Copilot headed to Windows 10, Parallels Desktop on M3 Max, SFI
Microsoft to bring Copilot to Windows 10 too. As predicted, actually.
Last week was hell trying to figure out how/where people could get 23H2. Turns out, there's a reason. Microsoft is terrible.
A Microsoft employee notably—offered some clarity on the 23H2 rollout. 23H2 is available via the ISO download or Installation Assistant, as Paul noted last week. 23H2 is NOT available via the Media Creation Tool, as Paul also observed — delayed two weeks.
Canary build today: SMB changes (Server Message Block, not small business).
Microsoft deprecated some features in Windows 11 version 23H2 but didn't remove an...
Microsoft's big Xbox strategy event was exactly what Paul expected it was going to be. Hopefully, this calmed some nerves. Xbox strategy reveal It was going to be about Activision Blizzard originally (nailed it) All first-party games will be in Game Pass on day one (as is the case now) Game Pass will only be on Xbox (whatever "Xbox" means as it's on PC too) The strategy is unchanged: Meet gamers where they are But the best experience is on Xbox (this is like going from "Windows only" to "Windows first" to "Windows best") Portability across hardware platforms is a key part of the strategy - Backward Compatibility, etc. A future generation of Xbox console hardware will offer "the largest technical leap you have ever seen in a hardware generation." Oh, and four games are coming to "other consoles." Windows 11 Microsoft is quietly adding off-ramps to the Insider Program after killing the Magic window with their screwed-up release schedule Canary and Dev - 24H2, same builds. New navigation pane in Widgets - new accessibility setting for low-vision users - that same tired weather experience on the lock screen that is already in stable and seriously kill me now I can't stand this company anymore. Oh, and there are ISOs. Beta - New prompts for that "manage mobile devices" features, updates to Snipping Tool and Notepad (also in RP) Release Preview - We're testing Moment 5 now, so this is a huge update Microsoft fixed a bug that let Edge siphon browser data from other browsers Stardock brings pre-release support for Arm versions of Start11, Fences, and Groupy to new Object Desktop Insider program Google has an answer for those out of support Windows 10 PCs Build 2024 Microsoft confirms that Build 2024 is May 21-23 in Seattle. No word on press invites Microsoft 365 Microsoft will finally unify the Teams clients on Windows and Mac Microsoft is killing Publisher in 2 years and even though no one uses it, people are freaking out AI Microsoft to use Intel Foundry for at least one in-house custom AI chip Now OpenAI is worth over $80 billion, is world's third-biggest unicorn OpenAI announces Sora and... HOLY #$%^ Gemini (formerly Duet AI) comes to all Workspace customers Google brings Gemini down to size with Gemma for free, local use Adobe Acrobat is getting an AI assistant Xbox Game streaming is (probably) coming to all the Xbox games you own More (non-AB) games are coming to Game Pass in February Microsoft goes after Apple's non-compliance DMA compliance in the EU Epic announces a game store for iOS in Europe, will launch this year Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story will release on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch on March 13 Tips and Picks Tip of the week: Androids by Chet Haase App picks of the week: Dashlane, Firefox 123, Bonjourr Cocktail of the week: Sumi - This is a "clasicos Baltra" from the most famous bar in Mexico City. Tanqueray Ten Gin, Violet liqueur, Jasmine syrup, Yuzu, Egg white. Serve in a coupe glass, and garnish with dried flowers. 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. Sponsors: Miro.com/podcast Melissa.com/twit
2 hours 13 mins
21 February Finished
