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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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    There’s a very delicate balance between smooth software and polished hardware Microsoft needs to strike before calling the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ready to thrill, and with Windows 10 Mobile relatively stable (for a beta OS) after recent patches, it’s time the firmware on the two devices got revised in more markets. Following parts of Europe, as well as Australia, the jumbo-sized unlocked model receives a crucial update in North America. Various users both stateside and up north are reporting their firmware build number going up to 01078.00027.15506.02005, with hardware version now ...

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    The world’s fastest-growing smartphone market and second only to China to reach the one billion active user mark has recently been treated to a host of high-profile mobile launches. The Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550 all rolled out in India in the past couple of months, and so did the Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition, Apple Watch, OnePlus 2 for everybody, as well as the ultra-low-cost Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime. Meanwhile, both the iPhone 5s and 6s got important buzz-building discounts, the LeTV Le Max (first-gen) was confirmed for a mid-January regional release, and the impressively ...

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    If you are using Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10, prepare to receive an "End of Live" notification on January 12. Part of the upcoming cumulative security update, the EOL notification that will pop up starting Tuesday will warn users that are still running IE 8, 9 or 10, that their days are numbered, and t's time to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft's browser. This doesn't mean that Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 will stop working, or that it will mysteriously disappear from your computer. What this means, however, is that Microsoft will stop offering support in form of bug fixes ...

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    It’s been more than a month and a half since Microsoft released its highly anticipated new pocket-friendly OS to manufacturing, and sadly, you can still count the number of devices powered by Windows 10 Mobile on one hand. You have your high-end Lumia 950 and 950 XL, plus the entry-level Lumia 550. That’s it, at least for now, and at least stateside, with the Acer Liquid Jade Primo and Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL also coming soon, a bunch of updates for WP8.1-stuck Lumias locked and loaded, and the low-key Archos 50 Cesium up for grabs on (certain) European shores. No, the low to ...

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    Could Redmond’s Windows 10 Mobile woes be finally over? Probably not all of them, and likely not for good, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are once again shipping in most parts of the old continent, which suggests rampant demand was indeed behind recent shortages rather than software glitches. Meanwhile, you should stop worrying about W10 updates for old WP8.1-running phones hitting longer delays than a few weeks. Microsoft was awfully vague when announcing there would be no movement on the front until “early 2016”, but it turns out the creators of the world’s third largest handheld ...

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    The bit about initial Lumia 950 and 950 XL demand outstripping supply and taking the blame for the odd inventory issues of various European retailers predictably made the headlines yesterday, but Microsoft’s lengthy new Windows 10-centric blog post contained many other interesting nuggets of information. First and foremost, the adoption rate of the wildly successful desktop OS continues to easily exceed those of iterations 7 and 8, at 200 million “monthly active devices” already. The 100-million milestone was reportedly achieved back in October, just a couple of months after Win ...

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    We're not quite sure what to think anymore of Microsoft's smartphone business, as we're seeing and hearing mixed messages, both through official and unofficial channels. Microsoft acknowledged that its smartphone market share is "unsustainable", and, adding to that, the Lumia 950XL, Microsoft's own Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphone, is struggling in the UK, where it was taken off retail shelves. Furthermore, Amazon UK and Amazon France have both halted Lumia 950XL sales, so the outlook isn't very bright. On the other hand, a recent Microsoft Blog post --talking about Windows 10 being ...

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    Update: We're not sure why Amazon UK and France have paused sales for the Lumia 950 XL, but the good news (for those who want to grab one) is that the phone is now back on sale. First, Amazon Germany pulled the rookie Windows 10 phablet from the direct sales channel, citing vague product quality issues. Actually, no, first came a number of pretty serious software glitches for both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that seemed to continue running beta builds of Microsoft’s theoretically finished and polished new OS. While Redmond quickly patched the bugs, the 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 powerhouse ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    The commitment and resources it takes to have a successful mobile platform are nothing to underestimate. We're in a market with two main players, but one that features plenty of other hungry competition looking to be the next big thing. And despite some admirable goals, and occasionally even some compelling devices in their portfolios, lately it's been depressingly hard for smaller platforms to find the sort of longevity needed to make an impact on the market; this past year brought bad news for anyone betting on the long-term prospects of Sailfish OS or Firefox OS. Microsoft's found ...

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    Aside from being able to turn your standard iPhone into a “Pro” device with a remarkable suite of productivity software, Microsoft wants to deepen its involvement in Windows Phone-competing platforms, proving it can also be fun in addition to serious. The aptly titled Microsoft Selfie iOS app aims to take advantage of Apple’s first 5MP “FaceTime” cameras, transforming “average photos into more presentable portraits in seconds.” Almost too presentable, if you ask us, as the numerous filters and beautification features tend to make the subject of your selfies unrecognizable. ...

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    In most cases, it wouldn't make sense for a retailer to stop carrying a product it agreed to carry on behalf of its vendor unless the vendor tells the retailer not to. If there's a problem on the retailer side, it'd be tough to find a reason for the vendor to spin the issue. When Amazon Germany announced that it had to withdraw the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from sales, there was a question about just how many customers were complaining about or returning the device. It's been a week since the take-down occurred and Microsoft has not addressed the issue. Similarly, "Purchase" buttons for the ...

