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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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    In case going through Expansys USA was a step you didn't quite want to take to get yourself a Lumia 535, we've got good news for you. Today, shortly after going live on Microsoft's Canadian Store, Micorsoft Lumia 535 sales have kicked off on the United States Microsoft Store for the low price of $149. We ran through all of the Lumia 535's specs when the phone was first announced, but as a refresher, the affordable midranger offers internals such as a 960x540 5-inch display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage internally, and 5MP front and rear-facing shooters in ...

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    Halo is one of the most popular video game series ever created, and now you can relive all your favorite Halo moments - or discover them all for the very first time. The Master Chief Edition Xbox One comes with several titles including Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary, the newly remastered Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, and access to Halo: Nightfall. To enter, just go to The Master Chief Edition Xbox One Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Register for membership with your email address and click on ‘Enter Now’. Afterwards, share the contest via Twitter for a ...

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    Remember the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone? That was the last (but a very solid) effort coming from the Taiwanese company as far as Microsoft's mobile platform is concerned. Just yesterday we've heard HTC's CEO Cher Wang talk about the future; new smartphone series, to be specific, and we've asked several questions, among which one particularly referred to a possible Microsoft collaboration for some Windows Phone love. As it turns out, an HTC Windows Phone device isn't an impossible thing after all, at least if you look at the image above. HTC is listed and mentioned by Microsoft as a ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work reinventing itself since the administration of Satya Nadella began a few months ago. We now see a company that's more aggressively focused in expanding its software grip, even if that's at the cost of not serving its own hardware at the same speed. Windows 10 plays a major roll in this reinvention, and today we learn more about its launch date. Microsoft had teased that we should expect Windows 10 to launch this summer, but today we finally get an official date for July 29th. We did hear that the service would be a free upgrade, but today we also learn that ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months covering many rumors regarding future Windows 10 Mobile Lumia flagships in the works. Sadly these haven't gone beyond rumors, something quite unfortunate for a platform that's hungry for flagships. That said most of these rumors coincide with each other so far, so it seems we're close to something good. Yesterday we saw some of the specs we should expect for two Windows Phone flagships that we currently assume to be the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. Today we hear more about these devices, codename Talkman and Cityman. The specs apparently are exactly the ...

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    It was about two months ago when we first got word of Microsoft's cross-platform ambitions for its incredibly useful Office Lens app. The once Windows Phone-exclusive lets you capture signs, documents – pretty much anything your phone's camera can see – and converts them into nice, clean perspective- and color-corrected docs ready for sharing. At the time we leaned of a full-featured iOS app, as well as a preview release for Android users. Well, today the Android version of the app graduates to the big time, leaving its preview label behind and becoming available to all in the Google ...

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    Back in 2014, smartwatches were really starting to make their presence felt, expanding from niche products to those with broader commercial appeal. And only fittingly, plenty of companies with experience in mobile electronics were lining up to release one. And after months and months of rumors that Microsoft was working on just such a wearable – one that would offer cross-platform support – we finally saw the Microsoft Band launch in late October. More fitness tracker than smartwatch, Microsoft has continued to improve upon its wearable with new software updates adding additional ...

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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    Even with how desperate Microsoft is in gaining some mobile traction, we wonder why we've seen such a long delay in the company launching another Lumia flagship. Surely it does make sense for the company to finalize Windows 10 Mobile, and have this flagship become the first device to support it. The problem is when the market has waited for more than a year, and when it seems there is still more to wait. New leaks show us the possible specs of two Microsoft flagship Lumias to come, and judging by some recent rumors, we believe these are the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. When it comes to the ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    Being able to share data between devices can be a chore depending on the platform you've chosen. We could say that each ecosystem tries as much as possible to allow you to copy data from their computer platform to a mobile that belongs to its platform, but to be able to do this between platforms is a true nightmare. Leaks over the weekend showed us that Microsoft is planning to fix that, or at least we thought it was. It's hard to predict if these were controlled leaks or not, but certain users got their hands on the installation files for a service called Microsoft OneClip. In a nutshell, ...

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    Microsoft's mobile efforts stand to get pretty exciting over the next few months. Not only do we have the formal commercial release of Windows 10 Mobile to look forward to, but the arrival of new hardware running Windows 10 out of the box. And for a platform that's been sorely in need of some fresh handset blood (and maybe not just in the midrange budget space, for a change), that's pretty tantalizing. But just what sort of phones can we expect? We've heard a few theories, and today we pick up some fresh evidence to help steer our imagination, as a 5.7-inch Windows Phone pops up in an ...

