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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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    Ten years ago, mobile enterprise communications were dominated by companies like RIM (now BlackBerry) and Microsoft. Even today you'll notice that flight attendants still use a Windows Mobile device to bill your credit card when selling you food on a plane, and the same can be said about almost every company that needs to scan a bar code with a mobile device. The deployment of Exchange servers on other platforms has allowed companies to migrate employee communications to other platforms like iOS, but new reports claim that things are coming back home. CCS Insight is reporting that ...

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    Late last month we saw Microsoft get into the fitness tracker game with the launch of the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with GPS, messaging support, and even a UV sensor. While the company was quick to put its Band up for sale, initial stocks were low, making it tricky to get your hands on one (at least we managed to, bringing you our review in the process). But now the Microsoft Band is seeing its stocks replenished, as Microsoft begins to make more available in its online store in just a couple minutes. Starting this afternoon at 1pm Eastern (which is right about now if ...

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    One of the coolest Windows Phone features is also one of the least famous among existing customers. The fact that Bluetooth LE didn't originally work on Lumia smartphones was a bummer, but it was great to see this happen after the Lumia Cyan update. That option to see hardware improvements through software updates is great, even though it does make some of us wait for features to reach specific devices at times. Such is the case of 4K video recording, but one that will be solved very soon. The Lumia Denim update closes the loop between Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and the personalized ...

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    The Nokia Lumia is a thing of the past; earlier this week, we saw Microsoft introduce the latest Lumia model, but this is no straight-up Nokia model as we've known and loved these past few years, firmly arriving with the branding “Microsoft Lumia 535.” This trend is absolutely one we expect to see Microsoft continue with, so what does that mean for any hope of seeing another Nokia smartphone one day? Well, its deal with Microsoft allows Nokia to once again start releasing handsets under the Nokia name beginning in 2016, but will it? The company's been talking about its future plans at ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    Four years ago, Microsoft invited smartphone fans to take a chance on its new mobile platform, introducing the world to Windows Phone 7. And take a chance with it we did, eagerly covering its hardware and software. Two years into its life, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, the next major revision for its OS, and while that was great news for users already looking to upgrade to a new, native WP8 device, things didn't look so good for the WP7 crowd, as Microsoft shared news that no WP7 phones would see WP8 updates at all, and the best they could hope for was to end their lives on WP7.8. ...

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    Sure, it may be affordable, but that doesn't necessarily constitute purchasing a Lumia 535 – or does it? Our list of Microsoft Lumia 535 specs, painstakingly compiled for your pleasure right over here, will help you out with that decision. Yes, the Lumia 535 is midrange. Some may even venture to call it low-end, and its price reflects that, but the specs aren't entirely down the drain here as you might expect. Read on, and you may actually be surprised at how much utility 110 euros can net you. Happy or not about this phone, let us know your thoughts in the comments after going through ...

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    There you have it, the first Microsoft Lumia announcement. Microsoft's Devices and Services Group has announced today the Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 Dual SIM, two affordable new midrange smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Get the scoop on them. There's a wide-angle front-facing 5MP camera (selfies, anyone?), and a 5-inch qHD display. There's access to all of Microsoft's newest services, like Skype and OneDrive – 15GB free storage included with the latter – and there's a full installation of Windows Phone 8.1's Denim update. Notice all the 5s? Jo Harlow of Microsoft says that ...

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    Tomorrow is November 11, which means that the Microsoft launch announcement we saw teased late last week is just about to happen. The company's excited about showing off Microsoft-Lumia-branded handsets, dropping Nokia once and for all, but just what can we expect to see launch? One likely prospect is the Lumia 535, understood to be a mid-range device. As we wait to get confirmation of Microsoft's launch news, some newly detailed Lumia 535 specs have leaked, attempting to clue us in on what we've got to look forward to. Let's start with the screen, a healthy enough five-inch size, but with ...

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    You know that grain of salt we sometimes advise you to take things with? Well, consider yourself on a low sodium diet, because we're going to need you to set that grain of salt down, crush it up into some even tinier bits of microscopic salt dust, and take this new leak with one of those infinitesimal specs; we've got a leak to check out that claims to offer some insight into an upcoming Microsoft Lumia flagship, but is this one just too good to be true? The Lumia 930 launched last spring, and here we see a document attempt to assign some specs to a supposed successor, the Lumia 940. While ...

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    Yesterday we saw Microsoft make an aggressive move to capture the mobile productivity market, freeing all versions of its iOS and Android Office apps from the requirement for paid Office 365 subscriptions. While that sounded great on the surface, there were a few limitations, like how business users would still have to pay up for Office 365. We also heard at the time that certain features wouldn't be available in the free version, like certain “advanced authoring, analysis, [and] presentation” tools. But just what counts as “advanced?” Would you find yourself not having access to ...

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    Microsoft told us on October 24 that we can, depending on what you feel, say goodbye to the Nokia Lumia, or be excited about the Microsoft Lumia, as the Redmond-based company is going through with its rebranding process of the (now Microsoft-owned) Finnish manufacturer's Windows Phone line-up. With the same occasion, we were given hints that a smartphone is in the works, and on its way, and today, we're getting solid confirmation. Behind the hashtag #MoreLumia lies a genuine teaser up on Nokia Conversations page. You're invited to "come back on November 11, to find out more!", and that's ...

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    Microsoft has long struggled with its strategy for Office on mobile devices. Does it want to make these apps free to use, encouraging lucrative sales of Office software on the desktop? Can it convince users to pony-up for ongoing Office 365 subscription fees, dangling these mobile apps as a carrot on a stick? The Office smartphone apps may have launched with requirements for 365 subscription, but Microsoft eventually backed down from that position, making them full-on free. But even as that change arrived, tablet users still found themselves forced to pay up. Rather than continuing to seed ...

