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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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    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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    Microsoft calls the Surface Pro 3 the "tablet that can replace your laptop." That's a pretty broad and lofty statement, but we have been putting the Surface Pro 3 to the test for several weeks now. It's impossible to deny it's one of the most powerful tablets ever. Still, the application situation may leave you feeling high and dry. Windows 8.1 only has a small fraction of the application support its tablet OS competitors have. Fortunately, you're not out of luck if you've been craving some of your favorite Android apps on your Windows tablet. BlueStacks has done a great job of enabling ...

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    One of the coolest features of Windows Phone 8.1 is the Cortana voice assistant. While it still has it quirks, updates are flowing in all the time and many have grown to love it. A new interview Search Engine Land conducted with a Windows Phone team member suggests that Microsoft may be looking to bring Cortana over to the other two major mobile platforms, Android and iOS. While Marcus Ash, the interviewed Microsoft employee, doesn't explicitly state that Cortana is coming to Android and iOS, he says Microsoft is definitely considering it. Here's the exact quote: We want to scale ...

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    Nokia has had a lot of success making really high quality mobile phones at very inexpensive price points. This was true 20 years ago, and these days Nokia (now in the form of Microsoft's handset division) is trying to translate that success to the smartphone market. Of course smartphones are far more complicated than the mobile phones of the 90s and they're more expensive to make, but as Nokia proved with the Lumia 520, it's still possible to make something that works very well without costing $600. The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of ...

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    We're still waiting around for Windows Phone OEMs to make with the release of OTA 8.1 updates (and the latest leak suggests we could still be about a month out from seeing the first of them land), but for users who have taken the initiative to manually install Microsoft's WP8.1 Preview for Developers on their phones (and there sure are a lot of you out there), we've already seen a few platform updates arrive. The first popped up around this time last month, with an eye on improving battery life, and the second arrived just last week, adjusting how settings are applied and making other ...

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