An outage across Microsoft's services has taken down everything from Azure, to Xbox Live, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, and even Bing this afternoon. The outage may be only in the U.S. and it could be related to a Cloudflare issue with DNS that is also occurring.
Azure PlayFab is bringing about a wave of access to tools that were previously available only at a premium level, siloed into closed platforms. Microsoft is helping democratize access to game development ops and services, and we caught up with the PlayFab team to learn more.
PUBG, a popular battle royale game, is officially making the transition to Microsoft Azure on all platforms, including its mobile variant. PUBG works on Xbox Series X|S day one, with smoother framerates.
Microsoft is set to expand its cloud with big, new investments in Austria and Brazil. The company announced plans to launch its first cloud region in Austria, while investing further in Brazil with a new datacenter and digital skilling initiatives.
After announcing the move back in July, the Microsoft Azure team has confirmed that Minecraft Realms, the private server platform for Minecraft, has completed its transition to Azure, a big move for the Mojang Studios and Microsoft.
Laptop computing is undergoing a massive shift especially with the work-from-home trend and the current pandemic. But there are other reasons why laptops are moving towards extreme, localized computing power and a vastly different cloud-based, thin-client computing model. Here is what that future looks like and why it's happening.