We’re at the end of the last week of January 2023 and it’s time to revisit all the top Microsoft stories from the past few days in the latest edition of Microsoft Weekly. This time, we have news regarding the Redmond tech giant’s financial numbers, some more Windows 11 updates and bugs, and a bunch of other software upgrades. For all this and more, join our Microsoft Weekly Digest from January 22nd to January 27th!
Decrease in income
Earlier in the week, Microsoft shared its latest financial numbers covering its fiscal year 23 quarter period ending December 31, 2023. Although it posted revenue of $52.7 billion — up 2 percent from the same quarter last year — with strong figures. In its cloud and enterprise products, it faced significant declines in consumer categories such as Windows, Xbox and Surface.
Windows OEM and commercial revenue decreased 39% and 3%, respectively, Xbox content and services decreased 12%, and Surface devices revenue decreased 39%. Microsoft cited a number of macroeconomic and execution challenges for these declines and hinted at similar results in its ongoing quarter. Its consumer categories are expected to shrink further with revenue falling to $50.5-51.5 billion.
Despite these challenges, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the company’s strengths in AI. This was further highlighted by the announcement of an extension of the partnership agreement between ChatGPT creator Microsoft and OpenAI. While Microsoft didn’t go into details, its latest investment is said to be around $10 billion with the potential return that OpenAI models will soon be deployed in various enterprise and consumer products.
That said, another challenge Microsoft may soon be facing in the enterprise space is the EU’s antitrust investigation into Teams’ bundling of Microsoft 365 suite services. The investigation stems from a complaint filed by Slack in 2020 in which it said Microsoft hides the “true cost” from enterprise customers when it bundles Teams with the Microsoft 365 suite of products and installs them on machines. forces to do. A statement of objections from the regulator regarding Microsoft’s alleged anti-competitive practices is expected soon.
Windows 11 updates, bugs, and fixes
This week saw the release of build 25284 in the dev channel with a new Messenger widget and lots of bug fixes for the taskbar, system tray, windowing, and more. This was followed by the availability of the Phone Link widget. It also introduced a bug for VPN users but thankfully Microsoft has already released a workaround. Beta channel users have netted build 22623.1245 to fix ReFS and file copy bugs, and more. And as usual, we also got a Windows Server release with the same Dev Channel build number.
But aside from the insider builds, an optional non-security cumulative update was also made available as KB5022360 for Windows 11 version 22H2. Speaking of this version, if you are still on the original release of Windows 11, i.e. version 21H2, you may be automatically upgraded to it soon. Because of this, Microsoft is rolling out a compatibility update for Windows 11 version 22H2 devices.
In terms of what’s next for Windows 11, it looks like Microsoft is rolling out bootable support for the Resilient File System (ReFS). A new File Explorer is also in the works and reportedly has better visuals along with deeper and tighter integration with OneDrive and Microsoft 365, among other things. Additionally, Microsoft is also working on improving its driver evaluation process, which will hopefully result in higher quality graphics and audio drivers for both Windows 10 and Windows 11. For software you use every day, it’s probably worth checking out this free app that modernizes the volume and brightness sliders in Windows 10.
Finally, when it comes to bugs and their fixes, AMD has rolled out its driver version 23.1.2, which fixes the launch failure in Windows 11 version 22H2. In the same vein, Microsoft has also fixed an issue with Remote Desktop in Windows 11. However, some more issues have now arisen with launching the Start menu and UWP apps in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. The good news is that Microsoft has identified the root cause and a solution is expected soon.
Teams, Edge, and OneNote upgrades, oh my!
We’ll start this section with some good (?) news for Team users. Microsoft is working on integrating insights like birthdays, career changes and pending meeting invitations into Teams profile cards. These are expected in March 2023.
On the other spectrum of Microsoft 365 – which also experienced a major outage a few days ago -, we have an update for PowerPoint that introduces the ability to export slides as animated GIFs on the iPad. . Additionally, Microsoft is also testing improved navigation experiences for OneNote Insiders.
There are quite a few updates on the Edge front as well. Apparently, Microsoft is working on a secret version of Edge called “Phoenix,” where it tests quirks and new features internally before making them available in Edge. It also features a relatively modern interface, but it is currently unknown if this browser will ever see the light of day in terms of public release. For now though, Edge Insiders can take advantage of some minor improvements to Split View and Dev in Canary. Meanwhile, Edge users on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 will continue to receive security updates until October 10, 2023.
In terms of other app updates, Snipping Tool now offers the ability to stop screen recording, WinGet 1.4 has zip extract, Windows Terminal Preview 1.17 adds Mica support and process restart, and EverythingToolbar is now officially Windows 11. supports
It was a big week for gamers who prefer Microsoft’s platform, mainly due to the company’s Developer_Direct showcase. We have gameplay trailers for Arkane’s. Red Fall, Forza MotorsportAnd Minecraft Legends. But perhaps the best news was the surprise release. Hi-Fi Rush From Tango Gameworks, the creators of The devil within. The rhythm action game is now available through Xbox Game Pass along with other titles. Golden Eye 007, Age of Empires II On console, and more.
There was another good news for gamers who also benefit from Microsoft’s platform. Some early testing shows that the Redmond tech firm’s DirectStorage technology works wonders for the only PC games it currently supports, ie. Spoken. And if you’re a fan of 343 Industries, you’ll be happy to know that the development Hello Despite previous speculation he would otherwise remain with the studio.
On the Xbox side of things, the January update for the Xbox app on Windows features sidebar upgrades and tons of bug fixes on Windows. Similarly, Xbox console gamers in the beta ring can also use custom power settings with other patches.
Finally, when it comes to deals, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Lawn mowing simulatorAnd Train Sim World 3 On offer through Xbox Free Play Days. But if you’re exclusively a PC gamer, you might want to check out this weekend’s PC game deals, curated by our News Editor Plasthi Aryasinghe.
Under the spotlight
During this week, we published a few useful guides. The first is from Steven Parker, co-founder of Navon, in which he explains how to prevent Microsoft Edge from repeatedly creating desktop shortcuts.
The second guide is a TechTip Tuesday piece by forum member Adam Botgen and details how to prevent a thief from disabling your iPhone’s tracking.
Our most interesting news of the week has to do with a research list of the most imitated brands when it comes to phishing. Yahoo tops the list with a 20 percent share but there are several other notable names on the list including Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google, Netflix, WhatsApp and more. See more details here.
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