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

Aug 21st 2019

Windows Weekly 635

Will A.I. for Food

Microsoft Edge Beta, Siri Chief Defects, PUBG Xbox/PS4 Crossplay
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Category: News

New Microsoft Edge hits Beta channel

  • Microsoft brings Edge Beta to Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, and Mac
  • Related: Microsoft touts one million Chredge downloads so far. That's … not very good.
  • Related: Joe B's terrible Collections feature goes live. Why does Microsoft keep doing this?
  • Related: There's a new Edge roadmap too. What are our expectations on the final version? And when will it be bundled with Windows 10?
  • Related: AAD sign-in now available in new Edge
  • Related: Microsoft implements battery life improvement for Chrome, Google accepts it

Windows 10

  • New 20H1 build adds a few new features. Plus one from last week that added several new features.
  • Microsoft rolls out two 19H2 builds, again. What's new? And what's up with all the A/B testing?
  • Microsoft brings Notepad to the Store. For some reason. Because it's the best Windows app and deserves MORE, Paul.


  • Microsoft brings SMS Organizer app to more Android users
  • Skype-to-phone calling is now registered as a telco service in the Netherlands


  • Microsoft hires ex-Siri chief … but not for Cortana
  • Microsoft acquires jClarity for Java performance on Azure


  • Microsoft is Bringing Ori and the Blind Forest to Nintendo Switch
  • But … Microsoft is also done bringing exclusives to other platforms
  • PUBG is getting Xbox/PS4 cross-platform play
  • Minecraft is picking up ray-tracing support

Tips and picks

  • Tip of the week: Test Edge Insider Preview
  • App pick of the week: Grammarly mobile keyboard
  • Related: Gmail picks up as-you-type spelling and grammar checking
  • Enterprise pick of the week: What's under the covers of Windows Update? Dynamics 365
  • Enterprise pick No. 2: Don't forget to check that Windows 10 health dashboard
  • Drink pick of the week: Patch Tuesday

An original recipe courtesy of Stephanie Thurrott and inspired by Mikah Sargent.
The Patch Tuesday:

  • 3 oz whiskey
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes bitters (because Patch Tuesday is a little bit sour and a little bit bitter)
  • 0.5 oz honey (to add a little hope)
  • 1/2 of an egg white
  • Shake everything together well over ice.
  • Serve over ice, ideally 1 large whiskey cube.
  • Garnish with a hard maraschino cherry.
  • Serves 2 because no one should drink alone on Patch Tuesday. 

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