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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 MWC 2015 event brought us a couple new smartphones with the launches of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, but it wasn't just new handsets the company brought along to the show. In addition to those new Windows Phone models, we also saw Microsoft announce its latest cross-platform accessory, the aptly-named Universal Foldable Keyboard. Will its super-slim design convince you to give up on cramped on-screen virtual keyboards and return to your hardware-button roots? We went hands-on to check this guy out and see. The Bluetooth 4.0 keyboard works just as well with Android, iOS, Windows ...

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    While we come to MWC every year to see the hot new phones, tablets, and wearables, the conference isn't just about introducing new devices. The GSM Association, which hosts MWC, also uses the show as its opportunity to announce its Global Mobile Awards, recognizing the best of the best in mobile tech. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and while some of the winners may seem obvious, others are sure to spark some controversy. For best smartphone of the year, we've got a tie, with the GSMA giving top honors to both the Apple iPhone 6 and the LG G3. The iPhone 6 is ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2015 absolutely did not disappoint, bringing its own series of new device launches. We did our best to cover all the hot new products fresh on the expo floor, but in case you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up on everything we saw today. Sony led off ...

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    Coming into MWC we didn't exactly have high expectations for what sort of new Windows Phone hardware it might bring us, resigned to getting a largely Android spread. But there was still hope, and even without rumors of a big, sexy flagship, it started to look like Microsoft might still have some new handsets for us. Yesterday we saw the company accidentally confirm the existence of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, and at Microsoft's event overnight the two mid-range smartphones went official. We tracked down the pair in order to give them the hands-on treatment. Even without that XL designation, ...

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    Microsoft in Barcelona has just taken the wraps off of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL at Mobile World Congress, mid-range smartphones that Microsoft means to "build on the success [the company has had] in the affordable space," available for purchase in April. The regular 640 features Windows Phone 8.1, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery for all-day battery life. It has a 5-inch HD display (what we're assuming is 720p given the targeted price point), and comes in four different color variants (Cyan, Orange, Black, and White). There's an 8-megapixel camera with dynamic flash and auto HDR, as well as ...

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    The wait for a Windows flagship smartphone has been long and dire. Just as rumors came up, they simmered down just as quickly, and we haven't heard much about when we'd be seeing the next flagship from Redmond. There's an event today that the company is hosting for MWC, which we remain hopeful about though, so join us along in the Microsoft MWC event live stream to find out what the company has in store for us! The event should kick off at around 8:30 AM CEST, which translates to right around 2:30 AM Eastern, or 11:30 PM Pacific. Though we'd love to see some flagships, leaks have pointed ...

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    We're still several hours away from the start of Microsoft's MWC 2015 event, where it will join the likes of HTC and Samsung with its latest smartphone announcements. At least, we've been holding out hope that even in the absence of a new flagship device we could always see the company bring out some new lower-end hardware. And while nothing's official just yet, Microsoft seems to have let slip some key details about its announcement on its own website, posting an early page naming the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. Unfortunately, the (now down) page gives us nothing more than those names to ...

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    Microsoft's OneDrive is certainly not the most ubiquitous cloud storage service in the market, but it is one of the most affordable and feature packed options you can get. The folks at Redmond have focused in making it as available to other platforms as possible, since Microsoft is about more than just protecting its Windows business. Today the service gets some new enhancements that make it worthy of giving it a try if you haven't already. Microsoft has just launched its OneDrive API in a plan to give developers the liberty to take full advantage of all that OneDrive can do across ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Band wearable this past fall, a cross-platform fitness tracker that packed features like GPS reception and a UV sensor which helped elevate it above the pack of lesser-equipped activity tracking competitors. And while it was capable of doing quite a bit out of the box, the great thing about smart wearables is how they continue to evolve with the arrival of new software. This week, Microsoft's bringing just such an update to the Microsoft Band, introducing new biking functionality, a web-based dashboard, better service integration, and opening an SDK for third ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a lot of work in building more popularity for its online services, since we know that it's Satya Nadella's main focus for the company going forward. In that challenge we've seen the company do some odd moves in sharing some of its love with iOS and Android, even before bringing the functionality to its own platforms. Bing is one of those services that also seems forgotten lately, and the company has taken some measures. Microsoft recently launched a deal that would give users a crazy 100GB of OneDrive storage for free, for two years. All you had to do was register ...

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    If the way you're grabbing screenshots from your Xbox One currently resembles the way you did it (the media, and everyone else) in the early Windows Phone 7 days (with a camera pointed at your screen), you should be happy to find out that those days are over. The ability to take Xbox One screenshots will be just one of the many new goodies and improvements Microsoft will send to your console next month, as part of the March update. The February update was no slouch either, but there's really "big stuff" coming, aside from Xbox One screenshots (double tap the X button on your controller and ...

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    Windows 10 is Microsoft's next big bet to the future of desktop, mobile and even game console computing, and the company's Technical Preview has gained a lot of praise among the media, even with how early the product is. Sadly our impressions on the mobile variant are still not positive, but we're optimistic that there's more to improve down the road. Microsoft has done an amazing job at updating its desktop variant so far, and today we learn more about what's to come. The company's Gabe Aul has just spilled the beans on hotfixes that should be reaching testers today, and the details ...

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    If you're currently on the ropes deciding if you should buy a PS4 or an Xbox One in the next few months, there are more reasons than ever to become part of the full Microsoft ecosystem, assuming you also use Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft made a big deal of how universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone will also work on the Xbox One, but at the moment, support for third-party apps is limited to only a few elite developers. This is about to change and in a major way. Sources claim that Microsoft is preparing to show us how the whole third-party Xbox One platform will work in April ...

