happens to be camera issues that HP is trying to fix. The Microsoft Store websites for the US and Canada have listed the phone for ...

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    Twitter, which has been not been growing as investors would like for it to, may seek stimulus from a new owner. At least, if it lets itself be bought. CNBC sources are saying that multiple possible acquirers have expressed interest in buying the social media platform, including Google and customer relationship management company Salesforce. Word from TechCrunch says that Microsoft and Verizon are also in the running. The company's board of directors seems very interested in a sale, though no blueprints have been laid out just yet. Twitter's market capitalization stands at more than $13 ...

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    The Surface Pro 3 has been a steady product except for the several times it hasn't been. This is another time that Microsoft's updates have made it not a steady product. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been going out to the Surface Pro 3 for a few weeks and what it left for those owning the convertible with an LG Chem-made battery. What's supposed to have been a firmware improvement has turned into a degradation as users found that the computer was not charging when plugged. Furthermore, when a Surface Pro 3 came off the power supply, it would instantly turn off. One user was ...

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    The part of Nokia that Microsoft didn’t acquire back in 2014 slowly rebuilt its name since then, focusing extensively on the telecommunications infrastructure business, buying Alcatel-Lucent and, most recently, Withings for a fairly encouraging smart wearable device debut. At the same time, Nokia’s highly anticipated smartphone return is no doubt right around the corner, a newly founded company based in Finland called HMD striking a ten-year licensing agreement a few months ago. That was also when Microsoft seemingly threw in the feature phone towel, getting rid of the floundering ...

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    Back in October of 2015, the new Microsoft Band 2 was first released. Our review was based on only about 1 week of usage and we felt that every complaint about the original Microsoft Band had been addressed. It really felt like a huge improvement. Last year in August, we also revisited our review of the original Microsoft Band with a 10 month later wrap up of how the band fared with a good amount of real health-tracking usage.  So today, we're going to do another wrap-up about how the Microsoft Band 2 has held up to 10 months of all sorts of health tracking. We've seen quite a few ...

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    Sunrise Calendar is operating for one final day today after its owner, Microsoft, announced in May that it would be shut down by the end of August. So, why the delay in closure? It was mainly so that Microsoft could deliver new features to the calendar built into Outlook for iOS and Android, which have started rolling out today. They include: "Interesting Calendars," which add on an array of events based currently on sports team activities and on other topics that will come soon. New icons will pop up with event titles like "coffee" or lunch." Easy-to-schedule Skype for Business ...

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    The uncertainty around Microsoft’s troubled Lumia smartphone family, as well as the Windows Mobile ecosystem on the whole (or whatever’s left of it), deepens, with 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL stock reportedly on the verge of worldwide depletion, production likely halted, and upgrades nowhere on the horizon. That’s right, it appears the just-rumored December termination date may have been a tad optimistic, since we’re now hearing that over on British shores Redmond can no longer hook up Lumia 950 XL buyers with replacement devices for faulty original copies. Credible sources suggest ...

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    While Microsoft was arguably right to mock arch-rival Apple in a hilarious side-by-side comparison of the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro after the latter got billed as a “computer like no other” in a random, ill-advised advert, it didn’t take long for the jokes to get old and misfire. Sometimes, you have to know when to stop, but instead of calling it quits a couple of weeks back, Redmond quickly put together yet another short clip disparaging the MacBook Air. Not the iPad Pro tablet, the MacBook Air laptop. Quite the controversial apples and oranges comparison, which MS was able to get ...

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    No, one of the world's largest online dating services is not pulling the plug on its Windows 10 Mobile app... apparently. Badoo, one of the more progressive services which has had a Windows 10 Mobile app out for a bit, decided to withdraw the app from the Windows Store sometime this weekend. WindowsPhoneApps.es inquired to the company about the move and got back this response: Hello, Thanks for your email. Unfortunately Badoo is no longer compatible with your terminal. We launch new features continuously to improve our service, but it seems your phone is no longer able to support them. ...

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    Microsoft has left rumors to fester on its commitment not only to its mobile software platform, but its mobile hardware line as well. As Lumia devices take a tumble in the price ladder and only Surface all-in-one PCs on the docket for launch next month, we figure this rumor would've come sooner. An anonymous source from Microsoft told WinBeta that it is preparing to "end sales" of the Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in December. Those are all the smartphones that Microsoft is currently offering. Whether that means production or actual sales, we're not sure what to ...

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    With Samsung, Apple and LG’s big (-gest) fall product announcements now officially in the rearview mirror, what’s there really to look forward to for hardcore tech geeks in the coming months? An October event dedicated to new iPad and Mac gear? Huawei Mate S2 and Mate 9 releases? Crickets. Google may still make a bunch of headlines in under a month by unveiling two Nexus-replacing Pixel phones, an in-house Daydream VR headset, 4K Chromecast, and possibly, a vanilla Android tablet too. Meanwhile, the other prospective late fall showstopper is expected to delay all its important hardware ...

