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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/ 18:00 UTC.

Episode Date
WW 581: Not with My Gorilla Hands
2:09:19

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Surface Go first impressions. The reviews are in, too: Consensus is that performance is slow but OK, but the battery life is terrible.
  • Related: Tear-down reveals tiny battery
  • Related: Many Surface models are getting massive sets of firmware updates related to Spectre and Meltdown. Most recent example: Surface Book 2. Even Surface Go got a Day 1 update (albeit a minor one).
  • Let's revisit the Microsoft Managed Desktop.
  • Windows 10 Redstone 5: Build 17730 ships last week, adds "retail" OOBE. But not really. Build 17733 just shipped before the show. File Explorer's Dark Theme finally is really dark. Your Phone is finally available in working form. Sort of.
  • Skype Classic isn't going away on September 1, after all. Microsoft is testing new compact view options for Skype. Microsoft is bringing Spotify to Skype.

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Surface is on sale
  • Bonus tip: Link your MSA to Movies Anywhere, get a free movie
  • App pick of the week: Surface Diagnostic Toolkit
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Ignite 2018 sessions are live
  • Codename pick of the week: Carmel and Capitola
  • Beer pick of the week: Lemon Cucumber Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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Aug 08, 2018
WW 580: Paul's Dark Mode
1:43:40

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Windows 10: Where are we now? (and other existential questions)
  • Will you buy your next PC via a subscription? With Windows 7 support ending in 2020, Microsoft is pushing DaaS.
  • Google launches a Chromebook ad and the world loses its mind.
  • Surface: tomorrow is Go time. Surface Go hits retail shelves tomorrow (August 2) - and you can now preorder Surface Go from Amazon.
  • Sony has now sold over 83 million PS4s, and will soon surpass the sales of its predecessor. Nintendo has now sold over 20 million Switch consoles. So where's Microsoft at? We have no idea.
  • Tip of the week: Another blockbuster month for Games with Gold.
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft Edge? In the next version of Windows 10, Microsoft Edge may finally get there.
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Windows 10 Enterprise for Remote Sessions
  • Codename pick of the week: Strada
  • Beer pick of the week: Lagunitas IPA

Hosts: Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and Jason Howell

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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Aug 01, 2018
WW 579: Microsoft Milk
2:21:26

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Microsoft is planning to target 'professional consumers' with its cross-platform "Modern Life Services." Will this even work?
  • Speaking of consumers, some new Xbox "Scarlett" tidbits emerge: two consoles are coming. One is a dedicated streaming box.
  • Gaming is now officially one of the six solution areas Microsoft is focusing on (as revealed at Inspire).
  • Related: No Man's Sky comes to Xbox One
  • Even the packaging of Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller is accessible
  • The Office 2019 servers are now in preview. Expect a launch this fall
  • Outlook.com redesign is live, and there's a new dark mode
  • MS crosses the $100 billion per year in revenues milestone. What's bringing in the bacon?

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Pre-order Surface Go, get a $50 gift certificate
  • Also: Xbox Ultimate Game Sale is on!
  • App pick of the week: International travel apps and services
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Dynamics 365, the fall '18 update
  • Codename pick of the week: Aris
  • Beer pick of the week: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

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Jul 25, 2018
WW 578: Barnstorming
2:02:02

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • The EU just handed Google a $5 billion fine for various abuses involving Android and its OEMs. Does this mean, as VERY weakly rumored, that MS is going to build an Android phone? No.
  • Panos Panay tells Wired: There is no Surface Phone coming. Yes, Microsoft is still working on Andromeda, but it may be very different from the original plans. Our obsession with this thing is unhealthy. So let's keep talking about it.
  • Teams is now available for free. This is a smart move, and Microsoft has moved quickly to catch up to Slack.
  • Whiteboard arrives on iOS and web.
  • Microsoft abruptly announces plans to kill Skype Classic on desktop.
  • The PC market experienced sales growth for the first time in 6 years. But let's be serious. This market is still in decline overall.
  • Xbox: Microsoft begins testing the Xbox One version of Redstone 5. Also, Microsoft May Finally Announce the Next-Gen Elite Controller next month. Tips and picks
  • Tip of the week: Add Chrome or Firefox to Timeline in Windows 10
  • App pick of the week: Alternative web browsers • Enterprise pick of the week: Office 365 for IT Pros: The regularly updated bible.
  • Enterprise pick no. 2: Still on Win Server 2008/SQL Server 2008? Here's a new support option.
  • Beer pick of the week: Shacksbury Rose Cider

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

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Jul 19, 2018
WW 577: The Cat Formerly Known As Hamilton
2:17:03

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Microsoft Announces Surface Go. Now available for preorder - Ships August 2 • What is it? A more affordable way to get into a Surface PC.
  • What's it like? Hands-on with Surface Go - Plus, where it makes sense and where it doesn't
  • What's the target market? More like market(s)
  • Don't expect Andromeda in 2018 or maybe ever!
  • Related: Andromeda is the wrong idea at the wrong time
  • Windows 10 is three years old this month - How does it look?
  • Windows 10 version 1803 gets its first cumulative update.
  • Windows 10 RS5: How is the next version shaping up? - Development is winding down, Microsoft says today.
  • Plus: A look at the display improvements in RS5
  • Office 365: Microsoft begins rolling out new OneDrive for Business features.
  • Xbox: Microsoft delivers July Update for Xbox One
  • Also: Microsoft just hosted its first-ever Special Olympics Xbox Gaming Tournament