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    Progress isn't just about welcoming the new, although that's often a big part of it. It can also mean that we have to say goodbye to the old, sacrificing sometimes-beloved features in the name of what's next. Back in 2012, when Microsoft was first introducing us to Windows Phone 8, we learned about Rooms, private invitation-only spaces where you could share information and media with specific people; maybe you'd create a Room for your family, or for a close group of friends. Last week we saw the Windows 10 Technical Preview become available for certain WP8.1 devices, and it landed without ...

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is here, giving owners of select Lumia smartphones an early glimpse into Microsoft's next efforts for its mobile platform. But what's next for the program? When can we expect a new release with some fresh new features? And what about compatibility with additional phones; should you just try that hack that tricks Microsoft's servers into letting you put the preview on unsupported hardware? The company's Gabriel Aul has been fielding questions on Twitter, and brings us answer to these questions and more. That installation hack we told you ...

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    We had heard that Microsoft was planning two major GDR upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1, but with all the Windows 10 buzz, it was easy to assume that GDR2 was dead. Many of us are already testing the Windows 10 preview for phones, so it really doesn't make any sense for there to be Microsoft resources working on an update in between. Still, Microsoft is Microsoft, and some new documents prove otherwise. Internal Microsoft documents that are usually only shared with OEMs and carrier partners claim that Microsoft is still working on GDR2 for Windows Phone. The document is dated on January ...

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    We knew that Microsoft's initial release of its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones wouldn't support every WP8.1 handset under the sun, but we didn't expect it to be quite as limited as it was, with zero support for flagship hardware. Instead, the release worked with half-a-dozen recent low-to-midrange handsets. Now, you could just wait for future Windows 10 previews if you find yourself with some of that not-yet-supported hardware; Microsoft's been very clear that compatibility is only going to get better. But if you're the impatient type, with a streak of DIY confidence running ...

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    There's a lot to like about the Surface Pro 3, making it little surprise that Microsoft's been selling a boatload of the tablets. Beyond the full-blown Windows experience that the tablet offers, making it a prime tool for mobile productivity, one of the Pro 3's real stand-out features is the Surface Pen, a precision pressure-sensitive active stylus tracked by the tablet's digitizer panel. If you were already a fan of what the Surface Pen delivered, there's good reason for you to be excited about future Surface tablets, as Microsoft is reported to be in discussions to purchase the firm ...

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    It seems like the last few days have seen Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors taking a turn for the hardware side of things, revisiting the idea of the Galaxy S Edge, giving us hints about the phone's camera, or talking about what to expect from accessories. But it wasn't long ago when our GS6 focus was pointed at the phone's software, amid reports that Samsung was in the process of seriously slimming-down TouchWiz to deliver core functionality, while moving a lot of what had been perceived as bloat to optional add-on apps. Today we hear from a new source about what Samsung's up to, adding some ...

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    The day you've been waiting for has arrived: the Windows 10 preview release for existing Lumia smartphones is here. We've known to expect it for sometime in February, but after last week's rumored start to the preview failed to happen, we were left without a great sense of an ETA. All we needed was a little patience, because today Microsoft finally flips the switch, inviting curious Windows Phone users to get an early taste of Windows 10 on their phones. To get the preview on your phone you'll need to register for the Windows Insider program, though that's free and easy (hit up the first ...

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    Microsoft has gained a lot of fame for making its mobile operating system run like a champ on the lowest hardware specifications imaginable. Sadly, Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't necessarily shined in allowing Microsoft to retain this reputation, and with the confirmation that Windows 10 will run on devices with 512MB of RAM, but with less features, you could say we have all the reasons in the world to be worried. If you currently own any budget Lumia, we've got some possible good news. Microsoft's Gabriel Alu has taken on Twitter to tell us all that he's currently testing Windows 10 on a budget ...

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    It's surreal to think that the same company that was roughly 90 days from going bankrupt back in 1997, is now considered the most valuable company in the world. Even more surreal is the fact that Microsoft was one of the companies that helped boost credibility back into Apple as part of Steve Jobs' turn around plan, and that now Apple is worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. Apple's stock is on a rise after certain records were broken yesterday, and the numbers are just crazy. Apple became the first US company in history to close stock market trading with $700 billion in ...

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    Earlier today we told you about a little promo Google's got going, where in exchange for you going over a security checklist to help insulate your account against attack from ne'er-do-wells, Google will bump your free Drive storage up by 2GB – not too shabby. Well, that's just half of the free-cloud-storage action that's going around today, and Microsoft's also looking to hook you up with some free storage, to the tune of a hefty 100GB. Register yourself a Bing Rewards account, and in exchange for signing up for OneDrive promo emails, Microsoft will give you 100GB of OneDrive storage – ...

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    There's nothing hotter than to be given the chance to test the latest and greatest software before it reaches store shelves. That is, unless something goes wrong at some point of the installation, or the bugs are so unbearable that you'd prefer to remove the software from your device. The desktop version of Windows 10 Preview has proven to be reliable, even with the usual bugs that are to be expected, but there are some good news for those choosing to give it a try on phones. Microsoft had unofficially mentioned that it would provide a phone recovery tool for those that give Windows 10 ...

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    Samsung hasn't had the best track record when it comes to its court disputes. Just a few months ago we saw how the Korean giant decided to play hardball with Apple twice in court, and the results of these disputes were not in Samsung's favor. At the same time, we saw how Microsoft then attacked Samsung over other legal disputes, and to that we have a new status today. If you remember, the whole Microsoft vs Samsung issues began when Microsoft decided to acquire the Nokia mobile division. Before this, Microsoft and Samsung had two contractual agreements over the use of certain Microsoft ...

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