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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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    A couple weeks back, we got some incredibly unexpected news from an unlikely pair of companies, as Microsoft and Xiaomi shared word that they'd be making available a version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones that would operate on the otherwise-Android-based (well, MIUI) Xiaomi Mi4. Now we finally have the chance to check this out in action, with the publication of a hands-on video showing Windows in action on the Mi4. Granted, the language barrier here keeps us from appreciating some of the subtleties of this experience, but this kind of cross-platform action is still ...

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    Yesterday Microsoft introduced the latest tablet to join its Surface family, and one that finally puts aside the crippled Windows RT operating system for good: the Surface 3. Sales of the new Surface aren't set to start for a little over another month, but we heard that you'd be able to check the tablet out far in advance of that May 5 date, with select Microsoft retail stores getting demo units for display as of today. And while you can stop by and take a quick look at the Surface 3 on a whim, we're now learning that, much like the Apple Watch, if you want to get the complete hands-on ...

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    Microsoft just dropped a bit of a surprise, announcing the new Surface 3 tablet a few weeks in advance of our late-April expectations. The first full-Windows Surface that hasn't been a member of the family's Pro line, the Surface 3 attempts to offer a slightly more compact alternative to the Pro 3, while not skimping a heck of a lot on features. Starting at just about $500, it's also a lot more affordable than the $800 Pro 3, but just what do you get for that money? Let's take a look at the Surface 3's hardware: Microsoft Surface 3 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,10.8 ...

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    It wasn't even one week ago when we heard that Microsoft could have a new Surface tablet just around the corner, one that would be a follow-up to the Windows-RT-running Surface 2 while moving to a full version of Windows, just like on the Surface Pro 3. Rumor was that this new Surface might launch at Build in late April, if not slightly before, but we had no idea just how soon this new tablet would really be making its debut, as this morning Microsoft introduces the Surface 3. The 10.8-inch tablet has a 3:2 1920 x 1280 display, measures 8.7mm thick, and weighs just 1.37 lbs, making it the ...

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    Of the many stories to emerge from Microsoft January Windows 10 event, one of the most interesting was hearing about how Internet Explorer was being put out to pasture, and Microsoft would be embracing a new web browser for Windows 10, with the introduction of Project Spartan. From desktop to phone, the browser promised to supercharge productivity, bringing the power of Cortana, collaborative markup tools, and a brand new rendering engine to our web experience. After learning plenty about it, it's finally time to try it out for ourselves, as Microsoft makes its first Project Spartan ...

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    We've been hearing about 3D Touch on Lumia phones going back to the fall of 2013, first described as an in-air gesture control system under the codename Goldfinger. Later we heard it would arrive on the phone codenamed McLaren, but that device never saw the light of day. Reports talked about the way 3D Touch would cause a Live Tile to expand, a feature known as Mixview, popping-out other bits of relevant content. We heard comparisons drawn to certain aspects of the UI in Microsoft's Zune software, but no one had seen it in action. It still remains to be seen if anything will come of ...

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    Windows Phone has made leaps and bounds when it comes to app availability, at least compared to the state of the platform just a couple years back. But despite the success Microsoft's found at courting devs, its work is far from over, and there's still a ton of catch-up work to do. The forthcoming arrival of Windows 10 seeks to help close the app gap with its focus on universal apps, giving devs broader access to Windows users across form factors, but will that be enough? A new report claims that Microsoft's been working on a backup plan to bring new software to its smartphones, by giving ...

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    With the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft is making a big push forward towards cross-device compatibility, and paramount to that goal is the platform's focus on “universal apps.” Such software will run on a phone or a touchscreen tablet as easily as a device employing traditional non-touch inputs. And while that sounds great for users, how will we find ourselves referring to such software? At the WinHEC conference last week, Microsoft shared its intentions for how to talk about universal apps in comparison to existing desktop-only software. Software that takes advantage of this ...

