Microsoft announced that Build 2022 will again be an online event. Everyone can join, as registration is free. The registration website is already live and open.
Microsoft is developing a platform that will allow certain brands to buy and advertise in Xbox games. The ads will only be shown in free games and will not interfere with the gameplay.
Microsoft again reorganized several key groups and departments. From now on, Surface Duo OS, SwiftKey, Phone Link, Microsoft Launcher, and several other Android software development teams have moved into the new Android Microsoft Platform and Experiences (AMPX) division, according to Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. Previously, they were part of the Microsoft Mobile Experiences (MMX) division, which also develops products for iOS and iPadOS.
Microsoft has announced that the Build 2022 annual developer conference will be held May 24-26. Its official website says that registration for the event will open at the end of April.
Microsoft plans to keep Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard games available on PlayStation consoles. This won't change even after the deal is closed and all existing agreements have ended. This was announced by company president Brad Smith in a blog post.
Microsoft has published its earnings report for the Q2 2022 fiscal quarter. Revenue for the specified period amounted to $51.7 billion; net income - $18.8 billion. For comparison, for the same period last year, revenue was $ 43.1 billion; net profit — $15.5 billion.
Phil Spencer has been named CEO of the new Microsoft Gaming division. It includes all of the company's gaming assets. This means that now all the heads of Microsoft's gaming business will report directly to Spencer. Phil Spencer also announced the changes in an email to Xbox employees.
Microsoft has announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard, one of the world's leading game developers. The acquisition will reportedly accelerate the growth of Microsoft's gaming business across mobile, PC, consoles and the cloud. The transaction amount will be $68.7 billion. The Redmond firm plans to complete the purchase in the 2023 financial year.
On November 9, 2021, Microsoft is hosting an education-focused event where the company plans to reveal "new technology from Microsoft Education." The event's description is available on the news.microsoft.com website, and it says the following:
Microsoft's GitHub CEO Nat Friedman has announced that he leaves his role. From November 15th, he will be replaced by Thomas Domke, who is currently the Chief Product Officer of GitHub. The appropriate information is posted on the GitHub blog.