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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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    When you're a company as big as Microsoft or Google, you've got a lot of eyes on you at any given time, ranging from media critics, to government watchdogs, to competing companies. And while that sort of exposure is a mostly inevitable consequence of being a tech giant, it sure can keep a good number of PR and legal employees busy round the clock. Any time that they don't have to spend worrying about these issues is manpower that can be better allocated elsewhere, so to that end Google and Microsoft have found themselves coming to something of an agreement, each pledging to lay off the ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    Curious how your favorite mobile companies have been doing? You're in luck, as the biggest of the big are lining up to share their latest financial figures. Today we've got new reports incoming from a couple of these giants, and right now we're taking a look at Microsoft's. The company's unsurprisingly making good money (though it's seen better quarters), and on the hardware side we're seeing the continuation of some familiar trends. Quarterly revenue hit $20.5 billion, with net income of $3.8 billion. While those figures are slightly down from last year ($21.7B and $5.0B, respectively), ...

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    It’s probably only a matter of time until the EU goes after Google for anti-competitive practices regarding the search giant’s translation service in addition to the way actual search, web browsing and shopping apps are built into stock Android. But Microsoft is doing a pretty good job nurturing its own Translator for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, so Google Translate may not hold a monopoly much longer, even on the world’s most popular mobile platform. Two of the recent major iOS updates for Microsoft Translator are essentially brought together on Android now, with the app finally ...

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    Windows Phone managed to find some of its biggest success not with high-end feature-packed flagships, but by bringing shoppers some of the best values around on really low-priced hardware, pairing affordable handsets with a platform that wouldn't over-burden them with steep system requirements. Now that Windows 10 Mobile is here, will this this trend continue? Certain carriers would sure like to see that happen, and today Cricket Wireless is doing its part to help, stepping up to offer a pre-paid Windows 10 option in the form of the Microsoft Lumia 650. We saw the Lumia 650 launch back in ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    There are a lot of good reasons to enable GPS reception on your smartphone – and just as many why you might want to leave it turned off. Sure, navigation becomes a little trickier when your phone doesn't know exactly where it is, but keeping GPS enabled consumes precious battery capacity, and the more paranoid of you out there just might not love the idea of your phone acting as a tracking device to begin with (cell tower and WiFi-based location estimates notwithstanding). But for whatever reason you might choose to keep GPS turned off, some apps just refuse to play nicely without it. ...

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    First, Microsoft abruptly took away people’s unlimited OneDrive cloud storage due to “abuse”, and inexplicably downgraded free accounts from 15 to 5GB digital hoarding space. Then, pressed by backlash, the Redmond-based software giant reconsidered the latter move, but only tripled available storage back for folks who expressly declared their desire. Everyone else was still supposed to keep the 15 gig ceiling through the end of the year, though someone messed up a couple of months ago and prematurely enforced the new restrictions. The confusion continues with another olive branch ...

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    If there’s one thing that brings together people of all ages, races, sexes, cultures, nationalities, religions and professions, it’s the way we’ve become accustomed to respond to devastating natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Everyone’s thoughts and prayers right now go out to folks in Japan’s Kyushu region and Ecuador’s northwest pacific coast, where recent seismic waves have killed at least 41 and 272 respectively, according to the latest estimates. If you know somebody that might have been affected by the quakes, but haven’t gotten in touch yet, ...

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    As painful as it might be to admit for ardent fans of the Windows Phone, aka Mobile, platform, Microsoft has been (at least) one step behind the competition ever since it annexed Nokia’s struggling handheld business. Even today, there are a handful of Android phones powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor on sale, while the sole W10M representative of the Snapdragon 820 lineup is slated to launch commercially sometime in the summer. But Redmond isn’t ready to completely throw in the towel yet, apparently adding support for Qualcomm’s next flagship SoC before the MSM8998 ...

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    Interaction layers are a mighty headache for developers who know them from the back of their hands. We regular folk only can grade how good of a job their interface maximizes use of those features by achieving or failing to do what we want to do with them. If an app has a ton of features available, you'd probably not want to see all of them in list form — you'd want a cleaner, simpler look that you can put your fingers on and manipulate properly. Apple has tried adding feature access using the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch. The Pocketnow jury thinks it's flopped. So, what will Microsoft ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your podcatchers starting at 3am Eastern on April 16. Enjoy! The HTC 10 is taking the Android world by storm. Can this one phone turn the tides for HTC? Our LG G5 coverage is in full swing, and everything you want to know about this phone will be answered. Lastly, another "backdoor" encryption bill is headed to congress, what might this mean for consumer tech? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, ...

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    A good software company is inventing new roles for itself all the time, looking to connect with users wherever it can and deliver the software solutions they need. Recently we've seen Microsoft really stepping up its efforts with keyboard apps, delivering its shortcut-laden Hub Keyboard for both Android and iOS platforms. But the Hub Keyboard hasn't been the only Microsoft software keyboard we've been hearing about this year, and back in January we got an early look at what Microsoft was working on in terms of bringing Windows Phone's Word Flow keyboard to iOS – including a convenient ...

