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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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    A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn't commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers. Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this ...

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    Microsoft is up to a great deal of changes when it comes to the future of Windows 10. We’ve already heard that the company no longer wants to change the name, as it’ll now focus on making Windows 10 a service that updates constantly over the next few years. One of our biggest questions was how many versions of Windows 10 would be announced during the final launch this summer, but it seems we get final details today. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and even though most of the operating system elements will be shared, each one will have ...

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    The field of computing is evolving at a rapid pace. Currently all three major mobile platforms are making noise in a number of different categories. We thought it would be a good time to take a step back and take a look at all three major platforms – Android, Windows, and iOS – and see where each stands not just in the field of mobile, but in computing as a whole. Diversification is key here. Joe Levi already examined the state of Android, so let’s turn our sights over to the state of Windows Phone. Two guys – Bill Gates and Paul Allen - literally working out of a garage in New ...

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    We’ve seen a few teasers of how Windows 10 for phones is shaping up. After a lukewarm reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft has clearly been hard at work at improving what we felt to be a build that really wasn’t ready for consumer testing. We were waiting for a new build to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team has just tweeted about the current status of Windows 10 for phones. We heard about build 10080 last week, ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    One of Microsoft's most important divisions is its Office department for productivity tools, and within that, iOS has become a key part of the Redmond-based company's playbook. It's kept its iOS apps well up-to-date, and it's not about to buck that trend, providing today a couple Microsoft Office iOS updates bringing minor (but welcome) improvements to the iOS versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The changelogs for all three are below – the updates are fairly minor and self-explanatory, though several of the new features have seen lots of support for their addition as of late. For ...

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    It's definitely not normal for any company to reveal the deficiencies of an existing product, over a product it's still far from releasing, but Microsoft is desperate to give its new Edge browser some mind share. Microsoft Edge is the company's promise to a modern web experience, which in a way betters competitors, and in others simply catches up. Today the company decided to publish the security benefits of Microsoft Edge, and here are some. First of all, Microsoft Edge will be superior to IE because it's a universal Windows app. In Microsoft's technical terms: "This fundamentally changes ...

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    According to a recent report, Microsoft orders have been reduced because of lower-than expected smartphone demand. The Redmond-based company is continuing Nokia's policy to push low-end smartphones in emerging markets but apparently these markets are not that interested in Microsoft smartphones as the company has anticipated. 20 percent is what the report claims that Microsoft orders will be reduced by, every month, throughout the rest of 2015, in order to adjust to market demand. The main markets referred to are India, South America and Southeast Asia, where Microsoft is pushing ...

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    Microsoft's trying a lot of new things with Windows 10, from the free upgrade path from existing Windows versions, to the promise of ubiquitous cross-form-factor universal apps, to the ability to carry around your phone as a portable PC, attaching it to desktop peripherals as you choose. But maybe the biggest change for Windows 10 concerns what's next for the OS – or rather, what isn't. You may have gotten the sense this is where Microsoft's platform was headed before, but now the company makes its intentions even more clear, calling Windows 10 “the last version of Windows.” That ...

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    There's no shortage of Windows tablets out there, and a ton of companies that make Windows laptops have taken a swing at the tablet form factor, too. But for all the choices available to shoppers, Microsoft's own Surface lineup remains the hardware to beat, and a huge reason why are the smart design decisions the company's made. This week Microsoft shares some of the history that led to that iconic Surface look, sharing the story of early Surface prototypes. As Microsoft's Ralf Groene tells it, the key point at which the Surface we know today first started coming together was the ...

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    Windows 10 marks the debut of Microsoft's new web browser, which recently picked up the name Edge. Coming to PCs, tablets, and phones alike, Edge is a key component of Microsoft's revamped platform, and users are understandably excited about all the features it promises to bring. One we just learned about is powerful support for browser extensions, with Microsoft making it easy for developers who have already crafted browser extensions for Chrome or Firefox to to adapt them for Edge. And while that sounds promising, we're now learning about some important limitations, especially when it ...

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    Microsoft may not be as popular for its Windows 10 for phones preview as it is for its desktop sibling, but we do see the company hard at work in improving what's to come. We've seen some good leaks of how cool the UI will become in a more mature build, and we've also come across other leaks that show us what we should expect in the next update. We're not sure if Microsoft is going to be able to launch something this week given it’s already Thursday, but these leaks just got awesome. One of Microsoft's crown jewels is Microsoft Office, and more specifically Excel. The company has ...

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    Microsoft has quickly made OneDrive one of its most important projects, devoting various teams to updating it and keeping it feature-packed while still very usable. And it's not done with what it has, either – it has big plans for OneDrive, especially in the integration of various devices, and it's working hard toward that goal. Part of that is building out a universal OneDrive Windows app, and according to a Microsoft roadmap that was on display at Microsoft's Ignite IT conference in Chicago, that is likely coming in the fourth quarter of this year. The roadmap – which is embedded ...

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    What is Microsoft Continuum? Just in case you haven't heard of it before, Continuum is Microsoft's solution to let you use your smartphone as a desktop computer - wirelessly. There are times when a phone just doesn't cut it. It's too small or too limited, and the task simply requires that you pull out your tablet or laptop, or sit down at your desktop PC. I write all my articles on a computer running Microsoft Windows. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse (both ergonomic, because that's how I roll) and a 27-inch monitor. This set up lets me have plenty of room to see what I'm writing, and ...

