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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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    We're about to end the second calendar quarter of 2016 and Kantar Worldpanel is putting out numbers for the first quarter. With numbers like these, it takes time to make sure they're right. And we'd wonder how right these figures can't be. Android has gotten some major annual gains in market share across the world. In the US, it's a 5.2 basis point jump to 67.6 percent. The platform's grown by 5.4 points in China to 78.8 percent. In the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, — labeled the "EU5" — share came to 70.2 percent, up 5.8 points. The biggest increase ...

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    For all its recent mobile failings, Microsoft remains one of the world’s largest, most profitable businesses, and the only way to continue growing is through service diversification, mergers and acquisitions. As such, it should probably come as no shocker that Redmond just entered into a “definitive agreement” likely to see it snap up social networking giant LinkedIn by the end of the year. This follows closely after another relatively high-profile purchase, of keyboard productivity app Swiftkey, though there’s really no comparing the two. While Microsoft reportedly coughed up a ...

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    Microsoft is finally going to catch up to the Joneses on the mobile payments frontier with the release of its Wallet 2.0 app for Windows 10 Mobile. There's one big addition that arguably should've been working since 1.0 and that's the ability to Tap to Pay using NFC. Windows Central was able to get an internal build of the app onto a Lumia 950 for trying out the Tap to Pay functionality. As with other mobile payment systems, cards' compatibilities with the system will vary, so it'll be interesting to get a list of those cards. Tap To Pay did work as advertised: the phone will wake from ...

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    After the IDC back in April came out with preliminary data upholding a predictable decline in global tablet demand between January and March 2016, Strategy Analytics just issued its full and final quarterly report providing additional insight into the floundering market. Essentially, 2-in-1 and “Pro Slate” devices are all that keep this industry from completely collapsing, yielding higher revenue and stabilizing average selling prices (ASPs) at $241. In total, there were just 46.7 million tablets sold in the 90-day timeframe, down 10 percent year-on-year and a massive 33 percent ...

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    While this is the kind of stunt we’ve come to expect from Samsung, we can’t help but have a good chuckle over Microsoft’s plans to steal Apple’s thunder in San Francisco early next week. Immediately after Cupertino’s “State of the Union” address ends, which Redmond estimates will be around 5 PM PDT, an “afterparty” behind the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is scheduled to kick off and run through 8:30, with attendees treated to food and drinks on the house, as well as friendly chats about iOS. Particularly, Microsoft’s growing portfolio of “gold standard-setting” iOS ...

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    With the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book still feeling somewhat fresh in our minds in the wonderment they provided, — and all the little and big bugs that have bit at us along the way — Microsoft may make us wait a little bit before it introduces its next iteration of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. And with a bump from "4" to "5" come some massive spec bumps as well. India's Mobipicker is relaying word from its Chinese sources that the Surface Pro 5 will come packing with Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake processors and up to 16GB of RAM. Windows 10 Redstone 2 will be on-board. A point of more ...

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    Likely feeling the heat from the recently unveiled, sensor-rich, relatively affordable Gear Fit 2 Samsung already promises to ship in 10 days tops, the aging but respectable Microsoft Band 2 just picked up a feature it should have supported a long time ago. While the $175 wearable is known and commended for its multi-platform compatibility, working with Windows Phones, iPhones and Androids off the bat, users of the three operating systems were never treated equal in one very important aspect. Specifically, Microsoft chose to limit Cortana support to folks pairing the Band 2 with devices ...

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    Microsoft failed its devoted and persistent mobile fans from a number of standpoints recently, but what likely still hurts the most is not Windows Phone’s global free fall in terms of market share. Instead, it’s certainly way more disappointing to see so many old Lumias initially promised a swift W10M promotion either left stranded on WP 8.1 for good, or kept waiting far longer than expected. Verizon’s Lumia 735 is part of the “lucky” latter group, finally scoring its long overdue Windows 10 Mobile update, mere days after the Lumia 640 on AT&T. This is of course an OTA ...

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    Before it eventually throws in the mobile consumer towel to focus exclusively on business and enterprise, Microsoft continues to struggle with lingering inventory of its latest (last?) wave of Lumias. Only one thing to do, of course, namely discount the heck out of the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, and 550 until they get so ridiculously cheap buyers will forget just how irrelevant Windows 10 is on small screens. After charging a measly $450 for the unlocked Lumia 950 with a full gratis year of Office 365 thrown in, and pricing the jumbo-sized XL at $500 alongside a display dock, Redmond again ...

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    The few legacy Windows Phone devices that have been promised an update to Windows 10 Mobile are, in many cases, still waiting. AT&T's got the Lumia 640 still kicking around with 8.1, but customers are starting to see a change. The support forums have been buzzing that the latest OTA for the Lumia 640 bumps that OS up to Windows 10 Mobile. AT&T shortly thereafter updated its product support page for the phone. The update is 750MB large and brings the build version to 10586.107. Now, if the Lumia 640 XL could only get the darn update. Source: AT&T (1, 2) Via: Windows Central

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    As Windows 10 Mobile continues to shrink back to strictly business, please, it's been scary to watch Microsoft shed its mobile unit. And with the rumored pain to come, the wincing is near constant these days. But Microsoft definitely has takers for its hardware, mobile and all. HP has taken up the Windows 10 Mobile banner with its office-targeted, spec-packed Elite x3. One of the features that's supposed to be on the device is a fingerprint sensor — we didn't see one in our hands-on time at MWC this year. Well, the good folks at WinFuture were able to get their eyes — though not ...

