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A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, 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.

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A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, 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.

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Really a great show!

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I recommend it to anybody that is interested in tech!!

Very good !!!!!

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One of the best podcasts available !!!

iTunes Ratings

577 Ratings
Average Ratings
415
64
33
26
39

Really a great show!

By ivarkr - Jan 21 2016
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I recommend it to anybody that is interested in tech!!

Very good !!!!!

By fflouzada - Jan 18 2016
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One of the best podcasts available !!!
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Windows Weekly (MP3)

Updated 14 days ago

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A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, 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.

Rank #1: WW 628: Time for Toast

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Windows 10
• 19H2 FINALLY - The first 19H2 build heads to the Slow ring. Mary Jo was right: It's an R2/SP type release.
• Also: Why does Microsoft keep promising things and not doing them, and then belittling customers when they ask about it?
• Windows 10 version 1903 continues to roll out very slowly
• Another new 20H1 test build for the Fast Ring with minor tweaks is out today (July 3)
• Your Phone can now show Android notifications in Windows 10
• Cortana is getting pushed aside even further in Windows 10. Will it be removed from the OS next?

Office 365/Microsoft 365
• Microsoft readies Office for virtual desktop services, including Windows Virtual Desktop
• Microsoft wants to start marketing Microsoft 365 as a single product in its new fiscal year

Xbox
• More games come to---and leave---Xbox Game Pass this month - including some of 11 indie games coming to the service
• Here are the Games with Gold titles for July - one is a personal favorite
• Major Cuphead DLC Release Delayed to 2020

More
• Microsoft ebook refunds start arriving
• Corel reportedly sold for $1 billion

Tips and picks
• Tip of the week: Consider joining Microsoft's Insider programs
• Tip #2: A Windows 10 Field Guide update
• Tip #3: Enable tracking protection in the new Edge
• Codename pick of the week: M365 FX
• Beer pick of the week: Cigar City Jai Ali

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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Jul 03 2019
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #2: WW 626: Pull the Thread & Ruin the Suit

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Why is Microsoft not among this year's antitrust trial targets? It is currently the most valuable company in the world.

  • Lessons Apple, Google, Facebook, etc. can learn about antitrust trials from Microsoft
  • A recap of how the MS vs. USDOJ trial got its start
  • Related: Google is accused of stealing. But ... It didn't steal. Why did everyone immediately believe that it had?
  • Related: Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency Windows 10: where are we now?
  • Last week, we got the first 20H1 build with WSL2. Where the heck is 19H2? And WHAT the heck is 19H2?
  • First Windows Server 20H1 test build is out
  • Reminder for 1803 users: Microsoft is planning to start to "push" 1903 to you starting in June (but we're not exactly sure how/when)
  • MS fixes the privacy settings screen bug that affected a "small" number of 1903 users
  • Related: MS highlights new accessibility features in 1903
  • Related: Another Windows 10 in S Mode device is born (but why??) Kano PC
  • Related: Let's talk about using a Windows 7/8.x key to install/activate Windows 10. It still works. Why? Why hasn't Microsoft shut this down? And why won't it discuss this?
  • Related: Hyper-V Server 2019 is finally released (after 8 months of being MIA) New Microsoft Edge
  • There are a number of things coming to Google Chrome that should/could impact the new Edge:
  • New PWA install experience
  • Changes to ad-blocking
  • Themes
  • Related: More evidence Chredge is likely coming to Linux Office
  • PowerPoint users get a 'coach' and more Designer options
  • Would you use an Office key on your keyboard?
  • Microsoft To-Do is now in the Mac App Store Xbox
  • Microsoft announces more Xbox Game Pass titles for June ... and for the first time, this includes PC titles.
  • Microsoft releases first "Eyes First" games Tips and picks
  • Tip of the week: Xbox Game Pass member? Know this
  • App pick of the week: Game services for the PC curious
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Azure Bastion
  • Codename pick of the week: EPIC
  • Beer pick of the week: Keanu is Immortal from Henhouse Brewing Company

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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Jun 19 2019
2 hours 11 mins
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Rank #3: WW 627: Credge My Mandroid!

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Get ready for Mandroid?

  • Microsoft is rumored to be considering enabling Android apps on Windows Lite devices like Centaurus
  • This isn't the first time Microsoft's been rumored to adding Android app support

Speaking of Android, Bill Gates says losing out to it was his biggest mistake.

