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

Dec 14th 2022

Windows Weekly 807

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Federal Trade Commission lawsuit, 12th-Gen Intel dock problems, text suggestions
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Category: News

FTC sues to block Activision Blizzard acquisition

  • FTC goes after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard
  • The FTC’s action against Microsoft is ridiculous given the real-world abuses by Amazon, Apple, Google, and Meta
  • Did the FTC lie about Microsoft? And what does this say about its case?
  • Spencer: Sony wants to make PlayStation bigger by making Xbox smaller
  • Microsoft offered to bring Call of Duty to PlayStation Plus
  • Microsoft offered the FTC a legally-binding consent decree to address their needs.

12th-Gen Intel update

  • There are problems with 12th-Gen Intel Core-based PCs from all major PC makers using USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and Thunderbolt 4 docks. 
  • It appears that Dell has released a flurry of firmware updates that may have fixed the issue. This hints at how the issue will be fixed: by PC makers.

Windows 11

  • Dev channel: latest build has more Search experiment, final Dev channel build of 2022
  • Dev channel: New build last week removed sign-in requirement for Widgets
  • Dev channel: everyone is getting an update Snipping Tool with screen recording and an updated Media Player with who cares
  • Stable: Microsoft quietly updated OneDrive, never tested it with the public first
  • Microsoft Edge 110 will drop support for Windows 7/8.1 in January 2023

Microsoft 365

  • OneNote for Windows is getting vertical tabs because that’s what’s wrong with OneNote
  • Microsoft Authenticator drops support for Apple Watch. The reason is… curious

Microsoft

  • Microsoft buys 4 percent of the London Stock Market

Surface

  • Surface Duo 2 December Update addresses calling issues. Remember, it’s not a phone

Xbox

  • Riot games come to Xbox Game Pass
  • Microsoft gives Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers 3 months of Calm
  • It’s been a good year for the Xbox app on Windows. Sure, but what about accessing your console screenshots and recorded clips?

Tips & Picks

  • Tip of the week: Enable text suggestions in Windows 11
  • App pick of the week: Typora
  • Apple pick of the week #2: Firefox
  • Word of the week: Contronym

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