Master of Soft Numbers – Windows Weekly 709

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s blockbuster quarterly earnings, more personnel changes at Microsoft, Windows 10, Edge, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Get your free audiobooks on Spotify

Spotify has quietly entered the market for audiobooks and is now offering 9 titles for free through its mobile and web apps.

App pick of the week: And then there were two

With Firefox falling into irrelevancy, there are only two web browsers that Windows users should consider: Microsoft Edge and Brave.

Enterprise pick of the week No. 1: New Dynamics 365 and Power Platform feature plans are available now

Microsoft has published its Wave 1 2021 plans for D365 and Power Platform. These are lists of some of the “hundreds” of new features set to be introduced between April 1 and September 2021. I’ve gone through the docs and so far it seems like a lot of very incremental kinds of things. Nothing huge jumps out. But still worth a look for D365/Power Plat folk.

Enterprise pick of the week No. 2: IT Ops: All Things Hybrid

Microsoft is trying out some new conferencing tricks with an upcoming LearnTV even on Feb 2. If you care about the hybrid cloud and are in IT, you might want to mark your calendars so you can watch on demand a bunch of sessions. The IT Icing on the Cake: Mark Russinovich is keynoting.

Beer pick of the week: S’mores Bourbon Barrel-Aged Framinghammer

Framingham, Mass.-based Jack’s Abby has a bunch of barrel-aged porters in their BA Framinmghammer series. One of them is all about emulating S’mores. They add lactose, vanilla, cocoa beans, brown sugar and oats. Boom: A 12% version of S’mores in a glass.


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  • CharlesWallace

    28 January, 2021 - 3:41 pm

    <p>"We'll have our own shanty next week."</p><p><br></p><p>I'm holding you all to that!</p>

  • scovious

    02 February, 2021 - 4:19 pm

    <p>Firefox uses its own web engine, just like Apple's Safari does. If Firefox is in danger of falling behind in web development to Chrome, why is Safari not as well? </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      03 February, 2021 - 12:02 pm

      Because Safari has a built-in market of 1.5 billion potential users across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and Firefox doesn’t. And Safari is basically subsidized by the strength of those platforms regardless. Firefox? They got nothin’.


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