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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's Cortana voice-powered virtual assistant is going cross-platform, with plans in motion to bring Cortana to both Android and iOS. When Microsoft first shared this news in late May, it spoke of making the initial Cortana Android app available sometime in June, with the iOS release following later in the year. However, by mid-June Microsoft had revised its schedule a little, and instead informed us that the first Android Cortana beta would land sometime in July. We still haven't seen any sign of an official release, but today we've got the next best thing, as the Cortana Android ...

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    Do you install every update that's released for your computer? Sure, often installing updates is smart advice, keeping your PC armed with all the latest security features, but updates do a lot more than simply protect our machines from malicious attackers. Sometimes an update changes the way the system functions; one may even remove previously available features. As such, some users choose to carefully screen if and when updates are approved for installation on their machines. But from the looks of the latest Windows 10 Insider preview, that degree of choice is about to go away for the ...

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    "We are working on an update for Surface, which will have some of the functionality of Windows 10. More information to come", said Microsoft back in January, shortly after unveiling Windows 10 upgrade plans (free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1). Windows RT was not part of the list, and said update we heard about back in January is likely to arrive in September. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul (General Manager OSG Data and Fundamentals team) took it to Twitter to inform Windows RT users, owners of a Surface RT, that "Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 will be available in September". There are ...

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    Microsoft recently made a big deal over its launch plans for Windows 10 on July 29. The company published a full article confirming that the Windows 10 launch will be a full experience, as a way to connect with fans. The company teased hands-on opportunities and meet ups in 13 cities across the world, and even plans for its retail stores, though now it seems that not everything is for everyone. Microsoft may be expecting high demand for its launch plans on July 29, up to the point where it seems you'll need an invite in order to be able to participate to some of the plans the company ...

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    Two weeks from today is July 29, the day when we formally begin the era of Windows 10. Microsoft's been working like gangbusters to get the software ready for release, and some of you likely participated in your own way by testing an advance copy of the OS through the company's Insider program. Now with the big release date in sight, Microsoft has been shifting its focus towards dealing with some of these down-to-the-wire issues, things like temporarily halting availability of new Insider builds so it can work on its update distribution system. One of the most important of these late-stage ...

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    While smartphone makers from Apple, to Motorola, to Samsung (and more) have all expanded into the world of smartwatches, other manufacturers are taking a more tempered approach, testing the waters with devices that are closer in construction and feature set to fitness trackers to full-on smartwatches: firms like HTC and Motorola fall into that camp. Last fall the latter brought us the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with a focus on exercise and health. Recently, we've been hearing that Microsoft could be in the midst of developing that model's follow-up, and today we get ...

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    Microsoft's recent round of layoffs hasn't left the company with a lot of good publicity. We spent most of our last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly discussing our concern for the future of Windows Phone, mainly because Microsoft is doing away with most of its mobile team. As a result, we've heard Terry Myerson giving hope for flagship devices coming soon, and now we have Microsoft's CEO shedding some light. In a recent interview with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did his best to explain how Microsoft plans to succeed in Mobile. According to Nadella, one of the major ...

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    Microsoft ... sit down, please. We need to talk. This won't be long. By the time you finally lay off the 7,800 talented people you promise to, your employee rolls will settle just above 110,000. I know, you'll do just fine: that number's still about 60% better than it was a decade ago.  But by that same time, the government of Finland will seek a supplementary budget to specifically patch the gaping hole you, Microsoft, have left in the country's job market. According to the Helsinki Times, you have essentially ripped the lungs out of a dying town. 1,000 researchers and developers will ...

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    The public release of Windows 10 is nearly here, and Microsoft is busy getting all its plans ready for the big July 29 release. If you're a member of the company's Insider program, though, you've had early access to the operating system, helping Microsoft test things out along the way. As it prepares for the final build, today the company is announcing a temporary halt to system updates, before a stress-test of its distribution channels. What does that mean? Sometime within the next day the recent builds 10162 and 10166 will stop showing up in Windows Update for Insider testers, leaving ...