OneDrive

  • More storage for subscribers; more paid storage plans for Office 360 users and Personal Vault
  • Still no plans to offer consumers the option of buying more than 2TB of storage

'Modern' apps

  • Credge: Now available in preview for Windows 7/8/8.1 (canary only) and with a better dark mode as well.
  • Related: The Credge version of WebView is not as powerful as the EdgeHTML version
  • Windows Terminal is now in preview in the Microsoft Store

Windows 10

  • New Fast Ring build today?
  • Yet another week with no news about 19H2

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Learn the history of Windows from another perspective
  • App pick of the week: Not Chrome
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Adobe Document Cloud PDF Experience for Office 365 web app
  • Codename pick of the week: Excalibur
  • Beer pick of the week: Dogfish Head Slighty Mighty

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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Jun 27 2019
1 hour 59 mins
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Rank #4: WW 633: The Oprah of Mixer

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Samsung Unpacked

  • Microsoft rumored---then confirmed---to be at today's Galaxy Note 10 launch. With the marketing materials leaking, we have some clues as to what they will add to this event:
  • S Pen compatibility for Office - similar to iPad support earlier
  • (Maybe) Office support for Dex desktop mode?
  • (Maybe) Xbox/gaming partnership - Could Note 10 be a premier xCloud experience?


Windows

  • Not news: Windows 10 no longer a "cornerstone" product for Microsoft
  • There's no such thing as a great $500 Windows laptop. Why? And what can Microsoft do to fix this?
  • New Windows 10 20H1 build is out today with a few minor updates and tweaks
  • Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 will get a cloud restore feature
  • Microsoft to finally disable VBScript in Windows 7, 8.1 IE
  • Related: Remember the Browser Ballot Box? Google's doing it in Android with both web browsers and search engines. And the latter will come with a twist.


Xbox

  • Microsoft teams with Ninja. Over 20 years old? Let me explain.
  • Microsoft will ship 60 new Xbox games in 6 weeks
  • Microsoft announces a sweeping set of Gears 5-inspired Xbox hardware
  • Xbox Live outage has the Chicken Littles freaking out about xCloud


Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Windows 10 Field Guide
  • App pick of the week: Windows Terminal
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Azure Dedicated Host
  • Enterprise pick No. 2: Your Home Use Rights just changed, enterprise users.
  • Beer pick of the week: Talea Beer

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 2019
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #5: WW 632: It's Not All Feathers & Beer

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Four years ago this week, Windows 10 was born

  • Threshold 1 hit on July 29, 2015
  • We first got official word about it in September 2014 (launch of preview); then more in Jan. 2015. Leaks before that.
  • The bests and worsts about WaaS. What surprised us re: changes Microsoft made – and didn't -- during the past four years.
  • Related: New survey finds one third of companies have at least one XP device still on their network

And in more current Windows 10 news...

  • Microsoft explains what happened with self-leaked build last week
  • Related: Last week's Win 10 20H1 test build now supports a separate and redesigned Cortana app
  • Related: New 20H1 test build today adds snip & sketch updates. No cloud reset/refresh yet
  • Windows 10 1903 hits 11.4 percent usage share
  • New Win Server 20H1 build out this week adds FIDO2 authentication support
  • Original HoloLens won't be getting any more Windows 10 feature updates beyond 1809

Chredge watch

  • Walking Cat spotted Beta and Stable channel leaks for Chredge. (I downloaded the beta one – I'm living on the Edge! TM (I think you mean Living on the Chredge! TM)

Skype for Business Online gets a cut-off date: July 2021

  • In two years, Microsoft will make Skype for Biz Online inaccessible. Teams is the way forward
  • Microsoft also officially committed to providing Skype Consumer to Teams interop by Q1 2020
  • What about Skype Consumer's future? MS is not commenting, but Teams for Life seems to be on the way

Xbox

  • xCloud moves closer to public testing
  • Microsoft is kicking Cortana off Xbox too
  • There are new Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Games with Gold titles for August

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Don't travel internationally without this tech
  • A good VPN, I use ExpressVPN
  • Google Translate
  • A travel power strip (U.S.-based) with USB ports - Also, a USB-C mini-hub with Ethernet
  • App pick of the week: Google Chrome 76
  • App pick of the week: DOOM, DOOM II, and DOOM 3 come to mobile and Switch!
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft buys BlueTalon
  • Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: It's time to check out Microsoft Learn (again)
  • Beer pick of the week: Austin EastCiders Rose Dry Cider

Want a cross between a cider and a rose wine? Here you go. From Austin, Texas, a refreshing, dry cider made with hibiscus and rose: https://austineastciders.com/products/rose-cider "This is rose done the Texas way"

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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Jul 31 2019
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #6: WW 631: The AI Kerfuffle

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Microsoft earnings

  • Microsoft delivered another blockbuster FY and FYQ4.
  • Analysis: FY19 - Xbox (bad), Surface (not the highlight people think), Windows (good, with businesses only), Office 365 (great) and Azure is ... slowing?. The big news: More Personal Computing is not Microsoft's biggest BU for the first time. Entire business in balance for now.

Antitrust

  • Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google come under DOJ scrutiny
  • Qualcomm is fined by the EU
  • Will Microsoft continue to avoid the steely gaze of regulators?

