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

Mar 13th 2024

Windows Weekly 872

Go Skype Yourself

Copilot GPT Builder Impressions, DMA compliance, actual Skype news

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Category: News

Can we have a Windows experience tailored for enterprise efficiency? Paul, Richard, and Mikah unpack the freshest updates from Windows 11's March 2024 Patch Tuesday, dissect Microsoft's transparency behind Midnight Blizzard's November attack, and speculate on Microsoft's much-anticipated Surface/AI event. Plus, Paul offers insights from his time with Copilot Pro's custom GPT builder.

Windows 11

  • Patch Tuesday new features: Phone Link settings is renamed to Mobile devices, USB 80 Gbps support, more - Windows 10 users get some love (hate?) too
  • Microsoft confirms that Moment 5 will be delivered in the March preview update, fully deployed in late April
  • Microsoft details how it is changing Windows in the EU - and now we all want to move to the EU
  • Beta (last week): New Copilot actions experiment
  • Dev and Canary: Unified Teams experience, Copilot updates to more people, Power Automate via Copilot in Windows, Live Captions quick settings tile, progress bars in Taskbar icons, File Explorer file copy improvements, etc
  • Beta (today): Most frequently used apps now appear in Recommended


  • Microsoft continues to dribble out details about that Russia-sponsored hack and the news is predictably getting worse each time
  • We have an event! March 21st will focus on Copilot, Windows, and Surface


  • Microsoft brings Custom GPT Builder to Copilot Pro subscribers
  • Here comes Copilot for Security. April 1 rollout is perfect
  • Teams app developers get AI capabilities via a free Microsoft toolkit
  • Opera Feature Drops to bring new AI features early to Opera One
  • EU moves to the AI Act

Microsoft 365

  • Microsoft finally spells out its commercial deployment schedule/plans for the new Outlook. Let the complaining continue
  • Skype is updated with new Channels features, prompting questions about Skype still being alive
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac is updated with Clipboard and game improvements for Windows VMs


  • Some Activision QA works vote to unionize
  • More Microsoft Studio titles come to Boosteroid, that service you only heard of because of the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Tips & Picks

  • Tip of the week: Time zone math
  • App pick of the week: Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story is now available! Plus, Joplin (a Notion alternative)
  • RunAs Radio this week: Understanding Large Language Models with Jodie Burchell
  • Brown liquor pick of the week: Bushmills 21

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