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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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    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

    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.

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    • 2 hr 12 min
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    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

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    • 1 hr 58 min
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    Greece is the Word - MS Fall Hardware Launch, Antitrust in Congress

    Greece is the Word - MS Fall Hardware Launch, Antitrust in Congress

    Microsoft's fall hardware launch: more evolution than revolution
    As expected, the new small Surface Laptop, christened Surface Laptop Go
    Updated models of Surface Pro X
    New accessories
    And that's it. No refreshes on the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio, Surface Go
    This is nothing short of a strategy do-over for Surface. Granted it's been unfolding for years.
    Related: Some more impressive PCs were announced this week too
    Related: New Win 10 test build for Dev Channel adds a new optional customization page, file-association management


    Let the antitrust games begin for FAMA
    Big tech companies are abusive monopolies that need breaking up or regulating, says the U.S. House Judiciary committee
    Microsoft isn't on the guilty list this time around. Why? Outside gaming, not much consumer impact. And it's not a monopoly any more in any market.


    Not a great week for the Microsoft cloud
    Back to back (to back) Outlook problems this past week, starting with this one
    And today, we're back to admin portal issues for M365/O365. Sigh
    A post-mortem on the big Azure AD outage: Definitely the perfect storm
    Related: Greece is the word (for a new MS datacenter region... someday in the future)


    Bing is rebranded to Microsoft Bing. This is huge!
    Microsoft celebrates the best-ever year for Xbox Game Studios


    Tips and picks
    Tip of the week: Display file extensions. It came from the Twitters: Power users are confused about why Windows doesn't display file extensions by default. Power users should know better.
    App pick of the week: Visual Studio Code. Everyone's doing it! And now you can access Edge Dev Tools right in the editor
    Dev picks of the week: DConf: Microsoft's first Java dev conf for the community. Free reg, Oct. 27 to 29. Learn JavaScript for free with Microsoft's new course
    Codename pick of the week: A bevy of Surface-related codenames. Nora, Wakita and Wolfe, Canon, Silas and Goma (thanks Aggoramenti Lumia)
    Whiskey pick of the week: Screwball Whiskey. Like peanut butter? Then this is too dangerous to drink. It's unbelievable. Now I need to pair it with a grape jelly vodka :)

    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 hr 22 min
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    Happy Fiscal New Year - Windows on ARM, Bing Wins Google's Auction

    Happy Fiscal New Year - Windows on ARM, Bing Wins Google's Auction

    Windows on ARM, Bing Wins Google's Auction

    Windows 10
    Finally a bit of news about Windows 10 on Arm
    The new Windows 10 Dev Channel build has a new storage notification. (Plus some Your Phone updates coming)
    Windows 10 version 2004 is now on 33.7 percent of all PCs, almost in first place (!)
    Windows XP source code leaks again
    Related: Chredge is getting a web screenshot feature (for some reason)


    Microsoft 365 + Cloud
    It wasn't a good start of the week for O365. Big worldwide outage due to AD authentication issues
    Stream users are going to migrate soon
    Microsoft is building a "telco-grade" cloud
    Bing comes on strong for the second round of Google's auction screen on Android


    Xbox
    Games with Gold for October
    Xbox Game Pass for the first half of October
    EA Play on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate coming November 10
    The first Xbox Series S/X storage expansion card is going to cost you
    Amazon takes on Stadia, Game Pass Cloud Streaming with Luna


    Tip of the week: Never lose a file with OneDrive. With everyone working from home, one useful OneDrive feature is suddenly even more important
    App pick of the week: Xbox Family Settings. This new mobile app can help you keep track of, and control, your kids' game time.
    Enterprise pick of the week: Dynamics 365 2020 Wave 2. October 1 is the day that the set of Wave 2 features for the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform set of products begins rolling out. Microsoft is holding an online event to discuss some of these from 9-11 am PT on Oct. 1: https://twitter.com/maryjofoley/status/1310967954897596423
    Codename pick of the week: Luna. It's an Amazon codename. But it's also the codename for the XP UI. Paul has a little story about this.
    Beer pick of the week: Burial Beer Invocation on the River of Laments. Another Asheville pick in honor of Paul's visit. This brewery makes a number of excellent styles, including a Doppelbock called Invocation on the River of Laments. "The finished product is full of dark fruit basket, pumpernickel, roasted pecan and saltine." 7% and only 22 IBUs so not hoppy. Nice for Octoberfest fans.

