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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 image above, folks, is the clearest image we've seen thus far of what may be called the HTC One M8 for Windows (according to one of the latest rumors). This HTC One M8 for Windows image doesn't tell us much by itself, but there's a lot of accompanying information that helps us understand more clearly what we could be seeing launched on August 19. According to uncited sources of Neowin, here are the specs HTC has gone with for its Windows Phone-running flagship: Windows Phone 8.1 2.3 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32 GB internal storage; micro SD (up to 128 GB) 2 GB of RAM ...

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    It seems one of the new trends in the tech world is to copy Snapchat. The company, valued in the billions of dollars, has seen its product influence services such as Facebook's Slingshot and Instagram's Bolt, and the latest app to draw inspiration from it is the Microsoft WindUp Windows Phone app. The app, published by Microsoft Research on the Windows Phone Store, lets you send self-destructing messages (with a timer) to your friends -- and not-so-friends, if that's your thing. Picture and video messages can be sent, along with regular text. You can also share voice recordings, which does ...

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    Windows Phone sure has a long way to go before it's enjoying the same sort of popularity seen by either iOS or Android, but it's felt like the platform has been slowly building up its base. In some markets, like Vietnam, it's already a real contender, while it continues to struggle to pick up users in others. But on the whole, it's looked like we've been seeing slow growth. Slow, yes, but still growth. However, a new report casts doubt on that progress, showing a decline not just in the number of shipments of new Windows Phone devices, but in the share those shipments make of the overall ...

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    Microsoft has already given us a couple of teasers on what to expect for its IFA press event in Berlin. Yes, we are expecting the rumored Lumia 730 selfie phone, but another device in our radar is the Lumia 830. It's easy to assume that this is just the evolution to Nokia's mid-tier Lumia 820 from two years ago, but recent reports claimed that it was no slouch, and today's batch of rumors talks about more than one device. Sources claim that the Lumia 830 will not be a Verizon exclusive, but it will be a different device for each US carrier it launches on. The device will apparently be sold ...

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    Microsoft is already teasing what to expect for its IFA 2014 event. We know that devices like the rumored Nokia Lumia 730 might be part of the show, and its "selfie phone" capabilities will be the big news here. Still, Nokia is famous for not launching just one device at its events, and another device we've been following is the Nokia Lumia 830. This Lumia 830 would be the successor to the old Lumia 820 that saw the light of day a couple of years ago. We've seen some leaked photos that proved to be a tad controversial as we did see a camera hump that's similar to what we currently know on ...

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    As we start pushing into mid-August, expectations for IFA 2014 continue to grow, and we're sure to keep learning about more and more events being scheduled by companies to show off their latest mobile products. We've already been clued-in to a few, like announcements scheduled by Samsung and Sony, and this week we catch wind of Microsoft's plans, as it distributes an invite that may just be hinting at an announcement for the Lumia 730. Remember, this is the model we've often heard described as a “seflie” phone, with an emphasis placed on the performance of its front-facing camera. With ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    We've been steadily hearing rumors of Nokia's Lumia 730, or "Superman," as an early leak of codenames had it. Now we've been handed a behemoth of info in a full Nokia Lumia 730 specs leak, which pretty much confirms this device's midranger status. The phone will allegedly house a 4.7-inch display with a likely FWVGA (854 x 480), but possibly 720p resolution. It'll have 1GB of RAM, a quad-core processor with an unknown make and clock speed (though it's likely a Snapdragon 400 between 1.6 and 1.7 GHz), 8GB of internal storage, and expansion through microSD up to an extra 128 GB. As for ...

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    Capacitive displays have become mainstream ever since Apple launched the first-generation iPhone in 2007. Apple did prove a point that having hardware buttons poised a challenge to smartphone makers since you can't really change these buttons when another cool idea emerges years later. Sadly, the biggest challenge with a glass display is that you can't really operate it without looking at it, so things like gaming can leave you with a cumbersome experience; something that Microsoft wants to fix. Microsoft Research is currently working on a new technology that brings haptic feedback to ...

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    This summer, we've been keeping up on rumors attempting to detail what's next for Microsoft's new purchase Nokia when it comes to Windows Phone models, and rumors have identified quite a few distinct handsets that appear to be in the works. One we've been talking about for quite some time is this phone codenamed Superman, initially described as “selfie” phone thanks to its relatively high-res 5MP front-facing camera. The device was otherwise described as a mid-ranger, and later rumors suggested it could come to Verizon as soon as this quarter. Along the way we picked up a possible ...

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    The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has definitely been one of the most well-received products Microsoft has made in the last couple years, so we're sure many of you are eager to have one in your hands. The problem is, availability has been limited so far, so it's definitely exciting to hear that Surface Pro 3 availability is expanding to 25 additional markets on August 28. These are the countries in question: Australia Austria Belgium China Denmark Finland France Germany Hong Kong Ireland Italy Korea Luxembourg Malaysia The Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal Singapore ...

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    The initial launch of Microsoft's Surface tablets wasn't without its upsets: one year in, we were looking at close to a billion dollars in losses for Microsoft due to unsold Surface RT inventory. But since then we've seen the arrival of the Surface 2 family, not to mention the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year – are they faring any better? Well, we've heard good things about Pro 3 sales, and solid Surface revenue, but revenue's just part of the equation – we have to factor in expenses before we have a real sense of profit (or lack thereof). And based on some analyst estimates, when we ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding a Microsoft smartwatch have spiked in the last couple of weeks. We haven't seen any hints as to what we should expect from this product, and it's also understandable for Microsoft to remain conservative at times when smartwatches aren't really selling well. Still, if you've ever wondered how this smartwatch would look like and work, a designer has just taken the time to give us a cool hint. German designer Nadir Aslam has just posted an interesting design concept on what he feels a Windows smartwatch should be. In addition to the elegance and simplicity of ...

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    Facebook for Windows Phone will get a major update today, according to official word from Microsoft. If you're using a phone powered by Microsoft's mobile OS, and are an avid Facebook user, you should be on the lookout for an update which will bring a new, fresh look, as well as features which were previously available in the Beta version of the app. The performance of the app will also be improved in this new version, and users will be able to upload videos taken with the device directly to from the app. Additionally, if you're running Windows Phone 8.1, the new Facebook app will ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is clearly more than just a simple step in the right direction. The amount of changes included in the update are significant enough to warrant for another "dot," though Microsoft decided to keep this conservative. That said; as more users continue to receive the update, new details on its features emerge. One of the most praised changes is that now Microsoft gives you the option to select how you'd like to share your Internet connection. In the past you were only given the option to share your connection through Wi-Fi, which is the most ...

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