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13 Nov 2018

Windows Weekly (MP3)

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A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, Windows Phone, 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/ 19:00 UTC.

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    WW 594: The Warwick Blue Sox

    Windows Weekly (Audio)

    • Samsung (sort of) reveals their first foldable phone.
    • Cortana boss Javier Soltero is leaving Microsoft.
    • Cortana is getting embedded deeper and deeper into Office, instead of being promoted as a standalone assistant. That retrenchment obviously isn't everyone's cup of tea.
    • Windows 10 version 1809 is officially a fiasco.
    • Microsoft Outings comes to Windows Mixed Reality.
    • Microsoft is now selling the $500 Surface Go variant that was previously a Costco exclusive.
    • Apple copies Microsoft yet again, will stop revealing unit sales.
    • Xbox One loses a TV streaming feature.
    • Mixer gets a big set of updates with a stupid name.
    • With us: PUBG is free on Xbox for a limited time.
    • Against us: PUBG is heading to PS4 in December after a year of exclusivity on Xbox.

    Tips and Picks

    • Tip of the week: Buy Brad's Surface book
    • App pick of the week: Microsoft Launcher 5
    • Enterprise pick of the week: Kaizala
    • Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: Microsoft pauses Office 365 tips
    • Beer pick of the week: Cigar City Cubano Espresso Brown

    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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  • Posted on 08 Nov 2018

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    WW 593: One Throat to Choke

    Windows Weekly (Audio)

    Happy Halloween, TWiT-or-treaters!

    • 1.5 billion Windows PCs. Still.
    • Today's the last day of October. Still no October update
    • Microsoft's GitHub acquisition is done. What's next?
    • Microsoft Q1 FY19 recap
    • Microsoft on Mobile
    • Happy birthday, (Windows) Azure
    • Tip of the week: Games with Gold is awesome this month
    • App pick of the week: Skype for Web (Preview)
    • Enterprise pick of the week: Olympia v2
    • Codename pick of the week: Vanadium and Vibranium
    • Beer pick of the week: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

    Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Mary Jo Foley

    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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  • Posted on 01 Nov 2018

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    WW 592: It'll Be Better Tomorrow

    Windows Weekly (Audio)

    • With the new Pixel 3s and iPhone XR/XSes out there, what are our new and updated recommendations these days for Windows users who are looking for new phones?
    • Related: Google says it will fix photo‐loss bug in the new Pixels, but what about the other issues?
    • Let's talk a bit about where MS is now and where it's going by bringing Android and iPhone devices into the Windows ecosystem.
    • More data‐deletion problems have emerged in 1809. October is winding down and the October Update STILL isn't available.
    • Related: MS didn't RTM Windows Server 2019, which has been pulled and is not available.
    • Related: Last week, new 19H1 build allowing users to remove more preinstalled apps debuts.
    • Related: 19H1 will allegedly overcome the performance issues from Spectre fixes.
    • Paul finally got a Surface Laptop 2. More of the same, but now with better performance and it's black.
    • New HP Spectre 360 and Elitebook x360.
    • Samsung said close to launching a foldable laptop display ‐ Because?
    • Microsoft FY19Q1 earnings are today (right after WW)
    • Things to watch for: Commercial cloud number will be higher than normal because some LinkedIn revenues are now included.
    • Related: What Microsoft exec compensation says about Redmond's priorities.

    Tips and Picks

    • Tip of the week: Xbox is having a "Shocktober" sale: Friday the 13th ($6), Alien Isolation: The Collection ($12), Prey ($15), and many other games are up to 70 percent off!
    • Also: Microsoft just added four horror titles to Xbox Game Pass too!
    • App pick of the week: Half‐Life 2 Orange Box, Portal, and Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 are now all on Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility and enhanced for Xbox One X.
    • Enterprise pick of the week: How to get the MS Tech Community blogs into.
    • Enterprise pick No. 2: The on‐prem version of the Office 2019 servers are available this week.
    • Beer pick of the week: Springdale (Jack's Abby) Brigadeiro

