Microsoft news recap: AI partnership with Meta, Call of Duty games may already being prepped for Xbox Game Pass, 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!

Activision may already be preparing to launch Call of Duty games on Xbox Game Pass.

Activision Blizzard appears to be making preparations to bring its popular Call of Duty franchise to Xbox Game Pass.

This comes after the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally approved Microsoft’s $68 billion merger with Activision Blizzard.

A Twitter user received a message while trying to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Microsoft Store, stating that the game would be free with a gaming subscription. This suggests that Activision and Microsoft are already working behind the scenes to launch Call of Duty titles on Xbox Game Pass, although it’s unclear which other titles might be included.

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Bing Chat’s ads unleash malware mayhem: users lured into dangerous websites.

Bing Chat has come under scrutiny for directing users to malware-infected websites. The issue was highlighted by antivirus firm Malwarebytes, which found that Bing Chat displays malware advertisements that lead users to malicious sites.

The problem arises when bad actors purchase ads that appear legitimate but lead to harmful websites. Malwarebytes gave an example where Bing Chat provided a link to an official website for a popular IP scanning app, but hovering over the link revealed a malicious ad placed above the authentic website.

Minecraft Dungeons reaches 25 million players milestone.

Minecraft Dungeons has achieved a significant milestone, boasting 25 million unique players since its launch.

The game, a dungeon crawler spinoff of the original Minecraft, was released a little over three years ago and has seen its popularity continue to grow.To put this into perspective, the game had only reached 15 million players back in February of the previous year.

Satya Nadella announces AI partnership with Meta on day of Meta’s “New AI Experiences” reveal.

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, has announced a partnership with Meta to integrate Bing into Meta’s AI-powered chat experiences. This collaboration aims to enhance chat applications like WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram by incorporating Bing’s real-time search information.

The goal is to provide users with more timely and up-to-date answers during their chat interactions. The announcement coincided with Meta’s reveal of its “New AI Experiences Across Family of Apps and Devices,” which includes various AI features like AI Stickers, Image Editing with AI, and a Meta AI Assistant. This partnership is expected to make interactions with computers more natural and human-like.

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