Thurrott Daily: October 15, 2015

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Xbox with 0 Comments

Thurrott Daily: October 15, 2015

My previous (rainy) flight to Denver, Colorado.

Here’s what’s happening today.

And away we go…

Not on the Acela this time, which is unusual for me.

train

 

10/15/2015 7:31:36 AM

Heading to NYC, again

I’m heading to New York City today, again. (I’ve been to NYC four times since the beginning of September, and will make the trip at least one more time this month.) Normally, I’d just say “…for meetings.” But there’s no embargo: I’m meeting with the Xbox team to learn more about the new Windows 10 UI for Xbox One, Xbox on Windows 10, backward compatibility, and the Elite Controller. I did just get on the Xbox Preview program and have the new dashboard up and running on my Xbox One, but figured I’d wait until these briefings before writing it up. So…. more soon.

Speaking of travel…

JetBlue will offer free Wi-Fi on every flight by the end of 2016

I exclusively fly on JetBlue in the United States because Boston is their hub and they offer non-stop flights to more cities in this country (from Boston) than any other airline. And I love JetBlue. The service is great, the people are great, and I always upgrade to “Even More Space” seats in which I can actually open a laptop and get work done without fear of the person in front of my ruining the experience by jacking their seat back. You know, like the old days.

Anyway. On most of the flights I take, there is free Wi-Fi, plus a faster service you can pay for. But I’ve never needed to: I can get work done, uploading images even, on the free service, and it’s just like being at home. Well, except for all the people around me and the background hum. But let’s not get distracted.

JetBlue has announced that they plan to free high-speed Wi-Fi (with speeds up to 20 mbps per device, JetBlue says) on all of their planes by the end of 2016. It has completed the install of Wi-Fi on its fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft and is now working on doing so for the smaller Embraer 190 planes.

Google is “streamling” notifications in Chrome on the desktop

By which we mean “killing”them. From the Chromium blog:

In practice, few users visit the notification center [in the Chrome web browser]. To keep Chrome simple, it will be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux in the upcoming release. The notification center on Chrome OS will remain unchanged.

With the growth of web push, notifications are an increasingly important way for users to engage with web pages they care about. By streamlining the experience on desktop, Chrome can ensure a simple notification experience on every platform.

I can’t think of a simpler notification experience than by not having a notification center. Hey, it worked for Windows 8.

 

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