Windows Weekly (Audio)

Windows Weekly (Audio) Podcast

A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, Office, Xbox, and more, from two of the foremost Windows watchers in the world, Paul Thurrott of Thurrott.com and Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft. Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.

WW 720: FLoC Blockers - Microsoft buys Nuance, new Surface devices, Patch Tuesday
Microsoft buys Nuance, new Surface devices, Patch Tuesday The nuances of Microsoft's $19.7b Nuance acquisition Microsoft makes its second-largest acquisition with Nuance for $19.7 billion Nadella's acquisitions: How Nuance stacks up New Surfi, peripherals debut Surface Laptop 4 Prices, Specs Leak Microsoft rolls out Surface Laptop 4 alongside new headsets, a webcam, and a speaker Baby Steps Don't Win the Race Dell Updates Inspiron Laptops, Adds OLED Option to XPS 13 Patch Tuesday tidbits MS Patch Tu...

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WW 719: Project Sous Vide - OpenJDK, Paint in the Windows Store, Azure outages, Azure immersion cooling
OpenJDK, Paint in the Windows Store, Azure outages, Azure immersion cooling Microsoft rolls out a preview of OpenJDK mikMicrosoft rolls out its OpenJDK preview release Sun vs. Microsoft battle over Java drags on Programming Windows: Hello, Visual J++ Google Wins Java Copyright Case Android Now Supports Rust for Low-Level Code Windows 10 Microsoft Paint is Finally Available in the Microsoft Store, Sort Of Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21354 Surface Here Comes Surface Laptop 4 Cloud M...

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WW 718: If Only Nana Knew - Discord acquisition, Project Reunion, Cortana mobile.
Discord acquisition, Project Reunion, Cortana mobile. LinkedIn Microsoft's push to join the 'creators' bandwagon now extends to LinkedIn Discord Report: Microsoft in "Exclusive" Talks with Discord Developer Microsoft's 'Project Reunion' hits the 0.5 milestone Microsoft 365 Windows 10 Version 20H2 Hits 30 Percent Usage Share Kensington Announces a Windows Hello Fingerprint Reader Microsoft Kills Cortana on Mobile Immersive Reader Comes to PowerPoint for the Web, OneDrive, More Xbox Backward Com...

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WW 717: Grovian Culture - Microsoft might buy Discord, Intel's U.S.-based fabs, Xbox Live renamed
Microsoft might buy Discord, Intel's U.S.-based fabs, Xbox Live renamed. Corporate Microsoft to Soft Open its Headquarters on March 29 Microsoft to partially reopen its Redmond campus March 29 and possibly fully reopen on July 6 Microsoft creates 15,000-member 'Digital Transformation Platform Group' in latest reorg An update on Exchange hacks Intel to Build Two U.S.-Based Fabs Windows 10 New Windows Insider Dev Build Brings New Explorer Icons, More Windows 10 21H1 now available for 'commercial pre-rele...

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WW 716: Draining the Slides - Intel's "Go PC" campaign and its response to Apple Silicon
Intel's "Go PC" campaign and its response to Apple Silicon You're a PC. I'm a PC. We are all PCs. Justin Long is No Longer a Mac in New Intel Ads Intel Releases 11th-Generation Core Desktop Processors AMD Launches Ryzen Pro 5000 Series Mobile Processors Windows Microsoft makes changes to Windows 10 inbox apps with the latest Dev Channel test build Microsoft to block users from getting paid apps from the Microsoft Stores for Business, Education as of April Microsoft Releases Windows Community Toolkit 7 ...

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WW 715: A Big Gulp of Bloodies - Exchangegate, UserVoicegate, Invokegate
Exchangegate, UserVoicegate, Invokegate Controversies of the year of the week Exchangegate: Hackers Have Exploited at Least 30,000 Exchange Servers UserVoicegate: Microsoft is moving to its own alternatives to UserVoice for customer feedback Invokegate: Harman Kardon Removes Cortana from Invoke Windows 10 Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21332 Microsoft Edge Gets Vertical Tabs, More Support Ends for Microsoft Edge Legacy Microsoft to Move to a Single Edge codebase Google is Speeding Up the C...

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WW 714: A Licensable Moment - Recapping Microsoft's 2021 Ignite announcements.
Recapping Microsoft's 2021 Ignite announcements. Microsoft Ignite 2021 Paul Thurrott's Short Takes: Microsoft Ignite 2021 Special Edition Microsoft shows off its Mesh mixed-reality collaboration platform Microsoft Announces its Mesh MR Platform - Thurrott.com Envisioning the Future with Windows Mixed Reality Panay Touts "the Next Generation of Windows" Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2021 for the Windows Enthusiast Microsoft shares more on what's coming in Windows Server 2022 Power Automate Desktop App for Wind...

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WW 713: Pot-Bellied Mastodons - Updating Windows, Microsoft Ignite, and Power Fx
Updating Windows, Microsoft Ignite, and Power Fx Microsoft Office Microsoft announces two new Office updates for 2021: Office LTSC Office 2021 for commercial and consumer customers Windows 10 Microsoft is cutting Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC support from ten years to five Microsoft Brings Another FEP to the Windows Insider Beta Channel Microsoft to talk about the future of mixed reality' at Ignite conference next week Power Platform Microsoft readies Power Fx, a new Power Platform low-code language To...

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WW 712: Paul's Mood Board - Windows 10 21H1, Intel vs. Apple, Microsoft may buy Pinterest
Windows 10 21H1, Intel vs. Apple, Microsoft may buy Pinterest Windows 10 Microsoft finally confirms Windows 10 version 21H1, stating that it will be a minor cumulative update like 2004 and 20H2. Yes, 21H1 is a Thing! New Windows Insider Build Adds a Few Minor Improvements Intel Takes on Apple M1 with New Series of "Go PC" Ads Microsoft Edge Microsoft Edge Now Uses Adaptive Notifications Microsoft to add 'Kids Mode' to Chromium-based Edge browser Microsoft 365 Microsoft's unified Office app is now av...

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WW 711: A Double-Edged Fork - Legacy Edge, Microsoft Viva, Minecraft Dungeons
Windows 10 Microsoft details its legacy Edge browser phase-out strategy Windows 10 Version 2004 is Finally Reliable Enough for Everyone Microsoft 365 Microsoft outlines plans for Viva, an employee-experience platform anchored in Teams Microsoft Adds Two New Power Apps to Teams Microsoft to add new webinar and 'meeting intelligence' capabilities to Teams via Teams Pro Microsoft is Testing a New Dark Mode for Word More Microsoft Intel Sues Engineer Who Left for Microsoft Xbox Minecraft Dungeons Now ...

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WW 710: Tab Hygiene - Comparing Microsoft earnings to other big tech companies
Comparing Microsoft earnings to other big tech companies Windows 10 Microsoft Edge picks up a better roadmap for future features Windows 10 "in cloud" configurations are now available Microsoft 365 Microsoft 365/Teams saw big education success but struggle against Chromebooks Related: It's not just PCs, 2020 Was the Best Year Ever for Chromebook Microsoft to highlight improvements to the 'employee experience' in Feb. 4 event Microsoft to add new voice command, video, and other features to Office mobile a...

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WW 709: Master of Soft Numbers - Microsoft Q2 Earnings Report
Microsoft Q2 Earnings Report Microsoft reported a net income of $15.5 billion on revenues of $43.1 billion for the quarter ending December 31, 2020. Pre-COVID spending levels are coming back, leading to Azure, Windows growth Xbox had a huge quarter Surface was pretty flat, Windows was mixed Related: New Surface ad is a bit disingenuous Related: Intel had a huge quarter It happens in threes Kurt DelBene is retiring from Microsoft. Plus: Rich Turner is joining Project Reunion. Windows Windows Insider P...