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    Remember the selfie phone from Microsoft's #morelumia IFA event in Berlin? Yeah, the Lumia 735. The selfie phone extraordinaire, if some FCC docs and recent leaks are to be believed, is on its way stateside to arrive on the doorsteps of Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Nokia Lumia 735 may be a ways off, though. Today the Lumia 735 has passed through the FCC's regulatory approval process with Verizon-friendly LTE and 3G bands, opening up the door for availability through the carrier before the year's end. However, Windows Central weighs in with its oft-reliable sources and squashes that ...

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    The state of wearables is clearly going through experimentation, up to the point where even dictionaries struggle with the word “wearable.” Try a web search of any smartphone from back in 2006, and you’ll notice the same thing happened with smartphones, even up to the name “smart phone.” Today they’re almost entirely a slate of touch-sensitive glass, but eight years ago, you could see the oddest of form factors, from dual-sliding keyboards, to the unpopular backflip. What’s interesting is that the simplest of form factors became the predominant design, and the rest has become ...

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    There's no doubt about it: the Nokia name is going the way of the dodo when it comes to Windows smartphones, and Microsoft is now being quite upfront about its efforts to transition the Lumia brand into one we'll see on explicitly Microsoft-branded handsets. We've already checked out some leaks to that extent, but now a new series of images helps drive the point even further home, as China's TENAA regulatory agency publishes new shots of the RM-1090, a Lumia model sporting some eye-catching Microsoft logos. The 1090 is expected to be a dual-SIM mid-ranger, but right now its hardware ...

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    We just got finished telling you about AT&T's plan to welcome Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge into its stores on November 7, with sales beginning shortly thereafter, but that's far from the only new entry into the carrier's stable of device. In addition to that wrap-around phablet, this morning we catch wind of release announcements concerning an Android with a front-facer to die for, a couple Windows Phone models, and more. First up is the HTC Desire Eye, the company's new “selfie” phone that pairs a 13MP main camera with another 13MP shooter around front, complete with its own flash. ...

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    After Microsoft acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division, it was clear that Windows Phones would be ousted by Microsoft at one point; more recently, the Redmond-based company made the branding switch from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia, but that doesn't mean that Nokia is saying goodbye to smartphones. According to the most recent rumours, Nokia is preparing a high-end Android-powered smartphone. The report from China claims that the N9 team within the Finnish manufacturer is currently working on a Nokia Android flagship smartphone which will probably be powered by Google's OS. ...

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    Samsung is not at all a stranger to court filings, legal actions, and courtrooms in general, across the globe; however, this time the South Korean phone manufacturer isn't fighting Apple (as it does most of the times), but Microsoft. Samsung is regarding Microsoft as a direct hardware competitor (as an effect of the Microsoft-Nokia deal where the Redmond-based company acquired Nokia's Devices and Services division), and thus, refuses to pay royalties. In the light of a previous patent agreement, Samsung was supposed to help Microsoft by building Windows Phones, as well as sharing ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    It seems this is the year wearables finally take flight – Apple has one, Samsung has a bunch, LG has a couple, Pebble has two, Motorola has one, and the list goes on and on. Microsoft has given us a jolt this evening with the unexpected announcement of a new fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, along with a wellness monitoring service dubbed Microsoft Health. The device has ten sensors to measure things such as heart rate and the ultraviolet index, along with stress levels and more. It can also last 48 hours with just one charge. Both of these things haven't quite been matched by ...

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    AT&T is set to start carrying the Lumia 830. The carrier confirmed as much back in early September, just days after the handset launched at IFA 2014. There's still no official date for exactly when the 830 will go up for sale, but the latest rumors have attempted to nail-down November 7 as the most likely possibility. As we wait to see if that date proves to be correct, some additional technical information on the handset is coming to light, and it's good news for anyone who likes wireless charging and broad accessory compatibility. We already knew the Lumia 830 would support wireless ...

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    Update: The Weekly 119 is now available in super-HQ audio form – your ears will thank you if you download or stream from one of the links below. See you next week! As one brand gets a supersized juice-up, another goes a little quicker to the retirement home – and the rest undulate in uncertain undertakings from the sensational to the soporific. So it goes in mobile as in any other field, and we're here to cover it in the brief lull between reviews at Pocketnow's Boston offices! In between talk of the Lollipop-flavored new Nexii and the sandblasting of Nokia logos from Microsoft's ...

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    Xbox Video continues to be Microsoft's way to provide Windows Phone users video and movie offerings. Surely there are other competitors like Netflix already running on Windows Phone, but Microsoft's offering balances the difference between owning and streaming in a smarter way. Microsoft has pushed update version 2.6.370.0 to Windows Phone users, and there are some decent things to look out for. Microsoft hasn't been specific as to what this update brings, but according to some users, the new update brings new playback controls for the service, even though the previous ones weren't bad at ...

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    It's that season again, when companies everywhere are sharing their latest financial reports. Will investors be facing record returns? Who's bringing in big profits, and who continues to struggle? We saw Apple weigh-in with its own data a couple days back, and now it's Microsoft's turn to follow along, as it delivers a report that looks pretty positive on the mobile front. Let's start with the good news: phone hardware sales are up, with Microsoft selling some 9.3 million Lumia handsets in the last quarter alone. Even compared to last year (well, for Nokia), that's an improvement, up from ...

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