Microsoft news recap: Activision Blizzard acquisition finally comes to a close, new mobile game store being developed, 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 working on new mobile game store with exclusive titles and better deals; here’s what to know

Microsoft is in the process of creating a new mobile game store to rival Apple’s App Store. The initiative is partly driven by the EU’s Digital Markets Act, which may permit sideloading on iOS devices. Microsoft aims to offer better terms to developers and entice users with exclusive game titles. The gaming community is eagerly watching this development, anticipating increased competition in the mobile gaming sector.

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Microsoft Teams Carnival: Discord-like app for Microsoft Teams being developed

Postgraduate students from University College London have developed Teams Carnival, a gaming app for Microsoft Teams. Using the Live Share SDK, the app offers a range of multiplayer games that can be played during Teams meetings. The app is seen as a way to make meetings more engaging and could also have educational applications.

Microsoft-Activision Blizzard saga is finally over, but they didn’t grab it all

Microsoft has finalised its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, having received the green light from British regulatory authorities. To maintain fair competition in the cloud gaming market, Microsoft will license some of Activision’s cloud gaming business to Ubisoft. The deal is one of the largest in consumer tech history and sets the stage for significant developments in the gaming industry.

Google blocks YouTube videos for Edge users with strict tracking protection

Google is hindering YouTube playback for Microsoft Edge users who have activated the browser’s ‘Strict’ tracking protection. This mode aims to enhance privacy by limiting website tracking. Users may see a warning message suggesting that an ad blocker is in use, and Google encourages them to either allow ads or opt for YouTube Premium.

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