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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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    Two of Microsoft's hottest new devices could be making their way to the lineups of one of the US's largest nationwide carriers very soon. The Lumia 640, announced at Mobile World Congress this year to build on Microsoft's affordable smartphone success, is coming to T-Mobile today. And if new information from WinSuperSite is to be believed, both the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are also going to be making their way to AT&T by the end of the month. Allegedly, WinSuperSite obtained the information in the following quotation at a Microsoft-sponsored event from a representative of the ...

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    Before we dive into the update bit, you should know that you will be able to play your Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One console, thanks to the recently announced "native" backwards compatibility, at E3, something many have wished for. Excited? Xbox One owners can look forward to receiving a major update for their consoles this fall. It might not have a dedicated Cortana button like maybe your next PC, but there are a lot of exciting things on their way to look forward to. Microsoft has committed to unifying some key parts of the experience, and Xbox live is among them. The new UX will ...

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    Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant may have debuted on the company's Windows Phone handsets, but it's on the cusp of expanding in a big way. In addition to the Android and iOS apps we saw the company announce last month, Cortana is also set to find a home on PC, and you may have already had a chance to give it a spin in a recent Windows 10 preview. While we generally think of Cortana as a software tool or a cloud service, today we also get word of an interesting hardware component that's just over the horizon, as Toshiba shares word of plans to equip all its upcoming Windows 10 laptops ...

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    Microsoft's clearly working on the next generation of Lumia hardware, phones that will be among the first models running Windows 10 Mobile. While there's nothing official just yet, rumors have already made quite a few stabs at working our what we might hope to expect from these handsets. One big feature on the minds of a lot of Lumia fans has been the return of a really great camera, and expectations have been running high that some of these upcoming models might deliver imaging performance that truly lives up to the PureView name. Now a new leak gives us reason to be optimistic, as ...

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    Microsoft has been working hard at keeping its Windows 10 Mobile updates coming to members of the Microsoft Insider program. We've kept a close eye on build 10136 for the last couple of days, but it seems it's taken Redmond longer than usual in pushing to beta testers. Today we learn that the build is pretty much ready for a launch, but at a risk. Gabriel Aul has been active on Twitter today asking users for feedback on what should be the best route to take for the launch of build 10136. It seems the build is ready, but there is a bug upgrading from version 10080 that could hold the update ...

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    Our own Microsoft Band review states it in the very title: "don't call it a smartwatch". If that's the case, Microsoft is yet to enter the smartwatch game, and join already notable competitors like Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, and the rest, in putting a smart timepiece on your wrist to try and make your life easier. How about this Microsoft smartwatch shown above and below? It is being referred to as Moonraker, and, as far as we're concerned, this story could go both ways: it could either be a leak, or it could be just a concept device (imagined by a third party). While we're ...

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    Windows Phone Facebook integration was one of the main selling points of the platform (phones running the Microsoft mobile OS), and the feature was also available on Windows, as well as several other offerings from Microsoft. According to a recently published support document, Windows Phone Facebook integration (as well as other Facebook connect features) will no longer be available. "Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. Facebook’s Graph API is the tool that we use to connect your Microsoft account to Facebook. It brings contact ...

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    A little more than a week from now, on June 17, 2015, T-Mobile will be launching the Lumia 640. If you haven't already, go ahead and read our review so you'll know whether you should be excited about this, or not. The information that next Wednesday, the T-Mobile Lumia 640 will become available comes from two different unknown sources that Windows Central is quoting in this report. By the looks of it, you won't be able to grab a T-Mobile Lumia 640 from the shelves; the carrier is apparently opting for a "Ship to (direct fulfillment)" model, which implies Magenta ordering it for you and ...

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    Ever since Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile device division, the Lumia line of Windows Phones has been focusing on affordable smartphones that still bring a lot of good-enough features with less compromises. This is probably a good strategy, since I'm sure a huge percentage of the population doesn't need an $800 iPhone for texting, Facbook, and Instagram. The Lumia 640, is one of the first Lumia smartphones to finally include Microsoft's own branding, and it removes many of the compromises you might have to endure on other low-priced budget smartphones like the Lumia 5XX series and even the ...

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    Wondering what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 update 2? We've got just the changelog for you to show you all that's changed in the second major (sorta) update to Windows Phone 8.1. Only certain phones are seeing the update, but it does indeed bring a couple notable changes that one could admire. We've made available below Microsoft's official changelog. Additionally, Windows Central notes a few changes of its own after a good amount of time testing the new software – there's MKV support for videos, a Reset Protection feature, there's now an "All Apps" button at the bottom of the Start ...

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    In case going through Expansys USA was a step you didn't quite want to take to get yourself a Lumia 535, we've got good news for you. Today, shortly after going live on Microsoft's Canadian Store, Micorsoft Lumia 535 sales have kicked off on the United States Microsoft Store for the low price of $149. We ran through all of the Lumia 535's specs when the phone was first announced, but as a refresher, the affordable midranger offers internals such as a 960x540 5-inch display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage internally, and 5MP front and rear-facing shooters in ...