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WW 708: Ninja Ant in Candyland - Combing through the Windows 10X leak
Combing through the Windows 10X leak Windows 10X leaks Windows 10X: Microsoft's 'cloud-powered' Chrome OS competitor inches closer Paul Thurrott explores Windows 10X: Setup, Desktop and Start, Taskbar and Action Center, Microsoft Edge, Built-in Apps Microsoft touts more Windows 10 PCs, some with LTE options, at BettFest education show Microsoft Pushes PCs, Teams at Education Event Industry Microsoft's Azure marketing chief Julia White joins SAP Microsoft invests in General Motors' self-driving subsidiar...

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WW 707: One Telemetry at a Time - Thoughts on CES 2021
CES 2021 There isn't really TOO much excitement, but major announcements from both Intel and AMD will impact the PC industry in 2021. New PCs, as expected, nothing truly unique. Intel CEO Swan to be replaced by VMware CEO Gelsinger Qualcomm buys CPU design firm Nuvia PCs The PC market surged in 2020, had its best year since 2015. Microsoft announced Surface Pro 7+ for businesses and not Surface Pro 8 as expected. Windows 10 Dev build adds improvements to that new news feed feature Microsoft Corporate...

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WW 706: Carpe Per Diem - Hackers Viewed MS Source Code, Azure Modular Datacenters, Xbox Shortages
SolarWinds hackers viewed MS source code, 21H1 and the future of Windows 10, and Xbox Series X|S shortages. The future of Windows 10 (and lack of information): Microsoft tests 'news and interests' feature in the taskbar, and rumor is testers should move soon if they want to keep testing 21H1. Microsoft mulligans: New 'Sun Valley' Windows 10 UX for version 2021, 'One Outlook' to unify desktop and web-based clients, and history/tabs sync is coming to Edge. Cloud: More on Microsoft's Azure-in-a-shipping-conta...

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WW 705: Married With Windows - What you can expect from Microsoft in 2021
Microsoft news from the past two weeks Microsoft is designing its own ARM chips Windows 10 version 20H2 is already on 13.6 percent of Windows 10 PCs Google and Facebook colluded on online ads Apple's response to Facebook full-page ads is priceless Microsoft Edge is out for M1-based Macs Together Mode comes to Skype Flight Sim is now available in VR Games with Gold for January Our 2021 predictions Five Microsoft technologies to watch in 2021 Windows Windows 10 Windows 10X Windows on ARM Android on Win...

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WW 702: It's a Cat-Eat-Dog World - Cats vs. Dogs, Android on Windows, Halo Infinite
Cats vs. Dogs, Android on Windows, Halo Infinite Microsoft's holiday 2020 ad is an affront to cat lovers and will not stand Microsoft's Holiday Commercial is for the Dogs Windows 10 So why would anyone want to use Android apps on Windows? Which apps make the cut? Lightroom finally makes it onto Windows on ARM Microsoft 365/Cloud Microsoft to change how users can test Teams features Azure Government Top Secret cloud is revealed Microsoft announces this week two more cloud datacenter regions coming "so...

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WW 701: The Bailiwick of Guernsey - Windows Feature Packs, Slack acquisition, Android apps on Windows
Windows Feature Packs, Slack acquisition, Android apps on Windows Windows 10 Here comes the first Windows Feature Experience Pack Windows 10 version 20H2 is on 9 percent of Windows 10 PCs in the first full month Also: Let's revisit the Android apps in the Microsoft Store rumor. Could this be related to Android support coming to WSL? Microsoft 365 Microsoft is dramatically improving the calling experience in Teams In the wake of privacy complaints, Microsoft overhauls its Productivity Score feature Sales...

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WW 700: Have You Met a Goose? - Android Apps on Windows, Coupons on Edge, Microsoft Bob
Android apps on Windows, coupons on Edge, Microsoft Bob. Windows + PC Is the pandemic PC buying frenzy over? Data point: HP PC sales were flat YOY. Mary Jo Foley says: Buying a PC right now is not easy. Ask me how I know. Chrome support for Windows 7 is extended by 6 months. There have been more Insider builds since last week but no new features. Microsoft may be looking to allow Android apps in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft 365 Microsoft 365 Business Premium is on sale this week. Microsoft finally ...

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WW 699: Strictly Plutonic - Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X
Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X Microsoft's Pluton security processor What is Pluton? Coming to Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors starting next year Precursors: TPM ... and then Xbox security processor and the Pluton security subsystem in Azure Sphere Macs vs. PCs The first reviews of Apple's Silicon devices are in. And, not surprisingly, they're very positive Related: Microsoft explains how Office will work on new Macs Related: Photoshop comes to Arm on Windows and macOS Meanwhile: Microsoft publish...

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WW 698: Canadian Bacon Linux - What Does Apple Silicon Mean for Microsoft?
Apple Silicon Macs arrive: What does this mean for Windows PCs? And Apple told us almost nothing beyond that it is starting with low-end Macs only. Microsoft: Hey, we're working on even more with Qualcomm! Go, Team(s) Oh, about that multiple account support on Microsoft Teams ... It's not happening this year Instead, we're getting the ability to switch between a personal MSA and a work account. Sigh Speaking of Teams... Did you know Apple Airpods aren't compatible with it? Windows Is 10X really Edging...

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WW 697: Think of the TikTok-ers - Big Tech's Big Earnings Week, "Sun Valley" UI Refresh
Big Tech's Big Earnings Week, "Sun Valley" UI Refresh Windows Microsoft moves the Windows Insider Dev channel to a new build branch. What does this mean? Another build for Dev Channel today from the Fe branch Any reports of problems with 20H2? More earnings learnings In the wake of Microsoft's earnings announcement, Amazon, Apple, and Google all announced their own earnings. Key takeaways: Amazon earnings are more than Microsoft and Google combined. And Google outpaced Microsoft. Also: IT on-premises sp...

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WW 696: Earnings Learnings - Microsoft Earnings, Xbox Series X Unboxing
Microsoft Earnings, Xbox Series X Unboxing Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/696 Sponsors: barracuda.com/petsmart canary.tools/twit - use code: TWIT try.eset.com/twit...

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WW 695: Azure in SPAAACE! - It's Windows 10 20H2 time! Also, Edge on Linux
It's Windows 10 20H2 time! Also, Edge on Linux Microsoft releases the October 2020 Update to 'seekers' Here are the "biggest" new features Here are the known issues Here is when Microsoft will halt the release because of problems. Kidding. Maybe. More Windows News New Dev channel build brings theme-aware splash screens to some built-in apps Windows 10 comes to Chromebook (Enterprise) via Parallels Desktop. Semi-related: A Your Phone rant by MJF. This should be a great app. It's not but I hope it's fixab...

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WW 694: COVID Washing - Microsoft Work From Home, Xbox Series X Unboxing
Microsoft Work From Home, Xbox Series X Unboxing Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/694 Sponsors: WWT.COM/TWIT Melissa.com/twit twilio.com...

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WW 693: Greece is the Word - MS Fall Hardware Launch, Antitrust in Congress
Microsoft's fall hardware launch: more evolution than revolution As expected, the new small Surface Laptop, christened Surface Laptop Go Updated models of Surface Pro X New accessories And that's it. No refreshes on the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio, Surface Go This is nothing short of a strategy do-over for Surface. Granted it's been unfolding for years. Related: Some more impressive PCs were announced this week too Related: New Win 10 test build for Dev Channel adds a new optional customizatio...

