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

Feb 8th 2023

Windows Weekly 815

It's Your Foot!

AI riskiness, Zoom layoffs, HBO's The Last of Us, Skype on Apple Silicon

Records live every Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 19:00 UTC.
Category: News


  • OpenAI announces ChatGPT Plus
  • Google responds to ChatGPT with Bard
  • Microsoft announces AI-powered Bing and Edge.
  • Google hosted its own AI event and it announced multi-search, Maps improvements, and Translate improvements, and discussed how AI can make life better
  • Semi-related: Paul was let into the Notion AI beta


  • Paul has some thoughts about Windows 12 and what an AI-based Windows could look like
  • Ads are coming to the Microsoft Store. FINALLY
  • New Insider build for the Beta channel. No new features, but a new policy that lets IT admins customize how Search looks on the Windows 11 Taskbar
  • Microsoft is integrating Adobe Acrobat PDF with Microsoft Edge, but only on Windows 10 and 11 for now

Microsoft 365

  • Native Apple Silicon version of Skype is 3X faster. What took so long?


  • Microsoft says it’s still committed to HoloLens 2 and MR, tries not to laugh
  • Samsung is working on XR hardware with Qualcomm and Google. 


  • Microsoft updates its .NET language strategy. Nothing has changed, other than they way they document their .NET language strategy

More Big Tech Earnings

  • Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Meta earnings
  • Zoom just showed us the way to handle layoffs


  • Sony is fighting Microsoft subpoena in AB case. It’s fighting the FTC subpoena, too
  • UK CMA says AB deal is “anti-competitive” but would accept some concessions
  • New Game Pass titles announced for the middle of February
  • Sony says the PS5 is immune to the downturn
  • Nintendo says Switch is not immune to the downturn, but it’s still dominating

Tips & Picks

  • Tip of the week: Protect your privacy in Windows 11
  • App pick of the week: Microsoft Edge Dev
  • Brown Liquor of the week: Mackmyra

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