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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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    Satya Nadella is finishing out his first six months as CEO of Microsoft, a time that's saw the company already make some big steps in mobile, like the unexpected release of the Surface Pro 3 or the completion of the Nokia Devices & Services acquisition. As the company heads into fiscal year 2015, Nadella is addressing his troops via staff-wide email, and spells-out a modified core vision for the company, impacting its focus on hardware. At least, Microsoft used to describe itself as a “devices and services” company, but Nadella's not satisfied with how that reflects its current ...

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    Before Microsoft's acquisition, Nokia's mobile device division didn't become famous just because of the great flagship smartphones that it produced, but also because of the entry-level devices that were pushed at amazing price tags. Such is the case of the Lumia 630 that we recently reviewed, in addition to the Lumia 520 as well. Still, we've been following the rumors of the Lumia 530 for a couple of weeks now, and more details have emerged today. After seeing some of the renders of the Lumia 530 in previous leaks, today we see some real photos of the device leaked on Chinese social media. ...

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    News has come out that Microsoft will enter the smartwatch game this coming fall with an offering of its own. And why not? Already the software maker has released its own hardware in the realm of tablets and kinda-sorta in the realm of smartphones. Rumors about this smartwatch offering have been varied, with the latest rumors of a fitness tracker among the more disturbing. But, given the landscape of the smartwatch space, Microsoft could have a major opportunity with its smartwatch offering. First of all, Microsoft has to make this more than just a fitness tracker. In fact, fitness ...

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    Microsoft may not be famous for its late announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, but the amount of features included were enough to justify its timing. Microsoft's new mobile operating system is finally on par with its leading competitors in almost every relevant feature, and it seems that the guys at Redmond are now focusing on speed when it comes to the major updates to Windows Phone 8.1. A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Windows Phone would receive two GDR updates in 2014, Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 happening in July and GDR 2 happening some time in November. Some new rumors have it that ...

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    About a month back we got to check out a pretty comprehensive Nokia leak, detailing the company's long-term smartphone strategy stretching all the way out into fall 2015. While that included a lot of still-very-far-off devices, there were a number described as being just over the horizon, ready to land sometime in Q3 as the first models shipping with WP8.1 GDR1. Those included phones like the ones codenamed Superman, Tesla, and the anticipated McLaren flagship. Today we switch focus from codenames to model numbers, as a newly leaked roadmap shows the progress towards bringing three new ...

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    Now that Microsoft holds the reigns of Nokia's Mobile division, it's most-likely time to see how far the innovation of both companies can go. Last year we heard that Microsoft was working with Nokia on building two Lumia devices with a 3D Touch displays, and reports point to the company still working on the project. 3D Touch is actually not new, as we've seen how you can hover your hand over a Galaxy phone to get things done through Air Gesture. Still, Microsoft's approach is focused on the display itself, as we see with Wacom digitizers, and not really a proximity sensor gimmick. If you ...

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    Last week, I speculated that, by some fairly reasonable logic, a high-end, Nokia-built Android smartphone could still one day exist, that the Nokia Devices & Services unit being swept up by Microsoft didn't completely kill the dream phone many have begged for since Nokia dove headfirst into the smartphone market. How is that possible? Why wouldn't Microsoft quickly put an end to anything Nokia-made that wasn't Windows-powered? The thing is, we figured Microsoft would completely kill the Nokia X phones once the acquisition was completed. However, that was not the case and instead, ...

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    So far today we've been dealing with a higher-than-usual concentration of news surrounding Windows and Windows Phone, checking out rumors both about Android-running Lumias and Android app compatibility for pure WP8 devices. While that last report drifted into software territory, we're swinging back over to the hardware side of things as a couple new rumors discuss new Windows Phone and new Windows RT devices. First up, we could be looking at a new version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, the 1525. The only differences we've heard mentioned so far are that the 1525 would run WP8.1 out of the box ...

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    Is this week shaping up to be one chock full of news about smartphone software breaking through platform boundaries, reaching new users and coming from companies you wouldn't necessarily expect? We already brought you that rumor about an Android-running Lumia handset, and now we're seeing the resurgence of some other claims arising at that same intersection between Android and Windows Phone, as rumors about Android app compatibility coming to Microsoft's platform resurface. If this sounds familiar, that's because it should, since this rumor first popped up back in February. Those were ...

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    Ever since the very first Lumia devices from Nokia, everyone wondered what would happen if these Nokia smartphones ran Android. A Lumia running Android was even more wished for once the Lumia 1020 landed, making everyone wonder how a great camera would do on the market if it was powered by Android, and build by Nokia. Fast forward to today, and we've got a pretty interesting leak (or prediction) from @evleaks. According to the latest bits, a Lumia running Android is incoming, made by "Nokia by Microsoft". This is a great tease for many out there, but unfortunately, it will stay that way ...

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    Going back a few months by this point, rumors have been closing in on the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch. Well, perhaps “wearable” would be a better term for it, as more recent claims of a dense array of sensors, both environmental and biological, as well as an elongated design more in common with fitness trackers might have gotten you thinking that this could be more FuelBand and less Android Wear. Today a new report arrives that reinforces this idea of a fitness-based wearable, as well as touches upon possible pricing. If all this was sounding a lot like the Gear Fit, there's ...

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    With Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's mobile division, we wonder what new innovations we might see in Lumia smartphones going forward. Nokia Lumia devices have been well praised for the image quality their cameras can produce, and with devices like the Lumia 1020, we know both companies are just scratching the surface. Still, to cross from smartphone camera quality to other categories, there are other experts in the matter, like Canon for example, and yes there are patents in between. Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent deal with Canon. The specifics of this ...

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    For years, Android enthusiasts begged Nokia to appease the masses with what they thought would be the perfect combination of the best software and hardware – its hardware running Google's mobile operating system, Android. Not everyone – including our own Michael Fisher – bought into the theoretical Nokia-made dream phone. But there is no denying it was an extremely popular concept. Back in 2010, even I was guilty of suggesting a Nokia-made Android smartphone would solve all my personal gripes with smartphones. And I continued to preach the same story until Microsoft announced it ...

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    One month back we were talking about Microsoft and its efforts to bring Office to non-MS platforms. Specifically, rumors suggested that Microsoft was making work on a tablet version of Office for Android a big priority, even over a touch-based version of Office for its own Windows tablets. This week, we get an update on progress towards this goal, with word that a private beta test for this Android tablet Office build is about to get started. Microsoft has a public signup page for users interested in participating in pre-release beta testing of new Office software, and while the there's no ...

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    Some of us praise the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and some of us are still mixed about replacing our computers and tablets for just one device. Still, for the vast majority of the world, this is a very good hybrid product to consider if you're in need of a balance between work and play. Sadly there is no such thing as a perfect product, and current Surface Pro 3 owners are already voicing an issue with Microsoft directly. Microsoft support forums are currently packed with users complaining over an issue where their Wi-Fi connection disappears, or in other cases becomes really slow. This issue ...

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