Microsoft news recap: FTC requires more info on Actvision Blizzard acquisition, Microsoft Translator improves translation speed, 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!

Xbox Game Studios Publishing Cloud officially unveiled at GDC 2022

At GDC 2022, Microsoft announced a new cloud gaming division of Xbox Game Studios Publishing, which has an aim of working with studios on developing cloud-native games, bringing them exclusively to the Xbox ecosystem.

Accusations of bribery in Microsoft’s business investments surface

A former employee, who lost their job in 2018, has spoken out to accuse the company of bribery in its foreign business investments, though Microsoft has said that the accusations are many years old and have been addressed.

Microsoft logo and name at conference

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard requires more information be given to the FTC

The FTC has requested information from both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, as part of the former’s acquisition of the company. It appears that this is more a formality, and assuming that the requested documents can be provided and is satisfactory, the FTC process will proceed as normal.

Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard requires more information be given to the FTC - - March 23, 2022

Microsoft Translator enhancements speed up translation times

Z-Code Mixture of Experts has been added to Microsoft’s Azure Translation Cognitive Service, a new way in which different elements of the models can learn to do different tasks. Microsoft Translator benefits from this by way of faster translation times.


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