Microsoft news recap: Xbox Design Lab makes a comeback, CEO Satya Nadella elected as Chairman of the Board, 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!

Microsoft brings back Xbox Design Lab for customizing its new Xbox Wireless Controller

This week saw the return of Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab, which allows players to design their own Xbox Wireless Controller with high levels of customisation.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update V: Nordics is now available

The latest World Update for Microsoft Flight Simulator has launched. The World Update V: Nordics update focuses on Europe’s Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. These countries can now be explored from the skies in greater detail, as well as 78 carefully crafted points of interest providing more realistic visuals.

Microsoft confirms Xbox One gamers will be able to play next-gen games via Xbox Cloud Gaming

Xbox Cloud Gaming is set to unleash an increased lifespan on previous gen Xbox consoles, as Microsoft confirmed that Xbox One consoles will be able to play next-gen games through Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella elected as Chairman of the Board

Replacing John Thompson, Satya Nadella was voted in unanimously as the Chairman of the Board, whilst remaining in his existing CEO role.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft SEO
Satya Nadella, Microsoft SEO

This week in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams for Android can now translate private chat messages

Private conversations with those who are fluent in a different language has now been made easier on Android, as the ability to translate private messages has been added.

Microsoft is expanding Fluid components to Teams Meetings and other Office apps

Fluid components, which enabled more collaborative experiences within chat conversations, are being expanded to Teams meetings, in addition to other Office apps. The idea is to make it easier to co-create within a meeting, from taking notes, setting an agenda, or assigning tasks.

Microsoft Teams adds laser pointer and inking support for PowerPoint Live presentations

Laser pointer and inking support has arrived for PowerPoint Live presentations in Microsoft Teams. The laser pointer is a virtual laser pointer, aimed at making it easier to emphasise important points.

Microsoft Teams is getting RTMP support for streaming large meetings on other platforms

Real Time Messaging Protocol support is to be added to Microsoft Teams, enabling support for streaming large meetings on other platforms, such as social media.

Microsoft Teams meetings are getting chat bubbles and 98-person Gallery view

The desktop app’s public preview has gained support for a 98-person Gallery view, an increase from the previous limit of 49. Meetings are also set to gain chat bubbles, which aim to make it easier to follow along with conversations by showing a floating notification.

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