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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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    Yesterday we saw Microsoft prepping for wider distribution of the Lumia Denim firmware update for Lumia smartphones, following word of limited availability in select markets. It was progress, sure, but we craved more information: just when could the rest of us hope to see Denim arrive. Today Microsoft speaks up and shares an update about Denim's progress, but at the same time removes its fine-grained update status pages. The new statement gives us another overview of the Denim features to expect, but we know enough about those already – what about that ETA? You've got a little bit of ...

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    All the way back in September, when Microsoft was introducing new Windows Phone hardware like the Lumia 830, it also had an announcement to make about new firmware on the horizon: Lumia Denim. The update was set to deliver features like 4K video recording – when it got here, that is. Word was that Denim would hit WP8.1 Lumia handsets starting sometime this quarter, but it's been seriously slow to arrive; so far, there's some early evidence for distribution to phones in China, but users in the West remain out of luck. However, that may be just about to change, as Microsoft's spotted ...

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    Sprint hasn't been famous for launching Windows Phone 8.1 devices. As a matter of fact, the company hasn't really launched any at the moment, and specially Lumia devices across its pre-paid customer brands. The good news is that both Sprint and Microsoft have announced a partnership today to end this problem, and we start with an aggressive device for its price tag. Microsoft and Sprint have just announced the launch of the Lumia 635 on the Sprint post-paid network as soon as December 23rd, and on its pre-paid companies like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile as early as January 16. The device ...

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    The Lumia 535 is Microsoft's latest smartphone, and while it may be most noteworthy for being the Lumia that finally ditched all its Nokia branding in favor of a pure-Microsoft approach, it's also a solid mid-ranger in its own regard. Or at least, it would be, if it weren't for the presence of an annoying little glitch. Users have reported issues with getting the phone's touchscreen input to function properly, specifically citing frustrations over taps going undetected, or the screen even being too sensitive for its own good. The good news is that salvation may be arriving soon, as ...

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    New Windows Phone handsets from Microsoft seem to emerge every few months. The Lumia 535 made its debut a little over a month ago, and back in September we saw the Lumia 830, 730, and 735 go official. While Microsoft may have called the 830 its “affordable flagship,” the specs really weren't up to what we typically consider flagship level – and really, that's the case for all these new models, positioned more as budget phones than anything with really jaw-dropping features or performance. So when can we expect a higher caliber of Lumia? Numerous sources have been suggesting the ...

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    We're going to have to wait until next month to get new details on Microsoft Windows 10, but the company's interest spread far beyond its own platform, and this week we've got some fresh releases to check out for a couple of Microsoft's big mobile competitors, as the company releases a bunch of MSN apps for both Android and iOS. So what are we looking at here? MSN News, MSN Weather, MSN Sports, MSN Money, MSN Health & Fitness, and MSN Food & Drink, with most available for both Android and iOS. MSN Weather, at least, is still waiting for an iOS port, though there is an Android ...

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    Microsoft's on the cusp of the evolution across its OS ecosystem, with Windows 10 waiting for us in 2015. Announced back at the end of September, the platform will attempt to further unify devices across form factors, as computers, tablets, and phones alike will all run Windows 10 – no more separate name for Microsoft's smartphone OS. And while that announcement brought us a fair amount of info about the company's intentions for Windows 10 on PCs, there's a lot we still need to know about the mobile side of things. It's probably a good way's off before we have the complete picture, but ...

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    Just last night we were thinking about that supposedly-canceled next-gen Microsoft Windows Phone handset that would have introduced a new “3D Touch” user interface, the smartphone codenamed McLaren. Some of that UI stuff might end up living on in Windows 10, but what of the hardware itself? Well, like we said, there have been pretty adamant rumors claiming that McLaren has been scrapped, with Microsoft moving on to other things. But even if the phone as a commercial product's not happening, images of a purported prototype have already leaked, revealing a very Lumia-1020-looking design ...

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    The Windows Phone handset codenamed McLaren isn't happening; despite all the effort put into its rumored “3D Touch” interface, Microsoft has apparently moved on from those hardware plans. But to hear a new report, aspects of the phone's software may survive and make their influence felt in the forthcoming release of Windows 10. One such feature is tipped to involve Live Tiles, and could offer a new “exploding,” “flyover tile” experience, developed under the name Mixview. While specifics about the implementation may easily change between now and when Windows 10 for phones starts ...

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    It's been a while since we last heard of Sprint's HTC 8XT Windows Phone -- when it was "demoted" to "basic phone" status -- let alone since we reviewed it and concluded it is/was a "midrange phone in flagship clothing". That being said, there are a lot of things to like about the phone, and some which we didn't necessarily got excited over. One of the things HTC 8XT owners did definitely not like about the device was the fact that it was still stuck on Windows Phone 8, with which it shipped out of the box. According to HTC's Twitter account, the Sprint HTC 8XT Windows Phone 8.1 update ...

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    We're already a week removed from Black Friday, but when you factor that in with the subsequent Cyber Monday deals, we could understand if you're still feeling a little burned-out from all these smartphone, tablets, and wearable offers. But the holiday shopping season rages on nonetheless, and if you're still looking to pick up some great deals on mobile electronics, you might want to take a look at what's one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for a major-name smartphone, as the already crazy-cheap Lumia 530 becomes even more affordable. A couple months back, when we were getting ready ...