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Buy the right Surface Go. Skip the entry-level configuration- here's why.
  • Audiobook pick of the week: our favorite audiobooks so far in 2018
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft now lists Windows 10 1803 as officially business-ready
  • Codename pick of the week: Lingo, Libra, Lexington, and Gibson
  • Beer pick of the week: Brew Dog Hazy Jane

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

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Jul 11, 2018
WW 576: 1803 Curious
1:52:15

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Not so quiet on the Windows 10 front: no RS5 build last week - but we got a big one this week. AND SETS IS GONE.
  • But no peace for Hadoop and Data Lake fans! Microsoft is readying a Gen2 of its Azure Data Lake service.
  • And – also data-related: Azure IoT Edge is now generally available.
  • Microsoft seems to hate USB-C/Thunderbolt. Surface finally gets a USB-C dongle. FOR 80 FREAKING BUCKS.
  • Snapdragon 1000 rumors suggest Qualcomm is going for the PC desktop next
  • Xbox: Microsoft is not bringing VR to Xbox One.
  • Mobile: Some thoughts after a week using Microsoft Launcher. Also, Microsoft brings Visual Search to Bing, Edge, and Microsoft Launcher.

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Thinking about smart home tech? Think again. \
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft News
  • Enterprise pick of the week: A new 'big brains' podcast from Microsoft worth checking out
  • Enterprise pick 2: A new container base image is coming to Windows Server
  • Beer pick of the week: Grimm Icing on the Cake

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

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Jun 27, 2018
WW 575: COD Cake
1:51:32

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Satya Nadella speaks out against US immigration policy.
  • Controversy of the week: April 2018 Update is fully deployable or something.
  • Windows 10 Redstone 5: Microsoft is (finally) bringing SwiftKey to Windows 10 (and, at some point, autoplay blocking to Edge).
  • Windows Server 2019: Microsoft releases first test build with Hyper-V 2019 preview.
  • Microsoft's buying spree continues: Microsoft buys Flipgrid in continued education push, AI startup Bonsai.
  • Adobe, Microsoft team on integrated PDF services for Office 365 commercial.
  • Evernote comes to Microsoft Teams.
  • Microsoft tries to be the un-Amazon for retail.
  • No, Office 365 is not being completely rewritten in JavaScript.
  • Mobile: Paul is trying to transition to Microsoft Launcher on Android. Why? Also, Microsoft Edge for Android will soon feature integrated ad blocking.
  • Xbox/games: the circle is now complete: COD: Modern Warfare 3 is now on Backward Compatibility, Fortnite is so successful that it's going to ruin Call of Duty.

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Use Microsoft Rewards
  • App pick of the week: Google Podcasts and Tubi
  • Codename pick of the week: Midori, Lingo, Lexington, Gibson
  • Beer pick of the week: Revival Brewing Night Swimah

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

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Jun 20, 2018
WW 574: Script Kitty
2:03:18

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • A bonanza of upcoming Microsoft codenames
    • Next-generation Xbox in 2020 - codenamed "Scarlett"
    • Next-generation HoloLens in early 2019 - codenamed "Sydney"
    • New Surface PCs and devices, some in 2018 - codenamed Carmel, Libra, and, yes, Andromeda
    • Related: Andromeda is pocketable. This is smaller than I had imagined, based on first-hand info.
  • Microsoft's new Office UX: Something old, something a bit less old
  • There's a secret Switch to S Mode option in Redstone 5. Is Microsoft making S mode a two-way street?
  • Microsoft just fixed a major Cortana vulnerability
  • Xbox at E3... Microsoft again signals its serious about gaming

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Windows 10 Field Guide is now just $9.99
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft To-Do
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Visual Studio 2019
  • Codename pick of the week: BlackForest
  • Beer pick of the week: Allagash Coolship Resurgam

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

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Jun 14, 2018
WW 573: Take Off That Sweater
2:07:09

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • All the news from Computex 2018! Qualcomm is not giving up on Windows 10 on ARM, Windows Collaboration Displays, Windows 10 IoT Services, Amazon makes it easier for PC makers to use Alexa, Intel's 'Courier': a dual-screen small reference device.
  • Microsoft is acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion. The problem? Overcoming its past.
  • Windows 10 Redstone 5: a new build late last week finally puts RSAT where it belongs.
  • Microsoft is killing Groove on Android/iOS - If you need your own music in the cloud, use Google Play Music.

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: The "biggest Xbox sale of the year" is happening right now.
  • App pick of the week: Google Photos: now a PWA on the desktop
  • Reorg tip of the week: Phase 2 of Microsoft's latest reorg
  • Codename pick of the week: Project Natick
  • Beer pick of the week: Krieky Bones, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

Sponsors:

Jun 06, 2018
WW 572: Chocolate Blockchain
1:25:03

Windows Weekly (Audio)

  • Over 50 percent of all Windows 10 PCs out in the world already have the April 2018 Update. Is Microsoft nuts?
  • Redstone 5 Build 17677 adds improvements to Microsoft Edge, more
  • Microsoft is allegedly improving ToDo finally
  • Microsoft brings ebooks to Microsoft Edge on iOS
  • Xbox: State of Decay 2 milestone is a good example of Microsoft's new success metrics
  • Xbox Game Pass gets 6 new games in June and PUBG gets twice as many maps as before!

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Buy an Xbox One X, get a free game
  • App pick of the week: Send/receive text messages from your (Android) phone in Windows with AirText and Mightytext
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Azure Blockchain Workbench
  • Beer pick of the week: Bruery Tart of Darkness with Currants

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

Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.

Sponsor:

May 30, 2018