Microsoft has made amendments to its proposed $69bn (£54bn) takeover of Activision Blizzard, in an attempt to win over the UK competition regulator that blocked the deal.
Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have extended the deadline of their proposed merger until 18th October this year.
The U.K. competition regulator on Friday said it is extending the deadline for its review of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision by six weeks.
A federal judge in the U.S. has denied the Federal Trade Commission’s motion for a preliminary injunction to stop Microsoft's acquisition of Activision.
A federal judge in the U.S. has issued a temporary restraining order blocking Microsoft's acquisition of Activision, pending hearings on the preliminary injunction being sought by the Federal Trade Commission in the case.
The European Commission—the body overseeing the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger—approved the $68.7 billion deal to go forward
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has blocked Microsoft's $68.7bn (£55bn) deal to acquire video game maker Activision Blizzard.
NVIDIA and Microsoft are to build one of the most powerful AI supercomputers in the world, powered by Microsoft Azure’s advanced supercomputing infrastructure combined with NVIDIA GPUs, networking and full stack of AI software
N!CK'S, Swedish-style better-for-you snacks and treats brand, has launched a limited-edition collection of light ice creams in collaboration with video gaming platform, Minecraft.
Netflix has selected Microsoft as its global technology and sales partner for its first ever ad-supported subscription streaming offering.
Microsoft is working with Volkswagen to bring HoloLens 2 augmented reality glasses to cars for the first time.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft today announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Microsoft's acquisition of speech recognition company Nuance.
Today, Microsoft are announcing the next-generation hybrid cloud platform for operators—Azure Operator Distributed Services
Microsoft has unveiled a new set of Open App Store Principles that will apply to the Microsoft Store on Windows and to the next-generation marketplaces the company will build for games.
Microsoft has agreed to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard, for around $68.7bn, including net cash, in the biggest deal ever for the company.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are opening an investigation into Microsoft's acquisition of speech recognition company Nuance.
Wejo Group is developing a breakthrough Wejo Neural Edge platform that will enable intelligent handling of data from vehicles at scale
ExtraHop has expanded decryption support for Microsoft authentication and application protocols, providing high-fidelity detection of malicious activity associated with nearly two-thirds of the most exploited network protocols.
Microsoft, has expanded its global payments relationship with Worldpay from FIS, where Worldpay will provide online credit and debit card processing for Microsoft online store fronts including, Xbox, Microsoft Advertising, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Microsoft has released the first preview of Android apps on Windows 11, available for Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel in the U.S.
Anyone using a consumer Microsoft account can now go completely passwordless! You can now delete your password from your Microsoft account—or set up a new account with no password—
BlackBerry has enhanced the integration of BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM) and Microsoft 365, where BlackBerry UEM and Microsoft 365 customers can now enjoy a BlackBerry secure version of modern authentication in the cloud.
Verizon has launched its private edge computing solution as an on-premises option for business, tapping into Microsoft's Azure Stack Edge.
Microsoft Windows 11, the first major update to the platform since the launch of Windows 10 nearly six years ago, will start to become available on October 5, 2021.
Microsoft has hired ex Amazon cloud executive Charlie Bell as a corporate vice president. Bell, who left Amazon Web Services a fortnight ago, is now listed by Microsoft as a corporate vice president
Microsoft and Rubrik have signed a strategic agreement that includes a Microsoft equity investment in Rubrik to drive go to market activities and co-engineering projects to deliver integrated Zero Trust data protection solutions built on Microsoft Azure.
HSBC Bank USA and Microsoft will provide grants and resources to support Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
NEC Enterprise Solutions has launched two new cloud-based Unified Communications packages in the UK. UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT “WITH” Microsoft Teams and UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT “FOR” Microsoft Teams
The National Security Agency (NSA) has awarded a contract worth up to $10 billion to Amazon , setting off another fight between Amazon and Microsoft over national security contracts
BT and Microsoft today announced a new strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services in sectors from digital manufacturing to health, setting businesses in the UK and around the world back to growth.
