Microsoft To Reportedly Cut 11K Jobs Following Amazon And Meta

Microsoft plans to cut thousands of jobs with some roles expected to be eliminated in human resources and engineering divisions, according to media reports on Tuesday. The expected layoffs would be the latest in the U.S. technology sector, where companies including Amazon and Meta Platforms have announced retrenchment exercises in response to slowing demand and a worsening global economic outlook.

Lina Khan, Aiming To Block Microsoft’s Activision Deal, Faces A Challenge

Khan, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, has staked an ambitious trustbusting agenda on a case that may be difficult to win.

FTC Sues To Block Microsoft’s Acquisition Of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks Lina Khan’s most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft’s gaming ambitions.

Microsoft Strikes 10-Year Deal With Nintendo On ‘Call Of Duty’

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft agreed Wednesday to make the hit video game Call of Duty available on Nintendo for 10 years should its $69 billion purchase of game maker Activision Blizzard go through — an apparent attempt to fend off objections from rival Sony. The blockbuster merger is facing close scrutiny from regulators in the […]

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A $3 Trillion Loss: Big Tech’s Horrible Year Is Getting Worse

Big Tech companies took a heavy beating last week, to the tune of more than $255 billion in lost market capitalization that’s helped make a bad year even worse for the once-beloved sector. The five tech giants that posted results have now lost a combined $3 trillion in market cap on the year, according to Dow Jones Market Data, showing that Big Tech isn’t immune to the macroeconomic storm sweeping up the broader stock market.

IBC: Blackbird And Microsoft To Showcase Professional Browser-Based Video Production

Blackbird plc, the technology licensor, developer and seller of market-leading cloud native video editing platform, Blackbird, said today that the company is showcasing professional browser-based video production with Microsoft at IBC 2022 (RAI, Amsterdam, Sept. 9-12). Blackbird will be exhibiting on the Microsoft booth (1.D25) and its own booth (8.C01). Cloud native Blackbird is a professional […]

IBC 2022: IBC Announces AMD As Premium Sponsor And Microsoft As Sponsor Of Accelerator Media Innovation Program

IBC2022 announced in a statement that AMD will be the exclusive Premium Sponsor and Microsoft the Program Sponsor of the IBC Accelerator Media Innovation Program, while also unveiling a raft of industry players from the media, entertainment and technology world as Champions and Participants in two pioneering cloud projects. Both AMD and Microsoft came onboard as a high-level Accelerator sponsors after being active […]

Netflix’s Decision To Work With Microsoft A Mostly Positive Surprise

Netflix’s choice of Microsoft to help it get into the advertising business came as a bit of a surprise, but Wall Street analysts and ad-tech industry insiders had mostly positive reactions to the choice. Of course the devil is in the details and it remains to be seen just how the Netflix-Microsoft relationship plays out. It could be short term until Netflix buys or builds its own capabilities. Or the two could be in it for the long term. Could there be a marriage in the future? Some observers raised the possibility of Microsoft acquiring Netflix down the line.

Netflix To Rely On Microsoft For Its Ad-Backed Video Service

The alliance announced Wednesday marks a major step toward Netflix’s first foray into advertising after steadfastly refusing to include commercials in its video streaming service since its inception 15 years ago.

How Top TV Advertisers Plan To Spend Amid Economic Headwinds

Amid economic uncertainty and a possible looming recession, Microsoft — a major spender in the TV space — decided to sit out of this year’s upfronts and curtail its TV advertising budget. While media buyers and TV executives don’t anticipate other high-profile advertisers to follow suit, there’s concern that spending will be condensed due to uncertainty.

 

Microsoft To Bring Xbox Games To Samsung’s 2022 Smart TVs

Microsoft Poised To Sit Out TV’s Upfront Market

The technology giant has been telling TV networks and media buyers that it intends to bypass TV’s annual haggle for commercial inventory, according to four executives familiar with recent discussions. The company behind such products and services as Windows, LinkedIn, the Halo video games and Surface tablets instead favors taking its chances in what is known as TV’s “scatter” market, the purchase of ad time bought closer to run date.

Microsoft Completes Xandr Acquisition From AT&T

Microsoft’s acquisition of Xandr from AT&T has officially closed, the company announced Monday, allowing the company to build up its ad business — particularly in connected television and linking it to search advertising. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports estimate the price at about $1 billion.

