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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.

    The Purposeful Luddite - Microsoft Earnings, Antitrust Hearings, XBox Series X Reaction

    The Purposeful Luddite - Microsoft Earnings, Antitrust Hearings, XBox Series X Reaction

    Microsoft is doing just great during the pandemic, thank you very much.Microsoft 365 generated $20 billion in revenues in FY20!How does that compare to "Commercial Cloud." And ... what's in those revenues? Windows?SMB is slowing: How this changes where MS makes money - remember that Microsoft abandoned SMB earlier in the pandemic tooToday's the day for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google CEOs. And here's a new take on "embrace and extend": Copy, acquire, killWindows 10 launched five years ago todaySurprise! Microsoft just added a bunch of 21H1 features to Windows 10 version 20H2.Could this possibly be evidence there won't be a Windows 10 21H1?Related: Build 20180 is out in the Dev channel, enabling all the features the Beta channel just gotNew Tasks app comes to Microsoft TeamsMicrosoft Family Safety app heads out of previewNBA is partnering with Microsoft to put fans in the stands at this year's gamesXbox Games Showcase: What stood out?August is upon us, here's Games for GoldWhite Xbox controller suggests a Series S
    Tip of the week: Rethink your relationship with Big Tech. We're not going to solve this problem today. But you can take steps to reduce your reliance on Big Tech.App pick of the week: Edge Beta or Dev. Edge 86 just hit Dev, giving us a peek at that futureEnterprise pick of the week: Roadmaps, roadmaps, roadmaps. Cartophiles, rejoice! Chredge enterprise features are now part of the M365 roadmap. And GitHub adds a roadmap for publicly acknowledged coming features. Speaking of new resources, there's also a new landing page is for Windows developers using Node.js, React, Java, Kotlin, Python, Xamarin, and Android StudioEnterprise pick No. 2 of the week: WVD 'spring' refresh now GA. The new features that Microsoft outlined in April for its WVD spring refresh are now generally available as of this week: Azure Portal integration, A/V redirect support for TeamsCocktail pick of the week: Saketini1 part triple sec (or Cointreau or Grand Marnier)1 part cucumber lime vodka5 parts sakeStir and serve over ice, garnish with lime, cucumber, or bothWith triple sec or Cointreau the drink stays clear, GM adds a little colorWe use Fu-Ki brand sake
    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.

    Sponsor:
    barracuda.com/windows

    • 1 hr 50 min
    You're A Crybaby! - Slack vs Teams, Win 10 Roadmap, RIP Xbox Live Gold

    You're A Crybaby! - Slack vs Teams, Win 10 Roadmap, RIP Xbox Live Gold

    Slack vs Teams, Win 10 Roadmap, RIP Xbox Live Gold

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

    For full show notes on this episode, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/682

    Sponsor:
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Orbital Drop Shock Troopers - Apple Silicon vs Wintel, PC Sales Boost

    Orbital Drop Shock Troopers - Apple Silicon vs Wintel, PC Sales Boost

    Microsoft releases a CU for Windows 10 version 20H2. Right. It's "done."Meanwhile, let's check in on 2004. New and fixed bug list updatedNew Dev Channel (Fast Ring) build has fixes, sound setting tweaksThe Passing of Wintel? Jean-Louis Gassée makes one big mistake in his push for ARM on the desktop.Related: ARM pricing is going upIt turns out most Surface PCs are still blocked from getting Windows 10 version 2004Semi-related: Thanks to COVID stay-at-home orders, PC sales grew 7.1 percent in Q2Microsoft announces 3 million features for four different versions of OutlookMicrosoft is retiring OneDrive FetchMicrosoft and Citrix expand their partnership. But what's really new here?Here comes Microsoft Consulting (and some layoffs)Microsoft spins off creepy chatbotMicrosoft talks up Xbox Series X storage tech
    Tip of the week: A workaround for OneDrive Fetch. A lot of people are outraged by Microsoft killing OneDrive Fetch. But it's not that big a deal if you know about another OneDrive feature.App pick of the week: Stardock Curtains. It's like Windowblinds on steroids, for Windows 10. Plus: Don't forget, Halo 3 is out on PC! And: Microsoft Launcher v6 is a big upgradeEnterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Inspire is next week. Microsoft's annual partner show is next week. There's usually some decent tech news unveiled at Inspire, along with strategy updates. It starts Tuesday with partner program announcements. Nadella, Smith, Julia White, Jared Spataro, and other product folks are speaking Wed. The keynotes seem to be open to anyone to stream: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-US/inspire/Codename pick of the week: Portmeirion. Project Portmeirion aims to explore hardware-software co-design for security in the Azure general-purpose compute stack. (thanks, Walking Cat). It's part of Microsoft's confidential computing push. And Portmeirion is a village in Wales, for those wondering.Beer pick of the week: The Bruery The Brite: Hibiscus Lime. A fun pink sour that's only 75 cals. It's a sour blonde ale that almost doesn't taste like a beer at all. It's from the excellent folks at The Bruery Terreux in Anaheim: https://www.thebruery.com/beer/brite-hibiscus-lime
    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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    GetRoman.com/WINDOWS

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Get Off My Alcantara Lawn - New Start Menu, Teams Features, Magic Leap CEO

