As part of its earnings announcement today, Microsoft has also documented the major product releases it made in the quarter. This isn’t the first time it’s done so, I’m told, but it’s the first time I’ve noticed it. And it’s an interesting rundown of how Microsoft, as it puts it, is “accelerating innovation across [its] businesses while expanding [its] market opportunities.”
You can check out the Microsoft document, called Microsoft Quarterly Highlights, Product Releases, and Enhancements Q3 FY19, on the Microsoft earnings website. Here, I’d like to quickly document the releases that impact consumers and individuals only, since I know that Microsoft’s abandoning of the consumer market is such a big theme these days.
Office 365. Microsoft is highlighting the addition of Office to the Mac App Store, which is indeed a big story, plus two very specific Office app features: Insert data from a picture into Excel and 3D embedded animations on Mac.
Microsoft Teams. Microsoft’s most successful recent Office application received a number of new features in the quarter, including a more customizable experience on mobile, new Firstline worker capabilities, Office 365 ProPlus availability, Data Loss Prevention, and more.
Windows. Nothing specifically for consumers, but Microsoft did finally roll out the new revenue share model for developers in the Microsoft Store, which could result in more and better Windows 10 apps.
Gaming. Microsoft launched Crackdown 3, added new games to Xbox Game Pass, introduced Xbox Game Studios, launched the Mixer Embers virtual currency, and announced the Xbox Live SDK for Android and iOS.
Bing. Bing’s text-to-speech, speech-to-text, visual search, and intelligent answers capabilities were all improved in the quarter.
And … that’s it. By comparison, Microsoft also launched dozens of features across Windows, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, LinkedIn, Azure, AI, IoT, and even Quantum Computing in the quarter. There were dozens of Azure announcements alone.