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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 rounded-out last week by hearing some rumors about upcoming Microsoft Lumia hardware, describing a pair of seriously high-end-sounding Lumia handsets, outfitted with quad HD displays, 3GB of RAM, and all the latest silicon. These two phones, codenamed Cityman and Talkman, sounded pretty incredible, but was there even a remote shot that these guys were real, and we'd actually see them launch this fall? Well, we're still a ways off from formal confirmation, but a new source is now speaking up about these rumors, confirming some details and adding a new twist to what we've heard. The Verge ...

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    Last we checked out all the news to emerge out of Microsoft's Build conference, and one of the more exciting announcements was what cross-platform support for means for app availability on Windows 10. The company highlighted several ways developers could bring existing software from other platforms over to Windows 10, including those originally designed for Android and iOS. It all sounded very promising, and while it still does, in the days since we've learned about some critical limitations that are going to be worth keeping in mind. Take support for Android apps, for instance: while ...

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    Windows 10 will leave its preview status and make its formal arrival for the desktop sometime this summer – but whether that means July or September is anyone's guess. And at some point after that, Windows 10 for phones will make its commercial debut, but the ETA there is even less certain. But when that time finally rolls around, we'll get to check out the debut of some of the first hardware designed for Windows 10 from the ground up – and for a smartphone platform that's sorely been missing new flagship-caliber devices, those new phones can't get here soon enough. This afternoon we ...

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    Microsoft’s Surface tablets are attractive for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being the compatibility they offer with traditional PC software. But when we're talking about programs that maybe weren't developed with touch input in mind, how to control them on a tablet becomes a very important consideration. To solve that puzzle, Microsoft has blessed some of its Surface models with support for a high-precision stylus. Earlier this year we heard a rumor claiming that Microsoft was interested in buying the company that provided it with this stylus tech, and this week we get ...

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    Whether you're thinking about new Lumia flagships or just Windows 10 itself, it's easy to find reasons to be excited about upcoming Microsoft products. But there's one that's captured the minds of the tech community maybe more than any other in recent memory, the incredibly futuristic, all-sorts-of-ambitious HoloLens. The more we learn about the hardware that goes into this headset, and the more we hear about what it promises to allow us to do, the easier it is to become enraptured with its possibilities. But there's still a lot we don't know about HoloLens, including what could prove to ...

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    Even though Microsoft did a good job at wowing everyone with the HoloLens announcement a few months ago, it ended up leaving more questions than answers. First of all, we all know that most of the virtual reality solutions in the market are really a phone strapped to your head, but in the case of HoloLens, we still have no clue how it works, or what it pairs with. Microsoft's Build conference was the perfect scenario for answering some questions, and here are some facts. First of all, let's start by answering the primary question; this is pretty much a computer with a ton of sensors on ...

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    Even though we're still months away from the launch of Windows 10, the phone previews that we've received over the last few weeks have revealed a lot. Surely we know that there are other builds tested privately that promise more features, but it's hard to predict when the Windows Insider program will shed some light. Still, today we land some leaks of new features coming to Windows Phone, but the aspect of the OS has us confused. The leaked photos show us what seems to be multi-window support coming to Windows Phone, something that was very popular on Windows 8 for the desktop. Now, notice ...

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    We've already hit most of the big news to come out of the Build 2015 keynote address earlier today – at least, the stuff that wasn't completely dev-focused and of limited interest to end-users like us. But as we rushed to bring you news of the now-Edge browser and the latest HoloLens demo, there's one we had to put a pin in – not because it's some minor gimmick or anything so easily dismissible, but because we wanted to come back around and give it the attention it deserves: Microsoft Continuum for phones. Continuum itself isn't that novel of an idea: it attempts to bridge the gap ...

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    Maybe the most interesting mobile hardware to be announced so far this year came from Microsoft back in January, as the company unveiled Windows Holographic and its HoloLens headset. Going far beyond phone-based HMDs like the Gear VR, HoloLens is an all-in-one computer that allows users to interact with virtual “holograms” in a real-world environment. We only got a brief look at HoloLens at the time, but today it's back at Build 2015. Microsoft highlighted how HoloLens users will be able to interact with regular Windows 10 apps, the same as they'd find on their PCs or phones. Apps can ...

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    Windows users have been looking forward to Microsoft's Project Spartan for months, the company's break away from Internet Explorer as it prepares a new browser experience that will be integral to Windows 10. Previews landed last month for the PC, and earlier this month for phones. But for all Microsoft's told us about Spartan, we've known that at least one thing was destined to change prior to the software's final release: its name. At Build 2015 today, Microsoft just introduced us to Spartan as it will arrive in its final form, picking up the name Microsoft Edge. Besides simply announcing ...

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    Earlier this week, a rumor broke that Microsoft had a big announcement coming for Build 2015, one that threatened to shake up the app landscape on Microsoft's platform. Supposedly Android compatibility was in the works, opening up Windows devices to a huge new selection of software. Today as Microsoft details the many ways devs can bring their apps to the Windows Store under Windows 10, the company has not only confirmed something that's very much along those lines, but that extends to iOS, too. Microsoft highlights four main ways devs can bring existing apps to Windows 10. They can ...

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    Every year we start things off with a couple months of expo season, with winter bringing us both CES and later MWC. But by the time spring rolls around, we're ready to move on from those big trade shows to platform-focused events. Google I/O and Apple's WWDC are still weeks away, but this week Microsoft gets things started with Build 2015. With lots of events and presentations to check out, there's plenty to keep attendees busy, but it's today's first keynote that's likely to bring us any big news Microsoft has brewing. We'll be delivering coverage of any important announcements later ...

