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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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    We're well into the third month of the new year already; snow's melting, spring's just over the horizon … so where the heck are Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone Lumia handsets, already? Microsoft hasn't reassigned itself a hard-and-fast due date since missing its initial December target, but come on already – we've seen indications from mobile carriers and Microsoft subsidiaries alike suggesting that updates have been nearly ready to head out for weeks now, so what's taking so long on pressing the big “go” button? Even with many recent reports ...

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    While Microsoft’s Project Astoria experiment seems to have failed miserably, reaching its inevitable downfall before it could get off the ground and deliver satisfactory Windows 10 ports of Android apps, the iOS-based Islandwood equivalent looks to be thriving. Not just on paper, as soon enough, Lumia users may have an Instagram version to call their own thanks to this easy-porting tool. If you’re on Windows Phone 8.1, you can always access a native Instagram client, but that’s technically stuck in beta status for several years now, and it’s literally got one lousy update since its ...

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    We know, we know, you’re as eager as always to try out ahead of everyone else all the new things Microsoft is experimenting with Windows 10. That’s why it’s called a Technical Preview, but perhaps you should skip one particular Fast Ring release. At least put it off a few days if you were thinking of installing it on a Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 or Pro 3. There are just too many risks this time around, as Redmond’s own Corporate VP of Engineering Systems, Gabe Aul, acknowledges “some” of the above mentioned devices experience “a freeze or hang” once updated to Windows ...

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    While we won't be getting that HTC 10 with Windows 10 Mobile and we're still waiting for that Panos Phone and the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL weren't the most exciting flagships for a long time, this run-on sentence doesn't have to mean that you'll be disappointed by the Lumia 650. If you like a great looking, power-efficient mobile workhorse, you can find one right now on Expansys UK. And you can get it for £159.99 ($227). As of our post, there were 15 black units in stock and 17 white ones — both come with 16GB storage (expandable by microSD) and 1GB of RAM. Source: Expansys UK (1, ...

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    What's it take for us to pull up a year-old phone and start looking at it in a new light? A software update? Sure – but it had better be a major one. A newly discounted price? Again, possibly, but you'd have to be practically giving the handset away for us to spend much time on an aging model. But what about new hardware functionality? The idea of a smartphone picking up some new hardware tricks months after it launches is a pretty tantalizing one, maybe most because it just so rarely happens. But here we are in March of 2016, a full year after Microsoft announced the Lumia 640 XL, ...

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    There have been more false starts to the highly anticipated Windows 10 Mobile rollout for WP 8.1-powered Lumia devices than anyone imagined in their darkest nightmares, so it’s getting harder and harder to trust even Microsoft when it comes to update timelines. Let alone a forum moderator for Vodafone Italy, who shows great confidence in predicting W10M OTAs will begin the week of March 7 – 13 for the Lumia 1520, 930, 735, 830, 635, and 535. Unfortunately, we’ve no idea what this confidence is based on, as Redmond continues to seem more focused on stabilizing the new OS and ironing ...

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    In addition to providing the convenience and productivity of “the most advanced Surface typing experience yet”, one of the coolest Pro 4 accessories unveiled last fall also brought one-tap fingerprint authentication to the table. Unfortunately, Microsoft kept the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID exclusive to the US ever since its launch, a situation that’s finally about to change. Folks in Austria, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, ...

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    Microsoft sold us on Windows 10 with, among other things, the promise of an experience that would break down walls between form factors: phone, tablet, desktop – the choice of where you ran software shouldn't matter for universal apps. We're still waiting to see how well that all works out, but today we're learning of another area where Microsoft is helping to connect dissimilar devices and empower them to give us the information we need, as its latest Windows 10 Insider builds help Cortana let us know what's going on with our phone, even when we're away from it. Last fall, Cortana on ...