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    Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 on July 29 is a big deal, and Redmond wants to make sure it feels that way. Microsoft has done a good job in gaining tons of customer feedback with its Insider Program, and we've seen it over the last couple of weeks with every build being pushed. If you're wondering how Microsoft plans to handle its public launch in the next few weeks, think big. On one hand, Microsoft is planning to hold special events in 13 cities worldwide in order to celebrate Windows 10, and the statement provided by Microsoft claims that this is also in appreciation to the 5 million ...

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    Last week Microsoft made headlines as it announced some big mobile-related losses and major staff cuts, leaving Lumia fans more than a bit concerned. And even though the company asserted that it would remain in the phone business, we were hungry for details and found Microsoft offering little in the way of sustenance. Later we picked up some relief in the form of a report that claimed Microsoft would be sticking with its smartphone business for at least the next two years to come. This week we've got some more in the way of good news, as Microsoft officially confirms plans for new ...

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    Update (July 13, 5:00pm Eastern): Thanks for making three years of this possible. We start Year #4 this week. Hope you'll tag along. Laying off 7,800 people (in addition to the 18,000 from a few months back) and taking a $7.6B writedown on your highest-profile mobile acquisition ever isn't a great way to show your commitment to your smartphone platform ... but that's just what Microsoft did earlier this week, in the "Nadella Memo Heard Round the World." But are things really as gloomy as they seem for Windows Phone? We'll talk about that, plus news from Motorola, OnePlus, Sony and Amazon ...

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    It was last month when Verizon Wireless kicked off sales of Microsoft's Lumia 735 smartphone through its web portal, and now it's ready to move the Windows Phone device into its brick-and-mortar stores across the nation. The phone isn't going to be any different than it was when it went live for online orders way back in June, though there's no denying that it's far more convenient for many to go to the store than to order a device (often having to deal with confusing plan changes and strange fees) and then wait for it to be shipped to your home. The Lumia 735, if you opt to subscribe to a ...

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    Tablets are a strange thing. Most people don't upgrade them near as often as they do their smartphones, and the entire purpose of tablets is still debated among many confused consumers. Because they're not as popular as their smartphone counterparts, OEMs don't make tablets at as quickly a pace as they do phones, and so we're a little short on new devices to wave in your face. Thankfully, tablets keep like leftovers from a pasta dinner, and not that month-old milk you haven't bothered taking out of the fridge, and some of the best tablets in early 2015 are the same tablets from 2014, and ...

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    Microsoft isn't really everyone's cup of tea with some of the drastic measures taken to its mobile division lately. The company is clearly on a roll in reinventing its approach to the software business, and we've seen it in the way it neglects its own platform for some early product launches for competitors. The biggest example of this is how the company has pushed new versions of Office apps and Outlook for iOS and Android, while leaving Windows Phone in the dirt, and today things go a step further. Microsoft has just announced the launch of Office 2016 for the Mac, which brings new and ...

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    We haven't quite been hearing the things we want to hear from Microsoft as of late. Just yesterday, the company announced that it was laying off a huge amount of people, mainly from the division of the company that's responsible for creating the Windows smartphones we know and love. Immediately after the news broke, one question was thrown around the social media world – what would become of Windows on Microsoft smartphones? Were first-party Microsoft-manufactured devices never going to hit the market again? We may have an answer, thanks to Bloomberg Business – according to the ...

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    The "selfie phone" started to become a thing last year -- yes, we were wondering whether the trend will pass the test of time -- and Sony capitalized on it with its C3 smartphone, one that packs a beefed-up front facing camera with an LED flash. While there are some problems with these so called selfie phones, Sony doesn't seem to care as the company followed up on the C3 with the C4, and Windows Phone selfie phone fans were happy that we called the Lumia 735 "the original selfie phone". There were some other products focusing on the topic, like Polaroid's attempt to copy the OPPO N3, and ...

