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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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    Both the Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Cyan updates have barely reached some Nokia Windows Phones in the market, and already some customers are experiencing issues. These updates both intend to bring your current Nokia Lumia device up to date with Microsoft's latest software and features, but it seems that if you decided to give these features a try early, you might be in for a little trouble. There is a thread on the Nokia support forums where certain users have been left with a bricked device after trying to install the update, but it seems that certain specific conditions have been ...

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    It's been a few months since Microsoft made its big Windows Phone 8.1 announcement back at Build in early April, and WP users everywhere have been patiently (and some not so patiently) waiting since to get their hands on full WP8.1 updates. Sure, the Preview for Developers offered many of you an early peek at the changes, but that came without phone-specific software updates that promise to really make the WP8.1 experience shine. Evidence had strongly been pointing to a July release of OTA updates, and today Microsoft goes official with the start to its distribution, announcing the release ...

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    The Nokia Camera has gained a lot of popularity for being one of the best smartphone camera apps in the market. In addition to giving you full manual controls of your smartphone, it's also done a great job in keeping itself updated. Microsoft has just launched update version 4.8.1.1, and the changes are mostly to match the official Nokia Camera app with its previous beta: Improved Inline Video Playback in Camera Roll Improved Living Images Playback in Camera Roll Improved Focus Indicator on devices with Continuous Autofocus Other Bug fixes and Improvements One very interesting change ...

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    Out of the many Windows Phones Nokia launched in 2013, the Lumia 1020 was easily one of the best. To this day, the 41MP shooter hasn't been overthrown as camera king, and it manages to remain smooth and fresh with a taste of Windows Phone 8.1... but it looks like Nokia Lumia 1020 End of Life status will soon be among us. To be clear, from what we understand, End of Life does not constitute end of support from Nokia -- it merely means that the company will no longer manufacture the phone, which would make sense if a successor were around by that time. We've already seen pictures of what ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Microsoft has done a decent job in growing Windows Phone into the third largest smartphone operating system. Yes, if we compared it in numbers against Android and iOS, there is still a lot of growing to do, but with all the improvements we se on Windows Phone 8.1, that should only be a matter of time. If you're curious to know in which countries Windows Phone excels in the most, the results are in. AdDuplex is usually in charge of providing monthly stats of how specific Windows Phone devices are doing in certain markets. In this occasion, the company decided to use their ad-based metric ...

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    Satya Nadella is finishing out his first six months as CEO of Microsoft, a time that's saw the company already make some big steps in mobile, like the unexpected release of the Surface Pro 3 or the completion of the Nokia Devices & Services acquisition. As the company heads into fiscal year 2015, Nadella is addressing his troops via staff-wide email, and spells-out a modified core vision for the company, impacting its focus on hardware. At least, Microsoft used to describe itself as a “devices and services” company, but Nadella's not satisfied with how that reflects its current ...

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    Before Microsoft's acquisition, Nokia's mobile device division didn't become famous just because of the great flagship smartphones that it produced, but also because of the entry-level devices that were pushed at amazing price tags. Such is the case of the Lumia 630 that we recently reviewed, in addition to the Lumia 520 as well. Still, we've been following the rumors of the Lumia 530 for a couple of weeks now, and more details have emerged today. After seeing some of the renders of the Lumia 530 in previous leaks, today we see some real photos of the device leaked on Chinese social media. ...

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    News has come out that Microsoft will enter the smartwatch game this coming fall with an offering of its own. And why not? Already the software maker has released its own hardware in the realm of tablets and kinda-sorta in the realm of smartphones. Rumors about this smartwatch offering have been varied, with the latest rumors of a fitness tracker among the more disturbing. But, given the landscape of the smartwatch space, Microsoft could have a major opportunity with its smartwatch offering. First of all, Microsoft has to make this more than just a fitness tracker. In fact, fitness ...

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    Microsoft may not be famous for its late announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, but the amount of features included were enough to justify its timing. Microsoft's new mobile operating system is finally on par with its leading competitors in almost every relevant feature, and it seems that the guys at Redmond are now focusing on speed when it comes to the major updates to Windows Phone 8.1. A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Windows Phone would receive two GDR updates in 2014, Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 happening in July and GDR 2 happening some time in November. Some new rumors have it that ...

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    About a month back we got to check out a pretty comprehensive Nokia leak, detailing the company's long-term smartphone strategy stretching all the way out into fall 2015. While that included a lot of still-very-far-off devices, there were a number described as being just over the horizon, ready to land sometime in Q3 as the first models shipping with WP8.1 GDR1. Those included phones like the ones codenamed Superman, Tesla, and the anticipated McLaren flagship. Today we switch focus from codenames to model numbers, as a newly leaked roadmap shows the progress towards bringing three new ...

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    Now that Microsoft holds the reigns of Nokia's Mobile division, it's most-likely time to see how far the innovation of both companies can go. Last year we heard that Microsoft was working with Nokia on building two Lumia devices with a 3D Touch displays, and reports point to the company still working on the project. 3D Touch is actually not new, as we've seen how you can hover your hand over a Galaxy phone to get things done through Air Gesture. Still, Microsoft's approach is focused on the display itself, as we see with Wacom digitizers, and not really a proximity sensor gimmick. If you ...

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    Last week, I speculated that, by some fairly reasonable logic, a high-end, Nokia-built Android smartphone could still one day exist, that the Nokia Devices & Services unit being swept up by Microsoft didn't completely kill the dream phone many have begged for since Nokia dove headfirst into the smartphone market. How is that possible? Why wouldn't Microsoft quickly put an end to anything Nokia-made that wasn't Windows-powered? The thing is, we figured Microsoft would completely kill the Nokia X phones once the acquisition was completed. However, that was not the case and instead, ...

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    So far today we've been dealing with a higher-than-usual concentration of news surrounding Windows and Windows Phone, checking out rumors both about Android-running Lumias and Android app compatibility for pure WP8 devices. While that last report drifted into software territory, we're swinging back over to the hardware side of things as a couple new rumors discuss new Windows Phone and new Windows RT devices. First up, we could be looking at a new version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, the 1525. The only differences we've heard mentioned so far are that the 1525 would run WP8.1 out of the box ...

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    Is this week shaping up to be one chock full of news about smartphone software breaking through platform boundaries, reaching new users and coming from companies you wouldn't necessarily expect? We already brought you that rumor about an Android-running Lumia handset, and now we're seeing the resurgence of some other claims arising at that same intersection between Android and Windows Phone, as rumors about Android app compatibility coming to Microsoft's platform resurface. If this sounds familiar, that's because it should, since this rumor first popped up back in February. Those were ...

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