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Windows Weekly (Audio)

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Windows Weekly is about more than Windows. Veteran Microsoft insiders Paul Thurrott and Richard Campbell join Leo for a deep dive into the most valuable company in the world. From consumer to enterprise, AI to Xbox, Windows Weekly is the only Microsoft podcast you'll ever need.

Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.

Series Episodes

WW 889: Works Best With Netscape - OneDrive calms down, Surface firmware, Field Guide resize

WW 889: Works Best With Netscape - OneDrive calms down, Surface firmware, Field Guide resize

In this episode, Paul seems to be sitting in a familiar room! Could this be a sign that a game-changing enhancement to Notepad is rolling out? That's not all, as OneDrive seems to be undergoing some behavioral changes in a positive direction. After 3 weeks since the Copilot+ PC launch (2 weeks since Paul got his 1st model), the future of Intel and x86 may not be as dire as some think. Plus, Affinity announced that its award-winning Photo, Designer, and Publisher apps are now free for 6 months with no obligation to buy! The Morning After The end of Intel and the x86 era? You guys are cute Comparing the HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft entries: A few differentiators, but these things are very, very similar. There's a reason why IDC throws cold water on the AI PC/Copilot+ PC parade We still need official Windows 11 on Arm ISOs, Microsoft. Until then, there are workarounds. Windows 11 GAME CHANGER: Notepad FINALLY supports spell-checking and auto-correct! ACTUAL GAME CHANGER: Microsoft is apparently stepping back some of the OneDrive terribleness in Windows 11 version 24H2 Patch Tuesday: BIG deal for Windows 11 22H2, 23H2 with 24H2 features Nothing to speak of for 24H2, as predicted - just security updates It's nice when things happen as expected for a change Canary: Lock screen widget changes Paul put the Windows 11 Field Guide on a diet - and then the other books too PDF went from 377 MB to 107 MB, EPUB went from 344 MB to just 86 MB (!) Similar gains for Windows Everywhere, Windows 10 Field Guide Updated the Win10 add-in that comes with the Windows 11 Field Guide too Surface Surface Laptop 7 and Pro 11 get second firmware updates AI The OpenAI drama consumes Microsoft Opera brings Aria AI features to its GX gaming browser too Xbox Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets a price hike Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available on newer Fire TV Sticks. Also, free Fortnite! Tips and Tricks Tip of the week: Get all three Affinity apps on all three platforms for free for six months! App pick of the week: Firefox 128 and Vivaldi 6.8 RunAs Radio this week: The Hardware of Azure with Rani Borkar Brown liquor pick of the week: Raasay Single Malt Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell Guest: Mary Jo Foley 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: bigid.com/windowsweekly 1password.com/windowsweekly

2 hours 35 mins

10 July Finished

WW 888: Find the Blue Penguin - Handwriting recognition, more Copilot+ PCs tests, Brave BYOM

WW 888: Find the Blue Penguin - Handwriting recognition, more Copilot+ PCs tests, Brave BYOM

It's only been one week, but it's really been 14 years, and Paul is calling: Microsoft and Qualcomm have finally made Windows 11 on Arm both viable and desirable. Nothing is perfect, but this platform is pretty incredible. Some notes from the past week: Mission Accomplished As a reminder, Paul finally got the Yoga Slim 7x last week and updated on app compatibility, hardware compatibility, gaming, and in-box AI experiences in time for WW - only found one non-working app, Google Drive. Then... More app and game compatibility testing. Since then, played a lot more DOOM (2016), ran into one issue that's surely WOA-related (note beta graphics driver, though) Video encoding performance: Snapdragon X vs Snapdragon X vs Core Ultra 9 H-series vs MacBook Air M3 Initial thoughts on battery life and then More thoughts on battery life. The Yoga Slim 9x and Surface Laptop both get about 10 hours of real-world battery life (so far), compared to 15 hours for the MacBook Air 15-inch M3. Hardware compatibility update: Only one of my devices doesn't work, the Focusrite. Surface Laptop 7 first impressions and second impressions HP Elitebook Ultra first impressions Windows 11 After skipping Week D last Tuesday, Microsoft belatedly delivers a Week D preview update for Windows 11 version 24H2 No new features, so next Patch Tuesday will be light for 24H2 22H2 and 23H2 got a big Week D update last Tuesday, so Patch Tuesday will be meaningful As of July's Patch Tuesday, 22H2, 23H2, and 24H2 will all provide the same basic feature set Canary, Dev, Beta (last Friday): nothing exciting, a few small features or changes AI & Microsoft 365 European Commission "shifts" investigation of Microsoft/OpenAI partnership. Is Ken Starr in charge of this thing? Microsoft highlights new Copilot features coming to Microsoft 365 in July Copilot in OneNote can now recognize handwritten text. It's 2002 all over again! Pixel 9 family will promote unique "Google AI" features Brave introduces a BYOM plan for its web browser Thanks to AI, Google Translate now supports 110 new languages Xbox Xbox Cloud Gaming Fire Sticks it to Amazon Another two weeks of Xbox Game Pass Forza Horizon 4 (from 2018) to be delisted December 15. Why? Tips and Picks Tip of the week: Get $10 off Tony Redmond's Office 365 for IT Pros 11th Edition App pick of the week: Docs in Proton Drive RunAs Radio this week: NGINX as a Service with Buu Lam Brown liquor pick of the week: Jack Daniels Old No. 7 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: canary.tools/twit - use code: TWIT cachefly.com/twit