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    It's been over two months now since we last looked at Microsoft’s global strategy for its voice-powered personal assistant, Cortana. Back then, we were hearing teasers out of France that suggested the service could soon find itself coming to the nation, following availability in the UK. Well, we're still not quite all the way to a full-blown release, but this week still brings us greatly expanded European Cortana access, as Microsoft brings an alpha version to users in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. What does that “alpha” business mean? Well, for the moment Cortana will only be ...

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    Microsoft is famous for being the king of enterprise, but the exception to that rule comes in the form of smartphones. The company has lost a ton of corporate customers to Apple and Google, mainly because of how long its taken the company to adopt corporate basics like VPN support on its Windows Phones. All those problems are solved now with Windows Phone 8.1, and it seems the company is about to land a big fish. Reports claim that BMW is about to make a dramatic overhaul to the smartphones that its employees use, and it seems that the company will go from the vintage Nokia Symbian ...

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    Microsoft hasn't really found the success that it aimed for with its Windows Phone platform. The company that once ruled the mobile space almost a decade ago has barely found a spot in third place after years of dramatic changes, and if you measure the difference between its current numbers and the second place (iOS), the future seems grim. If you're wondering how well will the platform perform over the next couple of years, the answer could be good or bad depending on how you see it. IDC has just provided its official numbers after a few little teasers we came across a few days ago. At ...

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    It's been quite a while now since we've talked about Windows Phone and Huawei in the same breath. The predominantly Android OEM has released a few models for the platform in the past, and when Microsoft was welcoming new manufacturers to its ecosystem back in February, it mentioned Samsung, HTC, and Huawei as a few of its continuing partners. Maybe the most recent development with Huawei and WP occurred in March, when we heard company execs discussing plans for an upcoming dual-boot Windows Phone/Android handset – one that never did manage to happen. So what went wrong? Why the sudden ...

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    One of the long-overdue updates for the Lumia brand is probably the most important. Just as we've seen the legacy of the Lumia 920/925 revived in the new Lumia 930 (Icon), we've spent the last couple of weeks wondering what the future of the successor to the Lumia 1020 will be. Surely updating the world's best smartphone camera isn't an easy job, but with rumors of the codename Lumia McLaren being canceled by Redmond, we were already beginning to worry. Today we find the first leaked photos of what we expect to be the Lumia 1030, and according to the source, there is more here than meets ...

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    After one too many leftover turkey sandwiches, topped-off with near-lethal doses of gravy, Thanksgiving – and the lazy weekend that follows it – is over for another year. If you're like many shoppers, you took a break from the food on Friday, bundled up against the cold, and headed out to try snagging yourself a Black Friday deal or two. And while all the Black Friday savings may be behind us, there's one last hurrah to be had, as retailers take one more big stab at getting your holiday shopping dollar, offering today's Cyber Monday savings. Now, some of the deals we mentioned for ...

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    One of our biggest concerns this year, is that even though Windows Phone 8.1 is the most mature version of Windows Phone ever, there is very little hardware to showcase it. Surely Microsoft has been busy acquiring Nokia's mobile division, and we can see that in how long it took the company to produce the first phone. The good thing is that credible sources claim this is about to change, and in decent quantities. AdDuplex is about to announce its official numbers for how Windows Phone has performed lately, but the company has decided to give us a few teasers before the announcement. The ...

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    A couple weeks back, it was time for the latest Lumia Windows Phone handset to go official, but this time the handset wasn't arriving as a Nokia device – with Microsoft's acquisition of the manufacturer's devices and services division long completed, the stage was finally set for the launch of a Microsoft-branded Lumia: the 535. The very budget-focused model was set to start rolling out to key markets in Europe and Asia, but at the time of Microsoft’s announcement we didn't have a ton of specifics. This week the Lumia 535's story starts becoming a little more clear, as we see the ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Apple seems to be drifting farther apart from the original partnership it started with Google on the original iPhone. Surely Google has brought significant competition to Apple on the Android space, but some of these changes have actually been positive for Apple in the long run. We all remember the disastrous move to Apple Maps, but that doesn't change the fact that Google Maps wasn't allowed to launch its own app in the end, and the same can be said about YouTube updates after Apple decided to stop bundling it. Rumors have it that more changes are to come, but these ones might not be as ...

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    Microsoft has been very busy lately as we see the rebirth of the Lumia brand in the hands of Microsoft. We're worried that we haven't seen as many new Windows Phones in the market as we are accustomed to at this time of year, but that doesn't mean that the company has spent the last few weeks doing nothing. Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 has proven to be a great improvement to the growing platform, and bug fixes are the other thing the company has been doing well. If you've been noticing that your Lumia 925 or Lumia 1020 freeze out of the blue, or have trouble waking up after deep sleep, ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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    Ten years ago, mobile enterprise communications were dominated by companies like RIM (now BlackBerry) and Microsoft. Even today you'll notice that flight attendants still use a Windows Mobile device to bill your credit card when selling you food on a plane, and the same can be said about almost every company that needs to scan a bar code with a mobile device. The deployment of Exchange servers on other platforms has allowed companies to migrate employee communications to other platforms like iOS, but new reports claim that things are coming back home. CCS Insight is reporting that ...

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    Late last month we saw Microsoft get into the fitness tracker game with the launch of the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with GPS, messaging support, and even a UV sensor. While the company was quick to put its Band up for sale, initial stocks were low, making it tricky to get your hands on one (at least we managed to, bringing you our review in the process). But now the Microsoft Band is seeing its stocks replenished, as Microsoft begins to make more available in its online store in just a couple minutes. Starting this afternoon at 1pm Eastern (which is right about now if ...

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