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    When it comes to typing on the Microsoft Surface Pro, you don't really have too many choices in choosing a proper keyboard: really, it's the Type Cover or bust. But if you want a more luxurious feeling pad for your palms to rest on while you're typing away on your Pro 3 or Pro 4, Microsoft has decided to come up with its Signature Type Cover clad in a material called Alcantara, made by an Italian company of the same name. It's water-repellent, fire-retardant, yet soft, breathable and versatile for use in vehicles as well as, well, a Type Cover. The Signature Type Cover comes in a two-tone ...

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    No one likes getting left behind the the tide of progress, but that's exactly what happened for a large number of Windows Phone users last month as Microsoft finally released its Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing smartphones. Despite the large number of models supported over the course of the prior year through the company's Insider testing program, the public W10M update only delivered updates for a fraction of those handsets – and Microsoft would soon confirm that there was no second wave of updates coming to bring Windows 10 Mobile to additional handsets. What are you supposed to ...

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    App discovery can make or break a platform, whether mobile or desktop, and the best operating system in the world won't do your users much good if they find themselves struggling to get the software they want. While part of that issue is simply making the right apps available in the first place, how these apps are presented to users can be just as critical: are apps being displayed in an attractive manner, encouraging users to give them a shot, and are the right tools available to convert casual app-browsing into actual downloads? Microsoft's reportedly considering some tweaks to the ...

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    Halfway through their upgrade cycle, assuming Redmond intends to follow a classic one-year release schedule, the convertible Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book apparently need a little sales boost in order to return to the spotlight. Already, we’ve seen the cheaper 2-in-1 Windows 10 machine discounted by $100 in Intel Core i5 configurations, while the “ultimate laptop” was literally just treated to similar rebates when packing the same processor. If you felt Microsoft could do better however and postponed your purchase awaiting heftier savings, these have now arrived, unfortunately only ...

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    For all the struggles Microsoft's own mobile platforms have gone through, and the difficulty the company's faced in acquiring a greater share of the smartphone market, Microsoft's kept a pretty good attitude when it comes to app development. Rather than focus its energies on Windows 10 Mobile exclusives in an effort to draw users to its side, the company's instead quite willing to code apps for its competition, and we find Android and iOS alike practically inundated with Microsoft apps. Today we've got news of a couple developments from that scene, as Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard to ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    One week back, Microsoft Build 2016 brought us an early look at where Windows 10 is headed next, and a lot of our attention went to the changes coming in the big Windows 10 Anniversary Update landing sometime this summer. For most users, that means they've got months and months to go before they're going to have the chance to try out all the features we saw demoed at Build, but that needn't be the case: Microsoft continues to give its Insider testers an advanced look at new Windows 10 features before they're quite ready for prime time, and today the company's releasing its latest preview ...

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    For months now we've been hearing about Microsoft’s rumored plans for new Windows smartphone hardware, with talk of a device that would move Microsoft past the days of Lumia phones and into a new era: the era of the Surface phone. Sure, that branding is far from a lock, but the idea of Microsoft moving towards some new high-end hardware designed by Panos Panay and his team has been looking like the platform's future – but when will it happen? Instead of the late-2016 ETA that had been bouncing around, a new report claims that our Surface phone could be even further out – while also ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is far and away the most immature of the major operating systems on the market so far. The many and the proud devices that were able to make the jump from Windows Phone 8.1 to W10M have been made familiar with its quirks. And its bugs. Those who don't appreciate bootloops as well as the loss of the Lumia Camera app, good news: Microsoft has now decided that those phones will be able to keep their original recovery images so that users who aren't enjoying Windows 10 Mobile can back out and return to WP8.1. Those looking to roll back to an earlier W10M build will need to ...

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    Nope, it's necessarily about bringing back the HERE Maps app to Windows Phone. But where is it going to go from there? Well, nowhere, not unless Microsoft helps it along. Or Amazon. Or both. Both Amazon and Microsoft have been working on cloud server agreements with HERE, formerly Nokia-run, now in the hands of a German automaker conglomerate of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The three plan on producing vehicles with intelligent mapping sensors to relay data about driving speeds, traffic and other bits of road information. Self-driving cars will heavily rely on this data to plan routes and ...

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    You've no doubt seen plenty of April Fools' jokes today, as companies the world around participate in the fun. Some of those jokes are subtler than others, and this afternoon we're learning about one that was so subtle that most of us missed it for days. OK, so that technically means that it's not an April Fools' joke at all, but it's still a pretty interesting Easter egg: hidden in Microsoft's Build 2016 keynote address was a secret thank-you message to the community. Microsoft fans are probably already aware that the company has a reputation for hiding secret messages in plain sight at ...

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    As painful as it must be to admit, there’s nothing Microsoft can do in the foreseeable future to threaten the Android/iOS mobile duopoly. Instead of vainly trying to fight the two platforms therefore, Redmond is courting fans of the competition with more and more software products meant to bring the best Windows gear closer to the world’s most popular phones. Yes, we’re talking PC – handheld interaction and compatibility, and not only as far as W10 and W10M devices are concerned. That “Anniversary Update” in the summer is practically guaranteed to provide a reimagined Action ...

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