The UK has preliminarily approved the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given preliminary approval to the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, reports The Verge. Earlier, the British regulator was concerned about the impact of the potential acquisition on competition. However, in August, it became known that Microsoft would sell the rights to ... Read more

Microsoft announces major Windows 11 update with AI assistant Copilot

At a special event in New York, Microsoft also announced another major update to Windows 11, which will be available in the near future. The company also specifically noted that this is not 23H2, but an update of 22H2. The update contains more than 150 new features and is mainly ... Read more

Surface Laptop Go 3 is another basic laptop from Microsoft

Microsoft has presented the Surface Laptop Go 3, which will go on sale in the US on October 3 at a starting price of $799. With a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display with a resolution of 1536×1024 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio, the model is positioned as an affordable and ... Read more

Microsoft Surface Go 4 – now for business

Microsoft has unveiled Surface Go 4, a new version of its affordable 2-in-1 tablet that features a number of improvements over the previous model, The Verge reports. However, the new product is now focused exclusively on business and service workers, and not on the broader consumer market. The Surface Go ... Read more

Microsoft unveiled the flagship Surface Laptop Studio 2 laptop-transformer

At a special event in New York City, Microsoft unveiled Surface Laptop Studio 2, a flagship laptop with a creative work focus. Retaining the aesthetics of its predecessor, the device features a 14.4-inch PixelSense Flow touchscreen display with a resolution of 2400×1600 dots, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and ... Read more

The leaked information showed how the Xbox team reacted to the PlayStation 5

As a result of a large-scale Xbox data leak, internal correspondence of Microsoft’s gaming division executives has become available. The correspondence reveals the team’s reaction to the PlayStation 5 in March 2020, when Sony’s console specifications became known. This is reported by The Verge, citing the unedited correspondence. In one ... Read more

Xbox/PC Game Pass catalog additions in September-October 2023

Microsoft has announced the next wave of games that will be available on Xbox/PC Game Pass in the second half of September and early October 2023. Available now: Lies of P (Cloud, Xbox Series X|S, PC) Soulslike/a horror about Pinocchio armed to the teeth. Coming soon: Party Animals (Cloud, Xbox ... Read more

Xbox data leak: Microsoft executive says company’s game plans have changed

Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has sent an email to Microsoft employees about a large-scale data leak about Xbox. In it, he claims that the company’s plans were “inadvertently disclosed” but may have already changed, writes The Verge. According to Phil Spencer, the intentions regarding Xbox became known as part of ... Read more

Microsoft is ready to pay $100-300 million for the release of games from external studios in Game Pass

Thanks to the leaked documents in the FTC v. Microsoft case, new interesting details about the economics of Microsoft Game Pass are revealed. For example, the amount of money the company is willing to pay to partners for the release of games in Game Pass, writes Axios. It became known ... Read more

Microsoft finally adds layers and transparency to Paint

Microsoft continues to improve the Paint graphic editor. Now, the corporation is adding layers and transparency features to it 38 years after the application was launched, writes BleepingComputer. The long-awaited features will be available in Paint 11.2308.18.0 or later. “You can now add, remove, and manage layers on the canvas ... Read more

Microsoft plans to update Xbox Series X with new design and features in 2024

Microsoft is preparing to unveil a major redesign of its Xbox Series X console in 2024. The new design, codenamed Brooklyn, was accidentally revealed in recent FTC documents against Microsoft. Now all the documents in this case have been deleted by the regulator, but a copy of the file has ... Read more

Panos Panay is leaving Microsoft, having been responsible for the development of Windows and Surface computers for the past few years

Panos Panay, who was a key figure at Microsoft as chief product officer responsible for the development of Windows and the Surface line of devices, is leaving his position, reports The Verge. The news was confirmed by Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s vice president of experience and devices, in an internal email ... Read more

AI research has led Microsoft to increase water consumption by 34%

Microsoft increased its water consumption by 34% from 2021 to 2022, to more than 6.4 billion liters. This is attributed to research in the field of artificial intelligence, according to AP. “It’s safe to say that most of this growth is due to AI,” in particular, “the big investments in ... Read more

