The Microsoft News Digest is a weekly feature highlighting top Microsoft news from the past week. Sit down, have a coffee and happy reading!
LinkedIn lays off its entire event marketing team
LinkedIn has laid off all staff from its global events marketing team, instead encouraging those affected to apply for new roles focused on virtual, in-person and hybrid experiences. This comes at a time when many big tech giants are starting to slow their hiring or make layoffs, including Google and Meta, among others.
Google adds Xbox Cloud Gaming integration to search results
Google is testing new features for its homepage and search results, and one of them is integration with cloud gaming services. The search giant displays a “Play” button next to search results for games playable on cloud gaming services, including Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Also add Xbox Cloud Gaming to the list! pic.twitter.com/LgXgSpe6wt
—Bryant Chappel (@BryantChappel) August 11, 2022
Microsoft closes 200-person Modern Life Experiences consumer team
Along with the LinkedIn layoffs, Microsoft is making some of its own layoffs. Microsoft’s Modern Life Experiences team is closed, which has 200 people. The team’s role was to create products and services that resonate with professional consumers, following the disruption caused by the removal of products and services such as Windows Phone, Microsoft Band and Groove Music.
Unity chooses Microsoft Azure as its cloud partner
Microsoft Azure has been selected as Unity Technologies’ cloud partner. Unity is well known for its game engine, and the partnership means the two companies will work together to make it easier for game creators to publish Xbox and PC games, while Unity will use Azure to harness real-time 3D ( RT3D) experiments with the Unity engine.
It’s all for this week. We’ll be back next week with more news from Microsoft.