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    The “Apple of China” is looking to consolidate its relationship with not only Google, but rival tech colossus Microsoft as well. After selling the Mi Pad 2 in both Android and Windows 10 flavors, and allowing Mi 4 phone users to participate in W10M’s Technical Preview, Xiaomi just reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that will pre-install some of Redmond’s mobile apps on devices like the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3. These are wildly popular in China and a couple of them are making headway in India, the two being the world’s largest smartphone markets. ...

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    I was one of the people who stood in line during a snowstorm in New York to get the original Surface Pro went it went on sale February 9, 2013. I quickly started criticizing its lack of proper Wacom WinTAB drivers that would enable pressure sensitive stylus use in professional graphics programs like Photoshop and Painter. Microsoft learned their lesson and launched the Surface Pro 2 with practically perfect stability and great hardware improvements to the battery life for example as well as full support for the stylus. The Surface Pro 3 built upon that success with a larger screen, new ...

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    Microsoft has been sticking strictly to the five-inch range for its phones lately. Why not go big or go home? Actually, that's not a good question to ask Microsoft right about now ... Well, Spanish manufacturer Funker thinks it can pull it off. It released the W5.5 Pro earlier on and it's transforming the phone's dimensions into something a little different with the W6 Pro 2. As you can probably tell, we're dealing with a six-inch display at full HD resolution. Going inside, we find a Snapdragon 617 supported with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory plus Continuum routing. The front camera has ...

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    Microsoft has pretty much confirmed not long ago that it’s taking a little break from in-house production of hardware powered by Windows 10 Mobile while continuing to support existing Lumias and third-party devices, with yet another round of layoffs suggesting the end could be near. But the Redmond-based tech giant insists at least business-oriented, Continuum-capable Windows handhelds have a future, and many tipsters believe the elusive, almost mythical Surface Phone will finally come to light sometime in 2017. If that’s the case, of course, it’s too early to be certain of anything, ...

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    Even Microsoft’s most hardcore fans and health nuts in general have to admit Redmond’s second-gen fitness band, while better than the original in every single way, felt a little on the pricey side at $250 back in the day. Luckily, MS didn’t take long to realize that itself and amended the situation by first shaving 50 bucks off retail. The temporary promo rapidly turned into a routine thing, and then the Microsoft Band 2 lowered the asking price further, to a much more palatable $175. That was initially supposed to be a limited-time affair as well, but after expiring in late March, ...

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    Technically, Asus foreshadowed Microsoft’s trend-setting 2-in-1 Surface family with an Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer dating all the way back to CES 2011. But it took the Taiwanese company a little too long to understand full Windows was the correct software path for convertible tablets, and now one can’t help but feel the Transformer 3 roster outright clones the Surface Pro 4. The design, productivity and versatility principles are identical, and even the actual kickstands and detachable keyboards of the Asus Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro look eerily similar to those of the ...

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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    In a world where convertibles appear to be gradually eclipsing the popularity of both traditional laptops and tablets, Microsoft isn’t afraid to constantly reduce its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book profit margins if that means gaining the upper hand over Apple in terms of market share. Of course, it’s not like these 2-in-1 Windows 10 beasts are sold at a loss for $850 and up and $1,350 and up respectively, so the Memorial Day sale currently ongoing on Redmond’s US e-store is a win-win situation. For a limited time only, i.e. until Monday, May 30, select configurations of the two ...

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    Things have gone from bad to worse to near-cataclysmic for Microsoft’s mobile phone-designing and manufacturing business of late, with the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s entire consumer hardware expertise back in 2014 yielding massive financial losses rather than the expected gains. Windows Mobile is a lost cause, although Redmond insists it hasn’t altogether given up on the sub-1 percent OS just yet, high-end Lumias don’t seem to be selling very well even heavily discounted, whereas the forgotten feature phone division should soon be discarded for peanuts. But perhaps most ...

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    Talking about making Windows 10 mobile — with a lower-case "m". Instead of NUCs or stick computers, why not have a fully operable interface open up right from your thoroughly stuffed pocket? That's what the GOLE1 looks to provide. The Indiegogo project — put up by ARMdevices.net from Shenzhen — touts the device as the "smallest All-in-One Intel PC in the world". With X and Y measurements comparable to a phablet and a thickness of 2cm, we'd say that if it weren't "the smallest," it'd have to come within a hare's breath. Both Windows 10 Home and Android 5.1 are said to be on the device ...

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    Is it already too late for the first ever Windows 10 Mobile flagships to break the flagging OS into the mainstream scene? It sure seems like it, and it certainly doesn’t help that Microsoft’s software focus is directed elsewhere, and the high-end Lumia device family might as well be dead, with a business-centric Surface Phone the only Lumia 950/950 XL “sequel” you can probably root for. That being said, the next few months will likely see 950-series pricing absolutely collapse, starting today with a $150 XL discount offered stateside and up north. Don’t pay any attention to the ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    Some lucky people were able to snag some free goodies with the purchase of a then-new Lumia 950 XL. As short-lived as those promotions were and for how little we knew about the phones then, snagging some Continuum with your new Windows 10 Mobile device was pretty nifty. Well, if you're a Briton still thinking about getting either a Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you should probably take action anytime tomorrow or through June 30. Afterward, you can take advantage of a promo code for a free Microsoft Display Dock, worth £79.99. You can access the offer on the Lumia Offers app — an app almost ...

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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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