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

Nov 18th 2020

Windows Weekly 699

Strictly Plutonic

Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X
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Category: News

Pluton, Mac vs PC, Xbox Series X

  • Microsoft's Pluton security processor
  •  What is Pluton?
  •  Coming to Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors starting next year
  •  Precursors: TPM … and then Xbox security processor and the Pluton security subsystem in Azure Sphere


  • Macs vs. PCs
  • The first reviews of Apple's Silicon devices are in. And, not surprisingly, they're very positive
  • Related: Microsoft explains how Office will work on new Macs
  • Related: Photoshop comes to Arm on Windows and macOS
  •  Meanwhile: Microsoft publishes end of device support dates for Surface devices
  •  What does this mean? Are there any exceptions? How does this relate to the Windows support lifecycle?


  • Windows 10
  •  New Dev Channel build today with fixes/no features and still no word from MS on what's next
  •  Microsoft pauses optional updates for December for the holidays - It's like Christmas in December!
  •  A quick check-in on issues affecting Win 10 20H2
  •  Microsoft Edge notifications are about to get better


  • What's next for Microsoft Search?
  •  Windows Search integration, Dynamics 365 integration, more semantic capabilities, and lots more starting in December


  • Project Reunion update
  • Preview 3 of WinUI 3 is here
  • In other developer news: Look who's working for Microsoft now. All hail the Python BDFL!


  •  Xbox
  •  Biggest. Xbox. Launch. Ever. Also, Commercial Cloud.
  • Where have all the Xboxes gone? Long time passing. When will they ever learn?
  • With the release of Halo 4 for PC, Halo: The MCC is now optimized for Xbox Series X|S


  • Tips and picks
  •  App pick of the week: Google Photos
  •  App pick of the week #2: Halo 4 remastered for PC and Halo: MCC optimized for Series X|S
  •  Enterprise pick of the week: Dataflex, Project Oakdale, and now Dataverse
  •  Codename pick of the week: Sabre
  •  Beer pick of the week: Torch and Crown King Elizabeth Barleywine

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