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WW 692: Happy Fiscal New Year - Windows on ARM, Bing Wins Google's Auction
Windows on ARM, Bing Wins Google's AuctionWindows 10Finally a bit of news about Windows 10 on ArmThe new Windows 10 Dev Channel build has a new storage notification. (Plus some Your Phone updates coming)Windows 10 version 2004 is now on 33.7 percent of all PCs, almost in first place (!)Windows XP source code leaks againRelated: Chredge is getting a web screenshot feature (for some reason) Microsoft 365 + CloudIt wasn't a good start of the week for O365. Big worldwide outage due to AD authentication issuesSt...

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WW 691: Bethesda's Not Just a Town in Maryland - Microsoft Buys Bethesda, Best of Ignite, Xbox Preorder Fail
Microsoft + Bethesda! Microsoft announced a blockbuster $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda, bringing some of Mary Jo's favorite video games into the Microsoft Studios family. YES to Wolfenstein! Good for beer drinking! Microsoft Ignite 2020Microsoft Ignite is happening virtually digitally this week, similarly to Build 2020.~1000 new Teams featuresMicrosoft makes its video calling, chat, and SMS text messaging services available to others Azure news Azure Stack news Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux Office...

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WW 690: The Smurface Duo - Surface Duo Review, Cloud Gaming, Bye Bye TikTok
Leo and the DuoOne week in (almost), what's his take on the Surface Duo?MJF's review: Nice hardware, confusing softwareOverall, the reviews are very negative. The TikTok clock has stopped for Microsoft A bullet dodged Good luck, OracleThis is the last time we ever talk about this. LET'S HOPE! Windows 10: Where are we now? Windows 10 20H2 should be released any day now Windows 10 build 20215 (Dev) hit today with one new featureWhen will testers start getting 10X builds, given it's expected to debut in spring...

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WW 689: Two Trips to Dunkin' - Xbox Series S Price and Release Date
Xbox Series S Price and Release Date Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/689 Sponsors: Melissa.com/twit adobe.com/businessmoves...

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WW 688: Dead Cat Walking - When will we know about the TikTok sale? Xbox Series S leaks again
When will we know about the TikTok sale? Xbox Series S leaks again Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/688 Sponsors: Wasabi.com offer code WINDOWS barracuda.com/windows adobe.com/businessmoves...

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WW 687: DUO FOMO - Surface Duo Hands-on, Happy 25th Win 95, TikTok Drama
Surface Duo Hands-on, Happy 25th Win 95, TikTok Drama Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/687 Sponsors: adobe.com/businessmoves expressvpn.com/windows ziprecruiter.com/windows...

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WW 686: The Impression of Fairness - RIP Internet Explorer, Oracle wants to Buy TikTok, Flight Simulator 2020
RIP Internet Explorer, Oracle wants to Buy TikTok, Flight Simulator 2020 A moment of silence, please... Microsoft outlines the plan to kill off Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge, at least from Microsoft 365. But there's still no actual end of life date for IE11... just lots of lead-ups to it SurfaceMary Jo finally got 2004 on her Surface Laptop 3!Panos Panay joins the Sonos board of directorsThe press/blogger briefing for Surface Duo is now public Surface Duo after the dust settles: Has anyone come up with ...

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WW 686: The Impression of Fairness - RIP Internet Explorer, Oracle wants to Buy TikTok, Flight Simulator 2020
RIP Internet Explorer, Oracle wants to Buy TikTok, Flight Simulator 2020 A moment of silence, please... Microsoft outlines the plan to kill off Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge, at least from Microsoft 365. But there's still no actual end of life date for IE11... just lots of lead-ups to it SurfaceMary Jo finally got 2004 on her Surface Laptop 3!Panos Panay joins the Sonos board of directorsThe press/blogger briefing for Surface Duo is now public Surface Duo after the dust settles: Has anyone come up with ...

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WW 685: It's Not a Phone - Preorder Surface Duo Now! Plus Minecraft Education Edition on Chromebooks
Preorder Surface Duo Now! Plus, Minecraft Education Edition on Chromebooks.Microsoft announces Surface DuoSurface Duo will cost $1400 and is available for pre-order; ships on September 10 Windows 10One 20H2 build with just fixes. Nothing to see here.Today, a new Dev Channel build with a new "post-feature update" welcome experience An interesting Windows-related reorg last week, which gave Pumped Panos more POWERLots of mindless corporate drivel-speak in the internal memos. Microsoft 365Microsoft Ignite 2020...

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WW 684: Cortanageddon - Hey Microsoft: Buy Tik Tok!, RIP Cortana on Mobile, Xbox Game Pass
Hey Microsoft: Buy Tik Tok!, RIP Cortana on Mobile, Xbox Game Pass Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/684 Sponsors: hover.com/twit GetRoman.com/WINDOWS Wasabi.com offer code WINDOWS...

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WW 684: Cortanageddon - Hey Microsoft: Buy Tik Tok!, RIP Cortana on Mobile, Xbox Game Pass
Hey Microsoft: Buy Tik Tok!, RIP Cortana on Mobile, Xbox Game Pass Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/684 Sponsors: hover.com/twit GetRoman.com/WINDOWS Wasabi.com offer code WINDOWS...

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WW 683: The Purposeful Luddite - Microsoft Earnings, Antitrust Hearings, XBox Series X Reaction
Microsoft is doing just great during the pandemic, thank you very much.Microsoft 365 generated $20 billion in revenues in FY20!How does that compare to "Commercial Cloud." And ... what's in those revenues? Windows?SMB is slowing: How this changes where MS makes money - remember that Microsoft abandoned SMB earlier in the pandemic tooToday's the day for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google CEOs. And here's a new take on "embrace and extend": Copy, acquire, killWindows 10 launched five years ago todaySurprise!...

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WW 682: You're A Crybaby! - Slack vs Teams, Win 10 Roadmap, RIP Xbox Live Gold
Slack vs Teams, Win 10 Roadmap, RIP Xbox Live Gold Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/682 Sponsor: expressvpn.com/windows...

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WW 681: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers - Apple Silicon vs Wintel, PC Sales Boost
Microsoft releases a CU for Windows 10 version 20H2. Right. It's "done."Meanwhile, let's check in on 2004. New and fixed bug list updatedNew Dev Channel (Fast Ring) build has fixes, sound setting tweaksThe Passing of Wintel? Jean-Louis Gassée makes one big mistake in his push for ARM on the desktop.Related: ARM pricing is going upIt turns out most Surface PCs are still blocked from getting Windows 10 version 2004Semi-related: Thanks to COVID stay-at-home orders, PC sales grew 7.1 percent in Q2Microsoft ann...

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WW 680: Get Off My Alcantara Lawn - New Start Menu, Teams Features, Magic Leap CEO
Windows 10Microsoft debuts a "new" Start menuJust one problem, it's not new. It's barely even refreshed.Well, two problems. We won't see this until 21H1 at the earliest. Probably.Microsoft is bringing ALT + TAB to Edge tabs --- hated this at first, but it's starting to make senseWindows 10 on ARM check-in - Paul is reviewing an 8cx-based PC. What's changed in two years?Windows 10 2004 problems continue: Your settings aren't supportedMicrosoft 365Office.com portal is getting a refresh. Can you spot what this...

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WW 679: Comingled - RIP Microsoft Stores, Mac on ARM vs Windows on ARM
The drama of the week: Microsoft is closing its retail storesPerhaps overdue, but shocking nonetheless: Microsoft is closing all of its retail storesRelated: A look back at the 2012 opening of the first Boston-based Microsoft Store The drama of last week: Apple, the morning (OK, week) afterTwo developments of interest to the Microsoft communityAs expected, the first Apple Silicon developer device destroys Surface Pro X in benchmarks, no matter how you look at itApple is reportedly thinking about bringing a ...

