Items tagged with NASDAQ:MSFT

Square-Enix's Forspoken is out now, meaning that you can actually test DirectStorage in a real game. Forspoken even includes a built-in benchmark that not only shows framerates but also tracks load times. As you'd expect, faster SSDs mean faster load times, but they have another curious effect too: lower frame... Read more...
The "not like Left 4 Dead" undead fighting thriller Redfall, by Arkane Austin and Bethesda Softworks, has a new trailer we are very excited about. We now know when we'll get to visit the fictional island village of Redfall, Massachussettes, as well as a whole slew of gameplay details. During the extensive... Read more...
Following the announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company is laying off 10,000 employees, 343 Industries issued a statement on the future of its highly-popular Halo franchise. The layoffs come at a time when other tech companies, such as Google and Meta, are cutting back its workforces as... Read more...
This whole Microsoft-buys-Activision deal is looking less and less likely by the week. Last week, NVIDIA and Google spoke up against the purchase, and the week before that, Microsoft had to revise its response to the FTC to remove remarks that recommended the outright destruction of the commission. Now, a new... Read more...
Following the case of Microsoft attempting to acquire Activision-Blizzard-King is like watching a stage play put on by middle-schoolers: full of drama, unscripted twists, and surprise setbacks. The latest event in this grand saga is a big one: both Google and NVIDIA have thrown their hats into the ring, providing... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out an update soon to Xbox, making it the first carbon-aware console. The company is aiming at becoming carbon-negative, water positive, and zero waste by 2030. Tech companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce carbon footprints. Last March, Microsoft outlined its plan for its... Read more...
OneDrive is Microsoft's answer to the Dropboxes and Google Drives of the world, and it's about to get cheaper. Microsoft has announced a new "Basic" tier of the service, which will cost $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. It replaces a 100GB plan that offered just storage, but this one will have a few useful add-ons... Read more...
Last call for alcohol! Just kidding, we're not really drinking on the job (honest!). However, the Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 support party has finally come to an end, with today marking the last day of each operating system's extended lifecycle. What that means in a nutshell is that, after today, Microsoft is no... Read more...
Quick, when you think of Arkane games, what do you think of? You're likely picturing titles like Dishonored, DeathLoop, and Prey. Which are all amazing titles and series in their own right. However, people don't typically think that Arkane normally develops truly open world titles, let alone multiplayer co-op ones... Read more...
This attempt by Microsoft to purchase Activision-Blizzard has been incredibly contentious. Besides challenges from the industry, the attempted acquisition has seen push-back from legislators in several places, including the EU, the UK, and here at home in the US. The FTC filed a lawsuit to block the purchase, and what... Read more...
We all like to think our organization's e-mail is secure—secure in the knowledge that your IT administrator is keeping things up to date, safe, and secure. After all, you have to change your password every three months, right? Well, according to a recent report there are more than 70,000 Microsoft Exchange servers... Read more...
It looks like there is now a solution for Windows users who have been seeing too much of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) recently. If you are a Windows 10 or Windows 11 user, and your system uses one of the popular modern Intel wireless adapter hardware solutions for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a new driver is... Read more...
This Activision-Blizzard-King sale to Microsoft has been contentious, to say the least. Regulators from the UK and the EU have piped up on the issue, a group of individual gamers are suing to block the purchase, and even the United States Federal Trade Commission is stepping in to nix the merger. Microsoft has now... Read more...
Opinions across both the industry and the fandom are sharply divided on the merits and maladies of Microsoft's attempt to mix in Activision-Blizzard-King. This procedure was proposed way back in January of this year, and it's faced numerous hurdles along the way, including challenges from UK and EU regulators as well... Read more...
Stop me if you've heard this one: Microsoft released a Windows update recently, and it's causing the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) on some systems. Yes, it's a story almost as old as Windows itself, but Microsoft says it's investigating the issue currently plaguing Windows 10 systems after this month's Patch... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft Defender for IoT researchers discovered malicious downloads that affect Windows and Linux devices. These downloads, among other propagation methods, ensnare local devices in a botnet used to attack Minecraft servers around the world. Threat actors, or more likely script kiddies, are... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission has voted to issue an administrative complaint against Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition of game developer Activision-Blizzard. The announcement follows Microsoft's agreement with Nintendo concerning the highly-popular Call of Duty franchise. Just a mere two days ago, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer... Read more...
Yet another chapter in the Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard merger has surfaced and this time it is an agreement with Nintendo. While Microsoft has been under scrutiny from multiple regulators in the UK and EU, it has been apparently wining-and-dining regulators in the US. It has also making deals with other... Read more...
Yet another chapter in the story of Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision-Blizzard is unfolding. We're again talking about the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In November we saw that the FTC was considering a lawsuit to stop the mega-deal. However, recently, Microsoft has been talking about... Read more...
Microsoft kicked off 2022 by announcing its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, and as we close in on the end of the year, Call of Duty has become the sticking point. Sony has objected to the deal, which could prevent it from offering future Call of Duty titles, but Microsoft is seeking to... Read more...
It seems like regulators are starting to push more thorns into Microsoft's sides lately. The United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is probably going to take a gander at this $69 Billion acquisition. Tacking on to the the headache Microsoft is already experiencing thanks to the EU Commission investigation and... Read more...
Microsoft has announced Games for Work. This is a new app for its Teams workplace collaboration app, to facilitate playing games with co-workers. Gaming with co-workers might be considered an unwelcome distraction by some employers, but Microsoft asserts that some co-worker gaming fun can "build trust, create... Read more...
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