On this spicy episode of Windows Weekly, Paul, Leo, and Richard try to pronounce "Sudo," watch an expensive Copilot ad, marvel at big Arm revenues, discuss the latest in internet browser news, and debate the FTC's motivations as they go after Microsoft once again! Windows 11 Big changes in Insider, with Canary and Dev moving to the same 24H2 builds Windows 11 is going to get its AI moment this year With the announcement of 24H2, does that mean nothing big mid-year as rumors suggested? Patch Tuesday arrives. Copilot moves to the right of the system tray after 10 seconds of testing Brave ships its browser on Arm in stable Windows will likely get an AI game upscaling feature AI/Antitrust Report: Azure is allegedly 2/3rds the size of AWS by revenue, thanks to AI Microsoft Bing and Edge avoid the EU DMA Google Gemini officially replaces Bard Grammarly lays off 230 to focus on AI Mozilla scales back dramatically, will focus on AI in Firefox Arc Sync comes to Arc on Mac only Cloud/server/dev Google One surpasses 100 million users. New AI tier is coming to take on Copilot Pro Arm revenues are in. Look at those margins! Notion acquires Skiff. Ladies and gentlemen, the Notion Office is coming .NET 9 Preview 1 arrives. Are annual updates too much? Xbox Xbox says it will come clean on its strategy The FTC claims that Xbox layoffs violate the terms of its Activision Blizzard acquisition promises Microsoft tells the court that the FTC is wrong on multiple levels There's a new Xbox system update Sony doesn't meet its quarterly PS5 sales target, will miss its annual target, and the PS5 is falling off a cliff Disney invests $1.5 billion in Epic Games. "F U, Apple!" Flight Simulator jumps the Minecraft Shark Tips and Picks Tip of the Week: Microsoft PC Manager - Avoid at all costs App Picks of the Week: DuckDuckGo browser, Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Devices for Windows RunAs Radio this week: Maximizing Metadata with Emily Manicini Brown liquor pick of the week: Starward Pedro Ximenez Cask 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: kolide.com/ww
2 hours 50 mins
14 February Finished
One year of Copilot, Arc's Act II, Mozilla Monitor Plus Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/867 Sponsor: cachefly.com/twit
3 hours 5 mins
7 February Finished
Microsoft announced Tuesday that it earned a net income of $21.9 billion on revenues of $62 billion in the quarter ending December 31, 2023. Those figures are up 33 percent and 18 percent, respectively, year-over-year (YOY) Intelligent Cloud: Azure, AI Microsoft's biggest business unit delivered $25.9 billion in revenue, up 20 percent YOY and driven primarily by its Azure cloud platform Azure revenues were up 30 percent in the quarter, 6 points of which Microsoft attributed to "AI services" Productivity and Business Processes: Microsoft 365 $19.2 billion in revenues, with growth of 13 percent YOY Office Commercial revenues were up 15 percent More Personal Computing: Xbox, Windows Revenues of $16.9 billion, up 19 percent YOY Gaming revenues surged 49 percent (44 points from Activision Blizzard) Xbox hardware revenues inched up by 3 percent Windows revenues from PC makers grew 11 percent in the quarter Windows Canary: Voice Clarity comes to more PCs, and Microsoft previews new/old Windows Setup first-run experience Dev: Minor bug fixes only Beta: Snap Layout suggestions, new settings in Widgets, and you can now revert to stable (!!) Microsoft 365 Teams goes down for the count AI Microsoft adds deepfake guardrails to Designer AI. So, this wasn't there before now? FTC is investigating Microsoft/OpenAI and other Big Tech AI partnerships Xbox Microsoft can finally bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to the iPhone (and Fortnite is coming back to the iPhone in the EU) 1900 layoffs at Activision Blizzard, Zenimax, and Xbox Tips and Picks Tip of the week: Upgrade to passkeys App pick of the week: Insync RunAs Radio this week: Software Licensing with Mary Jo Foley Brown liquor pick of the week: Dailuaine 16 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
2 hours 12 mins
31 January Finished
