Microsoft news recap: all Mixer streamers can now request monetisation, Mike Ybarra leaving Microsoft, and more

Jack Wilkinson


Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

All Mixer streamers can now request verification and access to monetization features

Good news for new-comers to Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer, as the platform now allows all Mixer streamers to request access to monetisation features, as well as verification of their profile.

Mixer streaming verification symbol

Mike Ybarra, Corporate Vice President for Xbox Live, Game Pass, and Mixer, is leaving the company

Mike Ybarra, a well-known figure in the Xbox community, as well as being Corporate Bice President for Xbox Live, Game Pass, and Mixer, has announced his departure from the company after a 20-year tenure.

Microsoft is offering a slimmed down single “Office Mobile” app preloaded on select Samsung phones

Select Samsung phones will have a slimmed-down “Office Mobile” app that will be pre-loaded. The app is only available on the Galaxy Store, not the Google Play Store.

Microsoft to expand TV white spaces Airband Initiative globally

Microsoft’s aim of bringing broadband access to unserved areas of the U.S is expanding to become a global initiative. The aim is to reach 40 million people who have access to little or no high-speed broadband.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.