Strictly Plutonic – Windows Weekly 699

Posted on November 19, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 11 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s Pluton security chip, the first Apple Silicon reviews, Windows 10, Microsoft Search, and so much more.

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Tips and picks

App pick of the week: Google Photos

Google will no longer offer unlimited free storage of photos. Good. It’s still the best photo service out there and storage is cheap.

App pick of the week #2: Halo it up

With Halo 4 remastered on PC and Halo: MCC optimized for Series X|S, it’s time to revisit some old friends.

Enterprise pick of the week: Dataflex, Project Oakdale and now, Dataverse

Whatever you call CDS these days, it’s now generally available in Teams. As are Power Platform tools and third-party apps for Teams meetings.

Codename pick of the week: Sabre

Sabre looks like it might be the codename for the Pluton processor. (Thanks Walking Cat)

And we now know what CBL stands for in CBL-Mariner Linux! Sadly, it’s not Canadian Bacon Linux

Beer pick of the week: Torch and Crown King Elizabeth Barleywine

Barleywine in a can? Yes, you can. King Elizabeth is from Torch and Crown, Manhattan, NY’s only brewery – which just opened for drinking and eating on premises recently. (They’ve also been a reliable delivery supplier since earlier this year.) King Elizabeth seems to be their brewery cat in their Bronx.


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14 responses to “Strictly Plutonic – Windows Weekly 699”

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    While Apples M1 chip is important, this is yet another episode that Laporte hijacks. The first hour is totally "Apple Weekly" again, with poor Mary Jo just sat there. Mention Apple and Laporte is off as usual.

    As I've said before, WW needs a less Apple Fanboy as its host. I'm getting to the stage of not bothering to watch this Podcast.

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    Two corrections:

    T2 is not TPM. Both platforms aim the same but its not. In fact ask any expert about the differences and they will tell you. The reason why it's a separate chip on the Mac it's of course because Apple could not simply change the Intel chips. And yes, T2 appeared after TPM. Yet it does much more, not only for security purposes. For instance encoding and decoding video is faster, mics cannot be possible enabled while the lid is shut, third party drivers only load after login and after the boot process is finished ... so on and so forth (partially the reason why when booting from cold one needs to use either the Apple wireless keyboard or an USB mouse).

    Yet the A series and now the M series of Apple processors have even a more advanced version integrated in the SOC ... meaning it's not a separate chip. A bit like Pluton. Of course Apple could do this because they control these chips ... Microsoft to get there needs to force some kind of consortium between companies that build and design chips for their OS.

    Have fun.

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