In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo, Paul, and Richard cover Microsoft's recent hack, new Windows Insider updates, Copilot Pro's image creativity, various browsers, education's compatibility with generative AI, Halo Infinite's slowdown, Notion's calendar service, and Japanese whisky. Microsoft was hacked A Russia-backed hacker group infiltrated a legacy system and gained access to executive emails This is triggering an escalation in Microsoft's security makeover either way Windows 11 Beta channel: USB 80 Gbps/USB4 v2 support, bug fixes Dev channel: Teams (commercial) meeting integration in Start, new mobile device management interface New Surface event rumored for March. Possibly two waves of Pro and Laptop releases Microsoft Bing and Edge are obviously not dominant platforms, and will not be subject to EU DMA Microsoft Mesh is here for all your legless meeting needs AI Microsoft hits $3 trillion market cap on the strength of its AI moves Paul used Copilot Pro and you're never going to believe what happened next Microsoft is bringing more AI to education. And so is Google Would you pay for an AI-infused Alexa? Web browsers, oh my Chrome is updated with new AI features Firefox version 122 is out Brave will simplify fingerprint protection. What is fingerprint protection? Opera will pay a brand ambassador $10,000 to spend a month on a deserted Icelandic island Xbox Microsoft reveals several new games for 2024, key among them an Indiana Jones title 343 slows down Halo Infinite updates dramatically. Is this just about Halo or a hint at a looming new trend? Tips and Picks Tip of the week: Is it even possible to prevent online tracking? App pick of the week: Arc browser RunAs Radio this week: AI for IT with Gil Pekelman Brown liquor pick of the week: Hibiki Harmony 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: Melissa.com/twit kolide.com/ww
2 hours 36 mins
24 January Finished
Outlook, privacy, and the terribleness of Big Tech New Outlook Decried as a "Surveillance Tool for Targeted Advertising One perspective: How terrible are other companies like Google and Meta? But also, how terrible are Windows 11, Teams, Microsoft Edge, etc? Supreme Court refuses to hear Epic v. Apple appeals So, Epic wins on one important count, being able to communicate to their own customers But Apple is still being terrible because it can be. Will the EU finally take care of this? Google unlinking its services in the EU, Apple removing pulse ox from Watch in the US, Google comes clean on Incognito, and Microsoft Cloud lets EU customers keep data locally, it just keeps coming Copilot all the things Richard correctly predicted that 2024 would be the year that Microsoft stopped talking about AI and started implementing AI. But who could have predicted THIS in the first two weeks (!) of the year? Copilot Pro for consumers, Copilot for Microsoft 365 for all commercial customers with no baseline, Copilot on mobile, Copilot in Microsoft 365 mobile, Copilot GPT Builder on the way But there's a real vulnerability for Microsoft and its AI aims here - Too soon, too little may be a mistake Microsoft and Vodafone, sitting in a tree Plus: No Copilot AI (SLM) on the Galaxy S24 family? Interesting. Is Google trying to undermine that partnership and bring Samsung back into the fold? Windows 11 PC sales for 2023: Good news, bad news. OK, it's just bad news They're doing it again: After almost literally no testing, Microsoft launches new Weather experience on the lock screen and makes it the default Store app install notifications are in stable now too Dev: USB 80 Gbps support, auto-start Copilot on 27-inch+ displays, Windows Share (as below) improvements, fixes Beta: More Windows Share improvements (WhatsApp, Gmail, X, Facebook, and LinkedIn URL sharing), Weather experience on Lock, Microsoft Store with instant arcade games and app install notifications Release Preview: New KB update gives us our second near-final peek at Moment 5, with more "Ink Everywhere," eye control system support, 7-ZIP support improvements, other fixes Microsoft will reportedly bring back the Windows Insider Program's Beta Channel for Windows 10 because they were just kidding about that whole "no new features" thing Dev Home comes to Windows 10 Xbox January's Game Pass titles, still no Activision Blizzard Xbox fixes Baldur's Gate save bug Ubisoft mixes up its Ubisoft+ subscriptions Tips & Picks Tip of the week: Maybe this is the year of NextDNS App pick of the week: Brave RunAs Radio this week: Copilots for Power Platform with April Dunnam Brown liquor pick of the week: Writer's Tears 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: meraki.cisco.com/twit Miro.com/podcast
2 hours 22 mins
17 January Finished