Clippy in Prison - Brad Smith's acquisition argument, Communities, Paul's top podcasts of 2022
There have been major moves in the Activision Blizzard drama this week
Brad Smith publicly lays out Microsoft's argument for the acquisition
Smith compares Sony to Blockbuster
He complains about Apple and Google app stores, but this deal won't help
He confirms that Microsoft offer Sony a 10-year Call of Duty contract
Microsoft comes to 10-year Call of Duty agreement with Nintendo, Steam... and then heads to Washington D.C. to explain to the FTC how Sony never even responded to this offer
Conclusions? Everyone is obsessed with Call of Duty but this is more about mobile than it is about COD. And Microsoft is remaining true to its vision for making games available wherever the gamers are. They did this with Minecraft, Flight Simulator, and more. And they will do this with AB's titles
Beta channel: Builds 22623.1028 and 22621.1028 finally address long-standing game performance issues in Windows 11. Right, they supposedly fixed this in stable already.
Microsoft is spamming Windows 10 users with ads for Windows 11... in the product, of course. Because slippery slope. There's even an ad in the OOBE no
Microsoft Edge version 108 is here with no new features for end users
Microsoft announces a free, Discord-like feature for Teams, starting on mobile. It's called Communities
Microsoft announces that new AAA first-party games will be $70 starting next year
Microsoft Flight Simulator hits a big milestone
Here are the first Game Pass titles for December
Amazon Luna customers can now stream PC-based Ubisoft games for free
Tips and picks
Thurrott's Top Podcasts of the Year
Thurrott's Top Audiobooks of the Year
Thurrott's Top Music of the Year
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