Microsoft news recap: legal protection for AI customers, Starfield crosses 1 million concurrent players, 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 pledges legal protection for AI customers against copyright infringement lawsuits.

Microsoft recently introduced its advanced AI tool, Copilot, which has the ability to generate content from existing works, leading to potential copyright infringement concerns. In response, the firm has announced the Copilot Copyright Commitment to support users amidst potential legal battles pertaining to copyright violations. The tech giant has added filters in its AI products to reduce chances of infringement and has committed to covering any fines or settlements, provided users adhere to the installed protective features in its products.

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The in-person fee for Microsoft Ignite 2023 has been revealed.

The Microsoft Ignite 2023 conference, a significant annual event for developers and IT professionals, is set to take place from 14th to 17th November at the Summit building sections of the Seattle Convention Center. The event promises to be a hub for knowledge sharing and collaboration, offering attendees the chance to engage with industry experts and fellow participants. A notable highlight of the conference is the keynote addresses by leading Microsoft executives, including CEO Satya Nadella, which traditionally present major announcements and strategic insights. The event will adopt a hybrid format, facilitating participation globally through both in-person and live-streamed sessions.

Ticket pricing for in-person attendance is at an early bird rate of $1,525 until 11th October 2023, after which the price will increase to $1,825. Notably, a promotional offer allows companies to obtain a complimentary ticket upon purchasing three. Additionally, a free digital attendance option is available, granting access to live-streamed content and a host of other resources, catering to various preferences and budgets.

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Starfield has already hit one million concurrent players a day after launch.

Just a day after its launch, Bethesda’s Starfield has surpassed 1 million concurrent players a day after its launch, showing promising signs of its popularity. This comes as no surprise after the hype seen online in the run-up to the games launch, coupled with generally favourable reviews of the game.

Microsoft confirms that Minecraft will not be getting a native Xbox Series X|S version after all.

Despite rumours over the past few weeks of a native Xbox Series X|S version of Minecraft being in the works, Microsoft has come out and shot down those rumours, saying:

Given the number of platforms and geographies in which Minecraft is available, we periodically go through rating reviews and updates with different regional boards…This recent rating is not indicative of any new versions or platform support for Minecraft in the near future.”

It is therefore safe to say, we’re unlikely to see a native version of Minecraft for current-gen consoles any time soon.

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