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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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    Microsoft would really, really, really like you using Windows 10, and it's not afraid of maybe overstepping itself a little in the process. Last year, we first saw Windows 10 emerge as an upgrade option for existing Windows users. And indeed, in addition to downloading an ISO and starting fresh with the new OS, Microsoft began making Windows 10 available as an update to existing installations through its Windows Update service. So far, though, Windows 10 has been classified as an “optional update," prompting users to manually select to move forward in order to begin the download and ...

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    For a phone that was allegedly nipped in the bud as a direct consequence of very poor recent sales results, the Microsoft Lumia 850 is sure making a lot of noise in the rumor mill, with half a dozen covert photoshoots keeping release hopes alive. It’s clearly possible we’re dealing with a prototype device never slated to materialize and officially go on sale, but the depicted metal frame simply looks too scintillating to have been aborted just like that. Worst case scenario, Redmond, come back to this design later, and perhaps turn it into your next mainstream flagship. At the same ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile beta testers, aka Insiders or Technical Previewers, have another cumulative update waiting for them in the Fast ring, focused as usual on quashing a good deal of bugs, including a few that may have been behind recent delays of major software renovations for devices stuck on Windows Phone 8.1. These should allow “many fitness applications” to correctly access movement data once upgraded from version 8.1 to 10, and also improve the migration of data profiles and messaging settings in the same process. Granted, the tweaks don’t exactly sound crucial, and there were ...

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    The upcoming Microsoft Lumia 650 isn’t shaping up to be a major upgrade over the 640, with the same exact display likely in tow, a Snapdragon 210 processor replacing the old but respectable 400, considerably improved 5MP front-facing camera and, believe it or not, a smaller battery. Still, an overall design and build quality amelioration is probably in the works, so discounting the aging Lumia 640 feels like the smart call. As long as you don’t mind activating the Windows Phone 8.1-running 5-incher on an AT&T GoPhone prepaid plan, the handheld can be yours in exchange for an ...

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    We're close to, but have not quite reached January 31st, 2016. And that date, while it marks the last day of the first month for the year, also signals that the end is imminent. The end is by us for some major benies from the old guard, a fresh face and the termination of a startup gone Google. We start with Microsoft's OneDrive — and like most cloud storage clients, it offers some free space for new users before charging them for more storage. OneDrive has been offering 15GB of base storage with an extra 15GB for those who activate the Camera Roll feature for backing up photos. ...

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    There's a new era upon Microsoft: Windows 10 is here, the company's phone strategy is shifting, and all this spells significant changes to how the company makes its money. Now it's time for Microsoft to reveal its latest quarterly financial performance, and while it can point to a lot of successes – growing revenue in cloud services, Office products, and servers – there's a bit of an across-the-board slump, with especially pronounced hits in phone revenue. All told, Microsoft's looking at a quarter where it brought in some $23.8 billion in revenue, leading to a net income of just about ...

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    For a mobile OS iteration that’s been struggling with various bugs and stability issues essentially since its very inception, putting off updates of devices running on older builds more than once, Windows 10 is sure enjoying a healthy growth within its otherwise modest ecosystem. Practically tied with Windows Phone 8.0 for second place in worldwide version popularity last month, W10M surged an additional 0.7 percent between late December and now, while the 8.0 rendition dropped 0.4 percent. That brings the freshest platform flavor very close to a 10 percent piece of the pie, at 9.5, ...

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    We’ve all been there. Whether it’s working for a tech giant in a low-level customer support position, getting through college with the aid of a cashier gig at a fast food chain, or signing an exclusive endorsement contract as a professional athlete, the temptation to try out the forbidden fruit often gets the best of us. But the head of the team building the phone, tablet and PC versions of Windows is obviously under far greater scrutiny than just any McDonald’s employee who likes to eat at KFC in their lunch break, or even a famous person paid to advertise some gadget and favoring ...

