Microsoft news recap: all-digital Xbox Series X, Microsoft Authenticator to trial WhatsApp code delivery, and more

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Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Microsoft may be preparing to launch an all-digital Xbox Series X model.

Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to launch an all-digital Xbox Series X model. This new console would do away with the disc drive, enabling Microsoft to sell it at a lower price point. The all-digital Xbox Series X would be a good option for gamers who only purchase digital games, and it would also be a more affordable choice for families.

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Multiple vulnerabilities found in Microsoft products, including Teams

Microsoft has issued a high-risk security alert warning of multiple vulnerabilities in its products, including Teams. These vulnerabilities could allow attackers to take control of a user’s account or device, steal data, or disrupt services. Microsoft has released patches for these vulnerabilities, and users are advised to update their software as soon as possible.

Microsoft Authenticator to trial WhatsApp code delivery for enhanced security

Microsoft Authenticator is getting a new feature that will allow users to receive verification codes for two-factor authentication (2FA) via WhatsApp. This is seen as a security-enhancing feature, as SMS messages and some other forms of receiving verification codes have inherent security weaknesses. The WhatsApp code delivery feature is currently in trial, and it is not yet clear when it will be rolled out to all users.

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New Zealand regulator gives nod to Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard

The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The NZCC’s decision is the latest indication that the acquisition is likely to reach a conclusion in the not-too-distant future, with the ultimate decision resting with the UK’s CMA.

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That’s it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.