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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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    With July in sight, odds are good that current users of Windows Phone 8 – those of you who haven't dipped your toes in the 8.1 pool yet by means of the developer preview – are about to see over-the-air WP8.1 updates start landing in just a couple weeks. Until those days arrive, your only 8.1 options have been that preview release, or the rare new model shipping with 8.1 right out of the box. But despite that limited availability, 8.1 adoption is already showing some steady growth, and the latest numbers reveal it's already reached nearly eight percent of Windows Phone users. The actual ...

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    Even though most of us are still waiting for Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 8.1 to our devices, we already know that it's becoming official in some regions, at least in Finland for now. If you're still wondering how far are we from this reaching our shores or carriers, well you're not alone. The cool thing is that it should only be a matter of time for other regions to receive the update, as Microsoft has already begun to publish documentation surrounding the update in an official manner. Microsoft has just published its Windows Phone 8.1 update history page, which clearly points to the ...

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    We've seen Nokia announce the successor to the X, X+, and XL line-up of phones yesterday. The X2 runs Nokia X OS 2.0, which brings some improvements to the table over the initial version of the software platform. Among these new features you'll find the ability to display four tiles side by side, the apps list, as well as a brand new user interface for the camera. If you are among those who purchased one of the initial devices, you'll be sad to find out that Nokia X OS 2.0 will not be available as an update for you. The Nokia X, X+, and XL will, however, get more updates to fine tune the ...

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    Microsoft is definitely out to finalize the project that it began more than a decade ago. Back in 2002, the company believed that a tablet is the best form-factor for productivity, even though Apple ended-up gaining more popularity with a more consumer-oriented approach. Still, that doesn't mean Microsoft has lost hope for its ideal, and the Surface Pro 3 is probably the best product Microsoft could've ever launched to get that market going. Microsoft's biggest selling point for the Surface Pro 3 is that it can compete and derail the trend set by the MacBook Air, and to prove how much it ...

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    Probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phones of the year, is also one of the most affordable ones, if not the most affordable. The Nokia Lumia 635 made the same amount of headlines as its predecessor did, and obviously that's because you can have a full-fledged Windows Phone for a crazy price tag. What's interesting is that even though pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 635 began a day ago, same prices announced of $99 for the AT&T model unlocked and $129 for the T-Mobile version, also unlocked, the Microsoft Store has just yanked these pre-orders without no explanation. The ...

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    Nokia X2 is a device name we've become vaguely familiar with of late. Rumors of the next-generation Nokia X began popping up just a few weeks ago, when the name and a different swath of specifications popped up in a benchmarking application. Unlike the Nokia X, X+, or XL, all announced at Mobile World Congress, the Nokia X2 was rumored to come with slight improvements across the board – a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1GB RAM, and 4GB storage. The rumors were met with a lot of skepticism, though. Some thought it was too soon for yet another Nokia X phone. Others felt Microsoft ...

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    Microsoft may not have the most popular cloud storage service in the market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't offer one of the best services. The company has just decided to up the ante in its competition with Google, and that new strategy has begun today with a significant boost to OneDrive. As of next month, free OneDrive users will receive a boost from 7GB to 15GB of free storage, which matches the same offering that Google Drive users receive. And for those of you still on the ropes trying to decide about Office 365, well Microsoft is now including a crazy 1TB of OneDrive storage for ...

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    Leading up to last month's Surface Pro 3 launch event, we were very much expecting to see the Surface Mini, instead. Really, that's what we expected the main focus to be, and it wasn't until just about a week prior to the announcement that we started getting the sense that this was going to be a Pro 3 shindig. If we're to believe the rumors, there's a good reason we were getting that Mini vibe, and it was a pretty last-minute decision to not introduce the Mini. While Microsoft hasn't formally confirmed that was the case, it's hard to look at the recently released Surface Pro 3 user's guide ...

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    If you've been eyeing a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 since it was unveiled, it's finally time. You can grab yourself a Surface Pro 3 today in the Microsoft store of your choosing, but of course, there's a catch. The Windows 8-powered tablet is a pretty sweet competitor, though, as evidenced by our review, so you may just want to go pick one up yourself when your nearest Microsoft store opens for business today. The only models available for purchase today are the Intel Core i5-toting ones. Core i7 and i3 models will be available for purchase in August, though pre-orders are up and running on ...

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    If you all remember, a ton of OEMs and software companies pledged to come-up with interesting solutions in order to avoid smartphone theft. While this is not necessarily a "kill switch", the idea is to make theft of phones less compelling, even though there is no such thing as a perfect service. We all saw how Apple did this back in September with iOS 7, were now a user can avoid thieves from wiping a device and making it theirs after stealing the device, and now Redmond wants a piece of the pie. Microsoft is reportedly already working on giving us activation control with the launch of ...

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    Microsoft Mobile, since hey, we can't really call it Nokia any more, is still hard at work with its transition to Redmond. Still the division is hard at work in making its Nokia offering something that speaks more of Windows Phone, and not necessarily the Nokia branding as a separate entity. Some updates that were pushed today could prove that there is more work happening in this effort, though we can't deny that it is confusing. Microsoft Mobile has just pushed updates to a lot of services that are dug within "Settings" on Windows Phone devices. Obviously this is exclusive to Lumia ...

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    Though Nokia's high-end phones are well-known for their incredible cameras, it can always improve. It's looking to do that with the Lumia Icon, Lumia 930, and Lumia 1520 today, by adding camera-related features to the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. These Lumia Cyan camera fixes have been detailed by now-Microsoft employee Juha Alakarhu in a Q&A. Low-light performance will be improved, which is a huge plus for some Lumia 1520 owners. Artificial noise will be reduced, and clarity will be made better, claims Alarkhu. Better colors and video quality are also on the list, but why ...

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    Microsoft's vision of Facebook on your mobile device is oddly still in beta, which doesn't necessarily mean that there wasn't an official version, but which is far superior. If you remember Joe Belfiore's recent teaser on Reddit of what to expect for the future of Facebook on Windows Phone, everything that was promised is now a reality. Microsoft has just launched version 5.3.0.1 (8.3.0.1) for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 respectively, and the changes are worth your time. The new update to Facebook beta includes an updated design, which aside from being more visually ...

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    Just about one month back, we saw Microsoft unveil its latest tablet offerings. And while most of us were expecting something along the lines of a Surface Mini, Microsoft went and threw us for a loop, instead using its launch event to introduce the Surface Pro 3, just seven months following the release of the Surface Pro 2. That's very much some speedy iPad 3/iPad 4-style timing, and the short lifespan of the Pro 2 seems to have left Microsoft with an abundance of stock. If you can live without having the very latest-and-greatest, though, this situation affords you an opportunity to pick ...

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    If you've ever wondered why Microsoft isn't disappointed with the growth that Android has seen in the last couple of years, it's because Microsoft actually gets paid for it. Yes, Microsoft has been notorious for owning a crazy amount of the patents that power most of the Android phones in the market today, but the interesting thing is that all of these patents have been kept a secret for years. We don't understand the purpose for the secrecy, but if you're interested in the list, it just became public, sort of. Because of the whole Microsoft-Nokia deal, and mainly because it required the ...

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