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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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    It's finally happening: with carriers sounding the warning that Windows 10 Mobile updates are about to start arriving for old Windows Phone 8.1 models, the era of Microsoft's next-gen mobile platform is nearly fully upon us – so will you be ready for it? Earlier today we shared with you one of the many ways Microsoft is getting its users prepared for the imminent debut of those updates, with the introduction of a new UpdateAdvisor app. At the time, the app still appeared to be in beta, and we figured that Microsoft would finish its test work and get the software ready for the public at ...

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    Shoppers looking for a new Windows 10 Mobile smartphone are finding themselves with more and more options these daysWindows 10 Mobile updates, but what about Windows 10 updates for existing WP8.1 hardware? Time was we were hoping for a December release, but midway through the month we got confirmation that Microsoft wouldn't quite hit that target, and the best we could hope for was early 2016 distribution, instead. We've already seen carriers getting ready for these updates, but when exactly could we hope for them to arrive? The latest word from carriers suggest our first updates could ...

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    Redmond’s software engineers are busy with so many important projects nowadays, looking to once and for all stabilize Windows 10 Mobile, as well as further drive desktop adoption numbers, that no one could really blame them if they paused minor updates for their productivity-focused Android apps for a couple of months. But that’s surprisingly not the case, and the entire Office suite is getting a makeover as we speak to tack on “more sharing options” and “sign-up simplification”, among others. Well, not quite the entire suite, but its three most popular titles. First up, you ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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    Although it looks more focused than ever on spreading its tentacles to rival mobile platforms with both complex and very simple apps, no strings attached, Microsoft obviously remains fully committed to improving Windows 10 on desktops and smartphones, and especially the latter’s currently rudimentary ecosystem. It’s only a matter of time until old Lumias running Windows Phone 8.1 will start jumping on the W10M bandwagon, and if you’re still unsure as to your handheld’s compatibility with the new OS, Redmond plans to make it easy as pie for you to find out. A couple of screenshots ...

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    With the Consumer Electronics Show already behind us, and the Mobile World Congress drawing near, it might start feeling like the most exciting part of the year for gadget enthusiasts will be over before you get a chance to take a breath. But fret not, as there’s plenty left in the tank for the industry’s heavyweights to make the headlines in March and beyond. Just a little over a month after MWC 2016 wraps up, Microsoft shall have its traditional Build developer conference in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, possibly unveiling the first sneak peek at Windows 10 “Redstone.” ...

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    You like charts? Tech analyst Horace Dediu likes to craft charts for "idle amusement" on occasion and, based on data from market research firm Gartner, has found that iPhone shipments have surpassed Windows PC shipments in 2015. Furthermore, if we extrapolate current trend lines out to 2027, we might see Mac shipments up above PC shipments. Idle amusement. pic.twitter.com/Kiyj3Vr5Hx — Horace Dediu (@asymco) January 13, 2016 Of course, the PC space has been contracting in favor of smaller or more physically-versatile devices for productivity's sake (at least, the buzzword right now is ...

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    What’s on the horizon for Microsoft as far as new smartphones go after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL seemingly defied the odds and couldn’t keep up with demand? Well, high-end Lumia 9-series sequels might be scrapped in favor of a business-friendly miniature Surface, whereas the Lumia 650 and 750 should foster Redmond’s hopes of becoming a name to be reckoned with in the low-cost market. Meanwhile, the upper mid-range Lumia 850 is still most likely cancelled, despite strutting its prototype stuff several times of late, though Chinese federal approval of a mystery RM-1182 once again ...

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    "We cannot confirm nor deny the existence of a product called Falcon." Michael Fisher did his best CIA impression on the Pocketnow Weekly when dishing out on HP's ambiguous answer to the question of whether the company would put up a crazy-looking Windows 10 Mobile phone. And there's another similarly crazy-looking Windows 10 Mobile phone that may or may not be on the horizon, this one supposedly being tested Microsoft. This is a GFXBench diagnostics page for a "Windows Phone" device supporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Any other spec shouldn't really mean much to us at this ...

