Microsoft news recap: Minecraft Earth shuts down, AT&T moving 5G network to Microsoft cloud, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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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!

Next Microsoft Flight Simulator Update will help boost performance of the simulator on your PC

If the performance of Microsoft Flight Simulator is an issue on your PC, the next update may be just for you. With the next update, performance will be a big focus, and it is expected to drive a boost in performance of the game. As an example, a PC configured with an Intel Core i7-9700K processor, and an RTX 2060 Super graphics card, you can see that Sim update 5 helps the game run at a solid 60 FPS on Ultra settings at 4K resolution, whereas Sim Update 4 struggles to run at 30 FPS.

Microsoft and Google’s courtroom-truce ends after six years and ahead of regulatory scrutiny

A 6-year courtroom truce between Microsoft and Google has come to an end. It comes at a time when scrutiny from regulators around the world heats up, and means that Microsoft and Google could be seeing each other in the courtrooms again.

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Minecraft Earth is shutting down on iOS and Android today

Minecraft Earth, Microsoft’s augmented reality game focused on Minecraft, shutdown this week on iOS and Android, after Microsoft previously said that it would focus resources elsewhere, following the pandemic which restricted free movement, meaning that the game’s purpose has become less of a reality.

AT&T to move 5G network to Microsoft’s cloud with new strategic alliance

Microsoft and AT&T announced that they have agreed a new strategic allowance which will see AT&T move its 5G network into Microsoft’s cloud, whilst Microsoft will acquire the “technology and talent” from AT&T’s Network Cloud.

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This week in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams meetings are getting Music Mode to improve audio quality

A new Music Mode is coming to meetings which aims to improve audio quality. This new mode will automatically optimise the settings to preserve the audio quality of the original sound/clip.

Microsoft Teams starts rolling out automatic recording option for meetings

The option to automatically record meetings has begun rolling out to users. With this option enabled, meetings will be recorded automatically, commencing when the first participant joins the meeting.

Microsoft Teams displays get Live captions support for 1:1 calls, new wallpapers, and more

Live caption support is now available on displays for 1:1 calls. In addition, new wallpapers are available in a range of designs and colours. Finally, a new setting which provides the ability to unmute participants without raising their hand is also being made available, designed to increase engagement.

Microsoft details big performance improvements coming first to Teams for Consumers in the move away from Electron

As Microsoft moves away from Electron, Microsoft Teams for Consumers is expected to receive a big performance improvement in its transition. Overall, the update is expected to use half the memory of the current Microsoft Teams setup.

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