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

Mar 23rd 2022

Windows Weekly 769

The Insects Are Winning

Windows 11 Watermark, Microsoft Hacked, Edge 100

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Category: News

Windows 11 Beta testers: Start your engines

  •  Microsoft starts moving more Windows 11 test features into the Beta channel
  •  Microsoft to extend its 'enterprise metaverse' strategy with Mesh for Teams
  •  Zoom live avatars: Finally you can turn up to your meetings as a rabbit or a dog
  •  New Windows 11 Insider Build Brings Back Naming Options for Start Menu Folders

Playing Chicken?

  •  Windows 11 will add a watermark on your desktop if your hardware isn't supported
  •  Microsoft leaves a loophole for those wanting to run Windows 11 on 'unsupported' hardware


  • Hacking Group Claims to Have Stolen 37 GB of Microsoft Source Code
  • Microsoft Says Lapsus$ Hackers Had “Limited Access” to Source Code

Edge-ing Along

  • Microsoft Edge 100 Lands in the Beta Channel
  • Microsoft Edge Can Now Generate Image Descriptions for Screen Readers


  •  China Asks Microsoft to Suspend Bing Auto-suggestions
  •  Microsoft continues its push to convince more game developers to use Azure


  • Report: Microsoft Expects Negative Feedback About Military HoloLens
  •  New Surface Go 3 with LTE Model Launches at $499
  •  Surface Duo and AMD-based Surface Laptop 3 Get New Firmware Updates
  •  Dynabook Announces New Tecra Laptops
  •  The Future of Computing is … a Tablet? (Premium)


  •  FTC Requests More Information from Microsoft and Activision Blizzard
  •  Xbox Cloud Gaming Adds Steam Deck Support via Microsoft Edge
  •  Google Has a New Strategy for Stadia (Premium)

Tips and Picks

  •  Tip of the week: Decision time
  •  A few weeks back I said it was time to check out the Dev channel. Well, Microsoft just gave you an out. Should you take it?
  •  App pick of the week: Greenshot
  •  This is the best screenshot utility for Windows, period. I rely on it every day.
  •  Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Translator gets an AI boost
  •  Z-code, Mixture of Experts and lots of other AI “magic” is improving Translator and other Azure services, MS says
  •  Enterprise pick no. 2 of the week: You say you want to learn cybersecurity…
  •  Microsoft expands its skilling campaign for cybersecurity experts to 23 countries
  •  Beer pick of the week: Resolve Freedom Kellerbier
  •  The Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) is a designated not-for-profit for the Resolve collaboration beer. GEM is providing emergency aid inside Ukraine to the fighters and families that have stayed behind, as well as humanitarian aid to the women and children that are trying to cross the border into Poland.

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