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/ 19:00 UTC.



      episode 548: Deck the Gong

      Top 5 Microsoft stories of 2017!

      MJF's picks - stuff that kind of fell under the radar

      MS reorg of its sales staffGrowth mindset maniaWindows as a service is more about the service than new WindowsBig bundles are back, baby! MicrosoftEverybody's a friend. Nobody's an enemy.


      Windows as a Service: Pros and cons of updating legacy software at thisProgressive Web Apps emerge as the Java of the 21st century, future Despite a sales defeat, Xbox One X is the best console you...



      episode 547: Windows on ARM

      Paul is live in Maui for the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit, and we have a special guest...

      Windows 10 on ARM officially arrives. The first ARM-based Always Connected PCs won't really arrive until early 2018. PT: This is the future of the platform. What's the value proposition for the platform?

      These first Always Connected PCs will run Windows 10 S, but be upgradable for free for a set period (Sept. 2018?) to Windows 10 Pro. Price for the Asus: $599 to $799 (plus a...



      episode 546: A/B Testing

      Windows 10 now at 600 million active monthly devices. Related: Fall Creators Update in on 1/5th of all Windows 10 PCs already.
      In a change from the normal way it reveals such things, Microsoft said this week that it will add Timeline, and a newly announced feature called Sets, to Windows 10 in coming Insider Builds. But... Microsoft is doing A/B testing on Sets, angering Insiders again.
      Sets may be just the UX change that Windows needs to stay relevant.Related: Microsoft is...



      episode 545: Those Aren't Pillows!

      Surface Book 2 loses power when plugged in while gaming. On purpose. Related: Surface Book 2 first impressions. Plus: SB2 gets its first firmware updates. Coming Windows 10 features leak: Quick Pair, Tabs in UWP apps, Spotlight-like search. Related: Windows 10 S still sucks at 6 months. Skype pulled from app stores in China. Skype shows ads now, too. Remember the slippery slope?

      Tip of the week: Save with Microsoft's Black Friday deals: Big deals on games, Xbox One S, and more.App...



      episode 544: Wouldn't You Like to be a Futzer Too?

      Visual Studio Live Share: Coming soon to a pair of programmers near you. New collaboration service coming in early 2018: VS Live Share. New Visual Studio Tools for AI extension. MariaDB as an Azure service; Databricks (Spark) as a service; and Cassandra as a service. VS App Center is now GA.
      Microsoft v. perception: how can Microsoft make itself part of the conversation? Related: Microsoft half-asses another phone.
      Windows (7, 8.1 and 10) news: Paul is starting a Redstone 4...



      episode 543: This War Ain't Gonna Win Itself

      Xbox One X is a game changer, literally, the first true 4K video game console. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive. This is the kind of press---and lines at their stores---that Microsoft never gets.

      How to decide: Should you get an Xbox One X?
      Phil Spencer says MS is going to invest even more in first party games (and that MS may try again to do an Azure-powered streaming service.) If at first you don't succeed (with Arcadia), try, try again?

      Intel is teaming up with...



      episode 542: Here Comes PWA

      Progressive Web Apps: They're coming to Win 10 – and why you should care. All eyes on the Microsoft cloud, earnings analysis for Q1 FY 18. Andromeda mobile device rumors continue to flare. Xbox One X unboxing.

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      episode 541: Podcats

      A week in: How's the Fall Creators Update rollout going? Surprisingly well, though not flawless. Plus: Hands-on (again) with Windows Mixed Reality. What it is, what it isn't

      Windows Phone rollout still hasn't happened. (Coming this week, supposedly.) Windows Server 1709: What's missing? HoloLens is not going to get the Fall Creators Update at all. (What do we make of that?) Related: A new Redstone 4 test build (17025) just appeared before the show began




      episode 540: Smell the Baguettes

      Surface Book 2 unveiled: in a surprise announcement overshadowing the arrival of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, MS takes the wraps off its coming Surface Book 2. What we liked, didn't about the devices. (We had a little bit of hands-on last week.)
      Plus: Other new Surface accessories.
      Plus: A new Surface Precision mouse. And the classic Intellimouse is coming back.
      The rollout of Fall Creators Update to mainstream users began yesterday on PC, Phone, Win Server, Xbox One....



      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...