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A weekly look at all things Microsoft, including Windows, Office, Xbox, Enterprise, and more. Join Leo Laporte and two of the foremost Windows watchers in the world, Paul Thurrott of Thurrott.com, and Richard Campbell. Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC. read less

WW 821: Windows Everywhere - Microsoft Loop public preview, GibHub Copilot X, Adobe Firefly
4d ago
WW 821: Windows Everywhere - Microsoft Loop public preview, GibHub Copilot X, Adobe Firefly
Microsoft Loop preview FINALLY arrivesMicrosoft Loop web app launches in public preview for MSA and work/school accounts - Yeah, it's a Notion rip-off. Alarmingly so. Windows 11Now, Microsoft is testing Windows 11 features first in Release PreviewNew Dev channel build: Seconds in the system tray is a game changer! /sMinor changes coming to default appsBased on a single hardware review, it appears that 13th Gen Intel Core processors have the same problem with docks and hubs as do 12th Gen processors. AI all the thingsBill Gates describes AI as the biggest technology transformation since the GUI.Bing Chatbot can now generate images from textGitHub launches ChatGPT-4 powered Copilot XAdobe launches responsible/ethical generative AI toolsGoogle launches Bard in early accessMozilla.ai startup goes liveOpera adds AI prompts, sidebar ChatGPT XboxMicrosoft's AB acquisition is all about mobile, not CODMicrosoft announces it will launch mobile apps store on iPhone and Android as soon as regulators make it possibleFOSS patents: We've moved into the acceptance phase, and this acquisition is on trackNetflix is expanding its mobile games library dramaticallyMicrosoft releases a third set of Game Pass titles for MarchGet a Steam Deck for 10 percent off to celebrate its first birthday Tips and PicksTip of the week: Inbox ZeroApp pick of the week: Visual Studio CodeRunAs Radio this week: SMB over QUIC File Servers with Ned PyleBrown liquor pick of the week: Ben Nevis 10 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsors:Miro.com/podcastkolide.com/wwcachefly.com
WW 820: Mustard Can Solve Any Problem - OpenAI's GPT-4 released, KB5023706 update, YouTube Music
15-03-2023
WW 820: Mustard Can Solve Any Problem - OpenAI's GPT-4 released, KB5023706 update, YouTube Music
OpenAI's GPT-4 released, KB5023706 update, YouTube Music Windows 11Moment 2 is official; mostly a solid updateThe ensh*ttification of Windows/Microsoft 365 continues: Microsoft Word, Paint, Teams, and Edge AI all the thingsOne wonders, if everything is AI, is anything AI?OpenAI releases ChatGPT 4Microsoft "reveals" it was using an early version all along, duhBING CHATBOT IS OPEN TO EVERYONEBing will move Chatbot responses to the top of search resultsMicrosoft's LinkedIn is adding GPT AI to improve the writing of profiles and job postingsGrammarly adds more AIGoogle Workspace is getting generative AI features, obviously... and it's raising prices (coincidentally!)Duolingo adds two new AI features at great cost Microsoft 365Microsoft Word is getting two keyboard shortcuts it should have always had: "Paste as Text" & Zoom DevMicrosoft Build 2023 is May 23-25, live and remoteGitHub starts rolling out its 2FA requirement for contributors XboxMicrosoft announces two 10-year cloud gaming deals with companies not named Sony: Boosteroid & UbitusEpic Games takes a page from the Microsoft Store and will allow self-publishing Tips and PicksTip of the week: YouTube Premium member? Play some gamesApp pick of the week: YouTube MusicThis week on RunAs: Incident Management with Hila FishBrown liquor pick of the week: Springbank 10 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsors:drata.com/twitkolide.com/ww
WW 819: Sixty-four Threads but None for You - Windows Insider Canary Channel, video super resolution, Outlook for Mac goes free
08-03-2023
WW 819: Sixty-four Threads but None for You - Windows Insider Canary Channel, video super resolution, Outlook for Mac goes free
