SES and Microsoft launch Satellite Communications Virtualisation Program

Satellite operator SES has announced an expanded partnership to focus on virtualised communications. Dubbed the Satellite Communications Virtualisation Program, the new partnership will focus on creating a new fully virtualised satellite communications ground network. This will be achieved through a broader industry ecosystem designed to deliver “everything from software-defined radios and customer edge terminals to […]

Microsoft begins testing Xbox UI overhaul for 2023

Microsoft has teased a refreshed Xbox UI, announcing that it is testing changes which will arrive on consoles in 2023. The company is making changes to layout and design of the user interface in order to make it easier to find apps and games, and to improve accessibility to internal OS areas like settings.  The […]

Microsoft’s US$69 billion Activision Blizzard deal would ‘harm rivals’ says CMA

Microsoft’s proposed US$69 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard has hit a roadblock, with the UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) raising concerns over the takeover. The deal, announced in January, would represent Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition, more than double the US$26 billion the company paid for LinkedIn in 2016, and would be the biggest […]

Microsoft confirmed as Netflix ad partner

The form of Netflix’s ad-supported subscription tier is beginning to take shape, with the streaming company confirming that it has signed up Microsoft as its tech and sales partner for the new offering. Netflix confirmed that it would introduce a cheaper, ad-supported offering in the wake of its first subscriber losses in a decade, with […]

CMA to examine US$70 billion Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal 

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has announced an investigation into Microsoft’s $68.7 billion takeover of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set a deadline of September 1 to determine whether the takeover would reduce competition in the UK, with the takeover set to be the […]

Microsoft confirms development of ‘Keystone’ Xbox streaming dongle 

After a year of hyping a potential smart TV game streaming solution, Microsoft has confirmed that it is working on a streaming dongle codenamed ‘Keystone’. In a statement to Windows Central the Xbox maker said: “Our vision for Xbox Cloud Gaming is unwavering, our goal is to enable people to play the games they want, […]

Telefónica and Microsoft expand partnership to focus on consumer market collaboration

Spanish telco Telefónica has announced an expanded global strategic relationship with Microsoft. The partnership will see the pair focus on accelerating the creation of joint initiatives in the consumer market. Such initiatives will be oriented around the development and commercialization of new proposals and solutions for the home, based on the network capabilities of Telefónica […]

FTC set to review Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is set to review Microsoft’s US$68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to Bloomberg, the FTC has been handed the antitrust review of the deal. The decision is noteworthy due to the FTC’s recent more aggressive stance towards mega mergers in the media and tech sectors under chair Lina […]

Microsoft to buy Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard in US$70 billion deal

Microsoft has announced a deal to acquire game publisher Activision Blizzard for US$68.7 billion. The deal represents Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition, and is more than double the US$26 billion the company paid for LinkedIn in 2016. Microsoft said that it would utilise the publisher’s games to boost its Game Pass subscription service, with Activision Blizzard […]

Microsoft confirms plans to bring cloud gaming to smart TVs, announces streaming stick

Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch a dedicated streaming stick and bring its Xbox Game Pass service to smart TVs. Details are currently scarce, but Microsoft has previously been open with its ambitions to expand its Xbox brand beyond games consoles and PC. The company previously hinted at a smart TV offering in November 2020, […]