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

Jan 3rd 2024

Windows Weekly 862

One Click to Malware

Windows Mixed Reality deprecated, NY Times sues Microsoft & OpenAI, malicious MSIX packages

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Category: News

Microsoft finally kills Windows Mixed Reality

  • Just in time for Christmas, Microsoft revealed that its long-dead WMR platform is now officially dead

Windows 11

  • Moment 5 is allegedly coming in February
  • Microsoft quietly reissues Windows 11 version 23H2 installation media
  • Microsoft kills install from web capabilities in Windows App Installer (MSIX)
  • Dev (today): Richer weather experience on Lock, more Voice access improvements
  • Canary (today): Same Voice access changes, no more WordPad or People in a clean install, Steps Recorder deprecated, new Energy Saver icon in the system tray, Nearby Sharing can name your PC


  • New Surface Pro 6 and Laptop 6 are expected in Spring 2024 with Intel and Qualcomm chipsets. 
  • Microsoft’s first “real” AI PCs. FU, Surface Laptop Studio 2 buyers!

Microsoft 365

  • Something to consider for 2024: Have Microsoft’s core platforms gotten too complex? And when/if this will drive away customers?
  • Standalone Copilot app launches on Android … and then, days later, on iPhone and iPad - And it offers a ChatGPT4 mode, interestingly


  • New York Times sues Microsoft, OpenAI for massive copyright infringement
  • GitHub Copilot Chat is now GA. Requires $10/month GitHub Copilot sub, but it may be the single best example of how AI can improve our lives so far


  • New Xbox Game Pass titles for early January: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Resident Evil 2 remake, more
  • Does something smell better around here? Bobby Kotick has left the building
  • PlayStation: Just kidding, you can keep your stupid Discovery shows
  • Meta Quest 2 gets a permanent price cut
  • Steam no longer supports Windows 7 or 8.1

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Properly secure your Microsoft account
  • App pick of the week: MSEdgeRedirect
  • Bonus pick: MediaSorter
  • RunAs Radio this week: Doing More with Less in 2024 with Erin Chapple
  • Brown liquor pick of the week: Elijah Craig Small Batch

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