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    Is the iPad Pro a personal computing replacement? Will spending at least $1,067 for a tablet, keyboard and stylus as opposed to an 11-inch MacBook Air with an accessory or two really make sense? Why not consider a Microsoft Surface? Well, it depends on your way of thinking when it comes to tablets and laptops. Microsoft's Senior Communications Manager for Surface Dan Laycock spoke to TrustedReviews about his company's line and where he believes Apple stands. // d;d++)c[d].apply(u,n);return u}function a(t,e){f[t]=s(t).concat(e)}function s(t){return f[t]||[]}function c(){return n(e)}var ...

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    Microsoft has been running various promotions in the past couple of months to try to keep the aging Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 in the limelight after Pro 4 and Surface Book’s glitzy introductions, the latest of which is unfortunately restricted to an American audience. From January 10 through 17, the non-Pro third-gen Intel Atom-powered hybrid can be picked up on and offline at Microsoft with a gratis Type Cover. The keyboard accessory typically costs $130, and it obviously lets you seamlessly transform the 10.8-inch Windows tablet into a productive mini-laptop. The same bundle deal is ...

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    It probably feels a little early in Lumia 950 XL’s tumultuous life cycle for an “all-time low price” to mean as much as it sounds, but given the reported demand – supply inequality, it’s a miracle you can get the Windows 10 phablet at any sort of discount stateside. Redmond typically charges $650 for the unlocked Snapdragon 810 powerhouse, and can’t currently commit to a delivery date for recent orders or take new ones. Meanwhile, import specialist and bargain champion Expansys USA lets you pick up the phone in a single SIM RM-1085 configuration at $565, lacking local stock at ...

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    It’s no big secret Microsoft has been struggling to achieve the same levels of public delight with its pocket-friendly Windows 10 iteration as the desktop version did, but the recent software stability issues of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL may have been blown out of proportion. After all, if things were so bad, adoption numbers would logically shrink instead of rise. Yet according to a trusted source of a very well-connected tech journalist, more than a million smartphone owners are running Windows 10 Mobile as their daily driver. That obviously includes hundreds of thousands of devoted ...

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    No, Microsoft is not going to be an MVNO of any carrier. In fact, if anything, Microsoft's pulling a more liberated version of Apple SIM with this news — well, in the sense that the Apple SIM is only available to the iPads. But the potential for the company to stretch into the cellular industry is there, believe it or not. And it starts with the introduction of the Cellular Data app to the Windows Store. The app will allow you to connect to an existing US carrier "using only your Microsoft account." No fixed-term contracts, no dealing with the customer service, just a la carte data for ...

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    Those who are looking forward to getting over the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL already are hoping that a mid-range device will save every one of us. The hope is that Windows 10 Mobile will work way better here than it did on those flagship products. And it better be better-built while the folks are at it! Now, FCC certification documents don't really tell of anything in those veins, but we do have one of Microsoft's products through the commission labelled "RM-1152," supposedly what we're calling the Microsoft Lumia 650. Certification is also not an indicator of release date, but hey, the ...

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    Update: We have added a tweet to the bottom of this post that mentions the quote from our headline. Pocketnow regrets the omission. For a social media company predicated on short-life exchanges, Snapchat seems to have a short temper with Microsoft and its developers. Since December 2014, the company has refused to let Windows Phone app devs use its API. We haven't been given reasoning since then, but the mere omission of Snapchat clients on Windows mobile ecosystem continues to be part of the app gap story the platform is facing. Rudy Huyn, developer of 6Snap and other Windows Phone ...

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    It essentially came out of nowhere, even though Samsung toyed with gargantuan Windows tablets in the past (without much success), and aside from a clearly inferior SoC, it looked like a strong Surface Pro 4 contender on paper. Now, the Galaxy TabPro S has a semi-official price tag attached to its name, making your buying decision a very tricky to navigate process. According to a reputable German publication, the 12-inch convertible shall start at €999 around those parts, which is likely to convert to $1,000 stateside. What AllAbout Samsung doesn’t say is whether the keyboard cover is ...

