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

Jan 18th 2023

Windows Weekly 812

Pessimism Pays

AI for the consumer client, HoloLens request rejected, Azure DevOps
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Category: News

AI for the consumer client side, HoloLens request rejected, Azure DevOps

Layoffs

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella informs employees of 10,000 layoffs
  • Is Surface on the cutting block?
  • Amazon to layoff 18,000

Welcome to the AI era

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirms Microsoft’s AI moves: Azure Open AI service, ChatGPT APIs, and infusing AI across the entire Microsoft stack
  • This is a much bigger deal than Microsoft’s pivot to the cloud 20 years ago because it infuses everything that it does. When Wall Street latched onto Azure and cloud computing and made Microsoft the second biggest company in the world, the software giant effectively ignored personal computing because no one wanted to hear about legacy. That era is over.

Windows 11

  • New Insider Preview build for the Dev channel adds a developer feature, OneDrive storage quote display
  • New Insider Preview build comes to the … Release Preview channel? This one is interesting.
  • Now we know the full story of the bloodbath that was PC sales in Q4 2022: a 28.3 percent drop in unit sales YOY. Yikes
  • Intel ships its first 6 GHz CPU, reminding us again that this—and not efficiency—is what Intel is good at
  • 12 years after Windows 8 and Surface, Apple is adding touchscreens to the Mac.

Devices

  • US Congress nixes Army purchase of more HoloLens units

Xbox

  • Google and NVIDIA voice concerns about Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard
  • EU likely to issue warning on Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard
  • Public support for the acquisition is strong. Even about PlayStation users!
  • Google turns the Stadia controller into a normal Bluetooth controller

Tips & Picks

  • Tip of the week: The OneDrive storage upgrades you didn’t know about
  • App pick of the week: MSEdgeRedirect
  • Enterprise pick of the week: Azure DevOps
  • Whisky pick of the week: Glenlivet Nadurra

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