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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:

  • by | March 6, 2014 4:46 PM

    "I wish Nokia would make an Android phone!" Well, that one didn't turn out quite like we expected, did it? Nokia X is not at all the mashup of Windows Phone hardware and Android we wanted. Obviously, enthusiasts wanted something more along the lines of a Lumia 1020 or Icon running a pure Android, not a barebones, entry-level phone with Android hacked up beyond all recognition. But the hopes of a lovely mixture of the gorgeous hardware of Windows Phone and considerably more developed Android OS isn't totally dead in the water. A report out of The Times of India on Monday suggested some OEMs ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 3:59 PM

    We may still not yet have any full-blown Windows Phone tablets – anything that's solidly tablet-sized is running Windows 8 itself (even if just RT) – but with new handsets like the six-inch Lumia 1520, Windows Phone has been flirting with larger and larger displays. That spells the possibility for running into some growing pains, as a platform that has been so laser-focused on smaller phones starts playing around with larger screen sizes. A new leak out today suggests that Windows Phone 8.1 may start doing something about making the OS a better fit for bigger phablets, offering an ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 2:05 AM

    If you're a Windows Phone user chances are that your preferred cloud storage service is Microsoft's own offering, SkyDrive (now called OneDrive). However, if you're a BlackBerry person, you can now also choose OneDrive, in addition to other options like DropBox or Box, for which apps have been available for some time now. At the source link below you will be able to download the "Connect to Microsoft OneDrive" app for your BlackBerry 10 powered smartphone. It looks and behaves pretty much like the other two clients, with the ability to automatically back up pictures and videos you capture ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play deals due to its anniversary celebration. Then we talk about Microsoft's Cortana, which just got featured on a leaked video. Samsung follows the news as we discover that the company is removing benchmark boosters from its phones. Apple follows as we expect iOS 7.1 to be launched very soon. We end today's show talking about Nokia and its plans to provide us kinetic charging for our smartphones. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play two-year anniversary deals incoming - Cortana gets featured in video ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 3:08 PM

    Of all that's coming with the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1, there are few features we're anticipating quite so much as Microsoft's “Cortana” voice-powered search and virtual assistant. Thanks to recent leaks, we've been forming a more cohesive picture of just what sort of abilities Cortana may arrive with, and only last night were checking out some new screenshots and reports about its functionality. Today we're ready to up the ante, getting to see Cortana on video. Bad news first: we don't get to hear Cortana speak, nor do we see any queries actually being performed – if we had to ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 10:44 AM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent news about Nokia not wanting the Windows Modern UI to reach the Nokia X. Microsoft follows the news as we talk about the first screenshots of Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1. We then talk about the leaked photos of the iPhone 6 display without bezels, even though we doubt it to be real. Apple follows the news as the company has begun hiring HTC employees to boost its iPhone model release times. We end today's show talking about the leaked HTC M8 on video, and all the drama behind it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 4:02 AM

    Even though the Nokia X keeps some of the design language from Windows Phone, its similarities are actually not that many. As a matter of fact, once you hop into the settings, you can clearly see that this is stock Android with different buttons and a different font, but Android in every other way. Nokia executives are famous for constantly repeating "beautiful live tiles" every time the company announces a new Lumia, but it seems the company doesn't want the Windows Phone modern UI to reach the Nokia X. Nokia's own style guide for developers reads: Do not mimic different platforms. ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 5:38 PM

    As far as the sources behind our stories go, it's really not that often that we learn about anything juicy by way of job listings. After all, these things are usually vetted by a company's HR department before going up, and we'd assume that there would be safeguards in place to avoid letting any news slip before its official announcement. Nevertheless, these things happen: back in January, we saw that Motorola posting which hinted at a European branch of the Moto Maker, weeks before the company confirmed the news, and early today we looked at what a Daimler posting had to reveal about ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 12:27 PM

    There's a lot to look forward to in the coming release of Windows Phone 8.1, but one of the highlights has to be the Cortana voice-powered search, Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now. We've been tracking work on Cortana since late last summer, and with the recent release of the 8.1 SDK, we've enjoyed some of the best information on this new feature to show up yet. With just about a month to go until the Build conference, when much of 8.1 (including Cortana) is expected to go public, some new Cortana info is arriving, giving us our best look so fat at how the software will operate. ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 8:02 AM

    Even though Android has always been famous for its ability to allow you to run many other operating systems on a device after a certain amount of tweaks, the smartphone platform that hasn't been famous for this is Windows Phone. We were all surprised with the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, and its ability to run on existing Android hardware, though in a radical "wipe-one-install-the-other" approach. What we didn't expect were dual-booting phones running Android and Windows phone, but that is officially about to happen. The Times of India is now reporting that Indian OEM Karbonn has ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 7:13 AM

    Although the "wearables" category is somewhat new to Pocketnow, devices that are meant to be worn, rather than carried, have been around for quite some time. In the very early days they were called pocket watches. Eventually they evolved into timekeepers that we wore around our wrists. Original versions just kept track of time, but other features were added in: day of the week, day of the month, and even moon phases eventually came to wrist watches. Some got barometers, stopwatches, countdown times, calculators, even simple calendars. When Microsoft released its SPOT technology, and began ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 4:59 PM

    We've seen some leaks of the new Windows Phone action center that will be coming to Windows Phone 8.1 recently.  It's basically a screen where you can find all of the missed notifications, but also quickly access toggle buttons for things like WiFi power, Driving mode, etc.  The method to access this new action center is exactly the same as Android, which Apple also copied for iOS… swipe down from the top edge of the screen. Now, I am of the opinion that copying bad design is bad. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't make it right.  What's bad about swiping down from the ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 10:50 AM

    With plenty of attractive mobile devices out there, consumers have the luxury of being a little picky, and especially if we're not tied down to one carrier, we can check out dozens of different handsets as we look for the perfect smartphone. While that means paying attention to features and design, shoppers are also going to be keeping an eye on sticker prices, looking to get the most bang for their buck. Over the weekend, we heard a rumor that Microsoft could be looking to keep Windows-running PCs and tablets affordable by slashing OS licensing costs, and now a similar claim is being made ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 7:00 AM

    An interesting question came up recently in light of the news that Nokia was A. Releasing its Nokia X line of Android phones at MWC and B. Not releasing any Windows Phones at MWC, namely the rumored 630 and 930 models. It made one wonder, with in impending acquisition of Nokia’s Devices division coming soon, is the time of the Nokia Lumia over? This brought sadness to our melancholy souls. The Lumia had a good run, dating back several years. The design of these phones was almost instantly recognizable and distinct. Nokia’s adoption of a large color spectrum made them particularly ...

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