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WW 678: No Code Left Behind - RIP Mixer, Apple on ARM > Windows on ARM
Sorry (but not sorry): We need to discuss Apple. Ladies and gentlemen, start your gongs! The Mac transition to ARM and how this is better than Windows 10 on ARM The new macOS UX and how this is better/more consistent than Fluent in Windows 10The new iOS 14 UX and how it's the same thing as live tiles, just 10 years laterRelated: Microsoft complained about Apple's business practices; Apple subtly announced small changes to address the concerns. Edge memory improvements are coming to Chrome too Consumer featu...

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WW 677: Everything's a Widget in Flutter - Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10 20H2
Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10 20H2 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/677 Sponsors: OpenShift.com/windows LastPass.com/twit...

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WW 676: Ferrous and FeFe - Windows Experience Feature Pack
What is the Windows Experience Feature Pack? If you get Windows 10 2004, you automatically get this thing. But MS officials won't talk about it... (insert shrug emoji here) Microsoft fixed a blocker issue for the May 2020 Update that brings Windows 10 version 2004 to Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3.Related: Another Windows 10 Fast Ring build is out today. It has nested virtualization for AMD processors. And a few fixes. That's it.We heard from Keivan Beigi, Mr. AppGet Amazon sues Google over our old budd...

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WW 675: OK, Mr. Mxyzptlk - MS Steals WinGet, Get Chredge Now
Microsoft released Windows 10 version 2004 ... or did they? (if a tree falls...)Discontent is growing in the community. Two key issues:Why don't Surface PCs get new Windows versions on Day One?Why were their sudden over a dozen known issues that had never come up during testing?Microsoft essentially stole WinGet after courting the developer of AppGet and offering a job that never materialized.Microsoft's response is inadequate.Beigi says he's talking to MS and may have more to share soon (whatever that mean...

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WW 674: Microsoft Dungeons - Windows 10 2004, Minecraft Dungeons
Windows 10 version 2004 is finally hereToday's the day. And ... nothing is going to change, really. There is some new Cortana app info for the now standalone productivity aide And what about new features? Anything worth discussing? Meanwhile: What does Windows 10 usage share look like on the eve of 2004's launch?And it's almost time to ramp up the Windows 10 21H1 testing! Related: Windows 10 on ARM can now be installed virtually, but only on Windows 10 on ARM. Related: Source code for NT 3.5 and OG Xbox ...

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WW 673: The Case of the Adolescent Numismatist - Microsoft Build 2020 Highlights
Microsoft Build 2020!Microsoft is holding its first-ever virtual version of Build this week and there is a TON of news.And ScottGu is alive! And collecting stamps!Microsoft is finally unifying Win32/UWP development and decoupling it from specific Windows versions. Here's how it will work for new apps---let's call them Windows apps---and for existing apps that devs want to upgrade.Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, with GUI apps coming soon.Windows Terminal 1.0Windows Package Manager - Microsoft Store will event...

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WW 668: Artificial Unintelligence
Neo, Duo, Windows 10X Delayed Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/668 Sponsor: LastPass.com/twit...

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WW 668: Artificial Unintelligence
Neo, Duo, Windows 10X Delayed Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/668 Sponsor: LastPass.com/twit...

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WW 667: Fuzzy Baby Ducks
Edge is #2!!!, MS Cancels all Live Events Until July, 2021 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/667 Sponsor: barracuda.com/windows...

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WW 667: Fuzzy Baby Ducks
Edge is #2!!!, MS Cancels all Live Events Until July, 2021 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/667 Sponsor: barracuda.com/windows...

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WW 666: Chocolate Sahara
Microsoft Virtualizes Ignite, Cloud vs Covid-19 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/666 Sponsor: Wasabi.com offer code WINDOWS...

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WW 665: Social Distancing Pioneers
Windows 10 on Pause, xCloud, Doom 64 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/665 Sponsors: FreshBooks.com/windows canary.tools/twit - use code: TWIT expressvpn.com/windows...

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WW 664: One Milliard Users
Build Canceled, Xbox Series X Event Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/664 Sponsors: ZipRecruiter.com/windows LastPass.com/twit Melissa.com/twit...

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WW 663: Try the Toasted Ravioli
Windows 10X Microsoft updates Windows 10X emulator for dual-screen devices What's new and what's improved? Related: Does Windows 10X solve the Chromebook problem? MJF: Not really until 10X comes to cheap(er) clamshell laptopsWindows 10 First Windows Insider build in two weeks brings talk of change, but not much actual change Still no GA info on Windows 10 2004 COVID-19 Weekly After pushing employees to work from home, now there are two Microsoft employees that have been diagnosed Related: Microsoft and Goog...

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WW 663: Try the Toasted Ravioli
Windows 10X Microsoft updates Windows 10X emulator for dual-screen devices What's new and what's improved? Related: Does Windows 10X solve the Chromebook problem? MJF: Not really until 10X comes to cheap(er) clamshell laptopsWindows 10 First Windows Insider build in two weeks brings talk of change, but not much actual change Still no GA info on Windows 10 2004 COVID-19 Weekly After pushing employees to work from home, now there are two Microsoft employees that have been diagnosed Related: Microsoft and Goog...

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WW 662: Moving to Montana Soon
Coronavirus Cancellations, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Hosts: Mikah Sargent, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/662 Sponsor: Melissa.com/twit...

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WW 661: Tastes Like Wine
Surface Duo Peek, Azure Sphere Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/661 Sponsors: WWT.COM/TWIT FreshBooks.com/windows...

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WW 660: Outlook Uncertain
CRACKGATE Uh-oh, Microsoft has another Surface reliability issue on its hands. Hopefully, this one is not an endemic hardware problem like Surfacegate was in 2016. Related: Microsoft set to unveil Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 in the Spring.Microsoft Edge Microsoft updates its roadmap for Edge, giving us a nice look at what to expect---and when---in 2020. Extension sync is happening this month, starting in Canary Related: A little lesson in tracking protection.Windows 10 Windows 10 version 2004 should arrive...

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WW 660: Outlook Uncertain
CRACKGATE Uh-oh, Microsoft has another Surface reliability issue on its hands. Hopefully, this one is not an endemic hardware problem like Surfacegate was in 2016. Related: Microsoft set to unveil Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 in the Spring.Microsoft Edge Microsoft updates its roadmap for Edge, giving us a nice look at what to expect---and when---in 2020. Extension sync is happening this month, starting in Canary Related: A little lesson in tracking protection.Windows 10 Windows 10 version 2004 should arrive...

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WW 659: Our Marshmallow, Raspberry, Cherry, Vanilla Slush Pop
MWC 2020 cancelled, Windows 10X Revealed Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/659 Sponsors: twit.cachefly.com ZipRecruiter.com/windows...

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WW 658: Ring the Red Bell
This Week's Stories: Panos Is Wumped (Windows plus Pumped) Panos is running a new combined Windows and Devices team. JoeB is going to OXO What will PC OEMs do? Key takeaway: This is good for Windows and for Microsoft Related: More reorg news of the day. Teper is going to run Teams. And Jeff Weiner is out as CEO of LinkedIn.Microsoft controversies of the week! #1 Surface Hub 2X: What's happening After a leak claimed that Microsoft was delaying or even canceling Surface Hub 2X, Microsoft revised its plans...

