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 Dec 24, 2018

Description

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.

Episode Date
WW 605: Paul's Power Apps Onesie
1:43:25

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • 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 BETT
  • Windows 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 today
  • Support is ending for the last versions of Win 10 Mobile in December 2019
  • Microsoft pledges $500 million to help improve affordable housing in Redmond area. But isn't this a problem of its own making?
  • The Power Platform: One of Microsoft's biggest bets for 2019 and beyond

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Finding news you can trust
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft To-Do
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Customer Agreement
  • Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: Dynamics 365 April '19 update
  • Beer pick of the week: Sierra Nevada Resilience

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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Jan 23, 2019
WW 604: The Windows Caboose
1:59:58

Windows Weekly (Audio)

Windows 7: The one-year support cutoff countdown begins

  • One 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, SharePoint Server 2010 and more.
  • Related: Desktop App Assure is generally available. Will it convince Win7 users that their apps will likely work on Win 10?
  • Related: PC sales have now fallen for seven years. But there is some good news too.

Folding Windows, Dual-Screen Style

  • A leaked build of Windows 10 19H1 indicates Microsoft is adding support for foldable (aka, dual screen) devices to Windows.
  • What does this really mean? Is Andromeda in the wings? (NOPE).
  • Meanwhile: Speculation mounts that Microsoft could show off the new HoloLens at MWC in February.

Windows 10

  • Microsoft pushed a bunch of Cumulative Updates with loads of bug fixes for WIn 10 1703, 1709, 1803.
  • It also (interestingly) pushed a small Cumulative Update with fixes for Win 10 19H1 Fast Ring build 18312.

Microsoft's latest customer wins: Some patterns emerge

  • Microsoft is having luck courting retailers who are scared of Amazon (See Kroger, Walmart and most recently, Walgreens). Good news for Azure, M365.
  • Cortana was MIA at CES, but its "Virtual Assistant Accelerator" wasn't. MS gets its virtual assistant tech into BMW, UEI, LG Electronics.
  • The $10 billion JEDI jackpot's coming up in April. Looking like an Amazon-Microsoft dogfight. MS keeps adding more govt. certifications leading up to it (Outlook Mobile is latest).

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the Week: How to Switch to Chronological Timeline on Twitter.
  • App pick of the week: DuckDuckGo.
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Where's Windows Server 2019?
  • Codename of the week: Sydney (Hololens 2)
  • Beer pick of the week: Grimm Double Negative

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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Jan 17, 2019
WW 603: A Low Volume Jig
2:09:14

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • 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 Office 365 Home product keys and the hardware just arrived. Here's how you can win a Surface Go with Type Cover or Surface Headphones! (U.S. and Canada only, sorry)
  • Two major signs of sanity in Windows 10 19H1: 7-day update delays in Windows Update in Windows 10 Home, Microsoft finally silences Cortana in Windows 10 Setup (but not in Home).
  • Windows 10 19H1 build adds support for password-less Microsoft accounts and sign-ins.
  • Build 18312 was released today with Reset This PC improvements.
  • Let's revisit Windows 10 on ARM. Yes, this really matters.
  • Non-controversy of the week: Windows 10 will now set aside 7 GB of disk for coming updates
  • About Citrix's plans for Windows Virtual Desktop
  • GitHub to give free users unlimited private repos
  • Microsoft should make Surface-branded wireless earbuds (Update: They are working on it)
  • Microsoft continued losing to Sony in the console wars in 2018, but there was a lot of good news too

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Choose the right digital assistant
  • App pick of the week: Firefox ARM64 for Windows 10 on ARM
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Teams gets more firstline worker features
  • Buzzword pick of the week: "Partner"
  • Beer pick of the week: Firestone Walker Propagator Generation 1

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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Jan 10, 2019
WW 602: Squeeze It Until it Squeaks
1:43:03

Windows Weekly (Audio)

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 almost 100% on business users
  • Microsoft is going to get quieter about new products (not just Windows). They think this is a feature, not a bug!

Paul Thurrott's list

  • Microsoft Edge + Chromium: What's the expected timing and how will this change affect the UX
  • Windows 10 will put the updating terribleness of 2018 behind it in 2019
  • Related: Where we're at as we enter the New Year
  • What still needs work: Updating a PC is a freaking nightmare
  • Windows 10 Lean (Lite?) - What is it and when will it ship
  • Windows 10 on ARM: Is 2019 the year Qualcomm and MSFT overcome the performance and compatibility issues?
  • And will Surface Go 2 ship and utilize an ARM chipset?
  • Xbox One vNext - before the cloud, Microsoft will improve its console yet again
  • Short term: CES is next week. Expect a lot of iterative new PCs

Also:

  • Windows 10 usage finally surpasses that of Windows 7
  • As it turns out, Edge still retains its battery life advantage over Chrome Tips and picks
  • Tip of the week: Properly set up Windows 10
  • Plus: Games with Gold, baby! Plus, new Game Pass titles too!
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft Launcher
  • Enterprise pick of the week: New Microsoft 365 commercial plans
  • Codename pick of the week: Bari
  • Beer pick of the week: Burlington Beer Company, Chunky & Jelly

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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Jan 03, 2019
WW 601: The Year's Best
1:57:07

Windows Weekly (Audio)

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.