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    With rumors of an eventual Lumia brand termination in favor of Surface marketing ramp-ups escalating and gaining credibility, fans of the once mighty Nokia-owned device family must be hoping the 650 won’t take on swan song responsibilities. It’d simply be too sad to see a humble 5-incher that reportedly combines Lumia 640 and 550 features end an era of camera innovation, design charisma and low-cost excellence. On the bright side, the no doubt imminent Microsoft Lumia 650 has just been confirmed by the world’s most trusted mobile leakster as “having a very nice fit and finish”, ...

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    There’s a very delicate balance between smooth software and polished hardware Microsoft needs to strike before calling the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ready to thrill, and with Windows 10 Mobile relatively stable (for a beta OS) after recent patches, it’s time the firmware on the two devices got revised in more markets. Following parts of Europe, as well as Australia, the jumbo-sized unlocked model receives a crucial update in North America. Various users both stateside and up north are reporting their firmware build number going up to 01078.00027.15506.02005, with hardware version now ...

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    The world’s fastest-growing smartphone market and second only to China to reach the one billion active user mark has recently been treated to a host of high-profile mobile launches. The Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550 all rolled out in India in the past couple of months, and so did the Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition, Apple Watch, OnePlus 2 for everybody, as well as the ultra-low-cost Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime. Meanwhile, both the iPhone 5s and 6s got important buzz-building discounts, the LeTV Le Max (first-gen) was confirmed for a mid-January regional release, and the impressively ...

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    If you are using Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10, prepare to receive an "End of Live" notification on January 12. Part of the upcoming cumulative security update, the EOL notification that will pop up starting Tuesday will warn users that are still running IE 8, 9 or 10, that their days are numbered, and t's time to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft's browser. This doesn't mean that Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 will stop working, or that it will mysteriously disappear from your computer. What this means, however, is that Microsoft will stop offering support in form of bug fixes ...

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    It’s been more than a month and a half since Microsoft released its highly anticipated new pocket-friendly OS to manufacturing, and sadly, you can still count the number of devices powered by Windows 10 Mobile on one hand. You have your high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, plus the entry-level Lumia 550. That’s it, at least for now, and at least stateside, with the Acer Liquid Jade Primo and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL also coming soon, a bunch of updates for WP8.1-stuck Lumias locked and loaded, and the low-key Archos 50 Cesium up for grabs on (certain) European shores. No, the low to ...

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    Could Redmond’s Windows 10 Mobile woes be finally over? Probably not all of them, and likely not for good, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are once again shipping in most parts of the old continent, which suggests rampant demand was indeed behind recent shortages rather than software glitches. Meanwhile, you should stop worrying about W10 updates for old WP8.1-running phones hitting longer delays than a few weeks. Microsoft was awfully vague when announcing there would be no movement on the front until “early 2016”, but it turns out the creators of the world’s third largest handheld ...

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    The bit about initial Lumia 950 and 950 XL demand outstripping supply and taking the blame for the odd inventory issues of various European retailers predictably made the headlines yesterday, but Microsoft’s lengthy new Windows 10-centric blog post contained many other interesting nuggets of information. First and foremost, the adoption rate of the wildly successful desktop OS continues to easily exceed those of iterations 7 and 8, at 200 million “monthly active devices” already. The 100-million milestone was reportedly achieved back in October, just a couple of months after Win ...

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    We're not quite sure what to think anymore of Microsoft's smartphone business, as we're seeing and hearing mixed messages, both through official and unofficial channels. Microsoft acknowledged that its smartphone market share is "unsustainable", and, adding to that, the Lumia 950XL, Microsoft's own Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphone, is struggling in the UK, where it was taken off retail shelves. Furthermore, Amazon UK and Amazon France have both halted Lumia 950XL sales, so the outlook isn't very bright. On the other hand, a recent Microsoft Blog post --talking about Windows 10 being ...

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