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    Getting developers to bring their apps to Windows Phone can feel like pulling teeth sometimes. Maybe Windows 10 will help resolve that situation, with new tools designed to make porting as painless as possible, but for the moment (despite things getting better) app availability remains a problem. On the flip side, though, Microsoft has been nothing less than willing to bring some of its own high-profile software to its smartphone competition, and we've been tracking efforts to bring Office to iOS and Android devices for years. While progress is at times slow, over the months we've seen ...

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    If you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you've got a free upgrade to Windows 10 coming your way: that much, Microsoft's been clear about. But the upgrade pathway's been a bit murkier for those nefarious software pirates. In an interview published back in March, Microsoft's Terry Myerson stated, “we are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” making it look like even pirates would get a free copy of Microsoft's new operating system. But is it really going to be that simple, or there is a big asterisk hanging over that promise? Today Microsoft clarifies ...

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    So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source. Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already ...

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    With as much of our digital lives conducted from mobile devices as they are, it's been refreshing to see the emphasis that the companies connecting us with online resources have been placing on content that's as useful as it can be for such mobile consumption. Google started marking mobile-optimized search results last year, and back in April we learned that the company would begin prioritizing such listings in searches originating on phones and tablets. Now Microsoft is jumping on board that same bandwagon, and talks today about its own efforts to do something very similar. Like Google, ...

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    A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn't commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers. Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this ...

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    Microsoft is up to a great deal of changes when it comes to the future of Windows 10. We’ve already heard that the company no longer wants to change the name, as it’ll now focus on making Windows 10 a service that updates constantly over the next few years. One of our biggest questions was how many versions of Windows 10 would be announced during the final launch this summer, but it seems we get final details today. Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and even though most of the operating system elements will be shared, each one will have ...

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    The field of computing is evolving at a rapid pace. Currently all three major mobile platforms are making noise in a number of different categories. We thought it would be a good time to take a step back and take a look at all three major platforms – Android, Windows, and iOS – and see where each stands not just in the field of mobile, but in computing as a whole. Diversification is key here. Joe Levi already examined the state of Android, so let’s turn our sights over to the state of Windows Phone. Two guys – Bill Gates and Paul Allen - literally working out of a garage in New ...

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    We’ve seen a few teasers of how Windows 10 for phones is shaping up. After a lukewarm reception of Windows 10 for phones a few weeks ago, Microsoft has clearly been hard at work at improving what we felt to be a build that really wasn’t ready for consumer testing. We were waiting for a new build to reach the Microsoft Insider program last week, but as it turns out, it might happen until this week. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft’s General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team has just tweeted about the current status of Windows 10 for phones. We heard about build 10080 last week, ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    One of Microsoft's most important divisions is its Office department for productivity tools, and within that, iOS has become a key part of the Redmond-based company's playbook. It's kept its iOS apps well up-to-date, and it's not about to buck that trend, providing today a couple Microsoft Office iOS updates bringing minor (but welcome) improvements to the iOS versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The changelogs for all three are below – the updates are fairly minor and self-explanatory, though several of the new features have seen lots of support for their addition as of late. For ...

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    It's definitely not normal for any company to reveal the deficiencies of an existing product, over a product it's still far from releasing, but Microsoft is desperate to give its new Edge browser some mind share. Microsoft Edge is the company's promise to a modern web experience, which in a way betters competitors, and in others simply catches up. Today the company decided to publish the security benefits of Microsoft Edge, and here are some. First of all, Microsoft Edge will be superior to IE because it's a universal Windows app. In Microsoft's technical terms: "This fundamentally changes ...

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    According to a recent report, Microsoft orders have been reduced because of lower-than expected smartphone demand. The Redmond-based company is continuing Nokia's policy to push low-end smartphones in emerging markets but apparently these markets are not that interested in Microsoft smartphones as the company has anticipated. 20 percent is what the report claims that Microsoft orders will be reduced by, every month, throughout the rest of 2015, in order to adjust to market demand. The main markets referred to are India, South America and Southeast Asia, where Microsoft is pushing ...

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