It’s Pronounced XBox One “Sharday” – Windows Weekly 617

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss the Surface Hub 2S, a blockbuster week of Xbox news, the new Edge, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Microsoft/Xbox Store is hosting a Spring Sale

It’s described as the biggest sale of the year and offers deals on Xbox and PC games, consoles, gaming PCs, and more.

Plus: Numskull announced a fun new range of officially-sanctioned Xbox merchandise.

Plus: Want to clean install Windows 10 version 1903 right now. Here’s how.

PLUS! The Office Home Use Program is live for Office 365 Home and Personal!

App pick of the week: Forza Street

This new mobile racer is available now on Windows 10, and is coming soon to Android and iOS.

Enterprise pick of the week: Pengwin: A Linux specifically for WSL

Pengwin, formerly WLinux, is all Whitewater’s. It’s based on Debian Linux and work by Microsoft Research

Codename pick of the week: Bosque

Microsoft Research is working on a new programming language that’s currently known as “Bosque.” The WalkingCat found a link describing it this week

Beer pick of the week: Citizen Cider bRose

bRosé: Cider rosé made by three bros right in the great state of Vermont. bRosé is made by co-fermenting blueberries and fresh local cider. I haven’t tried this rose cider specifically, but they’re good, especially for spring. I will say, Citizen Ciders are all consistently quite good.


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  • Daekar

    18 April, 2019 - 12:15 pm

    <p>Paul, you get major nerdpoints for knowing who Bossk is. Well done sir! </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      18 April, 2019 - 4:51 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#421788">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>:D</p>

  • Bats

    20 April, 2019 - 9:55 pm

    <p>LOL….ya know,</p><p><br></p><p>The stuff Thurrott said about Edge,….it's just wrong. COMPLETELY and TOTALLY WRONG!!! I was listening to this in my car and I started laughing. Laughing to the point where I wanted to hit my head on the Window. Do people actually believe the stuff he says? I know he thinks alot about it, but it's all fiction.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>For one thing,….Microsoft is not trusted. This is the third time this year, where I heard Thurrott mention that Microsoft (it's a company not a "firm") is so trusted that they want them to make Google-like products…or something to that effect? HUH?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>People….let me give you good advice. Whatever Thurrott says….think completely the opposite. If you are on the edge (no pun intended) off cliff and Thurrott tells you don't move or else you fall. You better take a deep breath and JUMP!!! If Thurrott tells you that the weather is sunny and warm, you better break out your winter coat and grab your umbrella.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>When it comes to Edge vs Chrome….NO ONE IS BEGGING Microsoft to make an Edgebook. NO ONE. NO ONE, is ready to abandon Chrome, Chromebooks, or the whole G-Suite Education system for any…and I mean ANY….Microsoft comparable product. The bottom line is that the Google "system" that the education sector is using is just simply better than Microsoft. It's cheaper, it's easier, and it's more effective.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>NO ONE TRUSTS MICROSOFT in the way Paul Thurrott describes.&nbsp;NO ONE. Not even the cloud. I repeat…NOT EVEN THE CLOUD. The #1 Cloud Provider is AWS/Amazon. It's not Azure/Microsoft. Now, is Thurrott going to us that companies are telling Microsoft "Well, if you make a product like AWS, we'll jump to Azure in a heartbeat.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>I am getting to the point, whether I am thinking that Thurrott is either LYING or he's CRAZY.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>I have said this time and time again….when it comes to education, it's the ECOSYSTEM. Google's is better than Microsoft. The only thing Microsoft has to offer is Office and Windows. Thurrott tries to make it seem like that everybody and loves Microsoft? How does he know? He doesn't have an office to travel to or co-workers to speak to? I don't think he's ever heard co-workers complain how the internet is slow or Word/Excel/Outlook is crashing.</p><p><br></p><p>Remember two years ago, during the whole Microsoft Education event? Remember when Thurrott was giddy over the fact that Microsoft is now going to focus on education and give Google a run for it's money. Remember? If I am not mistaken, that whole event introduced a number of apps focused on education as well as introduced the Surface Laptop. LOL..two years later, how did that turn out? LOL.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Ya know….this also reminds of a time when Thurrott practically swore that he solution to the fall of PCs is somewhat related to the Windows Desktop experience….ala "Windows Signature Edition."&nbsp;LOL…that made no sense. However, it made plenty of sense to him. YET….I still don't see many Surface computers in the wild. Not even previous versions. Last I check (a couple of months) , Microsoft and their signature Windows' PCs are not even in the top 5 when it comes to marketshare. Maybe shipments, yes…but in the hands of actual users, no.</p><p><br></p><p>Microsoft and (definitely) Paul Thurrott are going about and thinking about this all wrong. Like I've said all along, and I am right about this, Microsoft has no "ecosystem" to offer. Google's ecosystem in the education market is far far better than Microsoft. Google can offer superior Information, Youtube, Communication, Educational Games, … they are so trusted with this. Not just that, but it can all be done cheaper.</p><p><br></p><p>The problem with Thurrott, he has no concept of money. The guy can't even understand how a couple of percentage points in a French Tax increase can hurt that nation's economy!!! This is a guy who told us a few years ago, that we would all get better "value" if we bought the Xbox One (v.1) because of the included Kinect. This is a guy, who tries to make the argument that people are cutting the cord, for…..FREEDOM???….and not to save money? HUH???&nbsp;ya know, I actually did a non-scientific poll on this with my cord-cutting facebook group that has about 70,000 followers. For one thing, it was almost a unanimous about the cord-cutting being all about saving money and the other…..pretty much everyone laughed at Thurr-… get the idea.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>LOL….does this guy live in a bubble or what? Like I said before, whatever Thurrott says think and do the opposite. It will not only save you money, but a lot of heartache. Trust me…I am always right, because I live in the real world.</p>

  • justme

    Premium Member
    23 April, 2019 - 5:02 am

    <p>I think, Paul, you have a topic for a post: why you think Microsoft is and should be trusted. From where I sit, they certainly aren't. Perhaps its because of the industries we respectively work in, but I know of very few people who actually trust Microsoft. Nagware, even nagware you can turn off by checking a box that says dont show this to me again, should not happen in this day and age. Advertising of any kind (including Microsoft's own software and services), should NOT be part of an operating system. By pushing ads to me you are tacitly implying that you are watching what I and my machine are doing. Benign or not, and regardless if I can turn the display of ads off or not (because you cannot stop the gathering of the data that actually drives the ads), sorry, no thank you. Forced updates should not happen – period. While I understand from your writing and others that in the upcoming 1903 release Microsoft has backed off a little on their update strategy, at this moment in time, that is vapor until it is actually released to the public and has been used by the public and been evaluated by the public. This is Microsoft we are talking about – their lack of ability to communicate is legendary, so what ARENT they telling us about this new update strategy? And until they allow me to completely turn off telemetry – they are no better than Google and have no business talking to anyone about privacy. Not as slimey as Google, perhaps, but no better. I dont have a choice on telemetry – if I use WIndows 10 (and at this point, to a limited extent 7 or 8.x – though with those at least I can uninstall selected KBs and hide them) Microsoft will collect data on me, my machine, and its usage. Oh, and Project Bali? I dont want a 'vault' of my data to determine what is and isnt collected or used, I want you to not collect it in the first place.</p><p><br></p><p>More tolerable than Google, yes (even if by a small margin). Trusted? No.</p>

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