Bingjacked – Windows Weekly 657

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss the future of Surface Duo and Surface Neo, Microsoft Search and Bing, Windows 10, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Help me pick the next programming project

.NETpad (Visual Basic/Windows Forms/.NET Framework) is winding down, so the next one will be a C#/WPF/.NET Framework/Core project. And I need some ideas.

App pick of the week: Surface Duo Emulator

You can do this, and can get an early peek at (one) future of personal computing.

Enterprise pick of the week: Dynamics 365 Wave 1 2020

The preliminary lists of the ‘hundreds’ of new features coming between Feb. and September 2020 is now available.

Enterprise pick No. 2: Beware the LDAP-signing apocalypse in March

Thanks, Kevin Beaumont: Get ready for a change in the way authentication via AD is happening in March (via a security update). Check now to make sure your systems aren’t going to break.

Beer pick of the week: Perennial Abraxas

An imperial stout with chiles, cinnamon, vanilla beans and cacao nibs. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds. It’s also about 12%, so it really should be treated as a dessert in a glass. (I wish it had a tad more chile in the 2019 version.) Totally worth the splurge.


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  • DavidSlade

    Premium Member
    30 January, 2020 - 5:04 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The update mentioned here that fixed search; KB4532695. I was affected by this search bug in File Explorer. Search stopped working after the first search attempt. Had to reboot to get it working again.</span></p>

  • JanesJr1

    30 January, 2020 - 8:33 pm

    <p>Paul has made the comment several times, lastly here, that "there is no rationale for a two-screen display". Or it's a distraction.</p><p><br></p><p>I love the website, but it's when you say things like this, you look like a word-processing-only journo with no knowledge of how other productivity workers actually work. (I overstate things, but still…) <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I can't think of a rationale for a ONE-screen display.</span></p><p><br></p><p>I'm no original, just a professional financial-services worker, and I LIVE in a mobile and dual-screen world. The majority of what l do is connect info from multiple sources in order to manipulate or distill it into useful, compact reports, presentations, worksheets and emails. Cut and paste, or copy and calculate, is my inhale and exhale. </p><p><br></p><p>"Distraction" = having to switch between multiple sources constantly in order to compare, analyze, import, and copy information. </p><p>I am not alone. That's what MOST professional workers do. Dual displays are a relief, not a distraction.</p><p><br></p><p>I use Win 10's snap-screen function all the time and carry a portable Thinkpad M-14 USB-C display with me everywhere.</p><p>My own question is whether the Neo and Duo displays will be large enough. But dual-display itself is a no-brainer, a real assist, a stress-reducer. It's not texting while driving.</p>

  • wbtmid

    Premium Member
    31 January, 2020 - 8:38 pm

    <p>Paul,</p><p>C'mon man!</p><p><br></p><p>I understand the part of your comments regarding dual screens not improving productivity as YOU define it! Yes, one can do only one thing at a time! However, many professionals need access to multiple sources of information while doing that one thing. Many times, half of a screen is NOT enough!!! Many professionals, students and even writers, I would imagine. would need reference materials on one screen while writing something on their main screen. I am an accountant, and I can recall having to extract data from an accounting program to insert into a spreadsheet (e.g. Visicalc), using ONE screen. That is a NIGHTMARE! I have even had to extract data from two Excel spreadsheets in windows on the same (first) screen, which held my accounting software (in yet another window on the first screen)) to be able to drag and drop data into an Power Point on my second screen! I have seen engineers running complex calculations in specialized software in one screen to enter in a quotation or report on their second screen. I can also imagine an attorney drafting a response to a lawsuit filed against his client on one screen while reviewing the pleadings of the opponent on another screen while doing legal research on yet another screen. When doing my own taxes, I have had a spread sheet on one screen while the tax software was on the second screen, and doing tax research on yet another screen! <strong>In all these cases, the people would be FAR LESS PRODUCTIVE with ONLY ONE SCREEN!! </strong>For many of us, midget print on half or a third of a 25 or 27 inch does not cut it! I'll take two or three real screens anytime over one!!!</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      01 February, 2020 - 9:37 am

      I wish I could frame this response. Oh my God lol.

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