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WW 657: Bingjacked
Thinking more about Surface Neo and DuoLast week, Microsoft released the SDK and emulator for the Android-based Duo; ones for Neo coming soonThe Duo SDK for Mac developers also is now available (as of this week) - So let's think ahead about why Microsoft is calling these devices "a new category"Who is the intended audience? It's not creatives (who were big targets of the Surface tablets/PCs)Are these going to be positioned as PCs? Tablets? Is Apple still a primary competitive target for these devices?What k...

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WW 656: The Wide World of Nose Scrolling
Microsoft 2020 Predictions Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/656 Sponsors: expressvpn.com/windows Melissa.com/twit LastPass.com/twit...

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WW 655: There's a Seeker Born Every Minute
Windows 7 support ends- Yesterday, Microsoft released the "final" updates for Windows 7 for most people (But not that update for the NSA-reported crypto bug that was for Win 10 and Win Server, interestingly)- Today, Windows 7 will begin displaying a full-screen nag to upgrade to Windows 10- Microsoft Edge might be supported on Windows 7 for at least 18 months, and Microsoft Security Essentials will keep working for some indeterminate time period. Google Chrome will also be supported for 18+ months.The (new)...

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WW 654: I Hate Products, She Hates People
Welcome to 2020!PT starts the year with a rant thoughtful commentary about the state of WindowsMJF looks back at the decade that MS became a cloud companyA couple of the original Red Dog 'dream team' reflect on the last decadeCES: Lots of new Windows 10 PCs, including a number of foldablesNo Windows 10X yetBut lots of dual- and folding-display designs for some reasonAnd some gaming PCs, etc.Let's talk Windows 7!Mary Jo has been using Windows 7 on her podcast PC. And Paul just switched back to Windows 7 temp...

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WW 653: Best of 2019
A very mustached Leo Laporte takes a look at Microsoft's 2019, from Windows 7's impending doom to the "Scarlett" next-gen console (later named Xbox Series X). Plus, we can never forget Paul's intense tornado warning during episode 623! Happy Holidays from Leo, Paul, and Mary Jo! Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com Check out Mary Jo's blog at AllAboutMicrosoft.com The ...

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WW 652: It's a Capossela Christmas
This Week's Stories: Chris Capossela is back! Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela returns for our favorite holiday tradition.Xbox Series X Microsoft unexpectedly announces the name of the next Xbox console Yes, it's a terrible name The "real" name of the console generation is just... Xbox Yes, it's one of at least two console versions (expect an Xbox Series S too) Given this, should be called Xbox, Series X. Come on, isn't everyone thinking of Windows Phone 7 Series? Do these people ever learn?Windows 10 vNext...

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WW 651: Frampton's Still Alive
Windows 7, we had a good run Microsoft will push a full-screen EOL warning to Windows 7 users in January Windows 7's Security Essentials AV software is going away after January 14, too Have our expectations changed about the impact the EOL will have on Windows 10 adoption?Hell freezes over Microsoft Teams is available on Linux. No, it's not April 1st. MS says other Office apps on the way The Way Back Machine: Paul had a 1999 scoop about Microsoft Office on LinuxWindows 10 20H1 isn't quite done yet, but Micr...

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WW 650: Mary Jo in 3D
Windows 10: The year in reviewThe year in Windows 10Microsoft changed Windows 10 development in major ways in 2019, and some changes are likely permanent, while others may not beTwo feature updates, one real (that failed) and one fake (that succeeded)20H1 completed much earlier than expected by non-tea-leaf readersWhat does this all mean for 2020?Chredging at the EdgeMicrosoft improves Edge tracking protection. But will it ever rival Brave or Safari?Related: Microsoft shouldn't be adding consumer features t...

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WW 649: Now With More Fluid
'Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, Windows Insiders are losing their s#$% because Microsoft just named 20H1...Plus, PWAs creep to life again at Microsoft ... It's The Walking Dead Web Apps!Does Microsoft have a Cortana strategy?Windows Terminal gets support for multiple panes.Xbox One X All Digital Edition being offered at $149.99Xbox Black Friday DealsApple just can't get iOS right, so it's starting over. Again!Outlook.com can be used like a real appODI: What's next?Chredge for...

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WW 648: All-You-Can-Eat Breadsticks
Windows 10 20H1 ... is this really it? Microsoft keeps releasing new Windows 10 versions 20H1 with no new features or minor features at best. Is this all we're getting? Let's revisit what actually is in 20H1 so farTeams Microsoft says it has 20 million daily active users on Teams Not so fast, Slack says: We have higher engagementMore Microsoft Amazon officially challenges Microsoft's JEDI contract Microsoft partners with ... Salesforce?! Microsoft confirms shutdown of Cortana on mobile Facebook says it is m...

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WW 647: Dark Mode, Shmark Mode
Windows 10 version 1909 arrives Blink and you'll miss it because it's really just a small cumulative update, not a real feature update. 1909 is codenamed Vanadium and it appears to be going out broadly, contrary to Microsoft's description Windows 10 version 1909 review: There ain't much to say here Nothing major was removed or deprecated in 1909 Is Microsoft going to repeat its cumulative update/R2 update pattern with 20H2? I am hearing no. But they won't say publicly Microsoft didn't fix feature updates. I...

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WW 646: Sort of Live From Ignite
We're at Ignite in Orlando, Florida this week, and there's a lot going on! Azure goes to the edgeMicrosoft's new hybrid 2.0 strategy includes other cloudsPower Platform Microsoft rebrands Flow to Power Automate, adds no-code virtual agents Related: Microsoft relents on Power Platform self-servicing purchase changesMicrosoft 365/Office 365 Microsoft announces Project Cortex Microsoft puts Cortana in Outlook Mobile (and other mobile apps, plus a new male voice) Related: Microsoft is killing the standalone C...

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WW 645: Windows Dos Equis
Microsoft earningsIs bazillion a thing? It should be - for the quarter ending September 30, Microsoft posted a net income of $10.7 billion on revenue of $33.1 billion, and both were well above estimates.MJ: Microsoft 365 is the new number to watchPT: It's all about AI and Commercial Cloud, and not at all about Xbox and Surface - Plus, developers, developers, developers!Major Windows 10X leak confirms our laptop claimsWe've been saying that Windows 10X/LiteOS is not just for dual-screen PCs. That's been conf...

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WW 645: Windows Dos Equis
Microsoft earningsIs bazillion a thing? It should be - for the quarter ending September 30, Microsoft posted a net income of $10.7 billion on revenue of $33.1 billion, and both were well above estimates.MJ: Microsoft 365 is the new number to watchPT: It's all about AI and Commercial Cloud, and not at all about Xbox and Surface - Plus, developers, developers, developers!Major Windows 10X leak confirms our laptop claimsWe've been saying that Windows 10X/LiteOS is not just for dual-screen PCs. That's been conf...

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WW 644: The New and Beautiful Elvis
Alert: Windows 10 version 20H1 is heading to the Slow ring soonThat means your magic window is about to close if you want to stay on 19H2. Also, it means that the Insider Program folks are back to communicating poorly.So what's next? Windows 10X also should RTM around the same time as 20H1 and "Manganese" (20H2) testing should kick-offSurface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3 arriveMary Jo just got her Surface Laptop 3 on Tuesday afternoonPaul chimes in on the Pro 7Plus: The new Surface get day-zero updatesCloudJavie...

