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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.
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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.




WW 566: The Queen of RTOS

The next wave arrives: Microsoft announces Azure Sphere. Windows 10 version 1803 RTM, take 2. MS to make the UWP/mobile version of OneNote the default for Windows users later this year. The US Supreme Court drops the email case against Microsoft. But there's a giant asterisk. Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott Download or subscribe to this show at Check out Paul's blog at Check out Mary Jo's blog at...


WW 565: Ode to the Snipping Tool

Where, oh where, is Windows 10 version 1803? Patch Tuesday came and went with no announcement. Windows 10 version 17133 is clearly RTM: Microsoft has updated its status four times since initial release, including its first CU. On the bright side, more PWAs are starting to show up in the Store. Whenever RS4 arrives, this will be a good thing. 64-bit apps are coming to Windows 10 on ARM - sort of. Screen Clips are coming to Windows 10 Redstone 5 - maybe. A reminder: April 10 was the last...


WW 564: Windows Demoted

Microsoft is demoting Windows and removing Terry Myerson under the guise of a reorganization. How will this change What's next? IoT! It's the next wave Microsoft has been looking for since the mobile collapse. Windows 10: milestones on the path to RTM - Build 17133 hit the Fast ring last week. It hit the Slow ring just three days later. What's next? ISO release, rumored to be next Tuesday. And what about the name? Plus: Microsoft is concurrently pushing forward with RS5 builds, including a...


WW 563: Hello, God. It's Me, Paul

What is Redstone 4? Let's step back and talk about what is in this thing, feature-wise. Fall Creators Update is now on 90% of Win 10 PCs. RS4 is coming to the HoloLens. Redstone 5 to get multi-session desktop/app remoting support. Envy x2 + Windows 10 on ARM: battery life, app compatibility, performance, and smartpen... so, what is the point of this thing? Heard any good Surface hardware rumors lately? How about the one about the MIA Type C dongle? Andromeda: Nothing new. Maybe they'll...


WW 562: Where Democracy Dies

Microsoft is testing a feature that would force Windows 10 Mail links to open in Microsoft Edge. Windows 10 version 1803 heads to the finish line. Accessibility improvements: Is this Accessibility theater or meaningful change?. Less downtime during Windows 10 version upgrades (feature update installs). HEIF support is (finally) coming. Windows 10 on ARM: The first ARM-based Windows 10 PCs are heading out in the world. First look: HP Envy x2. The first preview for Windows Server 2019....


WW 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 April....


WW 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 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo...


WW 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...


WW 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 For full show notes, visit


WW 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...


WW 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...


WW 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...


WW 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). Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott Download or subscribe to this show at Check out Paul's blog...


WW 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,...


WW 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 Lenovo both...


WW 551: Glow Walnut Nasal

CES is coming! ARM PCs and connected cars will be there. Microsoft predictions for 2017: Windows 10 usage should finally surpass that of Windows 7 (note that June 30 was the original target for 1 billion users.) VR/MR for Xbox One. Microsoft 365 for individuals. Windows 10 S - something has to give. Maybe progressive web apps will come to the rescue. No Andromeda tablet/phone until RS5 or later. All hands on Teams! Full steam ahead, especially as a way to get more users to upgrade to...


WW 550: The Best of 2017

Our best moments of 2017. Windows as a disservice. Bill Gates does tech support. Xbox One X unboxing. Is Cuphead Really that hard? NYPD Switches from Windows Phones to iPhones. Petya Ransomware Attacks Worldwide. Happy Holidays! Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott Download or subscribe to this show at Check out Paul's blog at Check out Mary Jo's blog at Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for...


WW 549: Our Yearly Visit with Chris Capossela

Chris Capossela joins us for a very special episode of Windows Weekly. We have questions for Microsoft's CMO. Microsoft may have just revealed what we will call the Windows 10 Productivity Update. Build 17063 for the Fast Ring has a metric ton of new features. This is almost certainly the next version of Windows 10. Key new feature: Timeline. Also, a first for the Insiders Program: We're explicitly testing a new feature, Sets, that may not be in this next version of Windows 10. Well,...


WW 548: Deck the Gong

Top 5 Microsoft stories of 2017! MJF's picks - stuff that kind of fell under the radar PT's Windows 10 on Snapdragon More information---and more questions---since last week's event More Windows 10 Team me up, Scotty Looking ahead... • Tip of the week: 12 Days of Microsoft Deals Today: $200 off Windows Mixed Reality headsets • App pick of the week: Stardock Groupy is here Plus: PUBG arrives on Xbox One • Enterprise pick of the week: Biz users beware of possible...


WW 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 mobile carrier...


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