Earlier today, Microsoft was affected by a massive leak of unredacted documents from the litigation against the FTC, and Phil Spencer himself has taken to X (formerly Twitter) to provide some clarity.
Since then, we have learned that the documents were accidentally sent to the court to be published by someone within Microsoft's organization itself.
The CEO of Microsoft Gaming mentioned that the documents are old, and "so much has changed" since. He also added that Microsoft will share the "real plans" when they're ready.
"We've seen the conversation around old emails and documents. It is hard to see our team's work shared in this way because so much has changed and there's so much to be excited about right now, and in the future. We will share the real plans when we are ready."
Of course that heavily implies that the plans shared today are outdated and should be taken with a grain of salt, if it wasn't already clear.
It's also very possible that much of the shared plans were exploratory or hypothetical, but taken out of context their value may be overestimated.
Likely, many of the documents were shared with the court not to reveal Microsoft's real and current plans for the future, but to provide a picture of its business practices and the effects of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Ultimately, we likely shouldn't bet any money on seeing anything that was accidentally revealed today come to fruition. Some possibly will, and some won't, but there's no way to tell which is which.
Such is the nature of leaks of documents that are several years old. Plans in this industry tend to change rather fast. It's fun to speculate over them, but their actual value is very questionable.
In other Microsoft News, you can read about the company's latest financial results while we wait for the next round, which will come next month.