Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft and remote work, Microsoft 365 outages, One Outlook, PC sales, tons of Xbox news, and much more.
Tips and picks
Tip of the week: Preload COD: Black Ops Cold War
If you preordered the new COD—of course you did—digitally you can preload it now on your current Xbox console so that it’s ready to go for the public beta this weekend. Access starts October 15! Didn’t preorder? It’s free for everyone from Saturday, October 17 to Monday, October 19.
App Hardware pick of the week: 4K/UHD/HDR10 for the win
I grabbed a 4K display for the coming Xbox Series X. It’s already transformed my Xbox One X.
Enterprise pick of the week: New Microsoft 365 tools for admins
Available hot off the preview presses: New tools for admins for Office servicing, Office apps and add-in inventory and security currency. These are meant to help folks managing the ongoing Office monthly updates and were first announced at Ignite last month.
Codename pick of the week: Premonition
Microsoft Premonition is an advanced early warning system that combines robotic sensing platforms, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and cloud-scale metagenomics to autonomously monitor disease-carrying animals such as mosquitoes, robotically collect environmental samples, and then genomically scan them for biological threats. It dates back to at least 2015, when it was a MS Research Project about mosquitos.
Beer pick of the week: Central Waters Wendy Coffee Pumpkin Milkshake IPA
If you like pumpkin spice lattes (no judgment, promise!), you might like an IPA that tastes like one. I’m not a huge pumpkin beer person, but tis the season. And Central Waters (Amherst, WI) makes some excellent dark beers. So I’m betting this milkshake-style IPA is probably pretty decent.