Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott, Richard Campbell, and Leo Laporte

Jul 1st 2020

Windows Weekly 679


RIP Microsoft Stores, Mac on ARM vs Windows on ARM

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Category: News
  • The drama of the week: Microsoft is closing its retail stores
  • Perhaps overdue, but shocking nonetheless: Microsoft is closing all of its retail stores
  • Related: A look back at the 2012 opening of the first Boston-based Microsoft Store


  • The drama of last week: Apple, the morning (OK, week) after
  • Two developments of interest to the Microsoft community
  • As expected, the first Apple Silicon developer device destroys Surface Pro X in benchmarks, no matter how you look at it
  • Apple is reportedly thinking about bringing a Continuum-like feature to the iPhone where it could run macOS and be connected to a keyboard, mouse, and display.
  • A more reasoned assessment about the impact of Apple's moves on Windows


  • Windows 10 version 2004 is off to a slightly faster start than 1903.
  • And now (finally) SL3 and SP7 can get 2004. Yay? (But not SL1 and SL2. Boo!)
  • Windows 10 Pro no longer has deferral capabilities
  • Except that it sort of still does. Here's what changed.
  • That shift from rings to channels just happened
  • Microsoft to expand automatic Edge rollout to education then businesses
  • Microsoft announces new digital skills initiative
  • Related: Teams is getting a new learning app
  • Big changes coming to OneDrive for consumers and businesses
  • It's July, so Xbox Games with Gold and Game Pass subscribers have new games on the way
  • Mixer co-founder is OK with closure
  • Xbox Game Bar is now extensible


  • Tip of the week: Download this tool, just in case: Windows File Recovery is a command-line tool you'll want to download just in case.
  • App pick of the week: Amazon Prime for Windows 10. I don't often get to recommend Store apps.
  • Also: Power Apps and Power Automate. You need to look at these M365 commercial features.
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Your Office 365 IT pro bible has gotten a feature update. Tony's Redmond's 7th edition (2021) of Office 365 for IT Pros is now available.
  • Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: STOCKHISTORY. Pulling stock prices directly into Excel has been a top request for a while. It's almost here in the form of STOCKHISTORY. And perfect timing, given Microsoft's stock price has been at an all-time high lately.
  • Beer pick of the week: Victory Prima Pils.

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