Microsoft adds Windows 12 to the Insider ProgramLast week's feature release shows you how these Insider channels map to the next release, which is sometimes a Moment now and not just a formal Feature Update. Don't worry. They didn't tell anyone that.Canary - big changes that need lots of incubation time (e.g. kernel changes), no release targetDev - changes that need incubation, no release targetBeta- testing changes targeting the next releaseRelease preview - testing changes that are slated to ship imminently in the next release barring any major explosions (e.g. printers)Stable - nothing worksFirst Canary build today: Access keys and File Recommendations in File Explorer, LSA Protection Enablement on upgrade.Dev channel: This channel is "rebooted" to 23000 series now, per above. This build has live captions in more languages, access keys in the File Explorer context menus (another Win11 regression),  Recommendations in File Explorer, and other changes.Dev channel (last week): Microsoft is working on a new volume mixer. Windows 11Microsoft is bringing "video super resolution" to Microsoft EdgeWe're still not done with PC maker results: Dell goes down in Q4 too AISatya Nadella, marketing AI, now says that Cortana was "dumb as a rock." Come on.Microsoft to talk up AI in work next weekMicrosoft talks up AI in Microsoft 365 - this will never end nowMicrosoft brings more AI to devs at Azure Open Source DayBrave Search adds an AI-powered SummarizerDuckDuckGo adds a similar Answer feature Microsoft 365Microsoft Outlook is now free on the Mac XboxEU likely to approve Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Told you so?Halo Infinite Season 3 is live. Can it save this game?Halo players have created over one million maps with Forge BetaMicrosoft announces new titles for Xbox Game PassStarfield arrives in September Tips and picksTip of the week: Don't be a statisticApp pick of the week: Start11RunAs this Week: FIDO2 and Passwordless with Kyle KotowickBrown liquor pick of the week: Craigellachie Bas Armagnac Cask Finish 13 Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsors:kolide.com/wwCDW.com/LenovoClient
WW 817: The Moment of Confusion - Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac, AI anthropomorphism, WinUI 3 & WinAppSDK
22-02-2023
WW 817: The Moment of Confusion - Parallels Desktop 18 for Mac, AI anthropomorphism, WinUI 3 & WinAppSDK
Microsoft FINALLY brings Windows 11 on Arm support to Apple Silicon MacsA new Release Preview build shows us what the next Moment update will look likeNew Beta channe builds are a bit less interestingMore PC maker fallout with Lenovo revenues down 24 percent in Q4 Bing AIBing AI is a lying liar who lies. Questions about Microsoft releasing it in this state continueAfter many Bing AI freakouts, Microsoft limits the length of chats... and then it bumps up the length a bit just a few days later.Microsoft brings Bing AI to Bing, Edge, and Skype mobile apps Microsoft 365Microsoft IS releasing Teams 2.0 in March. DevMicrosoft releases Visual Studio 2022 17.5, and it's a big updateMicrosoft releases .NET 8 Preview 1Visual Studio gets an integrated .NET Upgrade Assistant... previously only a command line toolPaul examines WinUI 3 and the Windows App SDK.Microsoft is moving File Explorer from XAML Islands to Windows App SDK. XboxMicrosoft defends the Activision Blizzard acquisition in court.Microsoft inks 10-year deal to bring Call of Duty to NintendoMicrosoft's PC games are coming to NVIDIA GeForce NowXbox Game Pass Ultimate Friends & Family Plan comes to 6 new countries, none of which are your countryAs suspected, we're getting a third Xbox Game Pass title drop this month Tips & PicksTip of the week: 2FA all the thingsApp pick of the week: CraiyonRunAs Radio this week: Migrating to Windows 11 with Michael NiehausBrown liquor pick of the week: The Macallan Estate Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsor:GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT
WW 816: I Have Been a Good Bing - Skype's annual revenue drop, Github layoffs, Viva Engage
15-02-2023
WW 816: I Have Been a Good Bing - Skype's annual revenue drop, Github layoffs, Viva Engage
The AI morning afterA week after the irrational exuberance, reality sets in. It's still Bing. And it's still competing against GoogleMicrosoft shares an update on Bing AI rolloutGoogle employees were not amused at botched Bard announcementMicrosoft to add AI to Office in MarchEveryone is doing AI now. Including Opera and Notion Windows 11New Windows 11 Dev build adds more live captionsIE was disabled in Windows 11 on Patch Tuesday. It's dead, Jim2FA is coming to Windows 11. It's all in the toast Microsoft 365Looks like Skype revenue has plummeted over the past decadeAnd full of "meet your new girlfriend" messages if you don't lock down from defaultsMicrosoft finally retired the Yammer brand. And you're never going to believe what happened next CorporateGitHub lays off 10 percent of staff, going fully remoteMore jobs cuts announced in Surface, HoloLens, Xbox XboxJust kidding: Activision to release a major Call of Duty title this yearXbox February update is now available with Google Home app integration Tips & PicksTip of the week: Get started with the new Bing AI. Bing AI apparently has some "creator prompts" that will jumpstart certain types of tasks: -Letter (Write a letter) -Code (Write code) -Movie (Write a script) -Story (Write a story) -Poem (Write a poem) -Summary (Write a summary) -Tweet (Write a tweet) -Blog post (Write a blog post) -Quiz (Write a quiz) -Joke (Write a joke)App pick of the week: DALL-EThis Week on RunAs: Strengthening Security with Jess DodsonBrown liquor pick of the week: Kvint Divin Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsor:cachefly.com