NAB Show: Avid Promotes Future Of Remote Collaboration In Video Production

At the NAB Show in Las Vegas (through April 27), Avid, in collaboration with Microsoft and Haivision, is unveiling technology previews of “solutions that create more powerful remote collaboration.” Jointly demonstrated at Microsoft booth W3017, these previews include an “over-the-shoulder” experience with Media Composer streaming direct to Microsoft Teams; and MediaCentral Stream ingest and playout on the Avid | Edit On […]

NAB Show: Evertz Launches Live Media Production Solution to Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Evertz, a global provider of media and entertainment technology solutions, has debuted its DreamCatcher BRAVO Studio on Microsoft Azure Marketplace, giving media companies and enterprises “a flexible and cost-effective all-in-one production studio for multi-camera live events.” DreamCatcher BRAVO Studio is a virtual live production studio that includes “all the tools needed to create broadcast-quality productions,” the company says. BRAVO Studio captures multiple […]

MediaKind Sets Enhanced Strategic Partnership With Microsoft To Accelerate Video Digital Transformation

MediaKind today announces an extension to its strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. to enable new opportunities for video content owners, broadcasters, operators, and enterprises to accelerate their video digital transformation. This new collaboration has been designed to significantly enhance the integration and optimization of both companies’ products, platforms and cloud capabilities, to enable its respective […]

Fighting Deepfakes, Coalition Targets Authenticating Media Provenance

The Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), a group including the BBC, New York Times, Microsoft and Adobe, is working toward a common technical standard for media provenance to push back against the deluge of disinformation and deepfakes assaulting news. Their work on content authentication is swinging into high gear this winter.

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Remote production paves road to future in broadcast workflows

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated profound changes in television production workflows that broadcasters had been inching toward for years. Virtualization, the cloud, remote desktops and other technologies are paving the way to what Mike Kralec, deputy CTO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, calls, “more dynamic operating models.” These are bringing new flexibility and efficiency to broadcast operations, according to a white paper from Teradici, Avid and Microsoft. Download it here. 

Microsoft Buys Game Maker Activision Blizzard For About $70B

The all-cash $68.7 billion purchase of the maker of Candy Crush and Call of Duty will turn Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, into one of the world’s largest video game companies. It will also help it compete with tech rivals such as Meta, formerly Facebook, in creating immersive virtual worlds for both work and play.

Microsoft Latest Firm To Pull Out Of CES

Microsoft became the latest company Friday to drop out of physically participating in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) amid a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant.

What The Microsoft/Xandr Deal Means For Search And Streaming, CTV

When Microsoft on Tuesday announced it would acquire Xandr from AT&T, the companies gave little insight into the nuances of the deal, such as how the technology would integrate into the Microsoft Advertising, and who would spearhead the added services across the advertising business. While the details of the agreement remain unclear, Microsoft’s Rik van der Kooi shared a few insights into what advertisers can expect.

AT&T Sells Xandr Digital Advertising Platform To Microsoft

AT&T today said it’s agreed to sell its global programmatic advertising marketplace, Xandr to Microsoft.  It said the agreement builds on a decade-long relationship between Xandr, including its predecessor companies, and Microsoft in the sector.

Microsoft Debuts New Surface Hardware

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TVN Webinar to explore remote production, the cloud and the future of television workflows

On July 29, technologists will share perspectives on how long-term remote work and a growing focus on the cloud are creating opportunities for innovation in television workflows and facilities design. Speakers, (clockwise from left) will be Kevin Brosnan, solutions architect, Teradici; Tim Murphy, principal program manager for media and entertainment, Microsoft Azure; Ray Thompson, senior director, partner and industry marketing, Avid; Mike Kralec, VP technical operations and deputy CTO, Sinclair Broadcast Group and moderator Glen Dickson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck. Register to attend the webinar here.

The (Hot) Airband Initiative

NAB Deputy General Counsel Patrick McFadden discusses Microsoft’s promises to deploy TV white space devices even as Microsoft seeks to overturn recently adopted FCC rules allowing broadcasters to further the deployment of NextGen TV services and improve service to television viewers.

