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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 / 19:00 UTC.

Windows Weekly (Audio) TWiT TV

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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 / 19:00 UTC.

    Strictly Plutonic - Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X

    Strictly Plutonic - Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X

    Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X

    Microsoft's Pluton security processor
    What is Pluton?
    Coming to Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors starting next year
    Precursors: TPM ... and then Xbox security processor and the Pluton security subsystem in Azure Sphere


    Macs vs. PCs
    The first reviews of Apple's Silicon devices are in. And, not surprisingly, they're very positive
    Related: Microsoft explains how Office will work on new Macs
    Related: Photoshop comes to Arm on Windows and macOS
    Meanwhile: Microsoft publishes end of device support dates for Surface devices
    What does this mean? Are there any exceptions? How does this relate to the Windows support lifecycle?


    Windows 10
    New Dev Channel build today with fixes/no features and still no word from MS on what's next
    Microsoft pauses optional updates for December for the holidays - It's like Christmas in December!
    A quick check-in on issues affecting Win 10 20H2
    Microsoft Edge notifications are about to get better


    What's next for Microsoft Search?
    Windows Search integration, Dynamics 365 integration, more semantic capabilities, and lots more starting in December


    Project Reunion update
    Preview 3 of WinUI 3 is here
    In other developer news: Look who's working for Microsoft now. All hail the Python BDFL!


    Xbox
    Biggest. Xbox. Launch. Ever. Also, Commercial Cloud.
    Where have all the Xboxes gone? Long time passing. When will they ever learn?
    With the release of Halo 4 for PC, Halo: The MCC is now optimized for Xbox Series X|S


    Tips and picks
    App pick of the week: Google Photos
    App pick of the week #2: Halo 4 remastered for PC and Halo: MCC optimized for Series X|S
    Enterprise pick of the week: Dataflex, Project Oakdale, and now Dataverse
    Codename pick of the week: Sabre
    Beer pick of the week: Torch and Crown King Elizabeth Barleywine

    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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    • 2 hrs 11 min
    Canadian Bacon Linux - What Does Apple Silicon Mean for Microsoft?

    Canadian Bacon Linux - What Does Apple Silicon Mean for Microsoft?

    Apple Silicon Macs arrive: What does this mean for Windows PCs?
    And Apple told us almost nothing beyond that it is starting with low-end Macs only.
    Microsoft: Hey, we're working on even more with Qualcomm!


    Go, Team(s)
    Oh, about that multiple account support on Microsoft Teams ... It's not happening this year
    Instead, we're getting the ability to switch between a personal MSA and a work account. Sigh
    Speaking of Teams... Did you know Apple Airpods aren't compatible with it?


    Windows
    Is 10X really Edging closer?
    New Dev Channel build today with nothing much beyond fixes, known issues
    MS pushing those still on 1903 to 1909 (ahead of end of support)
    Windows Holographic 20H2 has a bunch of mostly minor updates
    Microsoft has a workaround for the Win 10 2004 apps forgetting passwords issue


    NET 5.0
    Microsoft takes its first step towards unifying .NET with .NET 5.0 ... But there's more work to be done


    Xbox
    Xbox Series X and Series S launch a subdued affair because...
    No new/next-gen/exclusive games
    No hardware availability
    Reviews: Xbox Series X is a quiet beast, but the Xbox Series S is perfect for the living room. Or it would be but for two issues.
    Related: Actually, Series S can do 4K/60 fps ... sometimes
    Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now access Disney+ for 30 days for free
    Tons of new games are on the way
    EA Play is here for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, PC next month
    PUBG is moving to Microsoft Azure
    BREAKING: HALO TV SERIES IS ON, and Jen Taylor will reprise her role as Cortana!


    Tips and picks
    Tip of the week: Get started with Xbox Series X|S
    Tip of the week #2: Stop using SMS for MFA. The best way to secure your online accounts is with an authenticator app, not SMS.
    Related: MS Black Friday deals (not sure if anything's worth calling out)
    Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft appoints a new Biz Dev chief. Here's why you should care that former McAfee CEO is now the new Peggy Johnson.
    Codename pick of the week: CBL-Mariner. It's not exactly a "codename," but CBL-Mariner is a new Microsoft-made Linux distribution that's meant for internal use. It's for Azure first-party services and edge appliances.
    Beer pick of the week: Goose Island Bourbon County Kentucky Fog Stout. It's time for the seasonal releases of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts. This year, there's an interesting addition to the line-up: Kentucky Fog 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.

