‘Rainbow Six’ developer plans to bring Ubisoft+ subscription service to Xbox

Ubisoft’s forthcoming Rainbow Six: Extraction pits crack military operatives against invasive alien not-zombies. (Ubisoft Image) The third-party development studio behind the Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy video…

Microsoft Azure widens its space ecosystem through deals with Airbus and data partners

An Airbus satellite image shows Seattle Center. (Pleiades Neo © Airbus DS 2021 / via Microsoft) One year after Microsoft expanded its Azure cloud domain to the…

Microsoft ends production of the Xbox One as focus turns to new consoles

The Xbox One, left, is officially out of production, as Microsoft focuses on its newest consoles, right. (Photo: Thomas Wilde) Microsoft has discontinued its Xbox One video…

Microsoft shares updates on its $750M affordable housing effort as homelessness crisis continues

An example of a multifamily housing in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. (Sightline Institute Photo / Creative Commons) Roughly 9,200 affordable housing units are being preserved or created in…

Microsoft Gaming head confirms Activision’s ‘Call of Duty’ will keep coming to PlayStation

Activision’s Call of Duty is the single best-selling franchise in modern video games. (Activision Image) New Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has confirmed that the best-selling video…

Relativity hires Microsoft’s Scott Van Vliet to boost its Factory Operating System for 3D-printed rockets

Relativity Space uses giant 3-D printers to produce components for its Terran rockets. (Relativity Space Photo) Relativity Space, the startup that was founded in Seattle and is…

Amazon and Microsoft led the world in corporate purchases of clean energy in 2021

Solar panels. (Unsplash / Chelsea Photo) Seattle-area tech giants Amazon and Microsoft were global leaders in clean energy power purchase agreements made by corporations last year. Amazon…

Xbox vet Ed Fries on blockchain, life as a venture capitalist and the run of extraordinary gaming deals

Ed Fries at the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County Economic Forecast Conference. (GeekWire File Photo) Ed Fries is having a big week. His games-focused…

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab uses Microsoft’s Azure Quantum to ease Deep Space Network’s traffic jam

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory monitors the Deep Space Network from Mission Control. (JPL Photo) Microsoft has demonstrated how quantum-inspired algorithms can help smooth out Seattle’s snarled traffic,…

That’s a bomb sweater: Microsoft’s ‘Minesweeper’ soft-wear is a throwback to vintage video game

The Microsoft Minesweeper ugly sweater. (Microsoft Image) Just in time for the 2021 holidays, Microsoft is releasing an ugly sweater that throws the style clock back to…