2 hours 36 mins

3 July Finished

WW 887: You're Drinking Wood! - Copilot+ PC impressions, Windows Hello ESS, Teams vs EU

WW 887: You're Drinking Wood! - Copilot+ PC impressions, Windows Hello ESS, Teams vs EU

We're one week into the Copilot+ PC, and the feedback is positive with caution! Key takeaways so far: Much improved performance and reliability, AI features mostly stink, but there is still uncertainty each time you install/do anything. Windows 11 Week D arrives with preview updates for Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 23H2 only The second Patch Tuesday in a row with no 24H2 update (on the day) This preview update adds 24H2 features to 22H2/23H2 as predicted Beta channel (last week): Bizarre Start menu extension for Phone Link users Release preview channel (last week): The 22H2/23H2 builds and features that shipped to stable as a preview update on Tuesday Canary channel (last week): After pausing the previous build (hint: Recall code), new build arrives with drag-and-drop address bar in File Explorer, notification tweaks Copilot+ PC Paul finally got a Copilot+ PC to test, a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x 14" App compatibility scorecard: Excellent, but with familiar Arm uncertainties Hardware compatibility: Excellent, but with the same person-by-person caveat Gaming: Lots of fiddling, but if you can find a compatible game, some great perf and visual quality. Still better than the Mac, and better than any x64 Ultrabook. But not a gaming PC. No Xbox Game Pass support?? COME ON In-box AI capabilities: With Recall out, there's almost nothing to see here Plus, Intel and AMD are gunning for Qualcomm iFixit reports that Surface Laptop 7/Pro 11 repairability is "astonishingly" good. Granted, the bar was low Microsoft brings Surface Flex Keyboard to Surface Pro 8, 9, and 11 Microsoft releases recovery images for Surface Pro 11/Laptop 7 Windows Hello Enhanced Sign-In Security (ESS) is one of several Copilot+ PC protections that rendered those security researcher complaints about Recall moot. But Paul now has two PCs that use this feature, and it's even more impressive than you think The Windows 11 decoder ring Antitrust As expected, the European Commission announced preliminary charges against Microsoft for Office/Teams bundling This is antitrust, not DMA (like Apple) The EU has not explained WHAT Microsoft can do to fix this (unlike with Apple) This is based on a complaint from Slack, which was created 7 years after Microsoft first offered this type of app/service Xbox -Hot off a terrific Xbox Games Showcase event, Xbox promises its "biggest-ever" booth at Gamescom 2024 (which is now the biggest trade show in Europe, apparently) -Microsoft details how Auto SR and Prism work in WOA11 to make gaming both possible and decent -Steam Deck LCD models are on sale Tips and Picks -App pick of the week #1: New browser upgrades -App pick of the week: Proton Drive -RunAs Radio this week: The Hard Part of Machine Learning with Lynn Langit -Brown liquor pick of the week: Cragganmore 12 Hosts: Paul Thurrott, Richard Campbell, and Mikah Sargent 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: 1password.com/windowsweekly

2 hours 17 mins

26 June Finished

WW 886: The Old Banana in the Tailpipe - Copilot+ PC Launch Chaos, Recall Delay, Windows 11 Updates

WW 886: The Old Banana in the Tailpipe - Copilot+ PC Launch Chaos, Recall Delay, Windows 11 Updates

Copilot+ PC Launch Chaos, Recall Delay, Windows 11 Updates Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/886 Sponsors: Melissa.com/twit GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT - code TWIT100

2 hours 31 mins

19 June Finished

WW 885: Open the Kokomo! - Recall to be opt-in, Auto SR, new Xbox Series models

WW 885: Open the Kokomo! - Recall to be opt-in, Auto SR, new Xbox Series models

Recall to be opt-in, Auto SR, new Xbox Series models Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Richard Campbell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/windows-weekly/episodes/885 Sponsors: HP.com - WW - https://bit.ly/4adilko kolide.com/ww cachefly.com/twit

2 hours 55 mins

12 June Finished

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