Microsoft news recap: Minecraft’s Super Duper Graphics pack cancelled, LinkedIn’s app could get a dark mode, and more

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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!

Xbox head Phil Spencer says Microsoft isn’t working on a “streaming-only console”

With Microsoft working on a game streaming platform, somewhat similar to Google’s Stadia, rumours began circling that the company is working on a streaming-only console. The Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has squashed these rumours by saying that the company isn’t working on a “streaming-only console.”

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Minecraft to keep its pixelated style as Super Duper Graphics pack is now officially canceled

After years of waiting, it is official. Minecraft’s long-promised Super Duper Graphics pack which promised higher-resolution graphics and new features, similar to shaders on PC, has been cancelled. The company cited issues with performance, saying that it couldn’t deliver the expected experience across all devices.

Microsoft clarifies policies, but won’t stop human reviews of Skype and Cortana conversations at this time

After being called out for contractors listening in on Skype translation calls, Microsoft has updated its policies to state that humans may review Skype and Cortana conversations, however, despite the strong backlash, it won’t put a halt to the practice.

Microsoft clarifies policies, but won’t stop human reviews of Skype and Cortana conversations at this time

LinkedIn mobile app could soon get dark mode support

An app researcher has found code in the LinkedIn mobile app that shows the social network may be working on a dark mode for the app, though it looks to be in an early stage of development with dark text on a dark background in some areas.

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

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