    Get Off My Alcantara Lawn - New Start Menu, Teams Features, Magic Leap CEO

    Windows 10
    Microsoft debuts a "new" Start menuJust one problem, it's not new. It's barely even refreshed.Well, two problems. We won't see this until 21H1 at the earliest. Probably.Microsoft is bringing ALT + TAB to Edge tabs --- hated this at first, but it's starting to make senseWindows 10 on ARM check-in - Paul is reviewing an 8cx-based PC. What's changed in two years?Windows 10 2004 problems continue: Your settings aren't supportedMicrosoft 365
    Office.com portal is getting a refresh. Can you spot what this looks like now?Surface
    Microsoft hires 60 employees from Movial to work on Surface Duo OSWe previously thought it had purchased the firm, but no. (Similar to Google and HTC, I guess)And as of today, contrary to Microsoft's promise that it was unblocking some Surface devices from receiving 2004, these devices are still blocked. C'mon, Microsoft.Corporate
    Peggy Johnson leaves Microsoft, takes CEO role at Magic LeapYes, this is like Stephen Elop. No, not for the conspiracy theory nonsense many still believeMicrosoft also bought a computer vision company called Orions Systems this weekAnd let the new FY21 reorgs begin! Starting with the field sales orgXbox
    Here comes Halo 3 for PC!Next-gen AAA titles will finally rise to $69.99
    Tip of the week: Customize your Windows 10 desktop. Brad has some good tips for making Windows 10 more usable and friendly.App pick of the week: Halo 3 for PC. Here comes Halo 3 for PC next week!Enterprise pick of the week: Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2020 Wave 2 plans are here. Sound the ERP and CRM trumpets! This is the roadmap for the 'hundreds' of new features MS plans to roll out from October to March.Codename pick of the week: Project Freta. Freta is a new free service from Microsoft Research meant to help spot rootkits in cloud VMs.
    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:
    expressvpn.com/windows
    Melissa.com/twit

    • 2 hrs 14 min
    Comingled - RIP Microsoft Stores, Mac on ARM vs Windows on ARM

    Comingled - RIP Microsoft Stores, Mac on ARM vs Windows on ARM

    The drama of the week: Microsoft is closing its retail storesPerhaps overdue, but shocking nonetheless: Microsoft is closing all of its retail storesRelated: A look back at the 2012 opening of the first Boston-based Microsoft Store
    The drama of last week: Apple, the morning (OK, week) afterTwo developments of interest to the Microsoft communityAs expected, the first Apple Silicon developer device destroys Surface Pro X in benchmarks, no matter how you look at itApple is reportedly thinking about bringing a Continuum-like feature to the iPhone where it could run macOS and be connected to a keyboard, mouse, and display.A more reasoned assessment about the impact of Apple's moves on Windows
    Windows 10 version 2004 is off to a slightly faster start than 1903.And now (finally) SL3 and SP7 can get 2004. Yay? (But not SL1 and SL2. Boo!)Windows 10 Pro no longer has deferral capabilitiesExcept that it sort of still does. Here's what changed.That shift from rings to channels just happenedMicrosoft to expand automatic Edge rollout to education then businessesMicrosoft announces new digital skills initiativeRelated: Teams is getting a new learning appBig changes coming to OneDrive for consumers and businessesIt's July, so Xbox Games with Gold and Game Pass subscribers have new games on the wayMixer co-founder is OK with closureXbox Game Bar is now extensible
    Tip of the week: Download this tool, just in case: Windows File Recovery is a command-line tool you'll want to download just in case.App pick of the week: Amazon Prime for Windows 10. I don't often get to recommend Store apps.Also: Power Apps and Power Automate. You need to look at these M365 commercial features.Enterprise pick of the week: Your Office 365 IT pro bible has gotten a feature update. Tony's Redmond's 7th edition (2021) of Office 365 for IT Pros is now available. https://gumroad.com/l/O365IT/windowsweeklyEnterprise pick No. 2 of the week: STOCKHISTORY. Pulling stock prices directly into Excel has been a top request for a while. It's almost here in the form of STOCKHISTORY. And perfect timing, given Microsoft's stock price has been at an all-time high lately.Beer pick of the week: Victory Prima Pils.
    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.

    Sponsor:
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    • 1 hr 58 min
    No Code Left Behind - RIP Mixer, Apple on ARM > Windows on ARM

    No Code Left Behind - RIP Mixer, Apple on ARM > Windows on ARM

    Sorry (but not sorry): We need to discuss Apple. Ladies and gentlemen, start your gongs! The Mac transition to ARM and how this is better than Windows 10 on ARM The new macOS UX and how this is better/more consistent than Fluent in Windows 10The new iOS 14 UX and how it's the same thing as live tiles, just 10 years laterRelated: Microsoft complained about Apple's business practices; Apple subtly announced small changes to address the concerns. Edge memory improvements are coming to Chrome too Consumer features start appearing in Teams on mobile in preview Skype for Windows 10 and Skype desktop are consolidated. Confused yet? From the "oh, you'll pay" department: Edge enterprise sync comes to Microsoft 365 Business Premium; Windows Defender ATP comes to Android in previewSend Later feature coming to Outlook on the web. Some of it, anyway.Microsoft shuts down MixerMore Game Pass games coming this week! Tip of the week: Paul embraces Linux, and you should too. How to correctly install and configure WSL 2. What's the future of WSL?App pick of the week: Opera. Opera 69 for desktop picks up Twitter integration. Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft's latest acquisitions in data modeling and IoT. It's always interesting to see where Microsoft is putting its acquisition dollars. In the past two weeks, the company bought a data-modeling company, ADRM Software, and an IoT security company, CyberX. Developer pick of the week: Microsoft releases phase one of OpenJDK for Windows 10 on ARM. Microsoft loves Java! Cocktail pick of the week: Grand Cosmo: A tribute to CosmoDB (COME ON)... Paul's wife's unique take on a Cosmopolitan:- 6 parts pear vodka
    - 2 parts Grand Marnier (or triple sec or Cointreau)
    - 2 parts lime juice
    - 4 parts cranberry juice
    - Shake with ice and serve over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or slice.

    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:
    GetRoman.com/WINDOWS
    expressvpn.com/windows

    • 2 hrs 17 min

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