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    Microsoft has continued to push updates for its Windows 10 preview for the desktop, but it's clear that there are other versions up the company's sleeve in the works. Just as we saw leaks of a Windows 10 for phones that hasn't gone public yet, it seems that Microsoft has very advanced builds with major changes to come as well. New leaks show us a new Windows 10 in the works that marks the return of the Windows Aero effect that we saw with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is basically the window transparency effect that Windows 8 killed, even though this time it seems that the effect will ...

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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is quickly coming up on its one-year birthday, and while it's no less of a powerful, portable computer than it was when it first launched, soon we're going to have to start admitting that its days are numbered. After all, the tide of progress waits for no tablet, and Microsoft will eventually step up to replace the Surface Pro 3 with an even more versatile slate. We've already talked a little about our own hopes and dreams for the presumptive Surface Pro 4, but that was just wishful thinking. We still don't have anything official to share in regards to Microsoft's ...

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    With the Sony Xperia Z3 returning to T-Mobile shelves, we've been thinking about phones with short-lived lifespans (even with the Z3 dodging the bullet in this case). We may soon have a new one to add to that list, with the arrival of as-of-yet unsubstantiated reports that Microsoft is in the process of shutting down its Lumia 830 operations in preparation for the arrival of the phone's successor. The Lumia 830, as you may recall, launched back at the beginning of September, during IFA 2014 (just like the aforementioned Z3). Now we're hearing that Microsoft may have already started the ...

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    OneDrive has quickly become one of the most heavily-used productivity tools by many, especially Windows Phone users (considering that it's an app made in Microsoft's offices, after all). That's why every little Windows Phone OneDrive update matters, and why this one is particularly substantive – while it doesn't offer a treasure trove of new features, it does have one feature that's been requested for a good bit. That feature is the inclusion of a transparent Start screen tile to help it look a little nicer when pinned to your Start screen. The inclusion of this new feature obviously ...

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    It's that time again: three months have passed since we last got the chance to check out some Microsoft financial data, and now quarterly figures are once again due. Have the early months of 2015 been kind to Microsoft and its mobile hardware, or will we see evidence of a post-holiday-season slump? Let's waste no more time and get right to the numbers. The good news overall is that revenue is up, even if slimming profit margins mean that Microsoft is keeping less of it. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue's up six percent to $21.7B, but income is down five percent, coming in ...

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    You can't quite buy the Microsoft Lumia 640 in the United States right now – availability through Microsoft's stores hasn't quite reached the market officially – but those of you who can't quite wait for official availability to begin, this start of US Lumia 640 sales through third-party retailer Expansys should be music to your ears. Expansys is selling the dual-SIM variant for $219, and it includes LTE connectivity. That price is for the black model; cyan and orange will run you a more pricey $244. For a quick recap on the Lumia 640, we urge you to check out the post we wrote up when ...

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    If you're currently testing Windows 10 in the Insider program and thought you were rocking the latest build, fact of the matter is you're not. The Insider program is currently testing version 10052, and today we land a leaked video from a trusted source on version 12544, which is definitely a significant jump in version number. The changes are significant, and the video is quite technical, so here's what changes: Background transparency: Microsoft will be providing users with a slider to control for the background image transparency, something that's definitely handy for images that are ...

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    Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications are already available for tablet users, but sadly, there were some owners that couldn't take advantage of the tools made by the Redmond-based company. First, those who had tablets running the latest versions of Android Lollipop (5.0 and above) couldn't use the apps, as they were incompatible; then, those rocking devices powered by Intel x86-based chips were in a similar situation, as these devices were not supported (only ARM-based systems). According to a Microsoft announcement on the Office Preview for Android Tablets Yammer network, ...

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    With two solid months passing between the release of the first Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones and this month's new version, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft might be taking its sweet time before a third build was ready to go live. Or maybe, at the very least, that we'd finally fall into that roughly once-a-month release schedule we were once told was the plan. So imagine our surprise this evening when Microsoft announced a new release just moments ago, as it starts making available build 10052. Compared to the build 10051 we got the other week, this one's less about ...

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    You guessed it, today is "Patch Tuesday," a day when bugs get dealt with, or when what wasn't broken, shouldn't have gotten fixed. Microsoft launched a good deal of security patches for most of its versions of Windows last Tuesday, and so far, we haven't heard any complaints. Today however, even though we do have a longer list of patches when compared to last week, the focus is different. Microsoft plans to launch over 30 non-security patches later today. 30 sounds like a lot, but some of these are going to Windows 7 and others will go to Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be the most ...

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    If you've been considering a purchase of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid flagship, the Surface Pro 3, there has not been a better time to make that happen. Today's Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sale is offering some pretty sizable discounts on the still-very-much-relevant hardware the device packs – here's a more comprehensive look at the deal. Out of the 5 Surface Pro 3 variants Microsoft currently sells through its online store, four are part of this discount deal; the model that is excluded happens to be the 64GB Core i3 model. That model is $799, though no stock is available currently – ...

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    Microsoft hasn't had much fame over the last couple of years for its timeliness in launching products, and well, we don't blame them for switching CEOs to fix that, among other things. The new Microsoft we've seen over the last few months has launched a bevy of products for multiple platforms, even though we do know that one of their main focus points is Windows 10. Redmond did tease a launch to happen in the summer, but if you wanted an exact month, we hear it today. AMD's is one of Microsoft's biggest partners and the company's CEO, Lisa Su, has just confirmed that we should expect ...

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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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