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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 Thurrott.com and Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft. Records live every Wed...Show More
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1:33:25 | Sep 5th

The Internet-centric Windows that could have been... Heading into 1997, Microsoft planned to replace Windows with an Internet platform that would be open and cross-platform. What happened? And what might the world have been like if it hadn't switched...Show More

2:02:55 | Aug 21st

New Microsoft Edge hits Beta channelMicrosoft brings Edge Beta to Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, and MacRelated: Microsoft touts one million Chredge downloads so far. That's ... not very good.Related: Joe B's terrible Collections feature goes live. Why does...Show More

1:45:40 | Aug 14th

WindowsWindows Virtual Desktop is now feature-completePatch all the Windows things: New wormable Remote Desktop Services flaws found and patchedMicrosoft releases two different builds of Windows 10 19H2 for some reason - OK, it's really testing a new...Show More

2:11:55 | Jun 19th

Why is Microsoft not among this year's antitrust trial targets? It is currently the most valuable company in the world. Lessons Apple, Google, Facebook, etc. can learn about antitrust trials from Microsoft A recap of how the MS vs. USDOJ trial got it...Show More

1:57:11 | Apr 24th

This Week's StoriesGoodbye to Sets, hello to less suckingMicrosoft has shelved Sets for the long term (and likely, permanently). Tabbed "experiences" are still coming to the Console and likely Explorer (and Notepad?) To those wondering about clai...Show More

2:16:30 | Mar 21st

Today's special guest: Microsoft engineering GM for mixed reality apps, Lorraine Bardeen.• Let's talk more about what MS is doing with HoloLens, iOS, Android in mixed reality.News of the WeekGoogle• Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based streaming ga...Show More

2:05:40 | Mar 7th

Here's the real reason Microsoft is already testing 20H1 Also: Windows Calculator is open-sourced for some reason. Could Notepad be next??? Microsoft Edgium screenshots leak. Surprise, it looks like Chrome, not Edge. But that could change. Microsoft ...Show More
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1:43:25 | Jan 23rd

Cortana will soon just be a skill on Alexa and Google Assistant. Microsoft said it would not miss the next wave. Has it?Microsoft announces new software, services, and PC partner hardware for education at BETTWindows 10 enters its final phase of depl...Show More
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1:59:58 | Jan 17th

Windows 7: The one-year support cutoff countdown beginsOne year from January 14, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 for free. (Only for pay). Is there any chance of an XP-like extension?Don't expect a huge upgrade wave. But Microsoft has a wa...Show More
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2:09:14 | Jan 10th

CES is this week: let's not beat this to death. A lot of computers were announced, including a Surface Studio clone from Lenovo.It looks like Intel is serious about moving to 10nm this year, and Intel is talking up 'Project Athena,' its strategy for ...Show More
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1:39:52 | Nov 7th, 2018

Samsung (sort of) reveals their first foldable phone.Cortana boss Javier Soltero is leaving Microsoft.Cortana is getting embedded deeper and deeper into Office, instead of being promoted as a standalone assistant. That retrenchment obviously isn't ev...Show More
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1:47:27 | Oct 17th, 2018

Sadly, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away this week, How did he impact Microsoft culture, he had a huge impact on Seattle (and the broader world), however Windows 10 version 1809, Take 2: Just kidding, this time it's almost ready! Plus: Wind...Show More
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1:24:29 | Sep 25th, 2018

We're in the podcast studio at Microsoft Ignite. Here's the biggest news from the show!Microsoft Search - Arguably the biggest news from the show and the first concrete example of how Microsoft can add features across Windows, Office, and web thanks ...Show More
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1:58:59 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Major Snapdragon update! Remember that disappointing 850 benchmark? We have good news. And bad news. And then better news. The Redstone 5 RTM vigil continues. Another new build with no new features (the fourth in a row). The third one added a new des...Show More
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2:02:02 | Jul 19th, 2018

The EU just handed Google a $5 billion fine for various abuses involving Android and its OEMs. Does this mean, as VERY weakly rumored, that MS is going to build an Android phone? No. Panos Panay tells Wired: There is no Surface Phone coming. Yes, Mic...Show More
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2:07:09 | Jun 6th, 2018

All the news from Computex 2018! Qualcomm is not giving up on Windows 10 on ARM, Windows Collaboration Displays, Windows 10 IoT Services, Amazon makes it easier for PC makers to use Alexa, Intel's 'Courier': a dual-screen small reference device.Micro...Show More
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1:45:55 | May 16th, 2018

