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 539: Yesterday's Office, Tomorrow

      Microsoft is bringing Edge to Android and iOS. Does this change anything? Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) is done 16299.15 heads to Release Preview.Related: Fall Creators Update for developers Related: Price increases for Windows 10 downgrades, Pro Workstation Rumor: Microsoft will kill Surface in 2019 It looks like the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana will cost $200. Also, Cortana is coming to Skype on mobile Big Office news (from a month ago): Microsoft plans to...



      episode 538: Digitally Entitled

      Windows 10 version 1709 is complete. (a.k.a. the Fall Creators Update or Redstone 3, its names are legion.)
      Related: Microsoft holds a mixed-up mixed reality briefing with no real news.Microsoft buys AltSpaceVR. Why? And who are they?
      Related: The Windows 10 Photos app was just updated with a surprisingly good video editor. This is great news for people pining over Windows Movie Maker.
      Related: 70 extensions for Edge after one year. Is that good or bad?

      Looking ahead...



      episode 537: Microsoft Ignite 2017

      We're in the podcast center at the Orlando Convention Center with an audience today. And this week, it's all enterprise, all the time!
      Microsoft 365 gets more plans, features.
      Bing for Business is part of Microsoft's new personalized search wave.
      New Windows 10 S PCs, starting at $275, are coming starting this year.
      Skype for Business is gradually fading away in favor of Microsoft Teams.
      Office 2019, here we come!
      Microsoft is updating OneDrive everywhere.



      episode 536: Mary Jo Loves the Xbox One X

      Xbox One X pre-orders are up! If you missed out on the Xbox One X Project Scorpio, good news: You can now preorder the standard console! Also: Paul goes hands-on with the Xbox One X. "We have a runner!" More gaming giddiness: Minecraft cross-platform is finally real. Related: Phil Spencer is now an Exec VP and member of the Senior Leadership Team.

      Mary Jo has a scoop on Surface device announcements, so let's talk about what we expect, and when. Related: Mixed Reality event in...



      episode 535: You Should've Named Him Cuphead

      The day after Apple's not-so-compelling iPhone 8 and X announcements, let's talk mobile for the Windows gal/guy. Paul Thurrott is going Android (!) after years on iPhone. Mary Jo Foley is all-in on Android. Is there any hope for a future Windows Mobile platform? Yes (Paul: no), but it might not be for you. Microsoft's position continues to be: All we care (hope) is you'll use Windows on PCs with iOS/Android phones (the Build 2017 strategy.) Andromeda revisited: This is not just hardware,...



      episode 534: Hedgehogs Prohibited

      Fall Surface reveal: Looks like London may be the place. Panos will pump it up at Future Decoded in late October. What are we anticipating? Surface Pro LTE, Surface Book 2 (or 3?). Andromeda: not yet. Microsoft extends its Windows 10 S to Pro upgrade offer. As part of an announcement about expanded Surface Laptop availability, Microsoft also revealed that it is extending the Windows 10 S-to-Pro upgrade offer by three months. Why now? And what does this say about Windows 10 S?...



      episode 533: Sumo in a Sidecar

      Well, look at that. Microsoft does have a Cortana strategy. The partnership will put Alexa on Cortana, Cortana on Alexa was initiated by Jeff Bezos over a year ago. What does this mean to Cortana, really, given its also-ran status? Is Cortana just another Alexa skill? And is Cortana on Windows 10 just another way to access Alexa? Related thought: We often describe Cortana's failure as a byproduct of Microsoft's mobile failures, but Amazon failed in mobile too. And remember: Amazon and...



      episode 532: The Foley SKU

      Google Enterprise is all about bringing business-level management to Chromebooks. So maybe Microsoft wasn't so crazy thinking Windows 10 S might appeal to business users. New Windows 10 Fall Creators Insider build just released today - no new features. Related: Windows 10 S finally heads to Insiders. New Windows Server 2016 1709 build – the 3rd Insider preview for Server – also is out. No new features. Xbox One X pre-orders and other Gamescom news. New console bundles, including one for M...



      episode 531: B is for Broadwell

      What did Microsoft know about problems with its Surface devices and when did officials know it? PT has seen a leaked memo and has the scoop - And some follow-up context. Even if Consumer Reports' methodology is questionable and MS has turned the corner, can Microsoft recover from being dinged? What does this incident mean for next-generation Surface-branded devices? For MS' relationship with Intel? Microsoft adds Windows 10 S support to new Surface Pro. NFL expands usage of Surface (Pro...



      episode 530: Lifting Thor's Hammer

      Xbox Fall Creators Update test builds start rolling out. Alpha Ring testers get a glimpse of what's coming. Interestingly, this build is 1710, which means it's target arrival date is October. Related: Microsoft revamps its stupid Xbox Insider Program rings. They're still stupid. In other Fall Creators Update news, new Windows Server 2016 Insider build adds support for WSL and Linux distributions. Latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build (from late last Wed.) adds eye tracking, new...