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!
LinkedIn lays off entire events marketing team
LinkedIn has laid off all of the staff on its worldwide event marketing team, instead encouraging those affected to apply for new roles that focus on virtual, in-person, and hybrid experiences. It comes at a time as many large tech giants are beginning to slow down their recruitment or make layoffs, including Google and Meta, among others.
Google adds Xbox Cloud Gaming integration to search results
Google is testing some new features for its homepage and search results, and one of those is an integration with cloud gaming services. The search giant is showing a "Play" button alongside search results for games that are playable on cloud gaming services, including Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Add Xbox Cloud Gaming to the list too! pic.twitter.com/LgXgSpe6wt
— Bryant Chappel (@BryantChappel) August 11, 2022
Microsoft shuts down consumer Modern Life Experiences team of 200
Alongside the LinkedIn layoffs, Microsoft is making some of its own layoffs. Microsoft's Modern Life Experiences team is being shut down, which contains 200 people. The team's role was to create products and services that resonated with professional consumers, following disruption caused by the axing of products and services such as Windows Phone, Microsoft Band, and Groove Music.
Unity selects Microsoft Azure as its cloud partner
Microsoft Azure has been selected as Unity Technologies' cloud partner. Unity is well-known for its gaming engine, and the partnership will mean that both companies will work together to make it easier for game creators to publish to Xbox and PC games, whilst Unity will be using Azure for operating real-time 3D (RT3D) experiences from the Unity engine.
That's it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.