    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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    • 1 hr 35 min
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    Bethesda's Not Just a Town in Maryland - Microsoft Buys Bethesda, Best of Ignite, Xbox Preorder Fail

    Bethesda's Not Just a Town in Maryland - Microsoft Buys Bethesda, Best of Ignite, Xbox Preorder Fail

    Microsoft + Bethesda!
    Microsoft announced a blockbuster $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda, bringing some of Mary Jo's favorite video games into the Microsoft Studios family. YES to Wolfenstein! Good for beer drinking!


    Microsoft Ignite 2020
    Microsoft Ignite is happening virtually digitally this week, similarly to Build 2020.
    ~1000 new Teams features
    Microsoft makes its video calling, chat, and SMS text messaging services available to others
    Azure news
    Azure Stack news
    Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux
    Office 2019 will not be the last standalone version of Office
    No real dev news per se
    Lots of security product rebranding and repositioning


    Microsoft 365
    It's official: Windows 10 version 20H2 is done.
    Microsoft is bringing Meet Now to Windows 10 ... and taking away the standalone People app
    Why aren't there any Microsoft widgets on iOS 14? And why does it plan so few?


    (More) Xbox
    Microsoft couldn't have F'd up Xbox Series S/X preorders more if it tried. This is one area where it's doing as well as Sony.
    Microsoft announces a few new Xbox Series S/X accessories
    Halo 3: ODST hits PC in remastered form
    There's a new version of the Xbox (Beta) app on Android ... and it supports console streaming


    Tips and picks
    Tip of the week: Install Windows 10 version 20H2 right now. There's no need to wait, assuming you're brave.
    App pick of the week: New browser versions. Firefox 81 picks up a new theme and Opera rethinks settings sync. Plus, Safari 14 on the past two macOS versions
    Enterprise pick of the week: Check out all the Ignite goodies. Book of News is live online for anyone to read: https://news.microsoft.com/ignite-2020-book-of-news/ A lot of the meatier Ignite sessions are available via "Virtual Hub" for anyone to watch: https://adoption.microsoft.com/virtual-hub/
    Stay tuned at 4:15 pm ET today for MJF and Paul doing an Ignite recap with the Patch & Switch guys and Jeff Sandquist
    Codename pick of the week: Project Nucleus
    Beer pick of the week: Wicked Weed Brewing French Toast. There were no Microsoft-made breakfasts this week for us Ignite attendees. But that doesn't mean you can't have a beer for breakfast! Wicked Weed in Ashville, NC, makes an imperial stout called French Toast. Vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and dough flavor via the malts. It's 8.4 percent as so worth it: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30581/114498/

    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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    • 1 hr 32 min
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    The Smurface Duo - Surface Duo Review, Cloud Gaming, Bye Bye TikTok

    The Smurface Duo - Surface Duo Review, Cloud Gaming, Bye Bye TikTok

    Leo and the Duo
    One week in (almost), what's his take on the Surface Duo?
    MJF's review: Nice hardware, confusing software
    Overall, the reviews are very negative.


    The TikTok clock has stopped for Microsoft
    A bullet dodged
    Good luck, Oracle
    This is the last time we ever talk about this. LET'S HOPE!


    Windows 10: Where are we now?
    Windows 10 20H2 should be released any day now
    Windows 10 build 20215 (Dev) hit today with one new feature
    When will testers start getting 10X builds, given it's expected to debut in spring 2021? Will they get 10X builds?
    Plus... Microsoft is working to make update blocker messages better
    Your Phone's App feature is on more Samsung phones .. But not Surface Duo


    Subscription bundles: The future?
    Apple launched several AppleOne service bundles yesterday (all for consumers)
    But don't forget the antitrust concerns!
    Microsoft has a lot of work and home subscription bundles, too, but so far, no crossover bundles.
    Maybe MetaOS signals a change is coming


    Xbox
    Project xCloud Cloud Gaming is here
    Apple says FU to Microsoft and Cloud Gaming
    Microsoft gets a bit more transparent about data collection on Xbox
    Xbox One S launch video leaks
    Win an Xbox One X at Taco Bell


    Tip of the week: Change your browser, email app defaults on iOS to Microsoft apps. The latest beta versions of Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Outlook now work with iOS 14.
    App pick of the week: Visual Studio Code. Visual Studio Code has emerged as the go-to developer editor on all platforms, including Linux. Part of the appeal is its extensibility. This week, Microsoft shipped its C++ extension.
    Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Ignite is next week. Ignite 2020 a 2 day virtual event kicking off on Tuesday. The (partial?) session list is up for those who register. Expect lots of cloud, hybrid, Power Platform, M365 but also some Project Reunion stuff, possibly. MJF and Paul will banter live right after WW next week with the Patch & Switch guys.
    Codename pick of the week: Project OneFuzz

    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 hr 11 min

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