Microsoft has announced an expansion of its partnership with OpenAI. Company's machine learning-based solutions will be exclusive available via Azure. Microsoft will increase its investment in super computing, so OpenAI will be able to improve its ML models. The Redmond firm is also going to integrate OpenAI closer with its consumer and corporate products.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed in a message to employees that by March 31, 2023, the company will lay off about 10 thousand people, which is approximately 5% of the total number of Microsoft employees.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore is leaving the company after 32 years with the company. He posted a statement on Twitter, and also sent out an email to the company's employees detailing his decision. He was in his position for the past two years.
Microsoft laid off about 1,000 employees this week, people familiar with the matter said. It is known that cuts have affected many divisions, including Xbox, Experiences + Devices, as well as the 'Microsoft Strategic Missions and Technology' that works on the newest tech.
Business Insider reports that Alex Kipman, one of Microsoft's top tech specialists, who is head of HoloLens is leaving the company following allegations of verbal abuse and sexual harassment.
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.