Thurrott Daily: September 27

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud,, Games, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mobile, Android with 32 Comments

Thurrott Daily: September 27

“Conference food”

Tech tidbits from around the web.

9/27/2016 5:17:56 PM

Call of Duty: World at War comes to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

It’s finally happening. First we get Call of Duty: Black Ops. Then Call of Duty 2. Then Call of Duty 3. And now… Call of Duty: World at War. Windows Central explains:

Microsoft has updated its list of Xbox 360 games that can be played on the Xbox One, adding four new titles. The biggest edition is the WWII-based shooter Call of Duty World at War.

First released in 2008 from developer Treyarch and publisher Activision, World at War is the last game in the Call of Duty shooter series to be set in World War II. It’s also the first game to include the popular co-op Zombie mode that has since been included in most of the subsequent games in the series.


More Google Pixel leaks

Google next devices are leaking all over the place. It’s like they’re trying to copy Apple or something. Anyway, Venture Beat provides our best peek yet at the Pixel and Pixel XL.

VentureBeat can confirm that the world will indeed be introduced to a Google Pixel and a Google Pixel XL.

Here’s the XL.


Fast Wi-Fi for the world, coming from Google

And speaking of Google, everyone’s favorite online advertiser is launching a new service called Google Station that aims to bring fast Wi-Fi to the world. Mashable has the story:

The company plans to bring fast Wi-Fi service to cafes, malls and all other places with a new initiative it calls Google Station.

The inspiration for Google Station came from the success of Google’s partnership with Indian Railways to provide free Wi-Fi services at railway stations in India. Currently, Google claims, the service is live in 52 stations and over 3.5 million users use it every month. Google also reckons that 15,000 Indians access the internet for the first time using the free Wi-Fi service every day.

On its website, Google urges people to connect with the company, and discuss how they can help bring internet to more people. It also has plans to offer monetary benefits to its partners, Sengupta added.

You can find out more from the Google Station web site.

Chrome on Android gets Data Saver, more

OK, we’re not done talking about Google, sorry. The firm also announced today that Chrome for Android (not to be confused with Android apps on Chrome, or Chrome + Android = Andromeda) has been updated with some great new features.

We want to make Chrome a better place for all our users to enjoy the mobile web. Chrome’s new features on Data Saver, downloads, and content discovery were designed to help you do more on the web, no matter what phone or network you may have.

With Data Saver enabled, Chrome compresses the images and text you load, saving up to 60% of your data without changing the content you enjoy.

We are also thinking about how you can keep using Chrome even when you go offline … With Chrome’s new download feature, when you come across a web page, music, picture, or video that you like, you can just tap the download button to save for later. You don’t need to worry about restarting your download if your connection is dropped, even for big video files. When Chrome goes back online, the downloads you’ve started will automatically resume.

We also want to make it easier to discover content you really care about. Now, when you open a new tab in Chrome, you will see suggestions for websites to visit. But starting in the next release, you will be able to easily discover fresh content just for you.

Say what you will about Chrome, but I really rely on it. On the PC, and on mobile.

And finally … yes, I got the new

My many months of complaining have finally paid off, or something. I got the new today. Consider my life complete.



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32 responses to “Thurrott Daily: September 27”

  1. 4800

    So that means tomorrow Microsoft will announce the next redesign.

  2. 2131

    Consider yourself lucky, Thurrott.



  3. 131

    "Wow, you've got a very clean inbox!"

    • 4882

      He got tired of waiting and signed up for a new account to get the new experience. :)

      • 1753

        My Inbox is currently empty. I've actioned all outstanding emails and archived them or deleted them.

  4. 361

    I just noticed that I got the new outlook today also, but I usually use the uwp mail app.

  5. 5530

    Been using the new for a while now and the whole interface feels really sluggish to me. I love how the UI looks and the various features, but god, it is so slow. I remember the upgrade from Live Hotmail to, it was a major speed improvement. Now I see loading bars and spinning throbbers. Also, with this update, they have royally made an international dessert out of my contacts, mixing my Outlook/Skype contacts with a new grouping called "WindowsLive Contacts" that are what I assume is my old Live Messenger contacts that I still am not able to delete!

  6. 5563

    I know these are just "leaks" but those Pixel photos make the device look so utterly boring. The device itself physically is so bland and the software looks so dull. I know Android can be customised to hell, but seeing photos like that just doesn't inspire any interest.

    I get it, Windows Phone is dead, but when I look at Android or iOS I just don't fancy them at all. Just bought myself a second hand 950 XL, amazing specs for what I paid (under £200) and the best OS, sure apps are missing but for the money & my needs I know i'll be happier with it.

  7. 1753

    I got my new today as well... Checked at the weekend and it was still the old version. Logged in to the web just now, to check, and I have been moved over as well.

    I wonder if account age has anything to do with it? My account was opened in 1995, before Microsoft bought HoTMaiL, so must have been one of the first...

  8. 5510

    Congratulations on

  9. 1828

    So many people were excited to post "FIRST!" when they got the new Outlook. I am on track to be "LAST!"

  10. 5496

    So it a retangle, with rounded corners.

  11. 5539

    There are many of us still jonesin' for "Last". I have two accounts that still haven't transitioned, so I may have an advantage.

  12. 699

    Yay, Paul! You can finally exhale now. ;)

  13. 397

    That conference food looks absolutely revolting.........

  14. 5134

    Quote: "With Data Saver enabled, Chrome compresses the images and text you load, saving up to 60% of your data without changing the content you enjoy"

    hell yes, this from the company that bloats it's own websites with unnecesary code like no one else - i.e. google search home 1 small graphic file one entry field and 2 Buttons equals 233 KB - hilarious

  15. 914

    I was hopeful that I too would have finally been moved over to the new Outlook experience, but alas some of still have to wait for a while. i just hope I am not the last one in the basement looking for my

  16. 5482

    Oh dang, looks like Paul beat me...


    This is all I get. :C


    outlook fail

  17. 4829

    Paul wins. I am still losing...

  18. 2149

    For some reason I thought maybe this would mean I also have the new experience... nope :(

  19. 3494

    Darn it! I was hoping to beat youu.

  20. 5508

    "Chrome on Android gets Data Saver, more"

    That, for some reason, seems familiar.


  21. 217

    The round icons on the Pixel Launcher.....yuck.

    • 442

      I just hope the inside of the Pixel Phone is worthy of a flagship model.  The outside is rather boring, not that it matters as I'm an advid case user.

  22. 4655

    I still don't have the new Microsoft im definately going to be the last to get it.

  23. 3114

    Still dont have it :)  I kind of want to do a Google vs. Microsoft post counts by @thurrott recently ... He has fully converted.  Chromebook is next and he is definitely not attending Ignite next year ;)

    • 4841

      I miss the days when he'd gloat over the possibility of Google getting screwed over by the EU for antitrust attitudes! ?

  24. 4554

    My wife has still not gotten it, no more shared calendars for her, but she has alot of messages...... (14,000 +)

  25. 914

    Since I signed up for many years ago, I have never been able to search the Trash folder. Is this finally available in the new