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

Nov 22nd 2023

Windows Weekly 856

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Altman returns to OpenAI, Windows Hello vulnerabilities, Half-Life turns 25

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Category: News

On this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo, Paul, and Richard dive deep into the latest OpenAI/Microsoft partnership drama involving Sam Altman's position. They also discuss upcoming EU regulations and their impact on Microsoft products, evaluate NVIDIA's record-breaking Q3 earnings, and reminisce about the classic PC FPS Half-Life.

And you thought AI was already controversial...

  • On Friday, OpenAI’s board suddenly and unexpectedly fired CEO Sam Altman, kicking off several days of unprecedented high drama
  • OpenAI president and board chairman Greg Brockman announced that he was quitting in protest
  • Microsoft announced it had hired Altman and Brockman over the weekend
  • 95 percent of OpenAI employees threatened to quit if Altman did not come back
  • Altman began negotiating his return to OpenAI (and major governance changes)
  • Altman is once again CEO of OpenAI
  • Key takeaway: No matter what happens, Microsoft wins
  • Wrong takeaway: Nothing changed


  • Windows 11 is about to get awesome in the EEA
  • Microsoft confirms that Copilot is coming to Windows 10 too. “No new features, my ass!”
  • Copilot begins rolling out to Windows 10 in Insider Program
  • Release Preview: Copilot in Alt + Tab and on other displays, limited Copilot with local account, DMA compliance, Windows Spotlight changes
  • Canary: Disable Phone Link in the Bluetooth settings, display Teams contacts in the Windows share window when signed in with a Microsoft Entra ID
  • Dev: Narrator improvements, File Explorer fixes (wait for it)
  • Redmond, we have a problem. With Windows Hello

Earnings learning

  • NVIDIA continues to soar on AI (Winner)
  • Zoom has settled back down to reality
  • HP stumbles through its fourth quarter and FY2023: AI PCS FTW in late 2024!
  • Lenovo stumbles too, but explicitly predicts industry recovery


  • Apple, ByteDance, and Meta contest their DMA gatekeeper designations


  • Half-Life turned 25 last weekend and Valve finally remembered it exists
  • Nvidia’s GeForce Now adds Microsoft Store, PC Game Pass, and Ubisoft+ integration - over 1700 games now
  • Amazon Luna comes to France, Italy, and Spain 
  • Next Call of Duty leaks!

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Ignite’s over, but the videos are forever
  • App pick of the week: Half-Lif
  • RunAs Radio this week: Azure Operator Nexus with Jennelle Crothers
  • Brown liquor pick of the week: Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon

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