Dec 26, 2018
WW 600: Merry ChrisCapmas
2:25:51

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • 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 10
  • Brad drops a scoop about future Xbox revisions

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Charge Surface Pro/Laptop over USB-C
  • Also: The Xbox One S and Xbox One X are both $100 off, again.
  • App pick of the week: Brave
  • Enterprise pick of the week: PowerApps and Flow pricing/licensing changes
  • Codename pick of the week: Madrid
  • Beer pick of the week: Corsendonk Christmas Ale

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

Guest: Chris Capossela

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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Dec 19, 2018
WW 599: Inside Clippy
1:50:21

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • The rumors were true: Microsoft will move Edge to Chromium
  • Related: Firefox is screwed, and it knows this. But it's spreading FUD to make its case
  • Windows 10 19H1... New build brings improvements to Notepad for some reason (FOR SOME REASON??)
  • The Snapdragon 8cx will allegedly rescue Windows 10 on ARM, because of course it will
  • But what about now? The Snapdragon 850 isn't that bad, as it turns out
  • Next-generation HoloLens will be based on Snapdragon 850 - This is now confirmed
  • Cortana looks to be getting multi-voice/user support soon
  • Tons of new games coming to Xbox Game Pass this month
  • Microsoft Enables Xbox Family Settings for Cross-Play

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Microsoft's open source stories
    • Plus: Want to test the new Edge? The join the Edge Insider Program!
  • App pick of the week: Office for Mac
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Bye, bye Azure Container Service (ACS), and hello Azure Kontainer Service (aka Kubernetes Container Service)
  • Codename pick of the week: Spartan
  • Beer pick of the week: Brooklyn Black Ops

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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Dec 12, 2018
WW 598: Giant Hairball of Code
1:46:15

Windows Weekly (Audio)

Edge vs Chromium

  • Is Microsoft about to switch rendering engines in its Windows 10 browser?
  • Is this a good thing or bad thing for 1. the industry; 2. developers; 3. users (Yes, yes, and yes; let's debunk some myths.)
  • Will it still be called Edge?
  • Will it look/work like Edge does today? What about extensions, etc.?

Windows Lite

  • Windows RT failed. Windows 10 S Mode failed. Can Windows "Lite" succeed?
  • Our guesses about how Windows Lite fits in with WCOS
  • If this isn't called Windows, what should/might it be named? ("Yoghurt"? "DillyDally"?)

Related to these two topics, we need to talk about Terry Centaurus: The dual-screen successor to Andromeda

  • If at first you don't succeed in landing a dual-screen pocketable device, should you try, try again?
  • Microsoft is working on another attempt to take on Chromebooks with Centaurus

Xbox + Surface futures

  • Brad drops a bombshell about the future of Xbox and for Surface too

Microsoft Connect roundup

  • Microsoft open sources WPF, Winforms and WinUI
  • Microsoft releases public preview 1 of Visual Studio 2019
  • Microsoft open sources the ONNX inference engine
  • Azure Machine Learning is now generally available

Microsoft v. FCC

  • The FCC says that most Americans have access to broadband. Microsoft says that's not even close to reality.

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: You can once again download the Windows 7 and 8.1 ISOs. But...
    • Plus: Yes, Bootcamp still sucks
  • App pick of the week: Typora
    • Plus: Google Arts & Culture mobile app adds a cool AR Vermeer experience
  • Enterprise pick of the week: CNAB
  • Codename pick of the week: Chromium
  • Beer pick of the week: Collective Arts Ransack the Universe

Hosts: Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and Megan Morrone

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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Dec 05, 2018
WW 597: Go DeepRacer
2:06:55

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • More bugs emerge in the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Some get fixed; others are being tested in Release Preview.
    • Windows 10 1809 breaks Media Player
    • Windows 10 1809 blocked on PCs with certain Intel video drivers
    • But, hey: The iCloud-1809 bug is now fixed
  • Windows 10 19H1 continues full steam ahead. New build out today: a few UI tweaks, not much else.
  • First Windows Server 19H1 build was released last week. What's in it?
  • Is Apple a monopolist? The Microsoft reporter veterans weigh-in.
  • Microsoft briefly overtook Apple's market cap
  • It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Microsoft Cloud: multi-factor authorization outage No. 2, right after Microsoft issued a thorough root cause analysis of what caused MFA outage No. 1. They've got concrete steps for fixing MFA, but some won't be done till Jan. 2019.
  • Meanwhile: Here comes Amazon, breathing down Microsoft's neck, with its own Windows File System for AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/fsx/windows/

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Games with Gold
  • App pick of the week: Project Fi
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Check out the Petri.com forums, IT pros
  • Also, for the developers in the house, December 4 is Microsoft Connect(); -- expect some VS 2019 news, among other AI/Azure, etc.
  • Codename pick of the week: Windows (Core) Lite
  • Beer pick of the week: Destihl Cranberry Criek

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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Nov 28, 2018
WW 596: Redmondfreude
1:46:53

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Microsoft accounts go password-less.
  • Irony alert: Azure/Office 365 were just hit by a 2FA sign-in issue.
  • Windows 10: 64-bit ARM apps are now a thing. What this solves and doesn't solve.
  • Slippery slope: Microsoft tested ads in Windows Mail, got negative feedback, pretended it was just a test.
  • Quality matters: between Windows 10 1809, Google Pixel 3, and Apple, it seems like the quality of the tech we use is going downhill. Is it?
  • The Cortana RIP tour continues: Microsoft Store is selling Echo smart speakers now. And yet... the Cortana mobile UX update continues to rollout.
  • Xbox One S to go disc-less in 2019.
  • Now you can customize an Xbox controller right from your Xbox.

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Beneath a Surface: shipping next week!
  • Also: The best deals from Microsoft's Black Friday sale.
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft Launcher.
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft buys FSLogix.
  • Enterprise pick of the week No. 2: Cognitive services are now in containers (near you).
  • Beer pick of the week: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

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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Nov 21, 2018