WW 815: It's Your Foot! - AI riskiness, Zoom layoffs, HBO's The Last of Us, Skype on Apple Silicon
08-02-2023
WW 815: It's Your Foot! - AI riskiness, Zoom layoffs, HBO's The Last of Us, Skype on Apple Silicon
WORLD WAR AIOpenAI announces ChatGPT PlusGoogle responds to ChatGPT with BardMicrosoft announces AI-powered Bing and Edge.Google hosted its own AI event and it announced multi-search, Maps improvements, and Translate improvements, and discussed how AI can make life betterSemi-related: Paul was let into the Notion AI beta WindowsPaul has some thoughts about Windows 12 and what an AI-based Windows could look likeAds are coming to the Microsoft Store. FINALLYNew Insider build for the Beta channel. No new features, but a new policy that lets IT admins customize how Search looks on the Windows 11 TaskbarMicrosoft is integrating Adobe Acrobat PDF with Microsoft Edge, but only on Windows 10 and 11 for now Microsoft 365Native Apple Silicon version of Skype is 3X faster. What took so long? HardwareMicrosoft says it's still committed to HoloLens 2 and MR, tries not to laughSamsung is working on XR hardware with Qualcomm and Google. DevMicrosoft updates its .NET language strategy. Nothing has changed, other than they way they document their .NET language strategy More Big Tech EarningsAmazon, Apple, Alphabet, Meta earningsZoom just showed us the way to handle layoffs XboxSony is fighting Microsoft subpoena in AB case. It's fighting the FTC subpoena, tooUK CMA says AB deal is "anti-competitive" but would accept some concessionsNew Game Pass titles announced for the middle of FebruarySony says the PS5 is immune to the downturnNintendo says Switch is not immune to the downturn, but it's still dominating Tips & PicksTip of the week: Protect your privacy in Windows 11App pick of the week: Microsoft Edge DevBrown Liquor of the week: Mackmyra Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsors:CDW.com/LenovoClientMiro.com/podcast
WW 814: Dump Truck Fade - Halo engine switch, Intel Q4 2022 revenues, Ground News
01-02-2023
WW 814: Dump Truck Fade - Halo engine switch, Intel Q4 2022 revenues, Ground News
Halo engine switch, Intel Q4 2022 revenues, Ground News Windows 11Skipping the Windows 11 upgrade? Microsoft will force-feed it to you soonRelated: Microsoft is using dark patterns to get people to upgrade to 11Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25290 heads to Dev channel with new Spotify and Phone Link widgets, new Start menu "exploration"Screen recording in Snipping Tool rolls out to users in Windows Insider Beta channel More earningsSince Microsoft's mixed earnings last week, a few more relevant firms have checked in on Q4 2022Intel earnings fall off a cliff: Cutting pay 5% rather than layoffs, VPs 10%, leadership 15%, CEO 25%AMD - not bad thanks to datacenter, but this quarter will be down 10 percentAnd it's not just the PC: IDC says smartphone sales declined 18.3 percent in Q4 DevA quick look at .NET MAUI desktop app capabilities.NET MAUI gets a cross-platform media player controlGitHub says it has over 100 million developers on the service. From what Google indicates, there are only ~27 million developers in the world XboxAfter layoffs at 343, a smaller team will start over with Unreal EngineWhy not just disband the whole disaster and let Halo fly free?Microsoft announces Xbox Games with Gold for February... and new Game Pass titles for first half of FebruaryAge of Empires II: Definitive Edition comes to Xbox consolesXbox Series X|S get a price hike in JapanDid Sony really halve PS VR2 production?VR is not having a good time right now... probably this whole year.Rumor: Microsoft will skip E3 along with Nintendo and Sony Tips & PicksTip of the week: Complete your password manager switchPlus: Quick update on the new bookApp pick of the week: https://ground.news/Brown alcohol pick of the week: Crown Royal Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsors:Miro.com/podcastMelissa.com/twitdrata.com/twit
WW 813: Usage Intensity - F23Q2 analysis, the subscription future, Microsoft 365 Insider program
25-01-2023
WW 813: Usage Intensity - F23Q2 analysis, the subscription future, Microsoft 365 Insider program