The weirdness that is Windows 10 20H1

  • Remember when Microsoft released a 19H2 build with unavailable new features last week? Yeah, some of them are available now. In a new build for some reason.
  • And then they released another build, this time with one new feature
  • Also, Windows Defender will become Microsoft Defender in 20H1

Plus...

  • Microsoft accidentally deployed a Canary (?) build of Windows 10 to all Insiders and it shows the Lite OS Start menu with no live tiles
  • Microsoft invests $1 billion in AI! OK, just kidding.
  • LinkedIn to finally start using Microsoft technology. It's the least they can do, literally.
  • Microsoft makes changes, again, to how it licenses Dynamics 365

Xbox

  • Gears 5 multiplayer beta hits again this weekend
  • Mixer commits to civility
  • Fortnite controller (not) arriving just in time for Fortnite World Cup

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Eloquent JavaScript
  • App pick of the week: VirtualBox
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Data-sharing agreements/licenses
  • Naming pick of the week: Office Online is no more
  • Beer pick of the week: Transmitter Hx Raspberry Sour

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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Jul 24 2019
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #7: WW 630: The Cat Came Back

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In honor of Paul 'emoji hater' Thurrott travelling, it's WORLD EMOJI DAY!

  • Inside the Microsoft emoji design studio

Windows 10 updates

  • Microsoft is starting to automatically push Windows 10 1903 to Home, Pro users on 1803 or older via Win Update
  • The second 19H2 build is out with new features (which no one can test right now)
  • Surface Book 2s are blocked from getting 1903 (it makes the GPU "vanish")

Chredge: Now ready for enterprise testers

  • Microsoft is encouraging IT pros to start kicking the Chredge tires
  • We now have an updated enterprise roadmap listing which features are coming when
  • But we still don't have a date for GA or even the Beta channel

Partners: More Inspired (or tired)?

  • Crisis averted: Microsoft undid those Internal Use Rights changes that had so many up in arms last week
  • But questions remain: When and how will Microsoft try to "fix" this situation again. Also, how did this fiasco happen in the first place?
  • Related: Microsoft does a holoportation demo live at Inspire (and it worked!)
  • Related: Azure Lighthouse – what is this thing?

Meanwhile, back at the Office...

  • Microsoft has more AI tricks up its sleeve with Cortana reminders - heads up emails
  • Teams is now at 13 million daily active users. Is that a lot?
  • Skype is going to lose its SMS Connect feature at the end of August

Xbox news

  • Microsoft Finds the Tipping Point for the All Digital Xbox One
  • New Xbox Game Pass titles

Tomorrow is MS Q4 earnings: Any predictions?


Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Surface Code Name – Serenity
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Rust
  • Rumor pick of the week: Microsoft buys Adobe
  • Beer pick of the week: x

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Brad Sams

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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Jul 17 2019
1 hour 38 mins
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Rank #8: WW 629: If I Still Had My Wigs and Costumes

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Microsoft partners are on a rampage

  • Microsoft is cutting internal use rights for its products and services, meaning no more free ride on product licensing for partners
  • Not a good look for Microsoft the week before its annual partner rah-rah fest. And potentially a risky move, too
  • Is it really all about the money? Or is this also a way to winnow down the partner contingent, eliminating smaller partners
  • Also bad timing: The week before its Ready sales kick-off Microsoft is cutting jobs and moving folks around

Windows 10: As the Insider builds turn

  • ISOs are out for 18932 (Windows 10 20H1)
  • A new Windows Server 20H1 build is out. What's new? No idea
  • All the existing Windows 10 variants (1507 to 1903) got Cumulative Update patches on Patch Tuesday
  • Related: Remix3D.com shutdown is imminent. (Wait, it's still there?)

Non-Windows Microsoft news

  • Microsoft Android apps getting house ads - What are we to make of this?
  • Look who's on the private Linux developer list
  • Microsoft is not moving to manufacture out of China
  • Feeling British? Try these new Surface skins

To the cloud

  • Microsoft's Desktop Analytics service now in preview. And of course, it's got an AI angle
  • ServiceNow becomes the latest ISV to make Azure its 'preferred cloud'

Xbox

  • July 2019 Xbox Update is here
  • Microsoft patents a cool mobile controller
  • Cuphead is going to be a Netflix series. I assume it will be as violent as Game of Thrones.

Tips and picks

  • App pick of the week: Firefox 68
  • App pick #2: Windows 1.11 is a (lame) Stranger Things tie-in
  • App pick #3: New Outlook on the web is heading out to everyone on Office 365 commercial
  • Enterprise pick of the week: SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 have left the building
  • Enterprise pick No. 2: MJFChat on Petri.com
  • Beer pick of the week: Highland Park Brewery No Rest

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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Jul 11 2019
1 hour 45 mins
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