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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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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.

    Skype Isn't Cool

    Skype Isn't Cool

    Microsoft has appointed a new leader for the Windows Insider Program, and CEO Satya Nadella says their hardware supply chain is 'getting back on rails'. Slack is working on calling integration with Microsoft Teams, and there are also new updates to the Bing COVID-19 tracker.
    Daniel previews the new Dell XPS 13, and they discuss 'Home Premiere' movie rentals and possible permanent changes in the movie theatre business.
    Links:
    Microsoft's hardware supply chain 'getting back on rails,' says CEO Satya Nadella | Windows Central AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 U-series is ready to topple Intel's Ultrabook dominance | Windows Central Best AMD CPUs in 2020 | Windows Central Coronavirus forces several new movies to release early as digital rentals, watch them now | Windows Central Slack working on calling integrations with Microsoft Teams, CEO says | Windows Central Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 vs. XPS 13: Which PC is a better buy? | Windows Central Microsoft appoints new Windows Insider Program lead ahead of 'new era' for Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft updates Bing coronavirus COVID-19 tracker with 32 languages, location support and more | Windows Central Rent movies still in theaters with 'Home Premiere' now on the Microsoft Store | Windows Central

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Make the Hardware Sing

    Make the Hardware Sing

    Windows 10 has surpassed 1 billion devices and Teams has reached 44 million daily users. Zac and Daniel also discuss Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 as more details have been announced for both consoles. Also in the gaming realm, Daniel has been enjoying Doom Eternal.
    Microsoft has a consumer subscription announcement happening on March 30 that will bring MS 365 to the masses. They also chat about the need for Microsoft to develop creative tools that can help lure users away from Apple and MacBook fans. And speaking of Apple, Daniel makes the case for why the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro makes it more like a Surface.
    Links:
    Windows 10 surpasses 1 billion monthly active devices worldwide | Windows Central Microsoft teases new Windows 10 UI in video celebrating 1 billion users | Windows Central As Xbox Series X and PS5 specs get official, the spotlight shifts to games | Windows Central Microsoft Teams surges to 44 million daily users amid coronavirus outbreak | Windows Central Doom Eternal and Doom 64 launch on Xbox One and PC | Windows Central DOOM Eternal review: Much-needed goretastic catharsis | Windows Central Everything we know about Microsoft's consumer subscription announcement on March 30 | Windows Central Microsoft needs a Movie Maker 'X' to lure Apple creators and MacBook Pro fans | Windows Central Apple's iPad Pro becomes more like a Surface, and that's a problem for Microsoft | Windows Central

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Mobile Kings

    Mobile Kings

    Microsoft Build 2020 has been canceled and reborn as a digital event due to coronavirus, but Microsoft still has plenty of announcements planned for the year. An online Surface event could possibly happen in April.
    Daniel and Zac chat about new features found in the latest build of Windows 10X and emphasize that Windows 10X is a completely separate product from traditional Windows 10. Daniel reviews the Samsung Galaxy Book S — Awesome battery. Meh keyboard. But there's a lot more to say about it than that.
    Links:
    Microsoft Build 2020 gets canceled, becomes a digital event in lieu of coronavirus | Windows Central Hands-on with Windows 10X build 19578 showcasing new changes and enhancements | Windows Central Samsung Galaxy Book S review: Excellent battery, slim design, but just OK keyboard | Windows Central

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Why? Old People!

    Why? Old People!

    There are proposed changes to the Windows 10 Start Menu that will make some people unhappy. But how is that different from any other new feature? COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on Microsoft and the tech industry at-large as conferences are canceled and employees are asked to work from home.
    Daniel and Zac discuss a name change for Cortana and a new wave of apps for Edge. Daniel also provides his review of the HP Elite Dragonfly — A high-end business oriented 2-in-1.
    Links:
    Do you like Microsoft's 'redesigned' Windows 10 Start menu concept? | Windows Central Microsoft shows off new Windows 10 Start menu — and it sure is pretty | Windows Central Use this excellent COVID-19 coronavirus tracker and Microsoft Edge to keep informed | Windows Central Coronavirus concerns push Microsoft to encourage remote work for employees | Windows Central How to read Kindle books using the new Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 | Windows Central 5 reasons why Microsoft should rebrand 'Cortana' to 'Clippy' | Windows Central HP Elite Dragonfly is a droolworthy business 2-in-1 with serious style | Windows Central

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Some Duo specs

    Some Duo specs

    There are loads of smaller stories in the Microsoft universe this week, and a great big one too — Surface Duo may be shipping far sooner than the previously announced 'holiday 2020' timeframe. Daniel and Zac make a strong case for why it benefits Microsoft and end users alike to get the device into the hands of developers and early adopters. But the continued specter of COVID-19 may make Microsoft's desire to do so impossible.
    Links:
    Cortana support going away in Windows 10 versions at 'end-of-support' dates | Windows Central Microsoft Launcher for Android losing Cortana by 'end of April' | Windows Central Microsoft wants to launch Surface Duo sooner than holiday 2020 | Windows Central Microsoft warns Windows, Surface won't hit revenue guidance due to coronavirus | Windows Central Everything we know about Xbox Series X: Launch titles, specs, design, price, and more | Windows Central LG gram 17 (2020) review: The best big Ultrabook around just got even better | Windows Central Samsung's Galaxy Book S is here. Ask us anything about this Windows on ARM laptop! | Windows Central New Microsoft Edge begins automatic rollout for Release Preview Insiders | Windows Central Windows Central app for Windows 10 fixes logins, snags new icon in latest update | Windows Central Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Rubber Seal for Safety

    Rubber Seal for Safety

    What seemed to be a slow news week turned into plenty to talk about! Microsoft is looking into reports from some Surface Laptop 3 owners about cracked screens, and another round of update problem affected some Windows 10 users.

    Windows 10X icons are being rolled out to Windows 10 desktop insiders. Daniel and Zac both purchased the Galaxy Z Flip and share their experiences using it with Microsoft Your Phone. They also revisit Surface Pro X and how it can fit into a computing workflow.

    • 1 hr 38 min

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