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    It's been more than three years in the making and only now is it getting out to the public. Microsoft has been researching how to craft an entire on-screen smartphone keyboard fit for one-thumb use. The company sent out invitations for beta testers to try out the Word Flow keyboard on iOS just last week. We now have snaps of what's going on with that refined setup. Windows 10 Mobile and select Android OEM skins feature keyboards with compacted keys biased to one side of the screen, but this takes things to a natural level of thumb arcing. Word suggestions follow that arc, too. Android ...

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    One of the most annoying things about high pixel density displays on Windows is how tiny some user interface elements can be when you load older programs that were designed for the standard 72 pixels per inch pixel density that most displays have used for many decades. When Apple started using high-DPI (HiDPI) displays with many more smaller pixels crammed into the same area, they implemented a work-around in the operating system that would automatically pixel-double old programs that were not updated to adjust themselves automatically to the higher pixel density. That works pretty well ...

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    The National Football League’s decision to endorse Windows-powered Surface tabs rather than iPads, which are clearly way more popular to the general public, raised many eyebrows back in the day, and some pigskin fans continue to routinely confuse the two brands. Others simply feel their favorite players and coaches would be better off doing tactical analysis and reviewing plays on Apple gear, especially after a recent incident during the AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. The latter team, which ultimately lost by a measly two points, was plagued by a ...

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    Microsoft picked and chose which carrier would get its new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL devices in the US. The company wanted to be the source of clean software updates, something Apple can be for pretty much all of its iPhones because of its clout. But were Windows 10 Mobile OTAs really the core issue for Telstra in Australia? The carrier sent a statement to Whirlpool Forums' user Glenn L who relayed that the Lumia 950 had failed its testing. That testing apparently resulted in the phone "failing to connect to the Telsra network half the time." As such, Telstra will not carry the device ...

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    Man, when it rains, it pours, and already today we've been talking about delay after delay in the smartphone world. It looks like we've got at least one more for you before the day's out, and this time we're swinging back around to a company already wrapped up in some of that earlier delay talk, as we get an update on Microsoft's planned distribution of Windows 10 Mobile updates for Windows Phone handsets – and why that won't be proceeding as scheduled. As you'll recall, it was only last week when we were hearing from multiple carriers that the Windows 10 Mobile updates were essentially ...

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    Delays, delays, delays: whether you're trying to catch a flight anywhere in the Northeast US, or you're an upstart smartphone manufacturer trying to bring your fans as many hardware options as possible, it feels like everybody's running into delays all of a sudden. Now we get word that the latest victim could be Microsoft's next Windows 10 Mobile handset, as a new report suggests that the Lumia 650 could end up shipping a couple weeks later than thought. The last we heard, Microsoft was supposedly hoping to announce the Lumia 650 on February 1, and sales would follow very shortly ...

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    Remember when gold mobile devices were the epitome of tackiness, bad taste, and just generally poor decision-making? How far we've come, and thanks to some new alignment of the stars, gold phones now find themselves very much in vogue. If you're a manufacturer who missed the boat on launching your latest gear with a gold option, it might be worth your while to think long and hard about correcting that tragic oversight with a fresh new edition. Today, that's just what Microsoft is doing, introducing a new, gold Surface Pen alongside some really tricked-out, high-end Surface hardware. This ...

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    It took Microsoft a vexingly long time (several years, to be exact), but at long last, Skype’s most serious security vulnerability has been patched with a simple update. No more following a few quick steps on nefarious websites to uncover the IP address of any given user, as the immensely popular video chat service hides such information by default now. The desktop and mobile amendment available on all platforms tackles concerns voiced primarily by gamers over time, but individuals attentive to data privacy should come together and relish the change, no matter their online preferences ...

