Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, and other tech giants have formed the Metaverse Standards Forum to foster development of industry standards for the (as yet undefined) metaverse. Most of the big players are founding members, with some notable exceptions such as Apple, Roblox, Niantic, The Sandbox, and Decentraland. Continue Reading →
Two seemingly unrelated stories should get your attention today. Microsoft's planned $75 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard lays the groundwork for a corporatized, centralized metaverse that will enjoy all the advantages of technical dominance and global brand recognition at birth. Continue Reading →

Xbox & NFTs

Regarding NFTs, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of gaming, told Axios, "I think there's a lot of speculation and experimentation that's happening, and that some of the creative that I see today feels more exploitive than about entertainment." Continue Reading →

AI Everyone Can Use

Microsoft is getting closer to wide release of its OpenAI Service. This service is the commercialization of their business relationship with OpenAI and it is focused on GPT-3. Continue Reading →

Your PC in the Cloud

Windows PCs as a service is now a real thing. Microsoft announced Windows 365 Cloud PC: a way to run Windows on a private, secure, virtual machine and access it using practically any type of device from anywhere you can connect to the internet. This is a big deal. Continue Reading →
The Biden administration and Western allies formally blamed China for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software earlier this year. Shelly Palmer talks with Bianca Peters and Kerry Drew about what it means and why you should care. Original Airdate: July 20, 2021 Continue Reading →