    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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  • Posted on 24 Oct 2018

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    WW 591: Live From Dublin

    Windows Weekly (Audio)

    • Sadly, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away this week, How did he impact Microsoft culture, he had a huge impact on Seattle (and the broader world), however
    • Windows 10 version 1809, Take 2: Just kidding, this time it's almost ready! Plus: Windows 10 Now Lets You Uninstall More of the Pre-Installed Apps
      • Related: No, the PC industry is not staging a comeback, sorry
    • Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are now available. Kind of a non-event. Plus: China gets a "Blush" Surface Laptop 2 Related: A new HoloLens was spotted in OUTER SPACE! No, it wasn't.
    • Google v. EU: Google does something different, again: They will comply but still appeal. They've learned from the Microsoft, Intel, and Apple experiences of the past.
      • Plus: Another way Google is following Microsoft: It is deemphasizing Android brand
    • Post-PC: Is the post-PC era finally happening? And ... do we have Adobe to thank/blame? Full Photoshop coming to iPad Full-featured video editor on Windows, Mac, iOS, and (soon) Android
    • Xbox: Keyboard and mouse support comes to Insiders, will ship in Xbox System Update 1811 - This comes after the October 2018 Update, which adds other features Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out, is amazing
    • Tip of the week: Buy an Xbox One, get a free... Amazon Echo Dot?!
    • App pick of the week: Google Chrome 70
    • Enterprise pick of the week: What's next for Cortana?
    • Beer pick of the week: Galway Brewing Sans Juice
    • Beer pick of the week: Urban Brewing Lemon Verbena + Sage Saison

    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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  • Posted on 18 Oct 2018

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    WW 590: The News from Leak Woebegone

    Windows Weekly (Audio)

    Breaksclusive: The Windows 10 1809 rollout is officially a disaster.

    • After rushing Win 10 1809 to the finish line (without a Release Preview), MS starts rolling it out on October 2. Users start reporting their files, photos and other data being deleted.
    • On October 5, Microsoft pulls 1809 (and Win Server 2019). Some users installed it successfully; some didn't.
    • On October 9, Microsoft releases a refreshed Redstone 5 test build to Insiders in Slow, Preview rings with the data loss fix.
    • On October 9, Microsoft also releases a Cumulative Update for 1809 to those who successfully installed it, which also has the data loss fix.
    • Microsoft published a post-mortem claiming a tiny number were affected, but they're adding a "severity indicator" to Feedback.
    • What do we propose the Windows team do now to fix WaaS? Let home users defer updates? Refocus on fundamentals? Slow the update pace? All of the above?

    In Other News

    • Expanding on last week's discussion, can Google + Microsoft finally happen with Terry Myerson gone?
    • Project xCloud game streaming testing to begin in 2019
    • Microsoft is hiring former Qualcomm engineers to its quantum-computing team
    • Microsoft joins OIN and offers 60K of its patents to other members royalty-free. Important note: Microsoft has 90K patents. This deal doesn't include Windows code, for example.
    • Related: Microsoft joins LOT Network and makes its patents available to members to fight trolls.
    • Intel releases first 9th-generation Core processors. This time they're focusing on where the money is.
    • Google has its own hardware event. And this time they're adding design to AI + software + hardware.

    Tips and picks

    • Tip of the week: History in an Hour
    • App pick of the week: Sticky notes for mobile ... sort of
    • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Learn: Self-paced free training for a variety of MS products
    • Buzzword pick of the week: "Partner"
    • Beer pick of the week: Threes Instant Gratification


    Announcements

    • Next week: Paul and MJF will be keynoting the Microwarehouse Cloud Camp in Dublin. We will be doing Windows Weekly live from Dublin, too, at our same bat time and schedule. So 2 p.m ET next week, tune in and we'll be speaking Gaelic. (We'll be doing a meetup too after the show. Details to come!)

    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.

    Sponsors:


  • Posted on 11 Oct 2018

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