In the U.S., the Biden administration and Western allies have formally blamed China for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software and asserted that criminal hackers associated with the Chinese government have carried out ransomware and other illicit cyber operations.
Microsoft is to to acquire RiskIQ – a global threat intelligence and attack surface management company, with the aim of aiding the company offer a better service to their users in security terms.
Microsoft today unveiled Windows 11, the first major update to the platform since the launch of Windows 10 nearly six years ago. Windows 11 features a cleaner interface and pushes further toward a mobile-friendly environment inspired by shifts to how PCs have been used amid a COVID-19 pandemic forcing many to work remotely.
Microsoft has acquired ReFirm Labs, a provider of device vulnerability management and firmware security analysis. Microsoft says the acquisition will "enrich" its firmware analysis and security capabilities across intelligent edge devices, from servers to IoT.
Microsoft and O2 are working on a proof-of-concept (PoC) designed to explore the benefits of on-premise Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) within a Private 5G Network, focusing on security and low latency - a new innovation in the UK.
Microsoft’s Section 52, the Azure Defender for IoT security research group, recently uncovered a series of critical memory allocation vulnerabilities in IoT and OT devices that adversaries could exploit to bypass security controls in order to execute malicious code or cause a system crash.
ManTech and Google Cloud are to provide cloud and analytics services to the U.S. federal government. The partnership represents a strategic focus to jointly serve the mission needs of the federal government.
The Met Office has signed a multimillion-pound agreement with Microsoft for a 10-year collaboration on a weather and climate forecasting supercomputer. This new supercomputer – expected to be the world’s most advanced dedicated to weather and climate
Check Point Research (CPR), the Threat Intelligence arm of Check Point Software, has published its new Brand Phishing Report for Q1 2021. The report highlights the brands which were most frequently imitated by criminals in their attempts to steal individuals’ personal information or payment credentials during January, February and March.
Varonis Data Security Platform now supports Microsoft's U.S. Government Community Cloud (GCC/Impact Level 2) and U.S. Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High/Impact Level 4) environments.
Microsoft and Nuance Communications have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Nuance for $56.00 per share, implying a 23% premium to the closing price of Nuance on Friday, April 9, in an all-cash transaction valued at $19.7 billion, inclusive of Nuance’s net debt.
Microsoft's new 64-bit version of OneDrive is now available as a public preview, which means anyone can download and install it as long as you meet the necessary requirements. The new edition is aimed at OneDrive work, school and home accounts, and will supplement—not replace—the existing 32-bit version.
Microsoft has finally brought availability zones to the south of Brazil in São Paulo State, as part of Microsoft's "More Brazil" plan, and comes at the same time IBM is announcing its first multi-zone region in the country.
Nokia and Microsoft are to develop new market-ready 4G and 5G private wireless use cases designed for enterprises. The collaboration will combine Nokia’s Cloud RAN (vRAN) technologies with Microsoft Azure cloud-based services.
The European Commission has cleared Microsoft's $7.5b purchase of ZeniMax, the parent company of video game maker Bethesda Softworks.
Microsoft has joined an informal coalition with four European publisher lobbying groups to draft and propose regulations that "mandate payment" for news content by "gatekeepers that have dominant market power,".
Mantrac Group, the authorized dealer for CAT products in Egypt, has recently announced ‘Virtual Work Place’ initiative that it will accelerate remote working.
More than two million NHSmail mailboxes have been moved to Exchange Online, a part of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, as part of the UK government’s programme to adopt a fully connected cloud-driven health service.
SAP and Microsoft are to integrate Microsoft Teams with SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions. The companies also formalized an extensive expansion of an existing strategic partnership to accelerate the adoption of SAP S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure.
Cruise and General Motors have entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles. The companies say that they will will bring together their software and hardware engineering excellence, cloud computing capabilities, manufacturing know-how and partner ecosystem to transform transportation to create a safer, cleaner and more accessible world for everyone.
