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

Apr 3rd 2024

Windows Weekly 875

A Lot of Neil Diamond

Grounding Copilot, Intel Foundry's losses, Andres Freund's heroic save

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Category: News

Windows 11 version 24H2 is coming and you’re not going to believe what happens next... and then again 6 months later

  • Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Extended Security Updates pricing
  • Paul reinstalled Windows 10 after three years on Windows 11. There’s some good and some bad
  • Multiple sources have revealed a staggered release schedule for Windows 11 version 24H2

Insider Builds

  • Canary/Dev - Widgets improvements head out to more people
  • Canary/Dev (today) - New build today with minor changes, bug fixes (24H2 RTM-ish?). Canary/Dev switch is ending soon
  • Microsoft is moving Photos app to Windows App SDK (from UWP, presumably). Paul has theories
  • Microsoft will move the Widgets button in Windows 11 if you put the Start button on the left
  • Dropbox comes to the Microsoft Store in Windows 11. It only took 12 years


  • Copilot for Microsoft 365 is getting many new features by the end of April
  • Copilot for Microsoft 365 picks up priority ChatGPT-4 Turbo and no more conversation limits
  • You can use ChatGPT without an account now, asterisk, asterisk
  • Amazon concludes its $4 billion investment in Anthropic
  • Opera is bringing local LLMs to Opera One web browser
  • Google: Just kidding, non-Pro Pixel 8 will get Gemini Nano too, and you can suck on the performance issues
  • Is Intel circling the drain?


  • The EU is predictably investigating Apple, Google, Meta, and Amazon—for not complying with the DMA.
  • Notably absent from that list? Microsoft. Which is unique among Big Tech in that it is being reasonable with DMA compliance and antitrust in general
  • Microsoft debundles Teams from Office. Too little too late?

Microsoft 365

  • Microsoft 365 Basic picks up some new features
  • A random Microsoft engineer found a backdoor lurking in a Linux utility and might have saved the world
  • LinkedIn isn’t just getting games, it’s getting TikTok-style videos too
  • .NET 7 EOL is coming. Is the .NET support schedule too aggressive?


  • A MASSIVE LIST OF ACTIVISION GAMES ARE COMING TO GAME PASS! Just kidding, you’re getting Shadow of the Tomb Raider, jerks
  • Xbox is getting an AI-powered support agent. Huh. Kind of like a personal assistant then. If only they had a name for this thing
  • Phil Spencer says he’s open to rival games stores on Xbox
  • Take-Two is buying (most of) Gearbox for $460 million. A Grand Theft Auto and Duke Nukem cross-over is inevitable 
  • Rumored white Xbox Series X emerges. White and discless? YOU’RE white and discless!

Tips & Picks

  • Tip of the week: You can still access legacy File Explorers in Windows 11
  • App pick of the week: Two for two
  • RunAs Radio this week: Microsoft Copilot for Security with George Coldham
  • Brown liquor pick of the week: Clonakilty Irish Whiskey

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