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    As Microsoft continues to drag its feet in getting full, public Windows 10 Mobile updates rolling for Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, its Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview program remains your best, if only option for getting a head start in using the company's latest software on some older hardware. Much like Windows Phone itself, though, access to the Insider program has been largely been a Lumia-only affair. Last spring, we finally started to see that change as the HTC One M8 for Windows became Insider-eligible, followed later in the year by the LG Lancet. That was a good start, but now ...

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    Well, that sure didn’t take long. It was only a month ago that the first rumors of Microsoft’s interest in snagging Swiftkey emerged, with Redmond confirming the story mere hours after it broke, and already, the acquisition is completed. The mutually beneficial news was unveiled with surprisingly little fanfare by MS Executive Vice President Harry Shum on Twitter, and the financial details remain under wraps. Officially, that is, because off the record, we’ve heard Satya Nadella & co. were prepared to pay around $250 million for a company founded in 2008 and headquartered in ...

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    A little over an hour ago, at 10am Eastern, HTC opened its doors for pre-orders of the Vive virtual reality headset. With a head-mounted display, wall trackers, and a pair of wireless controllers, Vive's hoping to give users one of the most well-rounded VR experiences they can come by – but it's not alone. Last month, Oculus Rift got its own pre-order party going, offering a slightly more affordable take on home VR. And while it's not quite up to the same consumer-ready stage, Microsoft's opening a new chapter for HoloLens as it begins courting developers with its own pre-orders. All ...

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    No matter what your hardware preference, the era of high-quality consumer-ready virtual reality is upon us: following the January start to Oculus Rift pre-orders, HTC Vive pre-orders have themselves just gone live. That means we've got only a few short weeks to go before these devices are in the hands (and on the heads) of users everywhere, and we start seeing the arrival of a new wave of software and media designed to tap in to this growing VR sector. While we're hugely excited to see both those units finally arriving, they're not the only players in this field. Microsoft may be going in ...

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    Microsoft has been slowly building both its courage regarding the PC industry’s outlook and its hostility towards rival Apple devices on the heels of Windows 10’s release, although the platform’s warm reception is yet to translate into remarkable hardware sales. Redmond’s latest series of commercials, unveiled during last night’s Academy Awards pre-show, switches the aim of unapologetic jabs from iPads to Macs, highlighting a few things OS X systems aren’t capable of out the box. Two Texas A&M University entomologists, Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker, form The Bug ...

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    While we could have easily guessed Microsoft’s refined second stab at a perfect cross-platform health wearable was in for a relatively swift $50 discount, it seemed unlikely the price would drop further than $200 very quickly. And yet here we are, less than five months in, no threequel in sight, and the Microsoft Band 2 already costs $175. That’s 25 bucks cheaper than ever before, mind you, and a cool $75 off the original MSRP, with both Redmond and Best Buy fully committed to the new tag, no matter your size option. You can get the Band 2 in small, medium and large, and either way, ...

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    No one can excuse Microsoft of not aiming high with Windows 10, and part of its grand effort meant giving developers as many tools possible for bringing existing code to the platform. As the company announced last spring, in addition to support for web apps and Win32 or .NET code, Windows 10 was going to give developers the ability to bring iOS and Android apps to the platform. For iOS, that would mean new Objective-C tools, while the Android system sounded even more turnkey, with a robust subsystem ready to largely take apps as they were. At least, that was the dream, and while the ...

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    From the moment last week when Apple was ordered to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone related to the 2015 San Bernardino Inland Regional Center attack, the company made its position clear: it would resist efforts that would force it to create new software that undermined the security of its operating system. And while Apple's unwillingness to comply has been in the headlines ever since, the company still needed to make its stance official. Today it does just that, filing a 65-page motion asking the court to vacate its earlier order. In its motion, Apple lays out its case for why the ...

