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

Sep 25th 2019

Windows Weekly 640

A Billion Pages

xCloud Public Beta, New Surface Rumors
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Category: News

Microsoft announces Project xCloud public beta

  •  It's finally happening! But it's Android-only at first and will roll out over time.

Windows 10

  •  Goofy ex-Microsoftie turned YouTuber explains why Windows 10 is so unreliable - And he's obviously right, once you get past the presentation.
  •  Microsoft says that Windows 10 is now on more than 900 million devices
  •  Note that they don't say "active devices" anymore. Curious.
  •  Also: Remember Terry's "one billion" pledge? That was supposed to happen by mid-2018. So they'll hit it 2-3 years later than expected than the original "2-3 year" promise.
  •  Two new 20H1 builds:
  •  This week: New 20H1 build brings a few new features, continues slow progress
  •  Last week: Another 20H1 build with Bluetooth improvements


  •  Microsoft ships .NET Core 3.0 with new versions of ASP.NET, EFC Core 3.0, C# 8.0, F# 4.7, and Visual Studio. The big news? Windows Desktop compatibility, for Windows Forms and WPF.
  •  Microsoft ships new font for developers, command line users


  •  Microsoft finally begins rolling out OneDrive extended storage plans for consumers
  •  Gotcha: You need to subscribe to an Office 365 consumer edition first
  •  Microsoft pledges "data dignity" - I wish they'd pledge some dignity for Windows!
  •  A life line for Cortana? Amazon announces Voice Interoperability Initiative
  •  Are we finally getting close(r) to Microsoft's Microsoft 365 Consumer subscription? Maaaybe
  •  Azure Sentinel, Microsoft's SIEM offering, hits GA. (And a bunch of folks seem excited/interested)


  •  Surface Laptop 2 inventory runs dry ahead of new product launches
  •  Surface Studio updated with Surface Pen latency fixes
  •  Microsoft revs Surface Dock Updater tool and it's not clear how or if this thing works at all


  •  In another blow to transparency, Microsoft changes how it reports Xbox results
  •  Here are the games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass
  •  Minecraft is getting a character editor (now in Beta versions)

Tips and picks

  •  Tip of the week: Learn to program
  •  Learn Python, for beginners
  •  Also, Google released two free new developer courses for Kotlin Android development
  •  App pick of the week: Microsoft Office 365
  •  Enterprise pick of the week: Where is Win Server 1909/19H2?
  •  Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: Dynamics 365 Wave 2
  •  Beer pick of the week: Hermit Thrush Gin Barrel Saison

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