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Windows Central Podcast

Your weekly source for the best stories and insights from the world of Windows, Windows Mobile, Surface, HoloLens, and Xbox. Hosted by Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden.

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Add 'X' to Everything

Jez Corden joins the show for a chat about the Xbox Game Pass 'Family Plan', a widget for Windows 11, and the likelihood of FTC approval of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Dan shares his final review of the Dell XPS 13 Plus, and more. Links: New Game Pass widget preview arrives with latest Windows 11 Dev Channel build | Windows Central Sony says Xbox’s Call of Duty acquisition could ‘influence users’ console choice,’ Microsoft responds | Windows Central Dell XPS 13 Plus review: Strong performance, so-so battery life, but an incredible experience | Windows Central Xbox Game Pass 'Family Plan' FAQ: This is how much money you'll save sharing | Windows Central Microsoft News Roundup: Game Pass family plan, Outlook Lite, Microsoft Rewards in Vatican City, and more | Windows Central Sponsors: Magic Mind: The World’s First Productivity Shot. Visit magicmind.co/wcp and use code WCP20 for 40% off your subscription. Manscaped: Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code WCP at Manscaped.com.

1hr 34mins

7 Aug 2022

Rank #1

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Codename: "Cronos"

We're back in the saddle this week as Dan and Zac discuss a canceled mid-range Surface Duo device. There's also a great interview with members of the Dell XPS 13 Plus product management team, and a ton more. Links More Windows 11 design and taskbar improvements roll out to Insiders in the Beta Channel | Windows Central Microsoft tests new Windows 11 'spotlight' theme with Insiders in the Dev Channel | Windows Central Canceled mid-range Surface Duo leaks with dual-camera array and plastic exterior | Windows Central Microsoft News Roundup: Four Windows Insider builds, in-person Ignite, Intel losing $500 million, and more | Windows Central Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro review: Easily the best low-profile, high-performance optical gaming keyboard | Windows Central Dell XPS 13 Plus vs. XPS 13 (9315) | Windows Central Sponsors: Zocdoc: In the chaotic world of healthcare let Zocdoc be your trusted guide to find a quality doctor in a way that is surprisingly pain free. Go to Zocdoc.com/wcp and download the Zocdoc app for FREE, then start your search for a top-rated doctor today. Many are available within 24 hours.

1hr 46mins

1 Aug 2022

Rank #2

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A New Cadence

This week, Dan and Zac report on the huge news that Microsoft is moving to a new development cycle for Windows. We can now expect a major new release every three years. They also talk about a partnership with Netflix, layoffs at Microsoft, and more. Links Microsoft moves to new Windows development cycle with major release every three years, feature drops in between | Windows Central Could Microsoft buy Netflix? At least one analyst seems to think so. | Windows Central Windows 11 Build 22000.829 brings new notification option to Insiders in Release Preview Channel | Windows Central Sponsors: Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/wcp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

1hr 26mins

18 Jul 2022

Rank #3

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A Better Dual Screen Experience

Some Android apps are being updated to take advantage of dual screen phones, particularly Surface Duo. Dan and Zac talk about this along with new Windows 11 beta builds, a leaked version of OneDrive, watches, and more. Links Microsoft brings new 'Suggested Actions' feature to Windows 11 Insiders in the Beta Channel | Windows Central Microsoft Surface Duo 2 picks up July update with more improvements for the camera, night mode, and more | Windows Central Microsoft Store killing open-source app sales, angering developers (Updated) | Windows Central Microsoft responds to controversial store policy change | Windows Central Microsoft OneDrive Windows 11 makeover shown off in leaked images | Windows Central Sponsors: Manscaped: Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code WCP at Manscaped.com.

1hr 16mins

11 Jul 2022

Rank #4

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16:9 Needs to Die

This week, Dan Zac talk about Surface Neo—the device unveiled by Microsoft that apparently wasn't meant to be. They also talk about some new laptops, a lite version of Outlook for Android, and more. Links It’s been 1000 days since Microsoft unveiled the Surface Neo | Windows Central Microsoft has a new version of Outlook for Android in the works | Windows Central

1hr 22mins

5 Jul 2022

Rank #5

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Two cores is all I need!

End of support for Windows 8.1 is coming in January 2023. If you've been holding out, t's time to upgrade if you want a more secure computing experience. We also revisit Surface Duo 2, make predictions for the fall Surface lineup, and more. Links Windows 11 build 25145 rolls out to Dev Channel Insiders with more improvements | Windows Central Windows 8.1 users will start seeing 'end of support' warnings soon | Windows Central It’s been 1000 days since Microsoft unveiled the Surface Neo | Windows Central Best Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard | Truly Ergonomic Microsoft Surface Duo 2 re-review: I get it now - The Verge Xiaomi Book S 12.4" runs Windows 11 on ARM and is available for preorder this week | Windows Central Sponsors: Zocdoc: In the chaotic world of healthcare let Zocdoc be your trusted guide to find a quality doctor in a way that is surprisingly pain free. Go to Zocdoc.com/wcp and download the Zocdoc app for FREE, then start your search for a top-rated doctor today. Many are available within 24 hours.

