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Nov 2nd 2022

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New Dev & Beta builds, Phone Link update, Joe Belfiore, Modern Warfare II

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Category: News

New Dev & Beta builds, Phone Link update, Joe Belfiore, Modern Warfare II

Windows 11

  •  New Dev build today: Build 25236 feature a minor change to the Windows 11 search experience and a Store UX update
  •  Dev Build 25231 adds the tablet-optimized taskbar for all Insiders, and the ability to rearrange icons in the (new) System tray
  •  Beta Build 22623.875 also adds the tablet-optimized taskbar for all Insiders (who are getting new features), plus Taskbar-based access to Task Manager
  •  Big Phone Link app update for owners of select Samsung Galaxy devices lets them instantly access their phone’s hotspot from Quick settings on their PC. (Requires a Samsung device with One UI 4.1.1+ and a PC with Windows 11 build 22621 or higher)

Microsoft 365 

  • Here’s what Microsoft added to Teams in October. Some of the biggest updates: Assign seats in Together mode, shared content in a separate window, Live Translated Captions (Teams Premium), some new certified hardware, and suggested replies in group chats
  • Edge hits 107 but doesn’t look a day over 95 - Let’s talk about Edge
  • The new unified OneNote app is in the Microsoft Store...sort of


  • Joe B is retiring - it’s not clear what he was doing for the past three years, but we go way back and he’s been around since Windows 95

More Earnings

  • Intel continues to struggle
  • Apple comes on strong, but Mac & iPad were low points
  •  Samsung's smartphone business grew
  •  Amazon kills it, but may be lucky to break even in holiday quarter


  •  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is here. Some thoughts.
  •  Xbox loses money on each console
  •  Spencer: Seriously, we are not taking COD off of PlayStation. Think Minecraft
  •  Spencer takes on Meta’s metaverse and once again reveals himself to be the single greatest leader in Big Tech
  •  Xbox price increases? Probably, but not in 2022
  •  Microsoft reveals the first Xbox Game Pass titles for November, with a nice surprise
  •  Games with Gold, meanwhile, is looking a bit sad
  •  Twitch partners with Xbox for free PC Game Pass subscriptions when you buy Twitch subscriptions
  •  Sony reports decent earnings, but PlayStation is stumbling
  •  PS VR2 coming Feb 22 for $550
  •  Google’s Play Games on PC comes to US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore

Tips & Picks

  •  Tip of the week: It’s finally here! The Windows 11 Field Guide eBook
  •  Tip of the week #2: Using Edge? You need to configure it correctly
  •  Tip of the week #3: The big asterisk on the Windows Dev Kit 202

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