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    Microsoft's most recent tablet, the Surface Pro 3, is over ten months old at this point, having launched last May. We'd been expecting the Surface Mini, and then nearly from out of the blue, Redmond dropped this beast of a tablet on us. In the time since, the Pro 3 has held up remarkable well, but the same can't necessarily be said for the company's more affordable tablet option. After all, the Surface 2 is pushing eighteen months at this point, and Microsoft's already made it clear that the Windows RT-running Surface 2 won't be upgraded to Windows 10. Now we're hearing a little about ...

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    Windows Phone is definitely what we'd like to dub as the "Finally" platform, as Microsoft has taken ages to support basics like VPN connectivity, even when its old Windows Mobile OS could do this since the turn of the century. That said, the Windows 10 preview for smartphones has been in the public for more than a month now, and it has showed us a lot of what's to come, but many of the new features are still not ready for the public preview. We've slowly learned of the new features to come in the recent WinHEC conference, and today more details emerge. Microsoft will finally bring support ...

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    Microsoft introduced its Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones back at the start of February, giving curious fans the chance to get an early look at the company’s next-generation mobile OS. While it was fascinating to get this kind of access to in-development code, it was also a bit of an unfinished mess (understandably so), and quickly had us wishing for a follow-up release that would address many of its outstanding issues. We've already seen some teasers up that alley, even if a formal release still isn't here, but until that day comes, it looks like a lot of Windows 10 testers ...

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    Companies still struggle to make Mobile Payments a popular service among users. Google continues to be the more predominant service when it comes to install base, but Apple is the company that has nailed this service most with Apple Pay, even if to a lukewarm reception. If you've noticed we pretty much haven't mentioned Microsoft on this topic lately, that's because there hasn't been much to talk about until now. Microsoft's WinHEC conference continues in China, and today we learn more about what changes are coming to mobile payments with Windows 10. After Google snatched Softcard a few ...

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    Pre-loaded apps can be a bit like the branded license plate holder a dealer puts on a new car: they're not really harming anything, but a serious user will likely remove them (or at least try to) first chance they get. What the companies behind them are counting on is our laziness: just as we may leave that plate holder on there and help give the dealer some free advertising, we may turn to a pre-installed app instead of going to an app store and manually searching for one. While this all sounds very dismissive of the idea, there's big business interests behind pre-loading apps on our ...

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    Last week, OnePlus let shoppers know that they were about to see a price hike: in Europe, the OnePlus One is about to cost a few euros more, as the manufacturer responds to fluctuating exchange rates. While that news may have gotten us thinking about currency markets and their effects on mobile technology, this OnePlus incident is far from the first time we've seen companies respond to shifting valuations by updating their international pricing, and Apple just tweaked App Store prices a couple months back. Now it's Microsoft's turn to make an adjustment, as it notifies devs of come changes ...

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    Microsoft's no stranger to incredibly affordable smartphones, and its Windows Phone platform has become renowned for being the place to go if you want a solid smartphone for the absolute lowest prices around. Already this year we've seen the company introduce new budget-priced models like the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 – and even the Lumia 640 and 640 XL ended up being pretty priced very competitively. Yesterday Microsoft told us to look forward to some more super-affordable Lumia news today, leaving us wondering if we were about to see the launch of yet another low-price Lumia. Sure ...

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    Microsoft is gearing up for a big splash with Windows 10 this summer, up to the point where it won't only be free for existing paid users, but even those with pirated copies. It's clear that Microsoft wants to gain the same amount of mindshare that its operating system had a decade ago, and bold moves like these are necessary. Still, making it free is as important as making it desirable and easy to use, and in addition to the visual changes of Windows 10, we also get some gesture changes. In a session of today's WinHEC conference, Microsoft displayed the new touch gestures that will be ...

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    Windows Phone has been doing a great job of targeting the budget smartphone market, delivering full-fledged models that often manage to undercut their Android competition while giving users some great bang for their smartphone-buying buck. While we'd still love to see a new flagship-level model, Microsoft's been serious about keeping new affordable options coming, introducing the Lumia 640 and 640 XL just a couple weeks back. Could the manufacturer already be ready to unveil a new Lumia? That's what we're wondering today as the company puts out a teaser for some kind of news tomorrow. For ...

