Windows Weekly (MP3)

A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, Windows Phone, Office, Xbox, and more, from two of the foremost Windows watchers in the world, Paul Thurrott of and Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft. Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific/ 18:00 UTC.



      episode 561: Leprechaun Mosh Pit

      MS is starting to tease Surface Hub 2. Details about it are coming in H1 2018. How will Surface Hub 2 fit in with MS' "Modern Workplace" vision? Teams is one of the big keys. Lots of big new Teams features coming this year. Cortana also will be coming to a conference room near you soon, as MS foreshadowed last year. Meltdown patch available from Microsoft for Intel x86-based PCs running Win 7, 8.1. In case there were any doubts, the Spring Creators Update will start rolling out in...



      episode 560: Windows à la S Mode

      Windows 10 builds are coming fast and furious: The end is nigh! Debian and Kali come to Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows 10 usage share for Dummies, you can edit 3D images in 3D now in Paint 3D. Skip Ahead folks get a new Windows 10 Redstone 5 build with more Sets functionality. Related: MS made a few Win 10 announcements at Win Dev Day. Windows 10 is now an AI platform for devs. What does this mean? MSIX is Microsoft's new container/packaging solution

      Tip of the week: Enable...



      episode 559: Wear Socks to Bed

      Windows 10 RS4 Build 17110 has no new features for consumers - but some interesting enterprise features. Microsoft v. U.S. email case heats up, but the Supreme Court will clear up this mess to everyone's satisfaction. Did Apple just kick Azure to the curb? Fear and loathing in developer land. Google releases Flutter beta. What does this mean to PWAs? Or to Xamarin? More Andromeda silliness. 5G is coming. You can preorder the HP Envy x2 ARM. Mobile World Congress is underway. Samsung...



      episode 558: 150 Bottles of Ranch Dressing on the Wall

      The Future of Mixed and Virtual Reality.

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

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      episode 557: White Chocolate

      First up: A fan's eye for Windows Family Guy: Windows Defender ATP is coming to Windows 7, 8.1. Windows Analytics tools for enterprise users now include Spectre/Meltdown patch analyzer. Microsoft is still adding features to Redstone 4, as it closes in on RTM. Related: Apple is scaling back the iOS schedule. Microsoft should pay attention. It's official: Build is coming back to Seattle, May 7-9 - going head-to-head with Google I/O....



      episode 556: 90% Cacao, 10% PWA

      2018: A transition year for Windows 10. SKUmorphic: Windows 10 line-up changes coming. Windows 10 S becomes Windows 10 S Mode. New Home Advanced edition coming. Here come Progressive Web Apps for Windows 10. Support changes coming for Windows 10, Office users. Office 365 ProPlus will only work on Windows 10 starting in 2020 - and Office 2019, too. Q2 FY 2018 Earnings Recap. Surface business up only one percent - and that is a serious problem. MS brass still bullish about Cortana - and...



      episode 555: Granny Theft Auto

      Yes, Polaris is real. No, it's not a new version of Windows. Microsoft corrects an Intel patch. Windows Defender to crack down on scareware starting March 1. The Windows 10 in-box apps suck. Story Remix in Photos gets a big update. Windows Camera getting an update. Rumor of the week: Microsoft to buy EA? Please be true. Plan B: Valve. Plan C: PUBG. Plan D: MJF jumps off the roof (clutching an Xbox). Related: Microsoft buys PlayFab (there's an Azure angle to all this). Related: Over 4...



      episode 554: Every Day Magic

      What's NExT for Windows? There have been some shakeups (and layoffs) recently in the Windows org. Let's try to read the tea leaves re: what MS considers its Next Generation Experiences. Applause, please: MS Office codebases across platforms are now finally aligned. Xbox Gaming Pass just got way more interesting (for some of us, anyway).

      Tip of the week: Want to escape fake news and political posts? Try Instagram instead of Facebook or Twitter.App pick of the week: Office 365 comes to...



      episode 553: Even Paul Can't Read It All

      Let's talk about Microsoft as an AI company. MS is going to look for the AI angle for every announcement this year, and many customers are right there with them. Cortana becomes less of a search front end and more of a conversational chatbot. Will MS go so far as to call Windows 10 an " AI OS" at some point? Microsoft continues to add AI smarts to its apps and services – Outlook, Office, Skype. Azure supports several AI services now – machine learning, bot service, cognitive services, pre...



      episode 552: CES Blackout

      CES 2018: what a mess. There are new PCs: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, Miix 630 (Snapdragon), ThinkPad X1, and HP. Oh, and remember that Intel is a thing in the Always-Connected PC space, too. More mobile carriers (including Verizon!) are on board with Windows 10 on ARM PCs.

      Digital assistants are the top story at CES, but where is Cortana? Google Assistant owns CES - 1 million actions, with unbelievable device and services coverage. PC makers are pushing a non-Cortana agenda. HP and...