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

Nov 11th 2020

Windows Weekly 698

Canadian Bacon Linux

What Does Apple Silicon Mean for Microsoft?

Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 19:00 UTC.
Category: News
  • Apple Silicon Macs arrive: What does this mean for Windows PCs?
  •  And Apple told us almost nothing beyond that it is starting with low-end Macs only.
  •  Microsoft: Hey, we're working on even more with Qualcomm!


  • Go, Team(s)
  •  Oh, about that multiple account support on Microsoft Teams … It's not happening this year
  •  Instead, we're getting the ability to switch between a personal MSA and a work account. Sigh
  •  Speaking of Teams... Did you know Apple Airpods aren't compatible with it?


  • Windows
  •  Is 10X really Edging closer?
  •  New Dev Channel build today with nothing much beyond fixes, known issues
  •  MS pushing those still on 1903 to 1909 (ahead of end of support)
  •  Windows Holographic 20H2 has a bunch of mostly minor updates
  •  Microsoft has a workaround for the Win 10 2004 apps forgetting passwords issue


  • NET 5.0
  •  Microsoft takes its first step towards unifying .NET with .NET 5.0 … But there's more work to be done


  • Xbox
  • Xbox Series X and Series S launch a subdued affair because…
  •  No new/next-gen/exclusive games
  •  No hardware availability
  •  Reviews: Xbox Series X is a quiet beast, but the Xbox Series S is perfect for the living room. Or it would be but for two issues.
  •  Related: Actually, Series S can do 4K/60 fps … sometimes
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now access Disney+ for 30 days for free
  •  Tons of new games are on the way
  •  EA Play is here for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, PC next month
  •  PUBG is moving to Microsoft Azure
  • BREAKING: HALO TV SERIES IS ON, and Jen Taylor will reprise her role as Cortana!


  • Tips and picks
  •  Tip of the week: Get started with Xbox Series X|S
  •  Tip of the week #2: Stop using SMS for MFA. The best way to secure your online accounts is with an authenticator app, not SMS.
  •  Related: MS Black Friday deals (not sure if anything's worth calling out)
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft appoints a new Biz Dev chief. Here's why you should care that former McAfee CEO is now the new Peggy Johnson.
  •  Codename pick of the week: CBL-Mariner. It's not exactly a "codename," but CBL-Mariner is a new Microsoft-made Linux distribution that's meant for internal use. It's for Azure first-party services and edge appliances.
  •  Beer pick of the week: Goose Island Bourbon County Kentucky Fog Stout. It's time for the seasonal releases of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts. This year, there's an interesting addition to the line-up: Kentucky Fog Stout.

Download or subscribe to this show at

Check out Paul's blog at

Check out Mary Jo's blog at

The Windows Weekly theme music is courtesy of Carl Franklin.