Cortanageddon – Windows Weekly 684

Posted on August 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 5 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s terrible plan to buy TikTok, Cortana getting dropped from everything but Halo, an Xbox newsapalooza, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Reduce your sync/storage requirements with OneDrive

You too can live the thin client dream, at least for storage

App pick of the week: Flutter 1.20

Flutter has emerged as one of the best ways to make cross-platform apps. And it works even better with Visual Studio Code now.

Also: Stardock Curtains is now on Steam

Enterprise pick of the week: “It Wasn’t Me”

A new feature called Azure AD My Sign-Ins is generally available as of this week. This lets enterprise users review their sign in history to check for any unusual activity. The My Sign-Ins page lets users see if anyone is trying to guess their password; if anyone signed in to their account from a strange location; what apps the attacker accessed.

Codename pick of the week: Turbine

Our friend Tero Alhonen has been all over tracking new Windows SKUs via the Windows SDKs. He found a reference to a Turbine Server a while ago. Today, the name changed to the much less fun “Windows Datacenter Server Azure Edition.”  Could this be the “new” OS inside Azure Stack HCI 2.0? Maaaaybe?

Beer pick of the week: Evil Twin’s New York: We’ve Done the Impossible

It’s been too long since we had a crazily named Evil Twin beer pick. In honor of how we’ve turned things around re: COVID-19 in NYC, here’s their New York: We’ve Done the Impossible pale ale. Cashmere and Citra hops, 5.5%, lemon/lime/melon. A good summer beer for all of your socially distant drinking needs.



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