Microsoft news recap: Digital Marketing Center launches, Halo TV gets new 2022 release window, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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’s new Digital Marketing Center is a free alternative to Squarespace for small businesses

Digital Marketing Center has been launched by Microsoft, a new service, available for free, to small and medium businesses that allows them to create a templated website using a drag-and-drop website builder, as well as manage their social media through post scheduling, and even paid advertising across search and social.

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Google’s been lobbying for more scrutiny into Microsoft’s liability for SolarWinds hack

Whilst we’ve become used to Microsoft wanting to lobby against Google for antitrust investigations, Google’s time has come for them to try to increase scrutiny of Microsoft. Following the SolarWinds hack, Google is apparently lobbying Senate Intelligence Committee members to have them investigate Microsoft’s liability for the hack.

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President Biden wants to investigate semiconductor shortage affecting PS5 and Xbox Series X|S production

The global semiconductor shortage that is causing issues with production of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S consoles, among other devices, has caught the attention of President Biden, and the administration has ordered a report into the pipeline to identify problems in production and depending on the findings, will take action to improve the situation.

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Halo TV series moves from Showtime to Paramount+ with a new 2022 release window

The upcoming Halo TV series will no longer debut on Showtime, instead debuting on Paramount+ streaming service, with a new release window of the first quarter of 2022.

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