Windows Weekly 520: Digging Up Jason Voorhees

Posted on June 1, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 9 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss Mary Jo’s trip to Japan, the news from Computex 2017, what’s next for Microsoft in mobile, and Xbox Game Pass.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Xbox Game Pass is not a Netflix for video games. You should still consider it

Xbox Game Pass offers some compelling advantages over Sony’s similar PlayStation Now service. But it falls short of being a true “Netflix for video games,” as some have described it.

Bonus tip: Learn mobile development with Xamarin University for free in June

App pick of the week: Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Planner companion app for Android and iOS is now available.

Bonus app: SoundCloud for Xbox One and Windows 10

Enterprise pick of the week: SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 2 and more futures

MS is readying Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016 for later this year, plus a number of SharePoint Online/O365 updates around personalized search.

Codename pick of the week: Project Vermont

Vermont is a Microsoft Research Project all about improving camera performance by using curved image sensors. “Curving the image surface can dramatically improve performance along many axes — resolution, light-gathering, and illumination uniformity — while also reducing system size, cost, and complexity,” say MS researchers, who’ve built a prototype.

Beer pick of the week: Something from Japan – Ginger Stout

Minoh Ginger Stout by A.J.I. Beer Inc. One of the many excellent craft beers I had in Japan. (If you go, definitely check out CraftBeerWorks Kamikaze in Osaka)

Events for your calendar

June 19-23 in Haarlem, N.L. Office 365 Engage show

We’ll be there, keynoting and doing Win Weekly live on Wed. (with a meetup preceeding the show)

July 9-13 in Washington, DC  Microsoft Inspire

MJF will be speaking at the show in a session about “Reading the Redmond Tea Leaves)

Windows Weekly will be live on Wed. More details re: how to attend and meetup plans to come

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9 responses to “Windows Weekly 520: Digging Up Jason Voorhees”

  1. Jallopy

    Just an FYI, your amazement by Google Translate's on-the-fly text translation is somewhat unwarranted; Bing Translate did the same thing on my Windows Phone during a trip to China back in 2013. On the fly, text translation. But hey, Google does it now, right?

  2. nbplopes

    "Mixed Reality", "Half Lie" and "Half Truth" is all the same thing. Its like "Universal Windows Platform", after all its just a new term form "Windows Everywhere".

    "Literally, this statement means Microsoft wants a version of Windows (i.e., Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows CE) to be everywhere an operating system (OS) can be. Win95 and Win98 have taken Windows into most homes and offices. NT is taking Windows to servers, workstations, and business desktops. CE is entering new territory by bringing Windows to handheld devices, terminals, car dashboards, copiers, and TV set-top boxes. Let's examine this "Windows everywhere" vision and see where Microsoft might take Windows next."

    This constant repackaging is made so that in the end of the day we are exactly in the same place has we were a decade ago regarding what we can do with Windows. Take for instance Windows 10, what are people doing exactly more with it than they did with Windows 7 or should I say Windows XP? The only thing that seams to change dramatically is the "cofefe" after a huge amounts of plastic surgery.

    Don't know, it seams that MS is trying to solve the same problems over and over and over again in Windows.

    The exception is Azure Cloud, love it That seams to be the future of MS.

  3. Rob_Wade

    I've said it before and will continue to until I die. I DO hate Google and Android. They utterly disgust me and I'll never have anything nice to say about them. Never.

  4. Rob_Wade

    eSIM tech is fine. It's great. But people are ALREADY always-connected via their phones. I just switch on my phone hotspot on and connect my SP3 to it. Why on earth do I HAVE to get an LTE capable tablet? In order to use it I'd have to pay MORE to the carrier. They get enough money from my household to support our two phones.

  5. Matthias Kraßnitzer

    hi Paul, I hope you read this,

    regarding to your issues with the mixed reality term.

    you mentioned the similarity of holo lens and the new mixed reality headsets are ONLY that tracking capability. but I think that environmental understanding of HoloLens is the one and most important thing about the device. that precise tacking capability makes the HoloLens so impressive, even with that narrow field of view. It is exactly what was pinch to zoom for the iPhone.

    Imagine wearing a VR headset in your apartment - you can not see the real world - but because of the environmental understanding of the headset you can walk through your whole apartment (imagine your headset is wireless) without running through a wall. The VR headset can either warn you with signs, text and arrows; or show you dashed lines of your apartment walls or just render your apartment in any kind of comic style (or what ever style you prefer).