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    The taco emoji. That's it, thanks for reading. In any year, you'll get to see some major projects or startups put to bed. You'll get products that come out of the factories just fine (at least with the quality assurance staff) and then up conking out in your face seconds after you open the box. And there's always the unforced error. You know, the consumer flop that an R&D team somewhere thought would be a big hit. We don't take pleasure in exploiting hapless manufacturers through news and opinion pieces. But it wouldn't be fair of us, either, to not call these events what they're meant ...

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    Update: We'll see you next week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas! That's if we remember to do the podcast in the first place... The stretch between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Year's is a farce. Even with CES 2016 looming on the horizon and PR pitches landing like buzzword-filled mortars at every compass point, getting any kind of work done with a belly full of holiday food and the crackling anticipation of New Year's Eve is just impossible. So for this final episode of the year, we're turning the wheel over to you, listeners and viewers, by taking any questions you want via email and ...

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    In addition to a fairly extensive Windows 10 Mobile software update initially plagued by bugs, then ultimately stabilized and polished and sent to all three new Lumias without carrier intervention, Microsoft has also been hard at work on a 950 and 950 XL-specific firmware revisal. This other update started its slow rollout before Christmas in various European markets, and after a short break, it’s now reportedly expanding to more British and Irish owners of the first W10M flagship devices. Rest assured, our US-based friends and readers, as your firmware should soon get overhauled too, ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we've got our nose to the mobile-tech-news grindstone day-in and day-out, scouring sources the world over in the hopes of bringing you the hottest, most interesting news from not just the biggest names in the industry, but also the fresh faces working their hardest to be the next big thing. With the year rounding to a close, it would be easy to look back and point to some of the biggest stories to cross our path – the launches of the most popular phones, the arrival of long-awaited software updates, and the like – but that's a little dry. After all, if you're half ...

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    To hear the story, Microsoft once had a bunch of Windows 10 Mobile Lumia handsets in development, before ultimately canceling its plans for several, and instead bringing us just the Lumia 950, 950 XL, and 550 we got. But in recent weeks a number of those long-rumored Lumias have been popping back on the radar, and especially the Lumia 650 and Lumia 850 have been making strong cases that the stories of their demise might have been a little premature. Earlier this month we had the chance to look at a bunch of renders of the supposed Lumia 850, as well as some real-world pics. Today we add to ...

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    Aside from more publicity money than any human can count, and a sense of community like no other, the thing that makes Apple’s pricey iPhones so popular and profitable is without a doubt a software support protocol far superior to those of Android device manufacturers. Yes, the iOS ecosystem is closed, which may seem a major inconvenience from a certain standpoint, but at the same time, Cupertino doesn’t have to listen to carrier partners when it comes to updates. Fragmentation is ergo a non-issue, unlike in Google land, and Microsoft wants to follow a similar tactic, no matter who ...

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    Excellent news for cash-strapped Windows 10 Mobile supporters in three of the world’s largest smartphone markets. The only device already capable of running Microsoft’s latest pocket platform that doesn’t cost a fortune can finally be purchased stateside and in India, also going for its lowest prices yet on British shores. Starting with the discount, it’s available through Carphone Warehouse on Pay As You Go EE or Virgin Media plans. The phone itself costs £50 ($75), down from £70, and a £10 “top-up” covers a few minutes, texts, and minimal data consumption. Meanwhile, ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    Microsoft is not having a ton of luck when it comes to the company's own hardware lately; as if the issues with the Lumia 950 XL weren't bad enough – problems so bad they're driving some retailers to stop sales – we've also seen some seriously glitchy operation from the company's latest Windows 10 devices, with both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book suffering from all manner of unwanted operation. As Microsoft works on a more permanent fix for those latter problems, we've got a new solution that just might help alleviate the worst of it, as Intel releases its latest graphic drivers. ...

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    We hate to break it to you, but you may have missed the boat when it comes to getting your online shopping done in preparation for holiday gift-giving; shocker, right? But even if you're out of luck when it comes to picking up anything else to tuck under the tree, there are still some hot holiday-season deals out there, and maybe you've been a good enough boy or girl this year that it's time to treat yourself for a change. If you've been in the market for a new tablet, we've got one deal you may want to take a look at, as Microsoft discounts its Surface 3 in multiple markets. Sure, the ...

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    None of the currently available Windows 10 Mobile Lumias striking your fancy? Considering the options out there, we don't entirely blame you, but the good news is that we've been looking forward to some new hardware not too far over the horizon, at least if the rumors are to be believed. Maybe most interesting on that list is the Lumia 650: long-rumored, possibly once canceled, but now back in the running again. Microsoft has still yet to formally confirm its plans for the smartphone, but today we got maybe the closest we'll get to an official announcement – at least prior to a capital-l ...

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    It took more than a little doing, but last week we finally got our hands on the big brother to Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 flagship, the Lumia 950 XL. In theory, the 950 XL should have been all the 950 was, and a bag of chips – or, at least, a slightly higher-powered, presumably more capable version of its sibling. Sadly, not only was the 950 XL unable to make up for some of the 950's shortcomings, but in quite a few areas we found the more heavy-duty smartphone coming up worse; what the heck was going on? It looks like we're far from alone in our frustrations, as Amazon Germany takes ...

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    Update: The podcast is available thru the player and Direct Download link below and on your podcast feeds from December 25 at 3:00pm Eastern. Have a very splendid holiday and we'll be back next week! You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward ...

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