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    Halo is one of the most popular video game series ever created, and now you can relive all your favorite Halo moments - or discover them all for the very first time. The Master Chief Edition Xbox One comes with several titles including Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary, the newly remastered Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, and access to Halo: Nightfall. To enter, just go to The Master Chief Edition Xbox One Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Register for membership with your email address and click on ‘Enter Now’. Afterwards, share the contest via Twitter for a ...

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    Remember the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone? That was the last (but a very solid) effort coming from the Taiwanese company as far as Microsoft's mobile platform is concerned. Just yesterday we've heard HTC's CEO Cher Wang talk about the future; new smartphone series, to be specific, and we've asked several questions, among which one particularly referred to a possible Microsoft collaboration for some Windows Phone love. As it turns out, an HTC Windows Phone device isn't an impossible thing after all, at least if you look at the image above. HTC is listed and mentioned by Microsoft as a ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work reinventing itself since the administration of Satya Nadella began a few months ago. We now see a company that's more aggressively focused in expanding its software grip, even if that's at the cost of not serving its own hardware at the same speed. Windows 10 plays a major roll in this reinvention, and today we learn more about its launch date. Microsoft had teased that we should expect Windows 10 to launch this summer, but today we finally get an official date for July 29th. We did hear that the service would be a free upgrade, but today we also learn that ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months covering many rumors regarding future Windows 10 Mobile Lumia flagships in the works. Sadly these haven't gone beyond rumors, something quite unfortunate for a platform that's hungry for flagships. That said most of these rumors coincide with each other so far, so it seems we're close to something good. Yesterday we saw some of the specs we should expect for two Windows Phone flagships that we currently assume to be the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. Today we hear more about these devices, codename Talkman and Cityman. The specs apparently are exactly the ...

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    It was about two months ago when we first got word of Microsoft's cross-platform ambitions for its incredibly useful Office Lens app. The once Windows Phone-exclusive lets you capture signs, documents – pretty much anything your phone's camera can see – and converts them into nice, clean perspective- and color-corrected docs ready for sharing. At the time we leaned of a full-featured iOS app, as well as a preview release for Android users. Well, today the Android version of the app graduates to the big time, leaving its preview label behind and becoming available to all in the Google ...

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    Back in 2014, smartwatches were really starting to make their presence felt, expanding from niche products to those with broader commercial appeal. And only fittingly, plenty of companies with experience in mobile electronics were lining up to release one. And after months and months of rumors that Microsoft was working on just such a wearable – one that would offer cross-platform support – we finally saw the Microsoft Band launch in late October. More fitness tracker than smartwatch, Microsoft has continued to improve upon its wearable with new software updates adding additional ...

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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    Even with how desperate Microsoft is in gaining some mobile traction, we wonder why we've seen such a long delay in the company launching another Lumia flagship. Surely it does make sense for the company to finalize Windows 10 Mobile, and have this flagship become the first device to support it. The problem is when the market has waited for more than a year, and when it seems there is still more to wait. New leaks show us the possible specs of two Microsoft flagship Lumias to come, and judging by some recent rumors, we believe these are the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. When it comes to the ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    Being able to share data between devices can be a chore depending on the platform you've chosen. We could say that each ecosystem tries as much as possible to allow you to copy data from their computer platform to a mobile that belongs to its platform, but to be able to do this between platforms is a true nightmare. Leaks over the weekend showed us that Microsoft is planning to fix that, or at least we thought it was. It's hard to predict if these were controlled leaks or not, but certain users got their hands on the installation files for a service called Microsoft OneClip. In a nutshell, ...

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    Microsoft's mobile efforts stand to get pretty exciting over the next few months. Not only do we have the formal commercial release of Windows 10 Mobile to look forward to, but the arrival of new hardware running Windows 10 out of the box. And for a platform that's been sorely in need of some fresh handset blood (and maybe not just in the midrange budget space, for a change), that's pretty tantalizing. But just what sort of phones can we expect? We've heard a few theories, and today we pick up some fresh evidence to help steer our imagination, as a 5.7-inch Windows Phone pops up in an ...

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    Getting developers to bring their apps to Windows Phone can feel like pulling teeth sometimes. Maybe Windows 10 will help resolve that situation, with new tools designed to make porting as painless as possible, but for the moment (despite things getting better) app availability remains a problem. On the flip side, though, Microsoft has been nothing less than willing to bring some of its own high-profile software to its smartphone competition, and we've been tracking efforts to bring Office to iOS and Android devices for years. While progress is at times slow, over the months we've seen ...

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    If you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you've got a free upgrade to Windows 10 coming your way: that much, Microsoft's been clear about. But the upgrade pathway's been a bit murkier for those nefarious software pirates. In an interview published back in March, Microsoft's Terry Myerson stated, “we are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” making it look like even pirates would get a free copy of Microsoft's new operating system. But is it really going to be that simple, or there is a big asterisk hanging over that promise? Today Microsoft clarifies ...

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