Tag: Microsoft

The DeanBeat: Sorting through the steamy evidence in Apple v. Epic Games

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  The game industry has been buzzing about the Apple v. Epic Games antitrust lawsuit since testimony in the three-week trial began on Monday. The arguments aren’t surprising, but much of the material coming out of the trial extends far beyond the battle between these two companies. […]

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Microsoft: Pandemic ‘turbocharged’ digital transformation

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. The impact of the pandemic on tech investment has been a major theme over the past year. But a new report commissioned by Microsoft underscores just how profoundly COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation plans. In a study from Microsoft and the Economist […]

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Microsoft launches Power BI Goals to help manage productivity

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. At its virtual Business Applications Summit, Microsoft today announced the launch of Power BI Goals, a set of tools in preview that lets customers tap the AI capabilities in Power BI to discover opportunities to improve business results. Microsoft says Goals […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets Red Dead Online, Just Cause 4, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and more in May

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Microsoft announced a new wave of titles coming to Xbox Game Pass throughout May, including some big games from Rockstar and Square Enix. Game Pass is Microsoft’s premium subscription service that gives users access to large list of downloadable games. It has become a huge revenue […]

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Tech Giants’ Obscene Pandemic Profits Are Begging to Be Taxed

America’s economic overlords offered their first quarter earnings reports yesterday, and the news is, as expected, good for Silicon Valley. Beyond good, in fact. The country’s tech industry is taking in unprecedented amounts of money—“bonkers dollars,” as The New York Times described it. Facebook doubled its profits; Microsoft increased its cloud business revenue by 50 […]

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Microsoft teases Word’s next default font — so we got a designer to weigh in

Big, terrifying changes are afoot: there’s going to be a new default font in Microsoft Word. Please, don’t panic. You can riot, sure, but no panicking. This decision was announced on Microsoft’s blog. In the piece, the company explains that it has commissioned five different fonts that could potentially replace the current default, Calibri. The piece […]

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Microsoft reduces its cut for games on Windows Store to 12%

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Microsoft took time this morning to reiterate its commitment to gaming on Windows. That started with a blog this morning from Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty. In that post, Booty talked in general terms about what Xbox on PC looks like in the future. But he […]

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Microsoft provides progress update on Open Data Campaign

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. In April 2020, Microsoft launched the Open Data Campaign, an effort to furnish countries and companies with data and make it easier to use, share, and collaborate with that data. Today, the company shared the progress it’s made toward those goals, […]

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Epic Won’t Be Bringing Fortnite Onto Microsoft’s xCloud Platform

Right now, Fortnite is available on a multitude of platforms including Microsoft’s Xbox platform, so you would think that it would also eventually be made available through Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming services. However, if you were hoping for that to happen as a way to play Fortnite on iOS devices, think again. Advertising During the […]

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Judge says Amazon suit alleging Trump interfered in Project JEDI can go ahead

An Amazon lawsuit alleging former President Donald Trump interfered in the selection process for the Department of Defense’s JEDI project can go forward, a federal judge ruled today. The ruling stems from a 2019 lawsuit where Amazon insisted Trump purposefully snubbed the company in favor of Microsoft for the JEDI account – a $10B program to […]

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer explains how he had to change to do his job

There’s still time to join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Register for access. One of the recent defining characteristics of Xbox as a brand is a sense that the company is listening. That is something that fans have seen the Xbox team express externally, but it started internally as part of a diversity effort. The […]

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Microsoft beats Q3 revenue expectations, spurred by strong cloud sales

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. (Reuters) — Microsoft on Tuesday met analysts’ quarterly sales expectations and beat profit estimates, but its shares fell slightly as investors hoped for an even stronger performance after a year-long rally to a massive market valuation. The Redmond, Washington company has […]

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Xbox Series X/S demand drives 232% growth for Microsoft gaming hardware

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for a free or VIP pass today. Microsoft’s gaming division helped contribute a significant boost to its revenue during its fiscal Q3 2021 earnings report today. Xbox hardware revenue jumped 232% year-over-year as consumers rush out to pick up Xbox Series X/S consoles. These new systems were, […]

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Don’t Expect To See Microsoft’s xCloud On The Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is looking to bring its xCloud game streaming service to various platforms, even iOS which is impressive given how restrictive Apple has been with regards to game streaming. This has led to some to wonder if maybe Microsoft could also bring xCloud onto competing gaming consoles, like that of the Nintendo Switch. Advertising Unfortunately […]

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Ally partners with Microsoft to explore quantum computing use cases in fintech

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Microsoft today announced that fintech firm Ally will join the former’s Azure Quantum program to explore how quantum computing can create opportunities in the financial sector. The two companies say that they’ll apply research on quantum-inspired algorithms to understand ways they […]

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Microsoft details the latest developments in machine learning at GTC 21

This article is part of the VB Lab Microsoft / NVIDIA GTC insight series. With the rapid pace of change taking place in AI and machine learning technology, it’s no surprise Microsoft had its usual strong presence at this year’s Nvidia GTC event. Representatives of the company shared their latest machine learning innovations in multiple […]

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GameStop’s ‘Sizable’ Xbox Series X Restock Has Apparently Already Sold Out

Earlier today, GameStop’s official Twitter account tweeted that the Xbox Series X model was now available to purchase through their Xbox All Access package. However, within two hours of the tweet — posted at 7 AM PST this morning — the console was reported as sold out. In addition, customers who were able to snag […]

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Xbox gets AMD FidelityFX — laying groundwork for Super Resolution

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. During its Game Stack Live event this week for developers, Microsoft revealed that it is incorporating AMD’s FidelityFX tools directly into the Xbox Series X/S game development kit. This enables studios to get parity between their PC and Xbox versions of […]

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