Microsoft To FCC: Reverse Broadcast DTS Ruling

Microsoft has asked the FCC to reverse its decision, made under then-chairman Ajit Pai, to allow broadcaster signals from distributed transmission systems to go “significantly” beyond a station’s current authorized service area as those broadcasters roll out their NextGen TV broadcast transmission standard. It claims the “fatally unclear” decision was based on faulty assertions.

Microsoft Retiring Internet Explorer In 2022

Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer next year, after more than 25 years. The aging web browser has largely been unused by most consumers for years, but Microsoft is putting the final nail in the Internet Explorer coffin on June 15th, 2022, by retiring it in favor of Microsoft Edge.

NAB, Microsoft Spar Over TV White Spaces

Broadcasters are telling the FCC that using a popular method of determining signal reach could undo the good work the commission has done to help them better serve the public. It is the latest volley in the battle between broadcasters and computer companies — specifically Microsoft — over opening up the TV band for more unlicensed (so-called TV white spaces, or TVWS) broadband use.

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Discord For Over $10B

Microsoft Takes Aim At Google As It Supports Bill To Give News Publishers More Leverage Over Big Tech

Lawmakers on Friday debated an antitrust bill that would give news publishers collective bargaining power with online platforms like Facebook and Google, putting the spotlight on a proposal aimed at chipping away at the power of Big Tech. At a hearing held by the House antitrust subcommittee, Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, emerged as a leading industry voice in favor of the law. He took a divergent path from his tech counterparts, pointing to an imbalance in power between publishers and tech platforms.

Microsoft, EU Publishers Seek Australia-Style News Payments

Microsoft is joining forces with two lobbying groups, the European Publishers Council and News Media Europe, along with two groups representing European newspaper and magazine publishers, which account for thousands of titles.

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Virtual SMPTE Tackles Changing Industry

In largely prerecorded sessions, SMPTE’s annual conference this week has drawn about 1,300 attendees and had a focus on esports. Using the cloud for everyday production was another emphasis. Above, the Virtual Tour of Flanders esports event, produced by race organizer Flanders Classics, cycling simulator firm Bkool, cloud production vendor Kiswe and VRT’s sports channel Sporza, featured 13 professional riders racing a simulated course on stationary “roller” setups at home.

Walmart, Microsoft Teaming On TikTok Bid

Walmart says it’s teaming up with Microsoft in a bid for TikTok. The retail giant confirmed to CNBC that it’s interested in buying the popular short-form video application. Walmart shares are up nearly 5% on the news.

How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into A Soap Opera

Neither side wanted a big deal. But what began as talks about a small investment ballooned with interventions from President Trump.

 

Microsoft Confirms Talks To Buy TikTok

In a statement Sunday, Microsoft said it and Chinese company ByteDance have provided notice of their intent to explore a deal resulting in Microsoft owning and operating the TikTok service in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company said it expects those talks to conclude by Sept. 15.

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TVN Tech | COVID-19 Speeding Broadcasters’ Shift To Cloud

The coronavirus pandemic has amped up the transition to cloud-based workflows as broadcasters have employed as many remote operations as possible. The next frontier: an acceleration of live production applications in the cloud. Above, an Amazon Web Services Outpost cloud server.

Bill Gates Stepping Down From Microsoft Board

The billionaire announced Friday that he’s leaving the Microsoft board entirely as well as his seat on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate headed by fellow billionaire Warren Buffett. Gates said he plans to dedicate more time to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

FTC Launches Inquiry Into Big Tech Deals

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a lookback at some of the smaller past acquisitions by some of the largest tech companies. The FTC said Tuesday it has issued “special orders” to Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which require them to provide info on all acquisitions over the past decade (Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2019).

AT&T’s Xandr Adds The CW, Microsoft. More

The CW, Tastemade, AccuWeather and Microsoft Advertising have joined Community, a video advertising marketplace launched by Xandr, AT&T’s advertising and analytics division. Other Community partners include WarnerMedia’s CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, B/R Live, Otter Media and Warner Bros. along with A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Cheddar, Bloomberg, Vudu, VICE, Hearst Magazines, Newsy, Philo, Tubi and Xumo.

Microsoft Pushes FCC To Act On White Spaces

Microsoft is telling the FCC that wireless internet providers have been able to boost their throughput tenfold using the TV white spaces Microsoft wants more of, and said the FCC should act on its proposal seeking tweaks to the current white spaces regime.