Windows Weekly 511: Yammer Yam Jam

Posted on March 30, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 2 Comments

Megan Morrone joins Mary Jo and me to discuss the Creators Update rollout schedule, the Xbox One Creators Update, Surface news, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip #1: Get the Creators Update as Quickly as Possible

With the Creators Update poised for release, enthusiasts may be curious how they can get these major Windows 10 upgrade as quickly as possible. Here are a few methods to consider.

Tip #2: Want Premium? Move quickly

I’m not sure why Microsoft won’t promote this, but you can save big on Premium if you act fast. And the service is now available in many more places than was originally the case.

App pick of the week: Cortana for Android (and iOS)

Microsoft’s personal digital assistant keeps getting better on mobile. In particular on Android.

Enterprise pick of the week:Dynamics 365 for Operations (on prem)

April is coming, as is an on prem version of Dynamics 365 for Operations (in preview).

Codename pick of the week: Windows HomeLoop

Ok, folks. Let’s try to guess what this thing is. (thanks to @h0x0d for linking it). I’m thinking maybe has to do with Evoke (MS digital memories service in development)

Beer pick of the week: Half Acre Tuna

Why is this pale ale from Chicago called Tuna? No reason. None at all. It’s a nice, flavorful 4.7% session, though. (Thanks to listener Devon (Devio) from Chicago for hand carrying me some this week.)

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2 responses to “Windows Weekly 511: Yammer Yam Jam”

  1. Rob_Wade

    Some VERY good points about the Creators Update, regarding the better-fitting "Gamers Update" idea. While the increased emphasis on inking capability would qualify as "creative", and producing broadcasts (of a sort) would be as well, it all really does seem to be gaming-centric. The Xbox One update truly does spit in the face of those who do not game on the Xbox. And, while I'm a PC-only gamer, I have never found the need to utilize the "switch" in Windows 10 that puts it in gaming mode. My machine performs perfectly well without it. I do a moderate amount of photo/art work digitally, mostly to support some website updates or artwork for a theatrical production I might be working on, but not to the level of Photoshop (mostly original Paint and Expressions Designer 4). I produce a video netcast, but I have mostly outboard hardware to support that (mixer, mics, webcams) and use XSplit Broadcaster, which is more powerful and flexible than Beam software. I also produce music for church and local theater, which also uses most of the same outboard hardware, and I use Sonar X2 to do the heavy lifting there. I suppose having that Music Maker would have been cool--and would have helped support the idea this really was a Creators Update. But, all told, there really is nothing that is part of the update that helped me out creatively besides the inking.

  2. Chris Blair

    Respectfully, here's an alternate perspective. Neither Paul nor Mary Jo use a pen with their PC/tablet. As a result, Paul is hoping that MS offers a Surface Book in a traditional clamshell form factor and Mary Jo does not see Surface Studio as a new PC category. In contrast, I use my portable PC (a Surface Pro 3) as both a traditional laptop (keyboard + trackpad) for writing, and as a tablet (pen and touchscreen) for taking hand-written notes, sketching new product ideas, or drafting equations. So I can't imagine a Surface Book that does not support pen users in the innovative and so far unique way that it does. And I do see Surface Studio as at a new product category, a new "type" of all-in-one, because in addition to keyboard/trackpad users it supports pen/touchscreen users in an innovative way. I therefore think that many artists, architects, product designers, and even engineers/scientists and other PC users who, in addition to keyboarding and "trackpadding," want the ability to interact with their art/sketches/equations/interactive models/designs using a touch screen or pen would (if they have the cash!) prefer Surface Studio over traditional all-in-ones. More broadly, while it may be relatively small, but I'm sure that all Surface models offered so far have targeted this market segment.