A leak of an internal memo authored by Yusuf Mehdi, reveals the future of Windows. There, he praised Panos Panay's contributions to the development of Windows and Surface. Panos, who was responsible for Surface and Windows for many years recently announced his resignation. Microsoft will continue to invest in these products, but intends to place more emphasis on AI.
Once again, Microsoft has been thrust into the limelight following a breach of confidential data. The incident is said to have occurred as a result of an error made by a research group that was working on artificial intelligence.
After 19 years at Microsoft, Panos Panay has announced his departure from the company via a post on X (formerly Twitter). During his tenure, he oversaw the development of Surface devices and led the creation of client versions of Windows, including Windows 11.
Following negotiations with UK regulators, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have agreed to extend their merger agreement until October 18. The companies have committed to following all regulatory agreements and will work with the CMA to address any concerns raised in the UK. Microsoft Vice Chairman and President Brad Smith expressed confidence in finalizing the deal.
Microsoft has recently announced a new round of layoffs, although the exact number of affected employees has not been specified. The cuts are expected to primarily impact workers in sales, education, support services, and the Microsoft Modern Work team.
Microsoft Entra ID is new the new name for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). It will be in use somewhere "in the second half of 2023" . The name change reflects the consolidation of the Microsoft Entra product family and aims to simplify secure access experiences.
A U.S. federal court has rejected the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) request to block the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. It is a victory for Microsoft in the U.S. lawsuit, although the FTC still has the option to appeal the ruling.
Microsoft is beginning to reduce their service fragmentation by bringing authenticated, user-facing Microsoft 365 apps and services onto a single domain cloud.microsoft. Consolidating Microsoft 365's user-facing authenticated experiences onto a single domain has several benefits for customers.
The earnings report for Microsoft's third quarter of fiscal year 2023 is now available. During this period, the company generated $52.9 billion in revenue and $18.3 billion in net profit. To compare, in the same quarter of the previous year, the revenue was $49.4 billion and the net profit was $16.7 billion.
In anticipation of Earth Day 2023, Microsoft is highlighting their efforts to save energy and resources, while simultaneously promoting their partners' efforts in this regard. One such example is the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) program, which accepts older computers, refurbishes them, and installs new Microsoft software.