Use the Inner Source – Windows Weekly 609

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s Inner Source initiative, Windows 10 19H1 and 20H1, Visual Studio 2019, and more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Get 2 months of Xbox Game Pass for $1

Buy one month of Xbox Game Pass for $2 and get another month for free. Then use that time to play Crackdown 3 instead of buying it.

Plus: Xbox One is on sale again, but this time it includes some accessories

App pick of the week: Greenshot

Thanks to Laurie Baranowski for the suggestion: Greenshot is a great (and free) screenshot tool with support for mouse cursor capture.

Plus: Zoho Suite is a free set of great web apps that can replace Office or Google Docs

Enterprise pick of the week: SAC-T gets sacked

The servicing branches for Windows 10 for business users continue to morph. SAC-T (Targeted) is going away with 1903. Bryan Dam has an excellent write-up of what’s happening.

Enterprise pick of the week No. 2: Windows 7, Server 2008 users – make sure you’re patched for SH-2

If you don’t get patched for SH-2, you get no more Windows updates after July.

Beer pick of the week: Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue

Pseudo Sue, an American Pale Ale, brewed in Iowa, is named for the largest T-Rex fossil ever discovered. It’s nicely bitter, hoppy yet smooth and very drinkable at 6.2 percent. Toppling Goliath is finally starting to distribute here in NYC! (And other new markets, too, I believe)


Don’t forget to tune in to watch Microsoft’s Mobile World Congress press conference on Sunday Feb. 24. Starts at 9 am PT/12 noon ET. Betting we’ll see HoloLens Next!

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  • factoryoptimizr

    22 February, 2019 - 1:06 pm

    <p>Inner sourcing is a double-edge sword. If you can get over an ingrained "not invented here" mentality, it can promote re-use and best-practices and make valuable assets available across dev teams. On the flip side, it can promote a "mine is better than yours" mentality as people re-invent the wheel to overcome perceived fundamental shortcomings of existing offerings. And at the end of the day, it often falls to the code originator to do the bulk of maintenance work on inner-source offerings…and with busy dev workloads driven by project deadlines, people become VERY reluctant to take on the extra work inevitably required when they inner source their code.</p>

  • ponsaelius

    23 February, 2019 - 6:23 pm

    <p>In part of the discussion about command line shells PowerShell was discussed as just an OS competitor to linux shells like bash in the context of development. I was a little surprised that the wider use of PowerShell wasn't mentioned. For enterprise customers it is a key tool to administer Active Directory, Exchange, Sharepoint, Office 365 and much more. VMWare provide PowerShell extensions for VMs and Azure has a whole bunch of PowerShell commands to automate the management of Azure.</p><p><br></p><p>It is a command line, a scripting language but it also allows repeatable predictable administration tasks in the enterprise for key software products. PowerShell is much more than a developer tool. </p>



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