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    Enter The Surface 3 Giveaway, presented by the Pocketnow Deals Store, for a chance to win Microsoft’s versatile tablet computer. Is it a tablet or a laptop? You decide. The Surface 3 is thin and light, making it easy to take with you anywhere, but also has the ability to run full desktop software - something many tablets just cannot do. For your chance to win, just go to The Surface 3 Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Register for membership, click on ‘Enter Now’, and you’re done. Then share the contest on Twitter for a chance to earn more entries and increase your odds ...

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    Even though it's been a while since Microsoft announced the Lumia 735, we haven't really seen the device much in the US. At a time when Microsoft is re-inventing itself and holding off major product launches until it finalizes Windows 10, it would make sense for us not to see new Lumias until later this summer. Still, it seems that Microsoft is splanning to launch something in the mean time, and this time it might be the Lumia 735. Photos of the Lumia 735 have emerged in a confidential FCC filing, and there are some minor differences to the Lumia 735s that we know. Instead of Nokia ...

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    Microsoft needs a flagship. We said it enough times in the past, while understanding that such a highly anticipated phone might not happen until Windows Phone 10 is final and ready to go mainstream. This is also something the company has hinted, but, at the same time, while talking about hints, we've seen a few bits regarding a future possible flagship. Talking about flagships, the purported Lumia 940 was a model name we've heard at the end of last year. Now it's back, and, while we're not necessarily fans of fan renders/concepts (except for good ones), here's the Lumia 940 and Lumia ...

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    As much as we love the opportunity to preview the future of Windows 10 for phones, the first two builds haven't necessarily proven to be very popular. Still, the promise of a brighter future emerged with some recent leaks that demoed the really cool aesthetic enhancements that are coming to the platform very soon. Given the build difference between the leaks and what we have today, we thought the wait would take a while, but it seems we might just find some luck this week. Reports claim that we should expect Windows 10 for phones build 10072 (officially titled 10.0.12555.74) to be launched ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a ton of interesting moves in order to become "cool" again, as consumers continue to move away from Microsoft software in favor of other alternatives. Part of this involves extending its reach in cross platform solutions, like we've seen with iOS and Android apps, and another part of it has to do with ending its patent troll days in a smart way. One of the biggest moves we saw recently was ending its patent war with Samsung, and gaining some app placement on Galaxy phones, but plans don’t end there according to new rumors. It seems that Microsoft is already in ...

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    Initially called the Nokia Camera, rebranded to Lumia Camera after the Microsoft acquisition, the application, in its Lumia Camera beta stage, has been added to the Windows Phone Store, should you want to join the beta program and check out new features before they hit the public version of the application. However, you'll have to rock a Lumia 930/Icon, Lumia 1520, Lumia 640, or Lumia 640XL phone powered by the Denim update, in order to download and install the app. Not to be confused with the Lumia Camera (sans beta) app, this version brings some features and improvements to the users ...

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    Microsoft has been extremely aggressive about gaining customer feedback for all major products that are scheduled for a launch later this year. We've seen tremendous push in the Windows 10 technical preview for the desktop, and there's a mixed reception for Windows 10 on phones. Now its time for another major Microsoft service to get on the feedback wagon. Microsoft has just made its Office 2016 public preview official. After a few months as a developer preview, the company is now ready to take things further with regular consumers. According to the official statement: "In March we ...

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    We rounded-out last week by hearing some rumors about upcoming Microsoft Lumia hardware, describing a pair of seriously high-end-sounding Lumia handsets, outfitted with quad HD displays, 3GB of RAM, and all the latest silicon. These two phones, codenamed Cityman and Talkman, sounded pretty incredible, but was there even a remote shot that these guys were real, and we'd actually see them launch this fall? Well, we're still a ways off from formal confirmation, but a new source is now speaking up about these rumors, confirming some details and adding a new twist to what we've heard. The Verge ...

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    Last we checked out all the news to emerge out of Microsoft's Build conference, and one of the more exciting announcements was what cross-platform support for means for app availability on Windows 10. The company highlighted several ways developers could bring existing software from other platforms over to Windows 10, including those originally designed for Android and iOS. It all sounded very promising, and while it still does, in the days since we've learned about some critical limitations that are going to be worth keeping in mind. Take support for Android apps, for instance: while ...

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    Windows 10 will leave its preview status and make its formal arrival for the desktop sometime this summer – but whether that means July or September is anyone's guess. And at some point after that, Windows 10 for phones will make its commercial debut, but the ETA there is even less certain. But when that time finally rolls around, we'll get to check out the debut of some of the first hardware designed for Windows 10 from the ground up – and for a smartphone platform that's sorely been missing new flagship-caliber devices, those new phones can't get here soon enough. This afternoon we ...

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    Microsoft’s Surface tablets are attractive for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being the compatibility they offer with traditional PC software. But when we're talking about programs that maybe weren't developed with touch input in mind, how to control them on a tablet becomes a very important consideration. To solve that puzzle, Microsoft has blessed some of its Surface models with support for a high-precision stylus. Earlier this year we heard a rumor claiming that Microsoft was interested in buying the company that provided it with this stylus tech, and this week we get ...

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