Microsoft takes on Pokemon Go with new Minecraft titles

One began as a passion project and turned into a svelte, goofy and surprisingly slick little action game. Another started as a tech experiment and now has ambitions of conquering the world, one neighbourhood at a time. Both visions are part of Microsoft's plans for the second decade of Minecraft, whose studio the company purchased in 2014. Microsoft came to […]

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Microsoft details ‘Project Scarlett’ Xbox, cloud streaming service

Microsoft has shed light on its plans to launch a game streaming service, as well as details of its 2020 next-generation console and Halo game, at its briefing ahead of this week's E3 games expo. It also showed off 60 games, launched a PC-focused version of its Game Pass subscription membership and announced the aquisition of respected adventure game developer […]

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Arch-rivals Microsoft and Sony announce surprise video game partnership

Microsoft and Sony have agreed a deal to work together on video games streaming services – despite the two companies being bitter rivals in the industry. The two gaming giants have announced the signing of "memorandum of understanding" which could see Sony using Microsoft's Azure cloud service to host current and future PlayStation streaming services. Microsoft is testing a streaming […]

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Xbox to partner with ELEAGUE for Gears of War series

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday its Xbox Game Studios will partner with Turner Sports’ ELEAGUE to produce a documentary series about “Gears of War” players in conjunction with a new version of the video game launching later this year. The series will feature six hour-long programs focusing on the new game, called Gears 5, and the […]

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Foxconn rejects Microsoft patent lawsuit, says never had to pay royalties

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn (2317.TW) on Tuesday responded to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), saying as a contract manufacturer, it has never needed to pay royalties for the U.S. giant’s software. Microsoft filed the complaint against Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd (2038.HK) in the Northern District of California on Friday. It is claiming […]

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Microsoft employees demand company cancel $480M Pentagon contract

More than 150 Microsoft employees signed a letter demanding the tech giant cancel a $480 million contract to build a HoloLens for the Pentagon, saying they “refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression.” “We are alarmed that Microsoft is working to provide weapons technology to the US military, helping one country’s government ‘increase lethality’ using tools we built. We […]

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