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    In an email to employees Wednesday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dropped the sobering news hinted at by his "tough choices" memo of several weeks ago: the company is "fundamentally restructuring" its phone business. Phrasing the changes as part of Microsoft's ongoing "reinvention," Nadella said Microsoft would cut up to 7,800 jobs globally over the next several months. The cuts will take place primarily in the company's mobile-phone business, which grew from the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business in April of last year. Nadella also announced that Microsoft would ...

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    Yesterday we've seen a report that claimed Microsoft's upcoming operating system, dubbed Windows 10, is expected to do more for notebook sales than to smartphone ones. While it doesn't necessarily conflict with this report, today's bit, coming from the same source, doesn't seem to confirm it either, so it just makes sense for us to present the other side of the story as well. According to "many" Taiwan-based ODMs, Windows 10 will not be able to boost large-scale PC replacements and upgrades. This, according to the report, is mainly due to the fact that, according to said ODMs, web surfing ...

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    We're just a couple of weeks away from the release of the desktop variant of Windows 10 to the public. Reports already claim that Windows 10 RTM should reach Microsoft's partners this week, and as such speculation has already begun over how this market will behave. If you're wondering where partners expect to see more momentum, today we get a glimpse. Trusted sources from the upstream supply chain claim that Microsoft's partners expect to see much more momentum from their notebook business, than from the smartphone business. Notebook vendors have seen a significant drop in sales this ...

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    Microsoft has been on a roll with Windows 10 updates, as we approach the final release date of the computer version on July 29. Just last week we saw Redmond launch a crazy three builds of the OS with minor bug fixes and improvements, something very odd for Microsoft. What's important is that these last builds seem to be some of the final touches that the OS needed, as we now get close to an RTM build. Sources familiar to the matter claim that Windows 10 RTM should be ready early this week. The source mentions that this particular RTM build is planned to reach partners by the end of this ...

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    The coming arrival of Windows 10 is a force of change across Microsoft's ecosystem, and beyond introducing the latest incarnation of the company's operating systems, it's leading to shifts in the other software and services Microsoft provides. Earlier this year, Microsoft shared word of one such change in the pipeline, dropping its Xbox branding from the new Music and Video apps for Windows 10. But for Music, at least, it turns out that Microsoft has even grander ambitions, and today reveals the next phase of this re-branding as it announces Groove. Groove is Microsoft's new name for what ...

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    With July here, the release of Windows 10 for PCs is within sight: last month, Microsoft formally confirmed July 29 as the day when it will go forward with public availability of its new operating system. And in the weeks since, many of you Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have likely reserved your copies. But when July 29 finally rolls around, will your update be ready to go? From the sound of things, you shouldn't hold your breath. In a new blog post, Microsoft's Terry Myerson discusses how availability of the Windows 10 update will commence. To hear him tell it, once July 29 arrives, the ...

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    In our full review, we have called the Microsoft Lumia 640 "one of the best values in mobile"; if you're looking for a Windows Phone, go check it out. If you have already decided to purchase one, or a Lumia 640XL, and you're living in the US, you might want to grab your smartphone from the Microsoft Store, as they're adding some extras. While this might or might not be a new deal, it is definitely worth checking out. When you purchase a T-Mobile Microsoft Lumia 640, or an AT&T Microsoft Lumia 640XL from the Microsoft Store, you'll get a pair of free Nokia headphones. Of course, "while ...

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    For a tablet that's solidly over a year old at this point, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 keeps right on ticking. And why shouldn't it, with the sort of hardware that would look pretty good in a full-fledged laptop, let alone an eminently portable tablet. We found the Surface Pro 3 back in the news earlier this week as Microsoft released plans enthusiasts could use to 3D-print and build their own portrait-orientation docking stands for the tablet, and now it returns to the headlines once again, as we get word of a new hardware option becoming available for sale. Adding a new hardware ...

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