Mar 25th 2020
Windows Weekly 665
Social Distancing Pioneers
Hosted by Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott
Windows 10 on Pause, xCloud, Doom 64
Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.
This Week's Stories
Windows 10 takes a pause
- No more C and D week Windows 10 updates starting in May
- Windows 10 1709 users get an extra six months of free security updates
- Still no sign of Windows 10 2004. Maybe in early/mid-April?
- Related: There's a new Windows 10 Insider Chief in town: Amanda Langowski takes the helm
- Did Panos use some code words to suggest changes are coming?
- Related: Hackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed Windows vulnerability
More Windows 10
- Microsoft posts a video celebrating Windows 10 and one billion users
- Lots of excitement over nothing for some reason
Edge is on pause, too
- Google will skip Chromium 81, 82 because of Coronavirus restrictions
- Microsoft will have to do so for Edge, too, after it previously announced a pause
Teams is on a roll (not surprisingly)
- Microsoft says Teams now has 44 million daily active users, up from 32 million the week prior
- Will we see "Teams for Life" next week when MS unveils its new M365 Consumer subscription plan?
Microsoft's cloud services are (mostly) holding up
- MS is throttling some "non-essential" O365 services
- Azure is running out of capacity in Europe. And seemingly in the U.S., too
- Related: Microsoft kills Inspire 2020
- Apple releases mouse/trackpad and mouse cursor support on iPad. Sorry, Surface fans. This is a game-changer.
- HP, Microsoft, Valve partner on new ‘next-gen’ VR headset
- Microsoft is testing xCloud for PC and some screenshots leaked
Tips and picks
- Tip of the week: Stay (digitally) safe during the Coronavirus. Microsoft has some advice, especially about email
- Plus: I finished the WPF version of .NETpad. You can build it for yourself if you'd like. (You need to be a Thurrott Premium member. Maybe this is a good time to support quality content online. Just saying.)
- App pick of the week: DOOM 64 for Xbox One and PC. Forget the new DOOM game unless you like ice skating. The better DOOM 64! And it's only $5!! You can get it on Xbox or on PC (Steam)
- Plus: Google Podcasts for Android and now iOS
- Enterprise pick of the week: New Microsoft 365 F1 plan. M365 F1 is going to become F3 and a new, cheaper and less fully-featured F1 is coming. Yeah, it's complicated
- Codename pick of the week: Coyote. Microsoft Research has been doing work on P#. Its evolution is codenamed Coyote. Coyote is an open-source .NET framework that is for developers designing, implementing and testing code in ways that embrace non-determinism and asynchrony. It's more than just pie in the sky: It's being used by Azure Compute in Azure Batch and Blockchain. (Thanks to The Walking Cat for finding this.)
- Beer pick of the week: Scratch Brewing Co. Lemon Balm Sour. Scratch Brewing is a brewery that uses foraged ingredients to make beer. Think mushrooms, lemon balm, lemongrass, etc. Lemon Balm Sour, a wild ale, is a fantastic lemony sour.
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