Microsoft news recap: OneDrive adds family and group sharing, Xbox Series X|S to support almost all existing backwards compatible games on day one, and more

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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!

OneDrive now supports family and group sharing

Making it easier to share files, OneDrive has introduced family and group sharing. Rather than typing each recipient that you wish to share a file with one-by-one, you can now create a family or group to share with, allowing you to easily share with a group of people in one go. This feature is currently only available for OneDrive on the web.

Onedrive Family Or Group Sharing

Microsoft confirms (almost) all existing backwards compatible games will run on Xbox Series X|S on day one

With the Xbox Series X and S just around the corner, Microsoft has confirmed that almost all of the existing games that are backwards compatible will also work on the Xbox Series X and S on launch day. The only exception is games that require Kinect, as this accessory will not be supported by the new consoles.

Microsoft Teams jumped from 75 to 115 million daily active users in just 6 months

Over the last 6 months, Microsoft’s business communication tool, Microsoft Teams, has seen a huge jump in the number of daily active users. In all, it has seen a jump from 75 million to 115 million daily active users. The large increase can be, at least in part, down to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has sparked a lot of businesses into digital transformation and needing to enhance their digital communications, particularly with the rise of home working.

Microsoft Teams app icon.
Microsoft Teams app icon.

Microsoft FY21 Q1: Cloud businesses supercharged by pandemic

Microsoft’s FY21 Q1 financial results are in. And they show that the pandemic has helped to supercharge Microsoft’s cloud businesses. All in all, beating revenue expectations of $35.76 billion, Microsoft drew in $37.2 billion in revenue.

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