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    Today there are more ways than ever before to authenticate your identity when trying to access a device. We've got more phones with fingerprint scanners than at any other time in history, and companies are always coming up with new login techniques, like NFC-enabled body stickers. As all those fingerprint scanners can attest to, biometric ID systems are hot, and improving technology only promises to make them better. Today we learn of a new effort from Microsoft to embrace all these disparate security measures, as it announces Windows Hello for Windows 10. Windows Hello delivers ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work at re-inventing itself, and among those changes, we've seen how the company has broadened its focus for one of its biggest assets, Microsoft Office. We've seen how the company has expanded the reach of these apps to now work on iOS and Android in a big way, and we've also seen its serious revamp to its Outlook email client. Still, that doesn't mean the company has ignored its core Windows business, and part of that vision comes with Microsoft Office 2016. Microsoft has just launched the preview for both Office 2016 and Skype for Business to the public. Keep ...

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    Apparently, there will be no Microsoft investment in CyanogenMod, according to a recent Bloomberg report. At the end of January we've heard rumors from the Wall Street Journal that the Windows-maker would invest about $70 million in Cyanogen minority shares. Said rumors claimed that Microsoft would be willing to pay the custom ROM-maker top dollars if Microsoft apps and services would arrive baked into CyanogenMod ROM releases. Now, Bloomberg notes that there will be no Microsoft investment in CyanogenMod after all. However, the Redmond-based company would still reportedly be interested ...

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    The various voice assistants being offered by the major smartphone platforms aren't just incredibly impressive pieces of tech that also happen to be enormously useful for busy users; they're also great ways for the companies behind these services to draw attention to their respective platforms. After all, if you want to talk to Siri, that means buying an iOS device, just as interacting with Cortana means choosing to go with Windows Phone. But that needn't be a hard-and-fast rule, and at least for Cortana, we've been talking about plans for cross-platform access since last year. Now a new ...

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    Just about one month back, Microsoft released its initial Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones. Interested users (so long as their phones were on the short list of approved hardware) could download and install the preview for an early look at the changes Microsoft is bringing to its mobile platform with the release of its next major update. In the weeks since we've learned a little more about what to expect from future preview release, including the note that we could hope to see Microsoft deliver such builds with roughly monthly frequency. That next preview isn't public quite yet, ...

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    When we come to an event like MWC we know we're going to be introduced to new hardware: that's a huge part of the fun in covering expos like this. And while we could report on just-launched devices until we run down our batteries to nothing, MWC isn't just about meeting new gadgets – it's also about learning new things. We checked in with Zeiss in Barcelona this week to learn a little more about how the cameras in our smartphones produce the pictures they do. Zeiss builds the cameras going into the latest Lumia smartphones, so it had better know a thing or two about mobile imaging. We ...

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    Microsoft’s MWC 2015 event brought us a couple new smartphones with the launches of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, but it wasn't just new handsets the company brought along to the show. In addition to those new Windows Phone models, we also saw Microsoft announce its latest cross-platform accessory, the aptly-named Universal Foldable Keyboard. Will its super-slim design convince you to give up on cramped on-screen virtual keyboards and return to your hardware-button roots? We went hands-on to check this guy out and see. The Bluetooth 4.0 keyboard works just as well with Android, iOS, Windows ...

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    While we come to MWC every year to see the hot new phones, tablets, and wearables, the conference isn't just about introducing new devices. The GSM Association, which hosts MWC, also uses the show as its opportunity to announce its Global Mobile Awards, recognizing the best of the best in mobile tech. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and while some of the winners may seem obvious, others are sure to spark some controversy. For best smartphone of the year, we've got a tie, with the GSMA giving top honors to both the Apple iPhone 6 and the LG G3. The iPhone 6 is ...

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