The Surface Hub 2 is starting to come into focus and it looks amazing (at least in the video). Microsoft looks to be making a new line of low-cost, low-end Surface devices. Related: Microsoft finally institutes a replacement program for Surface Pro 4...Show More
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1:36:29 | May 8th, 2018

Paul and Mary Jo give us the highlights from day 1 of the Microsoft Build conference. Privacy, AI, AR, IoT, and Azure, Azure, Azure. Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott Guests: Tom Warren and Peter Bright Download or subscribe ...Show More
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2:04:44 | May 2nd, 2018

Build 2018 predictions - The event is next week in Seattle. What do we expect? What would we like to see? Also, our meetup plans: Tuesday 6-8 pm at Pine Box Bar. No RSVP needed, just come and drink some good beer/cocktails with us. Microsoft finally ...Show More
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1:56:32 | Apr 25th, 2018

Windows 10 Lean: What is this thing? Maybe it really is just a smaller version of Windows 10 for storage-constrained devices? Or a new OS for the Education market? Related: Windows 10 S is flawed in a new way. Related, maybe: Windows 10 on ARM - Paul...Show More
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1:57:24 | Apr 18th, 2018

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...Show More
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1:35:26 | Apr 11th, 2018

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, mor...Show More
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1:53:47 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 RT...Show More
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1:55:20 | Dec 14th, 2017

Top 5 Microsoft stories of 2017! MJF's picks - stuff that kind of fell under the radarMS 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 fr...Show More
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2:04:58 | Nov 30th, 2017

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 ann...Show More
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1:32:51 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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: ...Show More
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2:05:46 | Nov 16th, 2017

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 Cassan...Show More
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2:06:08 | Nov 9th, 2017

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 ...Show More
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2:13:05 | Nov 1st, 2017

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. Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and ...Show More
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2:18:25 | Oct 26th, 2017

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....Show More
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2:17:05 | Oct 18th, 2017

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.) ...Show More
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2:07:32 | Oct 12th, 2017

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 do...Show More
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1:56:11 | Oct 4th, 2017

Windows 10 version 1709 is complete. (a.k.a. the Fall Creators Update or Redstone 3, its names are legion.)Related: Microsoft holds a mixed-up mixed reality briefing with no real news.Microsoft buys AltSpaceVR. Why? And who are they? Related: The Win...Show More
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2:02:22 | Aug 9th, 2017

Xbox Fall Creators Update test builds start rolling out. Alpha Ring testers get a glimpse of what's coming. Interestingly, this build is 1710, which means it's target arrival date is October. Related: Microsoft revamps its stupid Xbox Insider Program...Show More
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1:49:20 | Jul 12th, 2017

Paul and Mary Jo are live at Microsoft's Inspire conference! Microsoft wraps cloud services into a single offering called Microsoft 365. Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to order from Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo. Microsoft adds three more apps to Office ...Show More
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1:28:45 | Jul 5th, 2017

A new fiscal year is here. And it is bringing more changes to Microsoft's corporate structure. Windows 10: Microsoft pushes Timeline feature back to March 2018. Windows 10 Autopilot is another attempt to make Windows 10 deployment simpler. Microsoft ...Show More
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1:41:44 | Jun 28th, 2017

Haarlem recap. A brief but direct word about the Petya ransomware attack. Windows 10 source code leaks - why this is not a big deal. Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16226 - Big changes to Microsoft Edge, emoji, OneDrive, and more. MS testing out a s...Show More
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1:41:20 | Jun 21st, 2017

Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott are in Haarlem with special guest Joost van Schaik from Wortell and a look at the HoloLens. Mary Jo likes Windows 10 S but is so-so about the new hardware. However, Paul likes the hardware yet is not a fan of Windows 1...Show More
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1:50:45 | Jun 14th, 2017

Microsoft inaugurates the 4K generation with Xbox One X. $500 price tag is just right. Arrives November 7. Current games will look, play better on Xbox One X. Original Xbox games are coming to Backward Compatibility. Surface Laptop: is it lappable? A...Show More
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1:38:31 | Jun 7th, 2017

Windows 10: CShell? What's a CShell? Latest Surface Mobile rumor – real or fake? Oops! Microsoft inadvertently leaks a build. And we found new features! A new Windows 10 SKU for workstations leaks. Microsoft might be killing File History. How can you...Show More
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1:56:33 | May 31st, 2017

Mary Jo Foley is back from Japan! Microsoft at Computex 2017: Always Connected PCs, more Windows Mixed Reality headsets, tons of new PCs, but none worth mentioning. What's next for Microsoft in mobile? Brad Sams has heard from multiple sources that M...Show More