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

Jan 15th 2020

Windows Weekly 655

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End of Windows 7, No More Xbox Exclusives
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Category: News

Windows 7 support ends

  • - Yesterday, Microsoft released the "final" updates for Windows 7 for most people (But not that update for the NSA-reported crypto bug that was for Win 10 and Win Server, interestingly)
  • - Today, Windows 7 will begin displaying a full-screen nag to upgrade to Windows 10
  • - Microsoft Edge might be supported on Windows 7 for at least 18 months, and Microsoft Security Essentials will keep working for some indeterminate time period. Google Chrome will also be supported for 18+ months.

The (new) Microsoft Edge era begins

  • - Microsoft launches its (curiously incomplete) new web browser on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and Mac
  • - Here's how you can get it now (individuals and businesses) Windows 10
  • - Here's our first peek at the new features coming to Windows 10 in late 2020 (Or later. Or never.)
  • - Windows 10 version 2004 isn't even out yet, but it's getting major updates already. In the Slow ring only. Because of the confusing way the Insider program works now.
  • - Related: The PC market grew 1.9 percent in 2019, the first annual growth in 8 years. What will 2020 look like?
  • - Related: Microsoft is phasing out its Microsoft Stores for Business and Education

Mo' Microsoft

  • - Walkie-Talkie voice calls, more coming to Teams
  • - Not news per se, but a new report details the extent to which Microsoft contractors violated Skype users' privacy
  • - Why didn't Microsoft bid more to get Bing on Android in the EU? Xbox/games
  • - Microsoft continues its "no exclusives" strategy. And it's smart.
  • - Epic Game Store has 108 million customers, will give away more games all throughout 2020

Tips and picks

  • - Tip of the week: Yes, you can run legacy Edge and new Edge side-by-side. Here's how. (But seriously. Why?)
  • - Also: Reminder that Batman: The Telltale Series and LEGO Star Wars II are now available via Games with Gold
  • - App pick of the week: Microsoft Launcher Preview
  • - Enterprise pick of the week: Power Platform warning for IT admins
  • - Codename pick of the week: Vader
  • - Beer pick of the week: Athletic Brewing Upside Down Golden Ale

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