Microsoft news recap: Xbox is one of the top brands for 2019, Outlook website gets new themes, and more

Jack Wilkinson

Microsoft India

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 is one of the top brands of 2019, Nintendo and PlayStation didn’t even make the list

The latest BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report has placed Xbox in the list of top brands for 2019, whilst its competitors, namely Nintendo and PlayStation, didn’t even make it into the list.

Xbox in the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Ranking

Official Outlook website gains brand new themes

To help users personalise their email, has added some new colourful themes for users to pick from. The new themes are only for those who prefer light themes, as there is nothing new in the way of dark themes.

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After announcing Project Scarlett, Microsoft may have scrapped cheaper “Lockhart” next-gen console

Microsoft’s plans for a cheaper next-gen console, codenamed “Lockhart,” have reportedly been scrapped following the announcement of Project Scarlett, the next-gen Xbox.

Microsoft maintains an internally ‘prohibited’ software list and Slack is on it

It has been discovered that Microsoft has a list of software that outlines which software is frowned upon for use internally. Within the list is Slack, a competitor to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams 2

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