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/ 18:00 UTC.

Episode Date
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.

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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.

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May 30, 2018
WW 571: Wine Slushies
2:07:35

Windows Weekly (Audio)

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Reports of problems continue, Microsoft continues to say it's all roses with 1803, but that's not what users are saying. Note: Paul called this three weeks ago based on his own experiences and feedback from readers. We can't know how many are affected (MS does), but MS needs to be more transparent on known issues, fixes, status, etc. Related: Microsoft Edge is not progressing fast enough. Why did Microsoft make it this way, and what should be done to fix this? Semi-related: HoloLens devices start getting the April 2018 update. Semi-related: Intel discloses new Spectre vulnerability. But there's some good news. Look who's talking, too: Microsoft's Xiaoice bot is getting smarter: Google's not the only one with an assistant that can talk like a human, why wasn't this thing announced at BUILD? Microsoft marketing needs a kick in the you know what. Related: PC makers are choosing Alexa over Cortana. Related: What does the Semantic Machines purchase mean to Cortana? Related: Watch out Alexa. Google's coming home SharePoint Spaces: Mixed reality comes to... Microsoft's document collaboration and management platform: Is this a smart idea or has Microsoft jumped the shark? Paul: Microsoft, meet shark. Related: New to the OneDrive roadmap as of this week Xbox June Update for Xbox One will bring some much-needed new features. Here comes Black Ops 4!

  • Tip of the week: Work towards curing your smartphone addiction
  • App pick of the week: Twitter LIte/Twitter for Windows 10
  • Enterprise pick of the week: SharePoint Server 2019
  • Codename pick of the week: Andromeda and Polaris
  • Beer pick of the week: Almanac Rose Sour

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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May 23, 2018
WW 570: Flickergate
1:45:55

Windows Weekly (Audio)

The Surface Hub 2 is starting to come into focus and it looks amazing (at least in the video). Microsoft looks to be making a new line of low-cost, low-end Surface devices. Related: Microsoft finally institutes a replacement program for Surface Pro 4s with screen flickering issues. Windows 10 on ARM: Mary Jo gives the Envy x2 a shot. What does she think? Windows 10 Redstone 5: With Microsoft moving on to the next Windows 10 version, what new features do we have to look forward to? Sets is the highlight so far. How will PWA support improve in RS5? Cortana goes from 'assistant' to 'assistance aide.' Related: Microsoft is working on consolidating its many speech services. Google introduces a way to get more storage for Drive. Microsoft needs to do this for OneDrive. Post-Build wrap-up: Microsoft needs to adapt its public-facing keynotes to be more about marketing, like Google and Apple do.

  • Tip of the week: Gift Windows and Xbox games from the Microsoft Store
  • App pick of the week: State of Decay 2
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Unified Speech Service
  • Codename pick of the week: Aruba
  • Beer pick of the week: Jester King Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale

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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May 16, 2018
WW 569: Build
1:36:29

Windows Weekly (Audio)

Paul and Mary Jo give us the highlights from day 1 of the Microsoft Build conference. Privacy, AI, AR, IoT, and Azure, Azure, Azure.

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

Guests: Tom Warren and Peter Bright

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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May 08, 2018
WW 568: Paul Saves the Windows Store
2:04:44

Windows Weekly (Audio)

Build 2018 predictions - The event is next week in Seattle. What do we expect? What would we like to see? Also, our meetup plans: Tuesday 6-8 pm at Pine Box Bar. No RSVP needed, just come and drink some good beer/cocktails with us. Microsoft finally delivers Windows 10 version 1803, barely squeaking past the April deadline. Microsoft releases first preview of Office 2019. Microsoft 365 gets a ton of updates - Microsoft now tracking more than just Office 365. Outlook gets a ton of updates across various platforms. Q3 FY 18 Earnings recap – it was a good quarter for the cloud.

  • Tip of the week: Games with Gold!
  • App pick of the week: iTunes for Windows 10. Just kidding. Don't get this app. Instead, get Twitter for Windows 10, which is excellent.
  • Enterprise pick of the week: TechCommunity blogs
  • Enterprise pick No. 2: Fast Data Transfer tool
  • Beer pick of the week: Machine House Brewery Oyster Stout

Hosts: Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

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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May 02, 2018
WW 567: Windows: It's Not You, It's Us
1:56:32

Windows Weekly (Audio)

Windows 10 Lean: What is this thing? Maybe it really is just a smaller version of Windows 10 for storage-constrained devices? Or a new OS for the Education market? Related: Windows 10 S is flawed in a new way. Related, maybe: Windows 10 on ARM - Paul is finishing his review of the HP Envy x2. Remember how crappy S mode was? Windows 10 on ARM is even worse. April Fools! Windows 10 Redstone 4: Still not available. No new word so far, but it hit Slow ring and Release Preview ring last week. New Server 2019 build is out for Insider testers. PC makers start getting serious about Windows AutoPilot. More details on how the switch from S Mode will work starting with Windows 10 RS4. Windows 10 consistency problems are getting comedic. Maybe it's time to fix this. We finally find out about the Windows 8 puzzle. You'll be disappointed, just like you were in Windows 8. Semi-related: Windows Phone's protracted death continues: MS to drop WP Teams, Yammer, S4B apps. Build preview: What we know so far. New expanded list of sessions is out. Any more clues? PSA: MS Q3 FY '18 earnings are tomorrow. No change in how they'll be reported, despite the recent reorg. Xbox: April Update adds some great new features. Yes, Microsoft is working on a new Xbox console.

  • App pick of the week: Google Chrome 68
  • Plus: Edge for mobile picks up Timeline support
  • Enterprise pick of the week: SQL Server on Linux now 30% off
  • Codename pick of the week: Switchbot
  • Beer pick of the week: Birrificio del Ducato La Luna Rossa

Hosts: Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

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.

Apr 25, 2018
WW 566: The Queen of RTOS
1:57:24

Windows Weekly (Audio)

The next wave arrives: Microsoft announces Azure Sphere. Windows 10 version 1803 RTM, take 2. MS to make the UWP/mobile version of OneNote the default for Windows users later this year. The US Supreme Court drops the email case against Microsoft. But there's a giant asterisk.

  • Tip of the week: Free Kindle books and cheaper Kindles!
  • Plus: Reminder that Games with Gold games Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Dead Space 2 are now free
  • App pick of the week: Chrome 66
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Azure Security Center
  • Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: Microsoft Translator offline language packs
  • Beer pick of the week: Mikkeller Henry Hops

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:

Apr 18, 2018