    You can play Minecraft on your coffetabele just like you can play it with HoloLens ( except your coffetabele will be rendert virtual as well - but on its real world position)

    other example:

    wearing a "mixed reality VR headset" in the office - you can not see the actual office - but when your boss comes towards you the headset can track him and create a stickman (or any kind of avatar) in your virtual reality environment for you and you can talk to your boss wearing the headset.

    now coming from the other end of the mixed reality spectrum:

    Imagine a HoloLens with infinite field-of-view. you are wearing the head set and looking at a digital house on a building site you just bought. you enter your virtual house and only see the real world environment through the windows of the house. than you close the sheds and your are entirely in a virtual space, on your real world site.....what is it AR or VR?

    REAL VR is Matrix Film like VR -> you lie in a bed but you SEE and FEEL like running on a street.

    REAL AR is SEEING and FEELING holograms -> a digital ball that shatters your kitchen window

    everything in between is mixed reality and there just is no clean line in between, only graduation .

    • nbplopes

      In reply to Matthias Kraßnitzer:

      Imagine, imagine, imagine ....

      Take for instance project Natal:

      I could imagine this ... wait ... it promoted as the real deal 8 years ago!

      Now roll up to 2017. Take for instance Cortana in XBOX One. "Hey Cortana, Volume Down ..." ............... "Hey Cortana Volume Down ..." ..., "Hey Cortana Volume Down ....""

      I get really happy when this simple thing works fluidly and its immediate. But this happens very very rarely in my experience. Either its the Cloud is slow to respond only with 5 seconds delay, sometimes does not even get what you say ... simply stays there and disappears".

      So excuse me when I watch this video from Microsoft promoting Project Natal and compare with my real world experience I have feelings of: Frustration, betrayal, cheated! The last thing I want to here is "Imagine" in face of stuff like this, and it unfortunately recurrent. No Wonder Kinect in XBOX One was dropped by the user base.

      So sorry, "Mixed Reality?", "Hololens"? "Demos demos demos ...." I'll wait!!!!!!!! Imagine, imagine ... imagine.

      The same thing happened to me with Surface. Bought SP 2, really bad ergonomics. Got SP3, really lovely ergonomics, riddled with "mysterious" problems that felt so last decade. So fool me once, fool me twice, not the third time. I'll wait.

      These are things that MS has full, full, full control, end-to.end, from software to hardware.

      These are examples amongst others that lead me to feel what I feel about many things regarding MS Windows venture. I might feel a bit excited but than ... hang on ... again the pump, what is real and not real?. Why not just promise less and actually do it right, so right that it becomes innovative? Just do the right thing. For instance, why not put a mic in the controller? No, of course not. Instead launch new controller for XBOX One S at the same price that are worst built than the original, they break more often. Meanwhile launch a rally expensive XBOX One Elite controller. I have 3 controllers, 2 XBOX One S controller and one original. The two new ones are already broken inside, the junctions between the sticks and whatever that is inside are broken. That is approximately $140 of frustration.

      So instead of moving forward we moving backwards but with more "cofefe". The only thing that changes is really the processing power and its obvious consequences, but what we do with it is more of the same. I need to reboot the XBOX One almost every week, it does not crash but certain applications stop loading.

      This is a feeling for instance very rarely I have with Apple and for certain with not so much gaps between the reality of technical marketing and the pratcice. I get frustrated with their device pricing though, sometimes very frustrated especially when some feature is inexplicably available only on new devices, but not because the device or function do not meet the minimal expectation as advertised and quite often it surpasses. Oh, and there is no Apple Store in my country.

      This is the thing, in practice I don't need to Imagine to make me feel effective and good about the tech I am using. I don't need to walk around it so on and so forth. It does what it says in the package across the board ... 99.9% of the time, that is AVAILABILITY in personal devices.

      PS: I don't understand why someone with Surface Book feels the rationale in buying a Lenovo Thinkpad almost for the same price? I don't get it. Does not compute in my brain. Can it just be down to the person using it wrongly or it is just inadequate to take the most of MS vision? Of course not, its down to Surface Book.

  6. Gregory Newman

    I do not use a smartphone too much because i do not like small screens. I use Windows smart phones and hope that they come out with a new six inch model. I am bullish on the 2 screen Microsoft Surface Mini as seen in the 2 Microsoft Patents. i do not mind carrying around the 2 screen Surface mini in a small shoulder bag. I think Microsoft new mobile device will be a 2 screen "Surface Mini" Tablet. it will probably use an ARMS CPU running Windows 10 on ARMS and have LTE. It would be revolutionary if they could put a cell phone capability in it but there is Skipe so People can talk & see the people they want to talk to.

  7. Gregory Newman

    I think Microsoft made a a very foolish mistake to discontinuing making smartphones.. I saw the renders of the Lumia 960 which was the right way to go. Satya Nadella's waterloo is he gave up making Windows smart phones. Ballmer's was he came too late to the game and did not get the developers to make Apps for Microsoft Devices

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