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WW 644: The New and Beautiful Elvis
Alert: Windows 10 version 20H1 is heading to the Slow ring soonThat means your magic window is about to close if you want to stay on 19H2. Also, it means that the Insider Program folks are back to communicating poorly.So what's next? Windows 10X also should RTM around the same time as 20H1 and "Manganese" (20H2) testing should kick-offSurface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3 arriveMary Jo just got her Surface Laptop 3 on Tuesday afternoonPaul chimes in on the Pro 7Plus: The new Surface get day-zero updatesCloudJavie...

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WW 643: XAML Islands Blah Blah Blah
xCloud is Finally Here! The xCloud preview has begun! Paul Thurrott has been playing testing it out for the last few days Plus: You can use an Xbox Controller with iOS 13 tooIn Windows this week... What's the deal with 20H1? Is there anything major to look forward to? Microsoft is starting to nag Win 7 Pro users about the January 2020 end of support date Related: Office 2010 has one year of support leftIgnite predictionsThere will be bots and AI talk Maybe we'll hear more about Office "Unity". Definitely wi...

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WW 642: Internet on a Disk
Windows 10 1909: Coming to you in NovemberWindows 10 1909 is moving to the Release Preview ring in preparation for a November launchThis feature update will be like a Cumulative Update (small/fast) if you are on 1903; regular otherwiseRevisiting the new features in 1909 (which will be off by default)Finally, Microsoft is being clear about RTM (without using those three banned letters)Related: Dona Sarkar is hanging up her Insider-chief. What's going on there? Is this part of some bigger changes internally? ...

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WW 641: Pumped
Microsoft Fall 2019 EventOur description of the event, setting the stage from inside the 'tent' Paul is pumped!Everything was leaked before the event, okay, not all of it Microsoft rolls out a bunch of Surfii (Surfaces?)New Surface Pro 7 ARM-based Surface ProX 2 new Surface Laptop 3 models, a 13" and a 15" Is the new Surface Laptop 3 15" lappable? Let's ask MJF, the queen of lappability. Is it Thunderboltable? Let's ask PBT, the king of ThunderboltabiltyEverything will ship later this monthThe new Surface ...

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WW 640: A Billion Pages
Microsoft announces Project xCloud public beta It's finally happening! But it's Android-only at first and will roll out over time.Windows 10 Goofy ex-Microsoftie turned YouTuber explains why Windows 10 is so unreliable - And he's obviously right, once you get past the presentation. Microsoft says that Windows 10 is now on more than 900 million devices Note that they don't say "active devices" anymore. Curious. Also: Remember Terry's "one billion" pledge? That was supposed to happen by mid-2018. So they'll h...

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WW 639: Cortana on the Down Low
October 2 event preview: we can't stop speculating It's not just hardware, and it's not just Surface: Event will highlight services and experiences too. Also: 15-inch Surface Laptop rumored Also: This time, the event will be streamed Related: Microsoft patents dual-screen device Walking Cat finds a reference to "Project S" (we think it's a Surface device) Related: Save the date for Microsoft Build 2020! More events: OnePlus next week, Huawei soon, Amazon on Sept. 25, Google in mid-October. Plus Ignite in No...

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WW 638: And That's How We Get Ant
Surface Rumors go round and round Surface Go with Core m3 rumored - This is what the processor should have always been. Microsoft patents a portable speaker. It's almost certainly for businesses. October 2 is just 3 weeks awayWindows 10 Microsoft finally details what's new in Windows 10 version 19H2, makes it available to all Insiders (in Slow) Your Phone calling functionality is coming to non-Samsung handsets New 20H1 builds today: WSL improvements, last week: New 20H1 build brings renamable virtual deskto...

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WW 637: A Portion of Insiders
The Internet-centric Windows that could have been... Heading into 1997, Microsoft planned to replace Windows with an Internet platform that would be open and cross-platform. What happened? And what might the world have been like if it hadn't switched back to a Windows-based strategy?IFA News Anything interesting coming out of IFA so far? Acer and Razer Other hardware stuff: USB4 = USB-C + Thunderbolt 3, as expected, and HoloLens 2 could go on sale starting this monthWindows 10 New 20H1 build adds promised c...

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WW 636: Redmondology
Microsoft Surface event October 2 in NYC Microsoft is holding a hardware event on October 2. Here's what we expect. Note: There might be more than just Surface hardware here, as MS is calling it "Microsoft Event," like they did last year Other guesses: Teams for Life, Surface earbuds or...LiteOS?Windows 10AdDuplex data: Windows 10 version 1903 has catapulted into a first-place tie for Windows 10 usage! Some customers are getting a one-year Windows 7 support extension This isn't what you think it is. It's no...

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WW 635: Will A.I. for Food
New Microsoft Edge hits Beta channelMicrosoft brings Edge Beta to Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, and MacRelated: Microsoft touts one million Chredge downloads so far. That's ... not very good.Related: Joe B's terrible Collections feature goes live. Why does Microsoft keep doing this?Related: There's a new Edge roadmap too. What are our expectations on the final version? And when will it be bundled with Windows 10?Related: AAD sign-in now available in new EdgeRelated: Microsoft implements battery life improvement f...

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WW 634: What's Patch Tuesday?
WindowsWindows Virtual Desktop is now feature-completePatch all the Windows things: New wormable Remote Desktop Services flaws found and patchedMicrosoft releases two different builds of Windows 10 19H2 for some reason - OK, it's really testing a new controlled feature rollout (CFR) system.Related: Latest Edge Dev channel release adds Dark Mode tweaks, moreBill Nye pushes Chromebooks now. He once hosted Microsoft's virtual Windows Me launch event!Intel announces a new sticker for laptops! Just what we wante...

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WW 633: The Oprah of Mixer
Samsung UnpackedMicrosoft rumored---then confirmed---to be at today's Galaxy Note 10 launch. With the marketing materials leaking, we have some clues as to what they will add to this event:S Pen compatibility for Office - similar to iPad support earlier(Maybe) Office support for Dex desktop mode?(Maybe) Xbox/gaming partnership - Could Note 10 be a premier xCloud experience?WindowsNot news: Windows 10 no longer a "cornerstone" product for MicrosoftThere's no such thing as a great $500 Windows laptop. Why? An...

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WW 632: It's Not All Feathers & Beer
Four years ago this week, Windows 10 was bornThreshold 1 hit on July 29, 2015We first got official word about it in September 2014 (launch of preview); then more in Jan. 2015. Leaks before that.The bests and worsts about WaaS. What surprised us re: changes Microsoft made – and didn't -- during the past four years.Related: New survey finds one third of companies have at least one XP device still on their networkAnd in more current Windows 10 news...Microsoft explains what happened with self-leaked build last...

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WW 631: The AI Kerfuffle
Microsoft earningsMicrosoft delivered another blockbuster FY and FYQ4.Analysis: FY19 - Xbox (bad), Surface (not the highlight people think), Windows (good, with businesses only), Office 365 (great) and Azure is ... slowing?. The big news: More Personal Computing is not Microsoft's biggest BU for the first time. Entire business in balance for now.Antitrust Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google come under DOJ scrutiny Qualcomm is fined by the EU Will Microsoft continue to avoid the steely gaze of regulators?The ...

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WW 630: The Cat Came Back
In honor of Paul 'emoji hater' Thurrott travelling, it's WORLD EMOJI DAY!Inside the Microsoft emoji design studioWindows 10 updates Microsoft is starting to automatically push Windows 10 1903 to Home, Pro users on 1803 or older via Win Update The second 19H2 build is out with new features (which no one can test right now) Surface Book 2s are blocked from getting 1903 (it makes the GPU "vanish")Chredge: Now ready for enterprise testers Microsoft is encouraging IT pros to start kicking the Chredge tires We no...