1hr 19mins

28 Jun 2022

Rank #6

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Surface Turns 10

We celebrate 10 years of Surface products by sharing our favorite models from the last decade. You can officially say farewell to Internet Explorer, but it will live on (for awhile) as a compatibility mode in Microsoft Edge. Plus there's a new build of Windows 11, a $40 Surface Pen alternative, a review roundup, monitor talk, and much more. Links Windows 11 preview build 25140 rolls out to Insiders in the Dev Channel | Windows Central We're celebrating 10 years of Microsoft Surface all week at Windows Central! | Windows Central What’s the point of Surface? 10 years on | Windows Central Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 7) review: Hotter than ever, in more ways than one | Windows Central Microsoft reiterates Patch Tuesday updates are here to stay | Windows Central- Check out this new $40 Surface Pen alternative from Adonit | Windows Central Sponsors: Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/wcp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

1hr 26mins

20 Jun 2022

Rank #7

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Here to Stay

This week, our intrepid reporters look at the current state and future of Windows on ARM processors. Speaking of Windows, the Windows 11 Fall Update is here via the Release Preview Channel. There's a big update for Surface Duo 2 users, Surface Laptop Go 2 is available, and Dell has re-designed its XPS laptops. WWDC took place recently, so the guys evaluate what's happening in the Apple ecosystem. Links Surface Laptop Go 2 review: Faster, longer battery life, and now more affordable | Windows Central Apple may be copying Microsoft’s Surface strategy (again) with rumored new 12- and 15-inch MacBooks Apple Stage Manager pushed me to purchase an iPad over a Windows 11 PC | Windows Central Windows 11 Insider Build 25136 hands-on video: Tabbed File Explorer, dynamic widgets content, and more | Windows Central Windows 11 22H2 update accidentally being offered to unsupported PCs, confirms Microsoft | Windows Central Windows Notepad picks up ARM64 support, while Media Player can now sort songs and albums by date added | Windows Central Microsoft PowerToys now runs natively on Surface Pro X and other ARM PCs | Windows Central Windows 11 version 22H2 now available through Release Preview Channel | Windows Central Surface Duo 2 picks up 3rd party messaging app support for Glance Bar, Slim Pen 2 enhancements, improved charging, and more | Windows Central Dell announces all-new redesigned XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 premium laptop and folio PCs for 2022 | Windows Central Microsoft's Head of HoloLens is resigning; Mixed Reality Hardware goes under Windows & Devices division while its future is unclear | Windows Central Sponsors: Manscaped: Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code WCP at Manscaped.com.

1hr 44mins

12 Jun 2022

Rank #8

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Focus on User Experience

There were a number of very interesting announcements at Build 2022, including an ARM-based developer kit named Project Volterra, along with changes to Windows and some other tidbits. Microsoft is working on a streaming device for Xbox content codenamed "Keystone". Additionally, allegations have surfaced that some executives at the company have engaged in verbal abuse and sexual harassment of employees. Links Microsoft News Roundup: Xbox streaming device, Build 2022, harassment allegations, and more | Windows Central Lumina AI Webcam review: Perhaps the smartest 4K webcam on the planet | Windows Central Sponsors: Manscaped: Get 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code WCP at Manscaped.com.

1hr 37mins

29 May 2022

Rank #9

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Yearning and Dreaming

Surface Duo 3 won't arrive in 2022, but speculation is already heating up. Dan and Zac also talk about a big update to Windows Subsystem for Android, new laptops from HP, and more. Links Microsoft tests new Windows 11 feature drop for Insiders in the Release Preview channel | Windows Central Windows Subsystem for Android gets major Insider update, including Android 12.1 | Windows Central Microsoft applies for patent on device with reverse foldable display right as LG invents one | Windows Central HP’s new Spectre x360 13.5 and Spectre x360 16 laptops with 12th Gen Intel are going to be bangers | Windows Central Laptop News, Reviews and Buying Guides | Windows Central Sponsors: Indeed: Choose Indeed and join 3 million companies worldwide who use Indeed to hire great people and help grow their teams faster. Get started right now with a free $75 sponsored job credit at indeed.com/wcp. Offer valid for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply.

1hr 22mins

23 May 2022

Rank #10