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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 recently released a technology preview of their new Windows operating system that's meant to unify desktop PCs, tablets, phones, and even large screen televisions. In this video we're going to take a look at some of the changes as well as the advantages and disadvantages in the Windows 10 Technology Preview. Be sure to remember that this is an early version of the operating system update so many things are sure to change as development continues. There's nothing special about installing the Windows 10 Tech Preview. You simply run the setup program, and it does it all. You should ...

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    Big things have been happening for Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana recently. She's been picking up new functionality, getting ready to spread to new nations, and supposedly gearing up to make a desktop debut with Windows 10. But for all the serious improvements Microsoft's been delivering, Cortana's also had a playful side, like how she'd respond to questions about Microsoft's old digital assistant, Clippy. Today we get word of some new lighthearted to Cortana, as she learns to speak the guttural tongue of the Klingon Empire. Voice-controlled apps on our phones seem like they can't ...

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    Summer already seems like a distant memory at this point, and the smartphones it brought us have started to be eclipsed by new models, like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and now all this Nexus 6 talk. But some of those summer launches have been taking their sweet time getting here, and we're only now starting to see their availability come to carriers in the States. Back in July, Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530, the latest budget-priced handset from the manufacturer. We knew that T-Mobile would be offering the phone, but at the time we didn't have a better ETA than “later this year.” ...

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    A couple weeks back, Microsoft started sending out invitations for a press event rumored to introduce a new Windows Technical Preview and give us a bunch insight into the company's plans for Windows 9. Sure enough, today Microsoft shared its vision for the future of Windows, but there's not going to be any Windows 9; instead, we're skipping that entry entirely and moving full speed ahead to Windows 10, powering everything from phones to TV-sized presentation screens, and set to start arriving mid-to-late next year. While much of today's presentation dealt with Windows 10 from a desktop ...

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    How close were we to getting the Surface Mini this past May? To hear the reports, Microsoft's decision not to introduce us to its pint-sized tablet at the event that ultimately delivered the Surface Pro 3 was very much a last-minute one. In the time that's followed, we saw evidence for the tablet's existence in the form of inadvertent mentions in the Pro 3 manual, as well as references to Microsoft's decision not to launch the tablet in an earnings report. But even all this time later, we haven't seen this guy in the flesh, nor found ourselves convinced of its ultimate fate: postponed or ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana may have been late to the party as far as voice assistants go, but you can't deny the effort the company has put into making its product better. One of the best parts of how Cortana is built is that it can be updated from Microsoft's servers, which means a full Windows Phone update isn't necessary to get a couple enhancements for Cortana. The latest batch of enhancements have been thrown together into a server-side Cortana update, and Microsoft is now explaining to us what exactly is new. First of all, Cortana will now give NFL predictions. The answers provided by the ...

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    As of right now, Microsoft offers its Windows Phone voice assistant Cortana to users in Australia, Canada, China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Despite that limited language compatibility, there's long been evidence pointing to Cortana seeing broad international support, and we've been wondering just when we might see the service expand its reach to some new nations. While we don't have firm ETAs just yet, the latest evidence suggests a whole lot of new WP users may have access to Cortana soon, possibly before the year's out. On Twitter this morning, a Microsoft France ...

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    Microsoft leaked recently that it would be dropping the Nokia branding from its products along with Windows Phone. Instead, we’d be treated with Lumia phones running Windows. This doesn’t really sound like a big deal on the face of it, but it’s worth mentioning that perhaps Microsoft is being a little hasty. Personally, I think both of these moves make perfect sense. Microsoft is not, in fact, Nokia. Nokia as a company still exists. They’re the one’s making Android launchers for…whatever reason. But it’s also the force behind Here Maps, which is pretty darn nice navigation ...

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    Updated with the high-quality edited version of the podcast, which you can stream or download down below (or through your favorite podcatcher app). We hope you enjoyed; we'll check back in with you next week! If you ask us, the first thing you should do on iPhone launch day is take a long, hard look at the competition. Not because the iPhone is a bad product, but because everyone else tends to step up their game when Apple brings a new phone –or two– to the yard. And that's more true than ever this year. With that in mind, we'll talk about all kinds of smartphone and smartwatch ...

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    For the past week or two, we've been hearing more about this idea that Microsoft could be distancing itself from “Windows Phone” as we know it, and instead transitioning to more general “Windows” branding across all its platforms, including smartphones. Just the other day we checked out a render of an upcoming handset that appeared to be going this no-Phone route, and now we're turning our attention to a couple of promo videos Microsoft put together to highlight its app ecosystem, all while making scant reference to Windows Phone. The two spots below describe a bunch of Windows ...

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    With Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset division, a lot of changes are still to come. We've seen the continuous rumors of "Microsoft handset" where the Nokia branding is no longer available, and we do know that Microsoft is planning to shake its branding up a bit. Today we see the company making some additional changes that we were expecting to happen sooner or later. Nokia's Lumia update support portal was very famous for keeping customers informed on the timing for both major and small software updates. It was far better to access this portal, than to have to look back at ...

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    Microsoft hasn't necessarily had the best time with its developer community. The company that once had its CEO sing "developers, developers" repeatedly has struggled to find enthusiastic support for it smartphone and tablet platform. As such, we've seen a couple of desperate measures in order to gain a broader community, and most of these efforts have worked, but Microsoft is at it for more. Developers are reporting that Microsoft has removed the yearly subscription fee that they would have to pay to either submit, or keep applications in the Windows Phone Store. This is a great move for ...

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    One thing that's no secret is that Microsoft has struggled with its mobile platform for years. After being the market leader for years last decade, the company hasn't found the right approach to regain its popularity after the launch of competitors like Android and iOS. We do know that Microsoft wants its company to focus on "Mobile and Cloud first," and Microsoft's new CEO explains how he measures success. In a recent luncheon with Seattle's Chamber of Commerce, Nadella was approached about the direction that Microsoft is steering with all the recent changes. Seattle Chamber President and ...

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    Competition between the big players on the mobile platform stage is an odd thing. On one hand, it's in the best interest of companies like Google to see the Apples of the world fail, driving users over to its own platform. But at the same time, we have Google releasing app after app for iOS. Microsoft's in on this seemingly counter-intuitive action as well, and this year has seen it bring Office to more of its competitors' devices. Today we check out a new accessory from Microsoft that further establishes its willingness to “step over the lines” as it were, delivering features tailored ...

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    Windows finds itself smack dab in a period of transition right now. Users are shifting away from desktop PCs and even laptops to more mobile devices like tablets, to say nothing of smartphones themselves. And as this move continues, Windows becomes a more interesting operating system to us and our mobile focus. Windows 8 already saw tablets playing a major role, but missteps with RT and the lack of a cohesive Microsoft app ecosystem didn't do the platform any favors. We're already looking forward to what's next from Microsoft, and today we see invitations go out for an event that could ...

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