F23Q2 analysis, the subscription future, Microsoft 365 Insider programMicrosoft announced a net income of $16.4 billion on revenues of $52.7 billion for the quarter ending December 31. Net income decreased by 12 percent year-over-year (YOY) in the time period while revenue was up just 2 percent. It was a mixed quarter, at best, and below expectations.Intelligent Cloud delivered $21.5 billion in revenues in the quarter, up 18 percent YOY.Productivity and Business Processes was Microsoft's second-biggest business in the quarter, with $17 billion in revenues, up 7 percent.More Personal Computing was again the laggard with $14.2 billion in revenues, down an astonishing 19 percent YOY.The cloud saved the quarterWindows tankedWindows won't get better any time soonSurface tanked even worse than WindowsSurface also won't get better any time soon thanks to "execution challenges"Xbox tanked, but was at least inline with expectationsTeams has over 280 million usersMicrosoft 365 to evolve into an AI-first platformOffice did OK overall, big shift away from one-off product sales to subscriptions WindowsIt's time to suck it up: the future of Windows is all advertising and subscriptionsMicrosoft is working on yet another File Explorer redesignMicrosoft also starts testing tabs in NotepadMicrosoft is also testing a side-by-side view for web pages in EdgeAnd now a new Insider build for the Dev channel with a new (Facebook) Messenger widgetMicrosoft kills Altspace VR as part of an AR/MR house-cleaning moveMicrosoft may be walking away from AR/MR, but Apple's coming headset will allegedly switch between the two modes Microsoft 365Office Insider Program renamed to Microsoft 365 Insider ProgramThis rebranding crusade is a mistake and is reminiscent of the .NET branding mistake AntitrustEU to announce antitrust case against Microsoft TeamsDOJ announces antitrust case against Google for advertising and Google respondsGoogle lays off 12,000. Nothing from Apple? DevGithub now has over 100 million developersGoogle announces what's next for FlutterAn examination of .NET MAUI reveals what it's good for on the Windows desktop XboxN64 classic GoldenEye is coming to Xbox, Game Pass January 27Sony pushes forward with VR2 plans Tips and PicksTip of the week: Paul is working on a new book and needs your helpTip of the week #2: Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 downloadsBrown alcohol pick of the week: Nomad Outland Whisky Hosts: Leo Laporte and Paul Thurrott Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsor:GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT
WW 812: Pessimism Pays - AI for the consumer client, HoloLens request rejected, Azure DevOps
18-01-2023
WW 812: Pessimism Pays - AI for the consumer client, HoloLens request rejected, Azure DevOps
AI for the consumer client side, HoloLens request rejected, Azure DevOps LayoffsMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella informs employees of 10,000 layoffsIs Surface on the cutting block?Amazon to layoff 18,000 Welcome to the AI eraMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella confirms Microsoft's AI moves: Azure Open AI service, ChatGPT APIs, and infusing AI across the entire Microsoft stackThis is a much bigger deal than Microsoft's pivot to the cloud 20 years ago because it infuses everything that it does. When Wall Street latched onto Azure and cloud computing and made Microsoft the second biggest company in the world, the software giant effectively ignored personal computing because no one wanted to hear about legacy. That era is over. Windows 11New Insider Preview build for the Dev channel adds a developer feature, OneDrive storage quote displayNew Insider Preview build comes to the ... Release Preview channel? This one is interesting.Now we know the full story of the bloodbath that was PC sales in Q4 2022: a 28.3 percent drop in unit sales YOY. YikesIntel ships its first 6 GHz CPU, reminding us again that this—and not efficiency—is what Intel is good at12 years after Windows 8 and Surface, Apple is adding touchscreens to the Mac. DevicesUS Congress nixes Army purchase of more HoloLens units XboxGoogle and NVIDIA voice concerns about Microsoft acquisition of Activision BlizzardEU likely to issue warning on Microsoft acquisition of Activision BlizzardPublic support for the acquisition is strong. Even about PlayStation users!Google turns the Stadia controller into a normal Bluetooth controller Tips & PicksTip of the week: The OneDrive storage upgrades you didn't know aboutApp pick of the week: MSEdgeRedirectEnterprise pick of the week: Azure DevOpsWhisky pick of the week: Glenlivet Nadurra Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Check out Paul's blog at thurrott.com The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin. Sponsors:CDW.com/LenovoClienttanium.com/twit