Microsoft news recap: LinkedIn lets go of events marketing team, Xbox Cloud Gaming integrated into Google’s search results, 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!

LinkedIn lays off entire events marketing team

LinkedIn has laid off all of the staff on its worldwide event marketing team, instead encouraging those affected to apply for new roles that focus on virtual, in-person, and hybrid experiences. It comes at a time as many large tech giants are beginning to slow down their recruitment or make layoffs, including Google and Meta, among others.

LinkedIn sign at conference

Google adds Xbox Cloud Gaming integration to search results

Google is testing some new features for its homepage and search results, and one of those is an integration with cloud gaming services. The search giant is showing a “Play” button alongside search results for games that are playable on cloud gaming services, including Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Microsoft shuts down consumer Modern Life Experiences team of 200

Alongside the LinkedIn layoffs, Microsoft is making some of its own layoffs. Microsoft’s Modern Life Experiences team is being shut down, which contains 200 people. The team’s role was to create products and services that resonated with professional consumers, following disruption caused by the axing of products and services such as Windows Phone, Microsoft Band, and Groove Music.

Microsoft shuts down consumer Modern Life Experiences team of 200 - - August 10, 2022

Unity selects Microsoft Azure as its cloud partner

Microsoft Azure has been selected as Unity Technologies’ cloud partner. Unity is well-known for its gaming engine, and the partnership will mean that both companies will work together to make it easier for game creators to publish to Xbox and PC games, whilst Unity will be using Azure for operating real-time 3D (RT3D) experiences from the Unity engine.

Unity selects Microsoft Azure as its cloud partner - - August 8, 2022

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