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    The Lumia 950 started life at the Microsoft Store in the UK at £449.99. Even with Brexit killing the Pound Sterling's buying power, discounts have been cascading upon the phone as its popular reception chilled from cool to freezing. After dropping to £289 last month, the SIM-free Lumia 950 is now some 45 percent off its original price at an even £249. The price looks to be a permanent one, at least as permanent as the price justification. Over in the states, the Lumia 950 has seen a temporary 10 percent chop in cost to $359.10. If you buy either the 950 or the 950 XL from the ...

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    The HP Elite x3 is beginning to let loose of its pre-orders period globally — though each country has to play it by ear — and it looks like the UK side of operations is ready to get away from the qualifying heat and shoot for the real thing. Both HP and Microsoft are offering the phone for its revised £706.80 price with delivery wait times as low as two days. HP's site is warning people of low stock, but that's all the word from HP. It's still the only meaningful Windows 10 Mobile phone that has a Snapdragon 820 out there. Might as well get comfy with it. Source: HP, Microsoft Via: ...

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    A 2-in-1 tablet usually means that we're talking about laptop form factor, too. But with Lenovo's Yoga Book announced at its IFA pre-game show today, "2-in-1" can also refer to the software — you can choose to get an Android version or one with Windows 10. Here's the twist with this convertible, though: it has no physical buttons. There's a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display on one side and a capacitive pad on the other that can house the virtual Halo Keyboard or the Create Pad. The Halo Keyboard only appears as you hit a text box, is able to provide word suggestions and can haptically ...

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    It took Microsoft long enough to respond to widespread Surface Pro 3 battery life criticism and acknowledge there was indeed something wrong on the hardware manufacturer and software developer’s end, but once fixing the previously mysterious issues became a “top priority”, identifying the root cause and putting together a patch was a piece of cake. Or so we presume, based on the minimal time needed to roll out a simple firmware update. That’s right, you should be able to iron out all glitches from the comfort of your home, without having to visit a repair shop or ask for a device ...

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    “Your key to success.” That cryptic, seemingly innocuous tagline accompanied the most recent Instagram upload of the official Microsoft Surface channel. The actual image posted on the social networking website appeared to show a dark-complexioned section of one of Redmond’s celebrated detachable keyboards, but surprise, surprise, no existing product fits the render 100 percent. Innocent Photoshop goof? We think not, and extremely credible sources confirm the illustration hails from an internal Microsoft “sizzler reel” purportedly containing various Surface Book 2 concepts. It’s ...

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    Apple’s surprising “computer like no other” iPad Pro advert from a few weeks ago seemed ill-advised off the bat on so many levels, sparking an immediate return of snarky Microsoft publicity stunts. But Redmond wasn’t content just knocking down the convertible iOS tablet’s half-baked PC functionality, now arguing its Surface line even “does more” than the most recent MacBook Air installments. And no, we’re not talking about the “ultimate” Surface Book laptop here, but the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 hybrid tab, which holds a clear versatility advantage over its 11 and 13-inch ...

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    Miami-based smartphone maker BLU has a new design up for its website. Well, at least the homepage — the rest of the sections still need a brush up from 2014. But their section listing now differs a bit from its still accessible old design. Android phones, feature phones, but no Windows phones. That's despite that BLU currently touts four devices for Microsoft's platform, including the Win Jr LTE which was billed to get a Windows 10 Mobile update, but ended up not getting it. Considering that top-selling Windows mobile devices these days are pretty much all first-party ones and that ...

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    Some believe it’s finally worth buying, others were recently reminded the iPad Pro has nothing on it, while many probably thought about purchasing it, but couldn’t justify the extravagant spending. Well, if you’re part of the latter category, and found the Surface Pro 4 compelling but a little rich for your blood, it might be time to pull the trigger on eBay before it’s too late. The Windows 10-powered 12.3-inch convertible tablet (keyboard dock not included) sets you back $650 in a 128GB i5 configuration, or $895 with the same Intel processor inside, and double the SSD capacity. ...

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    It's been four months since Microsoft struck on a keyboard for iOS that made typing with a single thumb's arc a whole bunch easier. Now, if only there were a way to add a GIF to it. Well, Word Flow 2.0 is now out and it comes with a bunch of new, internet-powered features like a search function for emoji, images, GIFs, businesses, news, facts, videos, contacts, blah blah blah... all of it powered by Microsoft's own Bing search engine. Google's competing product, Gboard, has been working in the company's search services as well. This only seems like an appropriate volley back just to keep ...

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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts. After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list ...

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    While HP and Microsoft tried their best to make it clear off the bat that the Elite x3 isn’t meant to put Windows 10 Mobile on the consumer OS map, it’s hard for the masses to not get excited about a phablet so much better than the Lumia 950 XL, at least on paper. Unfortunately, the HP Elite x3 provides features and specs perfect for both business and everyday power users… at a prohibitive price as far as the latter group is concerned. If you perhaps hoped Redmond would steer the ship away from a guaranteed collision at the eleventh hour stateside and up north, we’re sad to report ...

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