Microsoft will allow you to remove backgrounds in Paint on Windows 11, the tool is already being tested

Microsoft is testing a tool for removing backgrounds in Paint, which is built into Windows 11, writes Bleeping Computer. The feature allows you to remove the background from any image with just one click. It is now available for Windows insiders on the Dev and Canary channels. To use the ... Read more

Microsoft will no longer force Windows 11 users to use Edge browser in EU countries

As you know, Windows 11 ignores the system’s default browser settings when it comes to opening links in the Windows widget bar or search results. In this case, Edge is launched and the page opens in it, regardless of which browser is set as the default browser in the system. ... Read more

Microsoft wants to create a backpack with AI, it will be “stuffed” with cameras and microphones

Microsoft wants to create a backpack with artificial intelligence, Tom’s Hardware reports. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved the corresponding patent application, which the company filed back in May. According to Microsoft, the backpack will be equipped with numerous sensors on the shoulder straps. Potentially, cameras, microphones, GPS, ... Read more

Microsoft to remove WordPad from Windows 28 years after launch

Microsoft has announced that it will stop supporting WordPad and remove the text editor from Windows, writes Bleeping Computer. WordPad allows users to create and edit documents with formatted text, as well as include images and links to other files. It has been automatically installed on Windows systems since 1995, ... Read more

Microsoft separates Teams from Office 365 and Microsoft 365 for users in Europe

On October 1, Microsoft will separate Teams from Office 365 and Microsoft 365 in the European Union. In doing so, the company will finally fulfill the promise it made back in April, writes Engadget. After that, the monthly cost of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 for European customers will be ... Read more

Microsoft sends malware-like pop-ups to Chrome users

Microsoft is sending pop-ups to some users suggesting that they replace Google’s default search engine with Microsoft Bing in the Chrome browser, writes The Verge. According to the author of the publication, he became one of these users. His main computer is running Windows 11. A pop-up window appeared after ... Read more

Microsoft plans to remove five outdated features from Edge browser

Microsoft is preparing to reduce the number of features in the new version of its Edge web browser, according to The Verge. These include the Math Problem Solver, Picture Dictionary, Quotes, Grammar Tools, and Kids Mode. Recently, Microsoft has already announced that these features are outdated. They intend to remove ... Read more

Microsoft integrates Python into Excel to improve data analysis and visualization

Microsoft has announced plans to integrate the popular Python programming language into Excel. Stefan Kinnestrand, general manager of modern work at Microsoft, explains that users can now perform advanced data analysis in Excel by accessing Python directly from the Excel ribbon, without having to install any additional software or add-ins. ... Read more

Microsoft will sell cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft to Activision to get UK approval

Technology giant Microsoft will sell the rights to cloud streaming of Activision Blizzard games to French company Ubisoft, writes The Verge. The move should reassure British regulators who are concerned about the impact of the $68.7 billion deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard on competition. The UK’s Competition and Markets ... Read more

More default programs can now be uninstalled in Windows 11

Windows 11 now allows you to uninstall more default applications, writes TechRadar. This was noticed by users of the test build of the operating system number 25931. According to it, the Photos, People, and Remote Desktop Client (MSTSC) applications can be removed from Windows 11. Earlier, Microsoft allowed users to ... Read more

Microsoft announced the closure of the Xbox 360 store in July 2024

Microsoft has announced that support for the Xbox 360 Store on consoles and the Xbox 360 Marketplace will end on July 29, 2024. This is stated in the company’s announcement. After this date, users will no longer be able to purchase new games, DLC, and other entertainment content for Xbox ... Read more

New additions to the Xbox/PC Game Pass catalog coming soon

Microsoft announces a new addition to the Xbox/PC Game Pass catalog. The following games will be added to the catalog in late August and early September 2023. Now available: Quake II (Cloud, Xbox Series X|S, PC) Updated classic 3D shooter. Everspace 2 (Cloud, Xbox Series X|S) Space action/RPG from ROCKFISH ... Read more