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

Sep 13th 2023

Windows Weekly 846

Purple is for Jazz Hands

Enhanced Windows 365 App Experience, Paint's random new feature, Xbox Mastercard

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Category: News

The latest updates to Windows 11, including the removal of legacy troubleshooting tools. Paul, Richard, and Mikah also discuss Windows 365 integration with Android phones, the new iPhone models, and Qualcomm supplying 5G modems to Apple. Plus, the full Game Pass Core library, the announcement of the Xbox Mastercard, an update on .NET 8 nearing its release, and opinions on Unity's new Runtime Fee for game installations.

Windows 11

  • New Insider Preview builds
  • Patch Tuesday arrives and the latest Windows 11 update is a non-event
  • Microsoft Paint is getting a background removal tool
  • Microsoft is removing the legacy troubleshooters from Windows 11 and killing third-party printer drivers


  • Microsoft announces Enhanced Windows 365 App Experience for Android. Yes, that’s the name. Yes, it’s a cloud-based version of Samsung Dex
  • Qualcomm extends wireless partnership with Apple for three more years 
  • Intel announces Thunderbolt 5 branding, surprising no one

Microsoft 365, Antitrust, & AI

  • PowerPoint co-creator Dennis Austin passes away
  • Apple’s new iPhones have USB-C ports to meet the needs of a new EU law
  • United States vs. Google kicks off
  • Day 1: Yes, Google pays Apple $10 billion per year to be the default search on iPhone
  • Adobe’s Firefly generative AI is now generally available


  • .NET 8 hits release candidate
  • Unity might have just jumped the shark


  • Microsoft reveals the full Xbox Game Pass Core library. This new offering replaces Xbox Live Gold. A moment of silence, please
  • Apple envy? Microsoft announces an Xbox credit card for some reason
  • Minecraft Live is coming back, but it’s not in-person

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Google rolls out privacy sandbox. Seriously, use a different browser
  • App pick of the week: WizTree
  • RunAs Radio this week: Doing More with Less with Sonia Cuff
  • Brown liquor pick of the week: Chivas Regal

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