They patched SS:FE. And SS:SE. And they abandoned the 1.5 patch for SS:SE because barely anyone played the game anymore and it wasn't worth their time.
This is the second patch for SS2. The first one was 3 months ago.
They never sold out to Microsoft. Microsoft has no power over Croteam and won't be firing anyone. Croteam is an independent developer that publishes through Take Two Games under the 2K Games label.
Oh, but we all know that publishers have no control over what platforms games get developed for and when they get released, even for independent developers...