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Aug 5th 2020

Windows Weekly 684


Hey Microsoft: Buy Tik Tok!, RIP Cortana on Mobile, Xbox Game Pass
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Category: News

Hey Microsoft: Buy Tik Tok!, RIP Cortana on Mobile, Xbox Game Pass

  •  Microsoft admits it's interested in buying (part of) TikTok for its community of users.
  •  It should absolutely not do so. Because monitoring hate speech on a social network is a no-win situation. And because it would be colluding with the US government to steal part of an international company.
  •  And now there's a class-action lawsuit


  • Cortanageddon
  • Microsoft is formally ending Cortana support on Android, iOS, Harman Kardon Invoke, and Surface Headphones.
  • That's all folks! Except... not really. They need to rename this thing "Microsoft Search Assistant" and move forward


  • Microsoft 365
  • Windows 10 version 2004 usage remains very low … but…
  •  Windows 10 version 2004 rollout expands to more devices as blockers are fixed
  •  Related: New Dev channel build today, minor changes
  •  Teams is gaining some new features … and holding off on some others
  • Microsoft and Samsung still sitting in a tree (for now)


  • Xbox Newsapalooza
  • Project xCloud will be called "cloud gaming" when it comes to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15
  •  Microsoft's partners are making lots of mobile controller peripherals for cloud gaming
  •  Xbox Game Pass will be called Game Pass. Oh wait, it will be called Xbox Game Pass.
  • Here are the first Xbox Game Pass titles for August
  • Microsoft speeds up the Xbox Game Store simply by switching to React Native
  •  At a time when Microsoft is walking away from Xbox Live Gold, Sony is touting its similar service

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Reduce your sync/storage requirements with OneDrive. You too can live the thin client dream, at least for storage
  •  App pick of the week: Flutter 1.20. Flutter has emerged as one of the best ways to make cross-platform apps. And it works even better with Visual Studio Code now.
  •  Also: Stardock Curtains is now on Steam
  •  Enterprise pick of the week: "It Wasn't Me." A new feature called Azure AD My Sign-Ins is generally available as of this week. This lets enterprise users review their sign in history to check for any unusual activity. The My Sign-Ins page lets users see if anyone is trying to guess their password; if anyone signed in to their account from a strange location; what apps the attacker accessed.
  •  Codename pick of the week: Turbine. Our friend Tero Alhonen has been all over tracking new Windows SKUs via the Windows SDK. He found a reference to a Turbine Server e a while ago. Today, the name changed to the much less fun "Windows Datacenter Server Azure Edition." Could this be the "new" OS inside Azure Stack HCI 2.0? Maaaaybe?
  • Beer pick of the week: Evil Twin's New York: We've Done the Impossible.

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