Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott

Jul 10th 2019

Windows Weekly 629

If I Still Had My Wigs and Costumes

Microsoft to Partners: No More Freebies!
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Category: News

Microsoft partners are on a rampage

  •  Microsoft is cutting internal use rights for its products and services, meaning no more free ride on product licensing for partners
  •  Not a good look for Microsoft the week before its annual partner rah-rah fest. And potentially a risky move, too
  •  Is it really all about the money? Or is this also a way to winnow down the partner contingent, eliminating smaller partners
  •  Also bad timing: The week before its Ready sales kick-off Microsoft is cutting jobs and moving folks around

Windows 10: As the Insider builds turn

  •  ISOs are out for 18932 (Windows 10 20H1)
  •  A new Windows Server 20H1 build is out. What's new? No idea
  •  All the existing Windows 10 variants (1507 to 1903) got Cumulative Update patches on Patch Tuesday
  •  Related: shutdown is imminent. (Wait, it's still there?)

Non-Windows Microsoft news

  •  Microsoft Android apps getting house ads - What are we to make of this?
  •  Look who's on the private Linux developer list
  •  Microsoft is not moving to manufacture out of China
  •  Feeling British? Try these new Surface skins

To the cloud

  • Microsoft's Desktop Analytics service now in preview. And of course, it's got an AI angle
  • ServiceNow becomes the latest ISV to make Azure its 'preferred cloud'


  •  July 2019 Xbox Update is here
  •  Microsoft patents a cool mobile controller
  •  Cuphead is going to be a Netflix series. I assume it will be as violent as Game of Thrones.

Tips and picks

  •  App pick of the week: Firefox 68
  •  App pick #2: Windows 1.11 is a (lame) Stranger Things tie-in
  •  App pick #3: New Outlook on the web is heading out to everyone on Office 365 commercial
  •  Enterprise pick of the week: SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 have left the building
  •  Enterprise pick No. 2: MJFChat on
  •  Beer pick of the week: Highland Park Brewery No Rest

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