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    For those of us following the Windows 10 for Mobile saga, the Lumia 950 and 950XL got off to a shaky start. The initial out of the box experience was buggy, and though there was a nearly instant update pushed out at launch, both phones still suffered from performance and stability issues. The common reply from Windows phone fans, “use the Insider Preview builds, and you’ll get faster updates”. When Microsoft representatives discuss the Lumia 950, they’re quick to focus on these phones being designed for fans of the Lumia brand. That makes sense when viewed against the Insider ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing Windows Phone 8.1 Lumias will be getting here soon … won't they? At least, while we've heard a possible February 29 date for the start of update distribution, the story surrounding surrounding such releases has been a little hard to follow, and Microsoft's not doing anything to clear things up with an official statement. As we wait and see to find out exactly what transpires, Microsoft's at least talking a little about how phones will make the transition to Windows 10 Mobile, and what roll firmware updates will play in the process. Historically, ...

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    Although it’s technically set to run for a couple more days, the 2016 Mobile World Congress pretty much concluded before it actually started, as Samsung and LG completely stole the show on Sunday, unveiling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, plus the LG G5 and its “Friends.” Tradition now calls for the GSM Association (GSMA) to honor the gadgets and technologies that shaped and transformed the industry last year, in order to smooth the path for the next generation of mobile innovators. After a presumably fierce battle with the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and LG G4, among others, the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    Microsoft is a company all too aware of its place in the smartphone world: it may be the firm behind one of the major platforms out there, but it's still in a distant third compared to Android and iOS – and that means that if it wants to be a force to be reckoned with, that means playing across platform lines. That's led to all sorts of Android and iOS apps coming out over the years, from standard stuff like Office and OneDrive to more experimental projects – the sort of things we've seen emerge from Microsoft Garage. Today we're taking a look at the latest of those apps, the new Hub ...

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    As if it wasn’t already difficult enough to distinguish between Cyanogen Inc., the commercial enterprise derived from Steve Kondik’s vision of a completely tinkerer-friendly mobile OS, and CyanogenMod, the enduring independent platform based on Android and developed by an open-source community, there’s now also a Cyanogen MOD. It’s no joke, and it’s a pretty big deal too, so be prepared to have to educate all your casually tech-savvy friends on what separates Cyanogen from CyanogenMod from MOD. The latter is a new “integrated mobile platform” devised by Cyanogen Inc. to ...

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    Some support it wholeheartedly, others believe it’s a PR stunt, a certain megalomaniac Presidential candidate regards it as justification for a boycott, while one of the tech industry’s biggest ever innovators surprisingly sides with the FBI in a “particular” case involving terrorism. That’s right, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates clashes with Google’s higher-ups and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, though he obviously doesn’t want a backdoor built into every iPhone in use. Instead, he thinks the government is “not asking for some general thing”… yet, but merely technical ...

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    When it comes to smartphone launches, patience is overrated. Sure, you could hold back your big launch of the season for an expo like MWC – the sort of thing manufacturers are “supposed” to do – but where's the fun in that? Earlier this month, we saw Microsoft reject the idea of saving its latest launch for Barcelona as it went official with the affordable new Lumia 650 mid-ranger. And while the phone may not formally be an MWC launch, it sure as sugar came along for the ride, giving us our first opportunity to go hands-on with the model. Compared to the rest of Microsoft's Windows ...

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    It's taken several months, but at last, the Microsoft Surface Book has come out of its American shell and has landed in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Prices are going to be all over the place, which is why we have a handy little price chart down below for the price of each country's Surface Book (with US dollar exchanges following in parentheses). All figures are current as of press time and include local value-added taxes where applicable. US prices are included for reference. [table] Storage/Silicon,US,AU,NZ,JP,AT + FR + ...

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    Considering how long Windows Phone 8.1 users have been waiting for their W10M promotions, and how Microsoft’s already missed one or two update deadlines, we figured Redmond would make a big fuss about the public rollout whenever that’s finally ready. But then out of nowhere these Lumia 535 owners, including non-Insiders, claimed they got their revised OS builds a few days ago, supplying screenshots as evidence. Everything seemed legit, so why didn’t MS at the very least issue a press release? By the looks of it, we’re still in the beta testing phase, and according to Microsoft ...

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