Microsoft Brings New Phone Features to Teams

Microsoft Teams is getting several new phone-related features for Microsoft 365 commercial customers, which the firm says builds towards its vision for the future of calling. “One-to-one calls are a critical way to get work done [and] nearly 80 million users in over 180 countries rely on Microsoft Teams Phone…

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RIAA: Streaming Drove Music Industry Growth in H1

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said today that paid music streaming accounted for over $6 billion in revenues in the first half of 2021, or about 84 percent of revenues overall. “New data released today shows just how deeply Americans continue to value and engage with recorded music…

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Microsoft Brings Reading Progress to Teams

Microsoft announced the global rollout of Reading Progress, a new Microsoft Teams app, today. It allows students to independently read aloud, record themselves, and improve their reading skills while helping educators to better support their students’ progress. “Reading Progress is a free tool designed to support educators in creating personalized…

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The $499 PlayStation 5 is Already Profitable

While Microsoft is looking to its cloud-based future for videogame profits, Sony has consistently found them in the console market. And it has done so, again—and quite quickly—with the higher-end PlayStation 5, according to disclosures it made during its quarterly earnings announcement. Sony earned a net income of $2.6 billion…

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Xbox Just Had a Record Month in the U.S.

It’s hard to explain how this happened during a component shortage, but Xbox just had a record month for console sales in the United States. “June 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories grew 5 percent when compared to a year ago, totaling $4.9 billion,” NPD’s Matt…

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Microsoft’s Gaming Strategy? Xbox Everywhere

Ahead of its Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, where it will reveal its best and biggest-ever games lineup, Microsoft has provided some context for its gaming platform. And it amounts to “Xbox everywhere.” “We believe that games, that interactive entertainment, aren’t really about hardware and software. It’s not…

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Sonos Nets a Profit and Legal Victory Against Google

As part of its quarterly earnings announcement, Sonos revealed that it has gotten a preliminary injunction against Google for patent infringement in Germany. As you may recall, Sonos sued the search giant for ripping off its wireless smart speaker platform with its Google- and Nest-branded speakers. “We’re grateful the court…

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Roku Surged in 2020 Too

Roku earned a gross profit of $808 million on revenues of $1.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, thanks largely to pandemic-based usage gains. “Roku had both a strong Q4 and 2020,” a letter to Roku shareholders reads. “For both periods we achieved record revenue, gross profit[,] and [financial…

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Microsoft Brings OneNote 2016 Back from the Dead

Surprise! Microsoft revealed today that it will extend support for OneNote 2016 and begin adding new features again. “Microsoft is extending mainstream support for OneNote 2016. Users who prefer it should continue using it,” the firm revealed quietly in its “Book of News” for Ignite 2019. “Office 365 subscribers will…

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