Windows Weekly 507: Cortana With Benefits

Posted on March 3, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 3 Comments

Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and I discuss Microsoft’s new transparency initiatives for Windows 10 updates and privacy, two new Insider builds, Skype Wi-Fi RIP, SMS Relay for Android MIA, Xbox Game Pass, and so much more.

Running time: 2:08:57

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Games with Gold

This is one of the best months in a while

App pick of the week: Pocket

With Mozilla acquiring Pocket,  a nice reminder about this amazing “read it later” app and service.

Plus: Microsoft Arrow Launcher 3.0 for Android
Google Calendar/Contacts support is coming to Outlook 2016 for Mac

Enterprise pick of the week: Windows 10 Virtual Labs

Thanks Casey Hill (@caseyinorlando) for this one. MS is making available instructional “labs” to help IT pros try out Windows 10 setup, deployment, and management scenarios. YOu get instructions, and access to one or more virtual machines, with no additional software or setup required.

Codename pick of the week: Project Arches

Your guess is probably better than mine as to why the new Xbox Game Pass is codenamed Project Arches. Is the team having offsites at McDonald’s?

Beer pick of the week: Modern Times Black House

Three words. Coffee oatmeal stout. So good. So drinkable! Chocolate/coffee/yumminess from Modern Times Brewing in San Diego (and only 5.8%)

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Windows Weekly 507: Cortana With Benefits”

  1. gregsedwards

    I enjoyed the episode as always. Regarding something Paul said about reading his posts before he publishes them (as a way of proofreading), I think it would be an excellent supplement to add an "audio version" of each post. Basically, it would be an article-level podcast, where the post's author would just read the content. It'd be a convenient way to consume articles on the go. And I think would be a nice way to emphasize the "human element" of posts. It could be a premium-only feature.

  2. quikah

    SMS relay still works on Insider builds through Cortana.

  3. Tim Harris

    I use MightyText which is tied to my gmail account, Chrome and my Android phone to send and receive SMS and MMS messages on my Windows computers. Very stable. Chrome has be running for me to see the popup message. When Microsoft tries to do these things it always so clunky.

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