The News from Leak Woebegone – Windows Weekly 590

Leo, Mary Jo, and I discuss the suddenly disastrous Windows 10 version 1809 rollout, and much, much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: History in an Hour

Audible has a neat set of short and inexpensive audiobooks in its History in an Hour series. And they’re on sale right now for just ~$1.50 each.

App pick of the week: Sticky notes for mobile … sort of

Yes, Sticky Notes is coming to mobile. But in the meantime, you can try this.

Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Learn: Self-paced free training for a variety of MS products

Azure, Dynamics Power BI and more learning modules are coming.

You start for free. Then transition to paid training programs to gain certifications. Learn comes with tutorials, interactive coding and more.

Buzzword pick of the week: “Partner”

Partner used to mean a reseller partner, an OEM or an ISV in Microsoft parlance. Increasingly, MS is using it to refer to customers (as it did recently with Volkswagen and Grab). Don’t be fooled. Even if MS is investing in these companies, they are customers and the announcements are customer wins.

Beer pick of the week: Threes Instant Gratification

I talk up a lot of NYC breweries on this show. I don’t think I’ve picked one from Threes Brewing in Brooklyn before, though. They make some excellent IPAs and also sours – including Instant Gratification, a sour with prickly pear and lychee flavors.

We’re in Dublin next week!

Paul and MJF will be keynoting the Microwarehouse Cloud Camp in Dublin. We will be doing Windows Weekly live from Dublin, too, at our same bat time and schedule. So 2 p.m ET next week, tune in and we’ll be speaking Gaelic. (We’ll be doing a meetup too after the show. Details to come!)


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  • Stooks

    11 October, 2018 - 10:21 am

    <p>You had to have sought out the update in the first two days it was out. You had to have moved your default user folders and you had to have NO BACKUP's to be really impacted by this update. </p><p><br></p><p>Let's be completely honest, you have to be stoooopid to do that. Especially not having at least one good backup of your data.</p><p><br></p><p>99.99% of the people that installed the update in those two days had no issues.</p>

    • Greg Green

      22 October, 2018 - 7:34 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#352306">In reply to Stooks:</a></em></blockquote><p>In other words you had to have trusted Microsoft. If you didn’t do that you were ok.</p>

  • Davor Radman

    11 October, 2018 - 11:35 am

    <p>That photo is gold :)</p>

  • skane2600

    11 October, 2018 - 7:37 pm

    <p>Paul asked why couldn't Microsoft compromise on S mode so that customers could run a few legacy apps?</p><p><br></p><p>IMO, it's because S mode isn't and never was oriented toward satisfying customer needs. The whole strategy from WinRT forward was three-fold:</p><p><br></p><p>1) Succeed in mobile</p><p>2) Wean customers off Win32</p><p>3) Enjoy the 30% cut on store apps that Google and Apple enjoy.</p><p><br></p><p>#1 failed miserably and Microsoft has recognized the reality there. They are still trying #2, but it's not going well. For #3 they are dropping their cut to 5% in some cases. While a significant drop in the Store "tax" is helpful to those who have found a niche in the Store, for most developers it's the lack of potential customers that holds them back. </p><p><br></p><p>Had Windows Phone been successful (and MS maintained compatibility with WP8 apps) developers would have had a crack at developing apps in an environment where the catalog was fairly sparse (which was the advantage for early devs for iOS and Android). Now the main market is the PC where the catalog of legacy programs is very full and full-featured. </p>

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