Microsoft is inviting applications for its newest Council for Digital Good, an 18-month engagement program for U.S. teens focused on understanding, recognizing and reducing digital risks and promoting safer, healthier and more respectful online interactions.
A day after it was disclosed that Israeli intelligence firm NSO Group hacked iPhones of 36 Al Jazeera journalists, top tech company's Microsoft, Google, Cisco, VMware and the Internet Association filed an amicus brief in a legal case brought by Facebook-owned WhatsApp against the NSO Group.
CNH Industrial has signed a five-year agreement to collaborate with Microsoft and Accenture to develop a system of digital services for its operations.
Microsoft has previously tried to integrate Android applications into Windows 10 via a project called Astoria which never really came to fruition.
Microsoft has added several new features, such as picture-in-picture support, natural language search, caller ID for voicemail messages, and more to Microsoft Teams for Android.
Microsoft is rolling out the ability to run multiple Android apps via the Your Phone app for Windows Insiders. However, this new capability will be available only for select Samsung smartphones.
The Apple TV app will be installed on Microsoft's Xbox S and Xbox X, when Microsoft’s next-generation consoles start shipping next week.
Perion Network and Microsoft have renewed a multi-year strategic partnership to drive search advertising business growth through Perion’s search technology division, CodeFuel.
Microsoft reported fiscal Q1 results today that beat on the top and bottom lines with $31.7B in revenue and $1.82 EPS, which is $0.28 above estimates.
Verizon and Microsoft are to create new ways for enterprises to accelerate the delivery of fast and secure 5G applications, benefiting from reliable and low-latency connections.
Bentley Systems and Microsoft are expanding their strategic alliance focused on advancing infrastructure for smart city urban planning and smart construction.
Microsoft's Defender Research Team has found a piece of a particularly sophisticated Android ransomware with novel techniques and behaviour, exemplifying the rapid evolution of mobile threats that they have also observed on other platforms.
ZEISS Group and Microsoft have signed a multi-year strategic partnership to accelerate ZEISS’ transformation into a digital services provider that is embracing a cloud-first approach. By standardizing its equipment and processes on Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform, ZEISS will be able to provide its customers with enhanced digital experiences, address changing market needs more quickly and increase its productivity.
BlackBerry has integrated its critical event management platform, BlackBerry AtHoc, with the real-time collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams, ensuring that any organization managing critical events using Teams is able to contact, alert, and account for everyone within the organization directly through the Teams platform.
To empower manufacturers with agility, intelligence, and scale to deliver digital transformation initiatives, from the cloud to the edge, Rockwell Automation and Microsoft have announced a five year partnership expansion.
Microsoft has launched the Surface Laptop Go, bringing a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, Intel’s 10th Gen i5 Quad-Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, up to 13 hours of battery life, fast charging, and only weighs 2.45 pounds.
Google Meet, Google's premium video-conferencing solution, now has a new noise cancellation feature that will let you filter out disruptive background noise on Android and iOS. The new feature is available to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers on web, Android and iOS.
Samsung are collaborating with Microsoft on an end-to-end, cloud-based private 5G network solution. As a part of this collaboration, the two companies plan to advance the virtualization of 5G solutions, which will include the deployment of Samsung’s virtualized RAN, virtualized Core, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technologies on Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft has unveiled Azure Orbital, a service to help customers move data from satellites directly into the Azure cloud for processing and storage. The announcement marks the latest chapter in the competition between Microsoft and Amazon to connect satellite communications networks with cloud infrastructure.
AT&T and Microsoft are teaming up to enable enterprises to seamlessly connect machines and equipment to the cloud with highly secure network connectivity across the globe. As part of the effort, AT&T is working with Microsoft to deliver an integrated IoT solution with Azure Sphere.
Microsoft announced plans today to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest privately held game developers and publishers in the world.
bp and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate as strategic partners to further digital transformation in energy systems and advance the net zero carbon goals of both companies. This includes a co-innovation effort focused on digital solutions, the continued use of Microsoft Azure as a cloud-based solution for bp infrastructure and bp supplying renewable energy.
