Here’s all the latest news and stories about Microsoft and its products and services.

Microsoft cloud services price hike

Beginning April 1, organizations in Europe will experience a price increase for the Microsoft cloud services they use.

“Microsoft Cloud continues to have competitive pricing, and Microsoft is deeply committed to the success of its customers and partners,” Microsoft said. “We will continue to invest in helping customers innovate, consolidate and eliminate operating costs, optimize business performance and efficiency, and provide the foundation for a strong security strategy that customers around the world have come to rely on “

The increase varies from country to country, but is expected to hit up to 15%. Affected customers include Denmark, Norway and Eurozone countries. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom would receive a 9% increase. According to Microsoft, it will review the US dollar exchange rate and local currency pricing twice a year in the future to determine the price adjustments to be made for its cloud services.

Microsoft layoffs in Israel

Microsoft is expected to ax some workers in Israel, as part of its global layoffs affecting 10,000 employees. According to Business Insider (via calculist), the layoffs will affect the cyber team at the R&D center in Israel. The place currently has 2,700 people, half of whom are working as part of the cyber security team. As per reports, the software giant is planning to lay off around 10% of the said workforce, resulting in hundreds of job cuts.

UK watchdog partially has a change of heart on Activision merger

After months of expressing solid skepticism over Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion merger, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority recently dropped one of its main concerns. On Friday, Finally Sentinel Agreed For clarification Microsoft has been repeatedly pointing out the irrationality of the removal Duty from PlayStation.

The CMA has received a significant amount of new evidence in response to its original provisional findings. After careful consideration of this new evidence, along with detailed information collected prior to issuing those provisional findings, the CMA Inquiry Group has updated its provisional findings and has come to the provisional conclusion that, overall, Len- The result of giving will not be substantially reduced. Competition in relation to console gaming in the UK.

Despite this, the CMA continues to express concern about other areas of the merger, such as its effects on cloud gaming.

“Our provisional view that this transaction raises concerns in the cloud gaming market is not affected by today’s announcement,” the CMA said. “Our investigation is on track to be completed by the end of April.”

Activision Blizzard’s stock jumped on Friday after this news.

Rumored Windows 12 Requirements

Recently there was a report about Meteor Lake-S desktop chipset. Assistant The rumored Windows 12, AKA “Next Valley” has led more people to believe that Microsoft is already making huge strides in its development. Subsequently, German Windows news outlet DeskModder (via neovin) claimed that the RAM requirement could increase to 8 GB in Windows 12, while the TPM 2.0 requirement would remain.

Microsoft clarifies arcane dev’s PS5 Redfall comment

Arkane creative director Harvey Smith recently shared In an interview that Microsoft’s acquisition of Zenimax was “a change with a capital C” and the team was told, “No PlayStation 5, we’re focusing on Xbox, PC and Game Pass.” This led to speculation that the Redmond company scrapped the original plan for a PlayStation version. red fall,

The news comes as Microsoft continues to explain its proposed megadeal merger to various regulators, with some concerns focusing on possible foreclosure strategies Microsoft could pursue should the deal close. With this, the software giant addressed it and clarified, although it did not directly emphasize whether there was indeed a PlayStation version. red fall, in a statement to eurogamerThe company said:

We have not taken any games from PlayStation. In fact, we’ve expanded our footprint of games shipped to Sony’s PlayStation since the ZeniMax acquisition, and the first two games we shipped after closing were PlayStation 5 exclusives. That’s what we’ve done since Minecraft took off when we expanded the reach of that franchise.

All of the games available on PlayStation are still available on PlayStation when we acquired ZeniMax in March 2021, and we’ve continued to update content across PlayStation and PC. We have always stated that future decisions about distributing ZeniMax games for other consoles will be made on a case-by-case basis.

new games coming to xbox

It’s here new games Coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows and Game Pass this week.

Runbeam Galactic – March 27 (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S / Smart Delivery)

Chef Life: A Restaurant Simulator – March 28 (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S / Smart Delivery)

Kingdom Rush Frontiers – March 28 (Xbox Play Anywhere)

MLB The Show 23 – March 28 (Optimized for Xbox Series X|S / Xbox Game Pass, Available on Day 1 with Game Pass,

Sifu – March 28 (Optimized for Xbox Series X|S / Smart Delivery)

Dredge – March 29th (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S / Smart Delivery)

Lunark – March 29 (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S / Smart Delivery)

Palindrome Syndrome – March 29th (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S / Smart Delivery)

Saga of Sin – March 29 (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S)

Tales of the Neon Sea – March 29

Erie: Quiet Mind 3 – March 30

Formula Retro Racing: World Tour – March 30

Guns N’ Run – March 30

Infinite Guitars – March 30 (Xbox Game Pass, Available on Day 1 with Game Pass,

The Last Worker – March 30 (Optimized for Xbox Series X|S)

Rally Rock ‘n Racing – March 30 (Optimized for XBOX Series X|S / Smart Delivery / Xbox Play Anywhere)

Automatic bullet formatting in PowerPoint for the web

Microsoft finally brought automatic formatting for bulleted lists to PowerPoint for the web. recently Post For Microsoft 365 Insiders, the company said it should now be available to all users of PowerPoint for web.

“Previously, you had to set up a bulleted list: Switch to the ribbon, choose the type of bullet you want, and then select the desired bullet icon style,” says Lakshay Gupta, a product manager on the PowerPoint for the Web team. he said. “Now you can create bulleted lists without taking your fingers off the keyboard or interrupting your editing flow.”

Xbox Game Pass $1 trial offer is no longer available

Microsoft stopped Xbox is introducing its $1 trial for Game Pass. The company confirmed this but said it is “evaluating various marketing promotions for new members in the future.” It is unknown what future promotions Microsoft will introduce in place of the deprecated $1 trial, but the move is expected to boost its image Game Pass Friends & Family The subscription plan, which is however still unavailable in the US and UK, is much cheaper than Xbox’s individual subscription offers.

20/200 bing chat limit

Microsoft said it conducted a test last weekend that aimed to further extend Bing’s chat limits. Now, the updated Bing Chat shows 20 chats per session, According to Michael Schechter, vice president of Microsoft Bing’s Growth and Distribution team, the test increased Bing’s daily chat limit to 200.

Microsoft warns companies violating Bing search index agreement

Microsoft Allegedly Two companies have been warned for using Bing’s search data for their AI chat products. according to a report by Bloomberg, these companies violate the terms of the search indexing agreement. Microsoft warned that it may terminate the licenses of these companies, which could soon end their access to the Bing search index. Although not named, the report shared three companies currently relying on Bing, including DuckDuckGo (DuckAssist), (YouChat), and Niva (NivaAI).

Updated Windows 10 Snip & Sketch and Windows 11 Snipping Tool

Microsoft addressed By updating the Acropleps flaw in two of its devices recently. Now available on the Microsoft Store, Windows 10 Snip & Sketch and Windows 11 Snipping Tool are now at version 11.2302.20.0 and 10.2008.3001.0 respectively. This issue allows the tool to keep the data of the removed parts of the cropped features instead of deleting them completely after overwriting the original file. However, Microsoft considers this a low-severity vulnerability due to specific conditions that must be met.

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