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WW 629: If I Still Had My Wigs and Costumes
Microsoft partners are on a rampage Microsoft is cutting internal use rights for its products and services, meaning no more free ride on product licensing for partners Not a good look for Microsoft the week before its annual partner rah-rah fest. And potentially a risky move, too Is it really all about the money? Or is this also a way to winnow down the partner contingent, eliminating smaller partners Also bad timing: The week before its Ready sales kick-off Microsoft is cutting jobs and moving folks around...

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WW 628: Time for Toast
Windows 1019H2 FINALLY - The first 19H2 build heads to the Slow ring. Mary Jo was right: It's an R2/SP type release.Also: Why does Microsoft keep promising things and not doing them, and then belittling customers when they ask about it?Windows 10 version 1903 continues to roll out very slowlyAnother new 20H1 test build for the Fast Ring with minor tweaks is out today (July 3)Your Phone can now show Android notifications in Windows 10Cortana is getting pushed aside even further in Windows 10. Will it be remo...

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WW 627: Credge My Mandroid!
Get ready for Mandroid? Microsoft is rumored to be considering enabling Android apps on Windows Lite devices like CentaurusThis isn't the first time Microsoft's been rumored to adding Android app supportSpeaking of Android, Bill Gates says losing out to it was his biggest mistake. OneDriveMore storage for subscribers; more paid storage plans for Office 360 users and Personal VaultStill no plans to offer consumers the option of buying more than 2TB of storage'Modern' appsCredge: Now available in preview fo...

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WW 626: Pull the Thread & Ruin the Suit
Why is Microsoft not among this year's antitrust trial targets? It is currently the most valuable company in the world. Lessons Apple, Google, Facebook, etc. can learn about antitrust trials from Microsoft A recap of how the MS vs. USDOJ trial got its start Related: Google is accused of stealing. But ... It didn't steal. Why did everyone immediately believe that it had? Related: Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency Windows 10: where are we now? Last week, we got the first 20H1 build with WSL2. Where the heck is ...

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WW 625: You Have Beautiful Eyes
Xbox at E3 Scarlett, next-gen console, won't appear until 2020 Next-gen Elite Controller finally announced Literally NO xCloud news. Whaaaaat? But ... Backwards Compatibility is done for Xbox One, focus on future now And you'll be able to stream Xbox One games to your own devices (for free) Related: What does xCloud/Game Pass mean about ownership? Halo: Infinite will launch with the new console next year Plus: Halo on PC details - plus Gears 5 and Flight Simulator Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass for P...

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WW 624: Axe Box
This Week's StoriesMicrosoft loomed large over Apple's WWDCRelated: iTunes is the walking dead on WindowsSemi-related: Looks like the US is going after Big Tech, finallyMicrosoft adds more Your App features to latest Windows 10 20H1 buildQualcomm plots a Snapdragon 7cx for low-end of the PC marketMicrosoft showed off a dual-screen Surface device internally. Is Centaurus really going to make it to the shipping phase?E3 is next weekMicrosoft releases Xbox-branded deodorantPurple Xbox One S arrives ($300)Micro...

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WW 623: Paul Does Math
This Week's StoriesModern OS: It's the future of Windows, vaguely. In a boring blog post about new PCs, Microsoft suddenly---if vaguely---starts discussing something called Modern OS. And it is not Windows 10. Or is it?Related: PCs continue evolving despite the down market, and I like what they've become. Plus, Lenovo, the world's biggest PC maker, is somehow experiencing big PC sales growth.Dell tips something called Windows 10 Home Ultra. This is almost certainly the new name for Windows 10 Home Advanced,...

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WW 622: Hello Cleveland!
This Week's StoriesMicrosoft and Sony make a game streaming megadeal. Exactly what the deal will yield is a bit murky, but this could be a big customer win for Azure and xCloud.How about that Minecraft Earth app? Another Azure win (Azure Spatial Anchors is at its heart)Windows 10 1903 released. Almost everyone can get it (consumers, businesses, volume licensees) as of May 21.The new Windows Release Health dashboard is worth a bookmarkWindows Server 1903 is generally available too - is it Windows Server, ver...

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WW 621: I Want To Be Your Rhoda
This Week's Stories• Windows 10 is now on 825 million PCs, according to internal Microsoft documentation• What's going on with PWAs in Windows 10 ... and with app distribution and the Store?• And with UWP? Is it dead? (Yes.) Kevin Gallo doesn't want to use the D word. But he might as well have.• The notion of Fluid Framework as the end of apps is more than a bit premature.• Where in the world is Windows 10 version 1903?• And what about 19H2? MJF: my guess is builds will start in June.• Microsoft patches a s...

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WW 620: Live From Build
Let's run through some announcements. No picks, tips this weekGuests: Brad Sams and Richard CampbellDemo fail. It was a moonshot gone badWhat's new in Chredge: IE Mode, Collections, new tracking settingsVirtual assistants (including Cortana) to get smarterGenoa (Minecraft as Pokemon)Fluid Framework.NET 5New terminal, WSL 2.0. There's a Linux kernel in this thing!Lots of database news – Richard CampbellTomorrow (Tuesday): Build Blogger Bash at The Pinebox! A short walk from the convention centre. 7-9 pm no R...

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WW 619: One... Trillion Dollars
This Week's Stories Microsoft earnings: Net income of $8.8 Billion on Revenues of $30.6 Billion Related: Microsoft was briefly worth $1 trillion Related: Microsoft documents product releases in the quarter Google just gave Chromium-based Edge a thumbs-up Sorry, but crapware is still in Windows 10 version 1903 Windows 10 Version 1903 Requires at Least 32 GB of Storage New 20H1 test build adds Your Phone changes, better dictation - Another new build adds nothing Windows 10 version 1809 hits almost 30% usage s...

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WW 618: Even-Numbered Star Trek Movies
This Week's StoriesGoodbye to Sets, hello to less suckingMicrosoft has shelved Sets for the long term (and likely, permanently). Tabbed "experiences" are still coming to the Console and likely Explorer (and Notepad?) To those wondering about claims that Sets isn't really dead, remember: This is exactly how they 'killed' Band 3 and Andromeda But long-live Microsoft Paint!Related: These two events (Sets, Paint) speak to the good and bad of Windows 10 today Good: Microsoft has removed most of what sucked...

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WW 617: It's Pronounced XBox One "Sharday"
This Week's Stories:Microsoft launches Surface Hub 2S: pricing, specs, and availability.An 85-inch version is on the way, and there's a Surface Hub 2 display coming, too.Xbox One S All-Digital Edition debuts will cost $250.Microsoft announces Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.Sony describes next-gen console before Microsoft - when we can expect Xbox v.Next news?Microsoft reveals E3 plans.Microsoft is working with Warner Bros. on a Minecraft movie for some reason.Xbox One April 2019 Update is here, but it's a minor re...

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WW 616: It's All About Windows 7
This Week's StoriesMicrosoft releases first public previews of the new Edge to the Canary and Dev channels.Blockbuster: Microsoft is making major changes to WaaS in Windows 10 version 19H1.Windows 10 19H1 moves to the Release Preview Ring after MSFT released a small CU to fix some last minute issues.And ... the magic window is CLOSED: New Fast ring build is for 20H1. As promised. Wait, what? 20H1? What about 19H2??Office 365: Microsoft to move Kaizala into Teams.Slack is improving its Office 365 integration...