Nutanix and Microsoft Azure will create a hybrid solution that unifies management across on-premises and Azure environments using Nutanix Clusters. The new partnership will enable both companies to deliver a hybrid solution with seamless application, data, and license mobility as well as unified management across on-premises and Azure environments, using Nutanix Clusters on Azure.
Microsoft will finally end support for Adobe Flash Player in all its web browsers by the end of 2020. In 2017, Microsoft had made a coordinated announcement with Apple, Adobe, Google, Facebook, and Mozilla regarding the discontinuity of Adobe Flash Player, a decision that was prompted because of more secure and high performing open techs like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly gaining more popularity in comparison to the Adobe Flash Player.
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of its $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) cloud computing contract proposals and determined that Microsoft's submission still represents the best value for the government.
Microsoft has joined Allianz, Amazon and S&P Global in announcing plans to launch the Climate Finance Foundation, a new initiative led by the Linux Foundation to build the OS-Climate Platform. This initiative leverages open-source analytics and open data to empower the investment community, as well as NGOs, academia and others, to help better model companies’ exposure to climate change.
Microsoft has announced a new tool that it claims can detect the presence of deepfake software in images and video as it seeks to tackle disinformation online. Deepfakes, or synthetic media, are photos, videos, or audio files manipulated by artificial intelligence (AI). And they’re becoming increasingly hard to detect.
Microsoft has added a series of new video-calling features to Teams, including a Together mode which looks to provide a new way to group chat. With the new update, Microsoft Teams users will be able to view more members on the mobile's screen and also consume less amount of internet data during a video call and more.
Microsoft and Samsung are teaming up to let users tap into the power of Your Phone app with Link to Windows integration on select Samsung devices to instantly access your phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.
President Trump said he would ban TikTok from the US Friday, which put ongoing acquisition discussions between Microsoft and TikTok parent company ByteDance on hold.
Microsoft is to discontinue all third-party Cortana skills on September 7, and in early 2021 the company will stop supporting the Cortana app for iOS and Android devices.
Microsoft has released an update to Translator for iOS, bringing Auto Mode for One on One Conversations.. With Auto mode, there’s no more need to push the microphone button when it’s your turn to talk—just select the languages, turn on the mic, and start the conversation.
RigNet has teamed up with CACI International (CACI) on CACI’s SteelBox Secure Voice and Text App for government users.
In a complaint filed before the European Commission, the EU's top competition regulator, Slack has accused Microsoft of antitrust violations for tying its Teams to Microsoft Office products.
BT has launched a new range of fully managed security and advisory services to support Microsoft Azure Sentinel.
In a multiyear partnership aimed at flexible workspace models amid the pandemic, Microsoft has selected Citrix Workspace as a preferred digital workspace solution.
Human Horizons and Microsoft are teaming up to jointly develop an on-board AI assistant, the HiPhiGo, for HiPhi vehicles. Human Horizons is an innovative mobility company with HiPhi, a subsidiary brand, providing premium smart all-electric vehicles.
Microsoft has bought the local operations of Finnish software engineering and design services company Movial to add more Android expertise to its in-house engineering teams.
Microsoft has revealed a strategic change in its retail operations, including closing Microsoft Store physical location.
While the benefits of IoT are well established and significant, one of the biggest hurdles for customers is securing IoT devices – both for new digitization initiatives as well as for legacy Operational Technology and industrial control system environments.
Microsoft President Brad Smith has said it’s time for antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe to discuss tactics that app stores use to take advantage of those who want to distribute their software.
FedEx and Microsoft have announced a new multiyear collaboration to help transform commerce by combining the global digital and logistics network of FedEx with the power of Microsoft's intelligent cloud.
The US Defense Department's inspector general has found that the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project cloud contract award process wasn't improperly influenced by President Trump.
Microsoft has released an update to their To-Do app for Android bringing mostly UI improvements. UI adjustments have been made to the list view, task view and various sections and links can now be displayed and made clickable in the email preview for flagged email tasks.