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Microsoft acquires gaming start-up PlayFab

PlayFab claims to process more than 1.5 billion transactions a day

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PlayFab is a gaming company used by over 700+ users. Twitter
PlayFab is a gaming company used by over 700+ users. Twitter
  • Microsoft has acquired PlayFab
  • PlayFab powers 1200 live games with more than 700 million gamers
  • Playfab is used by many companies like Disney, Nickelodeon, etc.

Microsoft has acquired gaming start-up PlayFab for an undisclosed sum and will integrate its services into Azure platform to help developers build better games.

PlayFab powers more than 1,200 live games and has served over 700 million players.

Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay
Microsoft acquired the start-up PlayFab. Pixabay

“Together, Azure and PlayFab will further unlock the power of the intelligent cloud for the gaming industry, enabling game developers and delighting gamers around the world,” Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President of gaming at Microsoft, said in a blog post.

PlayFab technology is being used by entertainment companies like Disney, NBC Universal, Wizards of the Coast, Nickelodeon, Bandai Namco, Rovio and Capcom.

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“Our platform of scalable game services, game analytics, and LiveOps tools are helping more than 3,000 studios progress from shipping static software to creating games that scale gracefully and evolve over time with new content, live events, and frequent updates,” PlayFab CEO James Gwertzman said in a post.

This acquisition will greatly benefit the Microsoft.
This acquisition will greatly benefit the Microsoft.

PlayFab claims to process more than 1.5 billion transactions a day, nearly 20,000 transactions a second.

“Microsoft, with its deep expertise in gaming and cloud computing, is a perfect home for PlayFab as we expand our platform and features,” Athe company said.

“Microsoft’s global presence and world-class Microsoft Azure server infrastructure complement PlayFab’s services, making it even easier for studios to focus on building great games instead of back end technology,” it added. IANS

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Microsoft to End All Support For ‘Windows 7’ in 2020

"Windows 7" was released in October 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday. VOA

Even though Microsoft ended mainstream support for “Windows 7” in January 2015, the software giant has now decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches also for the operating system (OS) next year.

“After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running ‘Windows 7’,” the company wrote in a post on Monday.

Even after Microsoft ends support for the older OS, users would still be able to operate on it but would not receive any security, software or feature updates.

“You can continue to use ‘Windows 7’, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks,” Microsoft said.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

“Windows 7” however, would also still be available for installation and activation after January 14, 2020.

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“To avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10,” the company added.

“Windows 7” was released in October 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. (IANS)