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WW 615: You Had Me At Alcatraz
News of the WeekAs of late last week, Windows 10 1809 (the October 2018 update) is now ready for broad deployment, MS says.Microsoft drops eBooks from Microsoft Store and Edge Without Warning.Surface Book 2 is 1.5 years old and it just got a new configuration and it's complicated.HoloLens is being used by the Royal Canadian Navy.Visual Studio 2019, Visual Studio 2019 for Max and VS Live Share are all now available.Tips and picksTip/app pick of the week: Time for some gamesTip/app pick of the week #2: It's p...

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WW 614: Embrace Your Inner Chredge
News of the WeekChredge leaks and ... it's good. The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge has leaked ahead of the formal first Insider release. It's a lot like Chrome and is missing key Edge features, but it's surprisingly solid.Windows 7 end of support prompts arrive. Stop using Windows 7 by January 14, 2020.Windows Virtual Desktop is finally available in public previewWindows 10 19H1 build 18362 went to the Slow ring. And then was pulled because of install issues. This is basically RC1.Microsoft is hosting a Sur...

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WW 613: I Hate Funny
Today's special guest: Microsoft engineering GM for mixed reality apps, Lorraine Bardeen.• Let's talk more about what MS is doing with HoloLens, iOS, Android in mixed reality.News of the WeekGoogle• Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based streaming game service that will compete with Microsoft's Project xCloud.• Microsoft will respond at E3.• Google has now been charged with three antitrust violations in the EU - Will it be hobbled like Microsoft was?• Google agrees to let Android users in EU choose their br...

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WW 612: N is for OneNote
Windows Microsoft is ready to start nagging users about Windows 7's end of support deadline. So here come the pop-ups. Luckily, you can turn them off completely. Plus: Microsoft brings DirectX 12 to Windows 7 ... for some reason. Windows 10 19H1 users start testing Android app-mirroring. Breaking: Windows 10 19H1 Home edition may allow you to defer updates by 35 days! (This is in A/B testing it seems) Windows 10 now on more than 800 million active devices. Right on schedule! Microsoft makes good on its year...

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WW 611: Band on the Run!
Here's the real reason Microsoft is already testing 20H1 Also: Windows Calculator is open-sourced for some reason. Could Notepad be next??? Microsoft Edgium screenshots leak. Surprise, it looks like Chrome, not Edge. But that could change. Microsoft Band was dead two years ago, but now it's really, really dead. A look back at Microsoft Band from its biggest fan It's interesting to watch Intel follow Microsoft down the same path to the future The USB Promoter Group needs to be stopped: It announced USB 3.2 a...

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WW 610: It Happened in Barcelona
HoloLens 2 at MWC As expected, Microsoft announces HoloLens 2 at MWC 2019. Paul goes hands-on. Mary Jo says it's all about the cloud. Azure Remote Rendering, Azure Spatial Anchors, Dynamics 365 apps and subscription pricing. Paul sees how it fits perfectly into the new Microsoft under Satya Nadella, hitting all of the AACO ("Accessibility, AI, Cloud, and Open") bullet-points that products need to survive there. Accessibility - This one is a bit light, but it's more accessible in the sense that it can more e...

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WW 609: Use the Inner Source
Microsoft is adopting the "Inner Source" methodology from the open source world. Where does the madness end? Microsoft releases a 20H1 build of Windows 10. Yes, you read that right. Microsoft brings Timeline to Chrome. You'll be able to browse your WSL file system with File Explorer in 19H1 Related: No word on Chromium-based Edge yet, but Google backed down on a poorly-received proposed change to Chromium Related: Google no longer considers Cortana a competitor Visual Studio 2019 launches on April 2Tips and...

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WW 608: The Admiral Ackbar Thesis
Latest Windows 10 19H1 build brings underlying gaming improvements, free game to play Paul's top 5 new features in Windows 10 19H1 - inspired by last week's big list, I made a smaller list.Microsoft to modify Office ProPlus by end of April in response to Dutch ministry's privacy concernsSkype picks up background blur - but only on desktop (Not Windows 10 version)Teams is going to get a background video replacement option (along with blurring) LinkedIn Live, a new video-streaming service, is coming. Microsof...

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WW 607: Software You Love From People You Trust
Happy 5th anniversary, Satya Nadella! Let's talk about highs and lows during his tenure.Windows 7 patches, post end of support, may not be as pricey as you thought. Latest Windows 10 19H1 build adds Win32 apps to Mixed Reality Build 2019: We're going back to Seattle May 6 to 8 this year. Microsoft Q2 FY19 earnings recap: how Fortnite saved XboxXbox Live is coming to mobile, Switch (and more, I bet) Microsoft renames its in-house gaming studios department to Xbox Game Studios February is shaping up to be ano...

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WW 606: Living on the Edge
Time to revisit what's likely to make it into Win 10 19H1 - It's actually a bit more than you might think.Where are we at right now with new feature updates.1809 usage doubled, but it's still on relatively few PCs.19H1/1903/April 2019 update is in bug bash phase.Windows 7 non-controversy of the week does mark the passing of an era.Cortana integrates with Microsoft To-Do everywhere now.Microsoft To-Do picks up file attachment support.Nokia phones will finally sell through US wireless carriers.Apple is going ...

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WW 605: Paul's Power Apps Onesie
Cortana will soon just be a skill on Alexa and Google Assistant. Microsoft said it would not miss the next wave. Has it?Microsoft announces new software, services, and PC partner hardware for education at BETTWindows 10 enters its final phase of deployment. What does that mean?What's going on with Windows Server 1903/19H1? A few incremental features have been announced. Is there more?Yet another Cumulative Update for 1809 went out this week (fourth Tues of the month)Bug bash for Win 10 19H1 starts todaySupp...

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WW 604: The Windows Caboose
Windows 7: The one-year support cutoff countdown beginsOne year from January 14, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 for free. (Only for pay). Is there any chance of an XP-like extension?Don't expect a huge upgrade wave. But Microsoft has a way around this...Microsoft is pushing Microsoft 365 (not simply Windows 10) as the upgrade path for Windows 7. Will folks bite?Free support for lots of other products expires on January 14, 2020, too: Office 2010, Windows Server 2008/R2, Exchange Server 2010, Sha...

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WW 603: A Low Volume Jig
CES is this week: let's not beat this to death. A lot of computers were announced, including a Surface Studio clone from Lenovo.It looks like Intel is serious about moving to 10nm this year, and Intel is talking up 'Project Athena,' its strategy for going beyond ultrabooks.Privacy (as a service): Microsoft should stop marketing AI and market privacy instead. First step: Bali, a way for users to control data that's been collected about them.Microsoft giveaway update: we gave away the Xbox Game Pass and Offic...

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WW 602: Squeeze It Until it Squeaks
Our Predictions for Microsoft in 2019 Mary Jo Foley's list Microsoft's obsession with Chromebooks and ChromeOS continues (alongside its Chromium Edge work) More of a push to sell to "first-line workers." This is where MS sees its untapped audience for Office, Windows, more Microsoft 365 Consumer plan launches Microsoft does something (though not actually sure what) to address Win 10 quality issues Surface team continues to iterate on a handful of laptop form factors New HoloLens debuts and is focused almo...

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WW 601: The Year's Best
We take a look back at the biggest and best Microsoft stories of 2018. Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com Check out Mary Jo's blog at AllAboutMicrosoft.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin....

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WW 600: Merry ChrisCapmas
Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela is back for his annual holiday appearance. Chris talks Microsoft's biggest successes and failures of 2018, and we have some questions.Windows Sandbox might finally make Paul's container dreams come true.Windows 10 version 1809 is finally broadly available, over two months after the initial release.Windows 10 on ARM takes a step forward with the Snapdragon 850. But what it really needs is a quality web browser.Microsoft announces the Office app for Windows 10Brad drops a scoop a...

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