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    Microsoft seems to be a diligent player in another company's walled garden. With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro, two new iOS interaction methods have changed up what it means to be an app on an Apple device. And Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on it. All three apps are taking up new features, including: "Annotate with Ink," accessible via the new Draw tab and now takes the Apple Pencil A 3D Touch menu which allows you to immediately create or open a project Download fonts from the cloud on demand Files are now searchable on Spotlight (iOS 9) PowerPoint also now ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your RSS/iTunes/Xbox feed starting January 24 at 3:00am Eastern. It's also down below right now. We would've liked to feature some fanart this week, but we'll have to wait until next time to show it off. HTC Nexus phones, a free smartwatch with your smartphone and iOS apps coming to Windows Phone. Who says the post-CES lull has to be dull? All of the above –plus a special announcement from Pocketnow's Editor-in-Chief and your listener mail– awaits on episode 184 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So put on your Perfume and varnish up your Islandwood; we're ...

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    A couple days back we got word that there was a possible design flaw with the power adapters sold with older Surface Pro tablets, and that Microsoft was expected to announce a recall. Supposedly affecting Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 tablets sold prior to July 15 of last year, we heard that a wiring issue created the potential for a fire hazard. That report suggested that Microsoft would officially announce a voluntary recall on Friday, but today we see that news arrive one day early, as Microsoft confirms its recall plans. It turns out the dates for affected models are a ...

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    Could a low-end 5-incher with a 720p screen, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage space really be the end of the once glorious Lumia product family? Hard to say for sure right now, but the Microsoft Lumia 650 inches closer and closer to a formal announcement, followed shortly by a European commercial launch, according to new rumors. In Germany, the unusually sleek-looking (for an entry-level device) Lumia 650 will reportedly go on sale in early February, priced as low as €220 unlocked. That’s around $240, mind you, which beats the US MSRP of the Lumia 550 by a full Benjamin. Of course, ...

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    The Microsoft Build developer conference is up, coming and a year beyond Build 2015. It was then that the company announced its efforts to close the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile app gap with a development bridge between the above platforms and Android and iOS. What was called Project Astoria lies in stillwater, but sources signaled that Project Islandwood has turned up green lights. Today, Microsoft published the first of several tutorials for "Building a Simple App with the Windows Bridge for iOS." The process involves both a Windows 10 PC running Visual Studio 2015 and the Bridge ...

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    When the 64GB versions of a device cost more than a 128GB version, you know there's something good going on. But as we have the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book out right now and presumably another consumer-grade Surface convertible tablet on the way, we may be looking at what we call "expensive model housecleaning." Both SKUs of the 128GB Surface 3 (with 4GB RAM) have had their prices cut by $150, resulting in a $50 undercut from comparable 64GB models. The Wi-Fi only edition stands at $449 and the LTE edition comes up to $549 at the Microsoft Store. Best Buy is offering the Wi-Fi only ...

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    Windows smartphone users everywhere have been looking forward to the updates that will bring Windows 10 Mobile to their existing Windows Phone handsets. And while Microsoft hasn't appeared to be in any rush to get those updates out, it finally looked like we were about to see distribution en masse: earlier this month, we heard about carriers prepping for the update's arrival in a matter of days, and saw some preliminary evidence that updates had already started going out in certain markets. That was all very promising, but now we're wondering if many users could end up waiting just a bit ...

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    We introduced you to the NuAns Neo at CES 2016. It's a Windows 10 Mobile phone that sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 system-on-a-chip and is able to run Continuum, Microsoft's protocol for extending a phone's horsepower onto a desktop space. Thing is, Microsoft didn't acknowledge this fact in its minimum specifications for Continuum up until now. Plop down to Microsoft's Hardware Dev Center today and you'll get an updated page with new minimum requisites looking form-fit to the Neo. The Snapdragon 617 is now among the 808 and 810 as being Continuum-supported processors. 2GB of RAM is ...

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    How many of you take advantage of your smartphone's ability to place video calls? Whether you're using FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or any of a number of third-party services, modern apps give us tons of ways to feel a slightly closer connection to the friend or family member we're calling, by putting a face to that interaction. But now we're thinking a little beyond the confines of our phones' screens and learning about what just might be the next big thing for video calls, as Microsoft Research shows off its Room2Room, letting users interact with a life-size projection of each other. Right ...

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