    Sponsors:
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    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Think of the TikTok-ers - Big Tech's Big Earnings Week, "Sun Valley" UI Refresh

    Think of the TikTok-ers - Big Tech's Big Earnings Week, "Sun Valley" UI Refresh

    Big Tech's Big Earnings Week, "Sun Valley" UI Refresh

    Windows
    Microsoft moves the Windows Insider Dev channel to a new build branch. What does this mean?
    Another build for Dev Channel today from the Fe branch
    Any reports of problems with 20H2?


    More earnings learnings
    In the wake of Microsoft's earnings announcement, Amazon, Apple, and Google all announced their own earnings. Key takeaways: Amazon earnings are more than Microsoft and Google combined. And Google outpaced Microsoft.
    Also: IT on-premises spending is showing cracks


    Microsoft 365
    Teams is getting multi-user sign-in.
    Microsoft is giving Excel database-like capabilities. What's next?
    Microsoft's Cloud for Healthcare builds on Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and the Power Platform.


    Xbox
    New Xbox reviews are coming soon.
    New Xbox consoles are arriving early for some customers
    Apple is going to hold a virtual Mac event on the day the Xbox Series X|S launches... but you can watch the Xbox launch instead!
    343 botched the launch of Halo Infinite.


    Tips and picks
    Tip of the week: Download any version of Windows 10
    App pick of the week: Xbox app for Android and iOS
    Enterprise pick of the week: Get a year free of basic call-in conferencing for Teams
    Codename pick of the week: Aquila
    Beer pick of the week: Evil Twin's "IT'S 'BAILEY'S IRISH CREAM COFFEE' NOT 'BAILEY'S, IRISH CREAM, & COFFEE'"

    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.

    Sponsors:
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    BANDWIDTH.COM/WW
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Earnings Learnings - Microsoft Earnings, Xbox Series X Unboxing

    Earnings Learnings - Microsoft Earnings, Xbox Series X Unboxing

    Microsoft Earnings, Xbox Series X Unboxing

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

    For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/696

    Sponsors:
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    • 2 hrs 17 min
    Azure in SPAAACE! - It's Windows 10 20H2 time! Also, Edge on Linux

    Azure in SPAAACE! - It's Windows 10 20H2 time! Also, Edge on Linux

    It's Windows 10 20H2 time! Also, Edge on Linux

    Microsoft releases the October 2020 Update to 'seekers'
    Here are the "biggest" new features
    Here are the known issues
    Here is when Microsoft will halt the release because of problems. Kidding. Maybe.


    More Windows News
    New Dev channel build brings theme-aware splash screens to some built-in apps
    Windows 10 comes to Chromebook (Enterprise) via Parallels Desktop.
    Semi-related: A Your Phone rant by MJF. This should be a great app. It's not but I hope it's fixable.


    The Office PWA saga continues
    Office PWAs were being installed on Insider PCs. And then on normal PCs. Now, Microsoft says it's just a bug in Edge and will be fixed. That said... Shouldn't these apps be installed in Windows 10?
    And speaking of PWAs: There's a way to start testing by putting them in the Microsoft Store with PWA Builder


    Hell freezes over. Again.
    Microsoft releases Edge browser preview on Linux.
    Semi-related: Chromium-based WebView2 starts rolling out (Win32 only)


    Cloud News
    Microsoft launches Azure into space.
    Microsoft launches Azure in a container (again?)


    Xbox News
    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a 120 fps upgrade on Xbox Series X|S
    October Update for Xbox is available. And yes, this is what the Xbox Series X|S UI will look like too.
    Related: Sony PS5 UI looks ... familiar.


    Tips and picks
    Tip of the week: How to get Windows 10 20H2. If you're on Windows 10 version 1903 or newer, check for updates: If your PC configuration is not blocked, you'll get it. More technical users who aren't worried can simply get the update from the Update Assistant or the newly-available ISO.
    Tip of the week #2: Here's how to "fix" Alt + Tab in 20H2. Don't like how Edge tabs appear as their own "apps" in Alt + Tab? Here's how to fix that problem. (I hate it.)
    Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft, the live events consultant. Microsoft isn't running just its own live events. It's now seemingly in the business
    Codename pick of the week: Akri. Is Kubernetes driving you over the edge? You need Akri. Akri (translates to "edge" in Greek) is a new open source project. Akri (sort of) stands for A Kubernetes Interface for the edge. This is for edge devices too small to run Kubernetes themselves and which users may want to connect to Kubernetes.

    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.

    Sponsors:
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    LastPass.com/twit
    expressvpn.com/windows

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    COVID Washing - Microsoft Work From Home, Xbox Series X Unboxing

    COVID Washing - Microsoft Work From Home, Xbox Series X Unboxing

    Microsoft Work From Home, Xbox Series X Unboxing

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

    For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/694

    Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 58 min

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