Grovial Culture – Windows Weekly 717

Posted on March 25, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 0 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss this week’s corporate drama, Microsoft + Discord, new Windows 10 features, lots of web browser news, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Convert a Word document to a PowerPoint presentation

If you’re a Microsoft 365 subscriber in First Release, you can do some document alchemy now.

App pick of the week: Microsoft Edge Dev

Microsoft Edge picks up color themes and Linux sign-in/sync support in Dev channel.

Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Workplace Index 2021

Microsoft has a site it calls Microsoft Worklab, where it has been publishing information and research on work changes during the pandemic. This week, they published a year-long analysis of the hybrid workplace – the WorkTrend Index — based on thousands of interviews. If you are interested in lessons learned kinds of stuff, you may want to check out the report.

Codename pick of the week: Narya

Project Narya – part of the Azure infrastructure inside MSFT —  is an end-to-end prediction and mitigation service—named after the “ring of fire” from Lord of the Rings, known to resist the weariness of time. Narya is for predicting and mitigating Azure host failures but also to measure the impact of its mitigation actions and to use an automatic feedback loop to intelligently adjust its mitigation strategy.

For more Azure internals fun, check out this MarkR video from Ignite

Beer pick of the week: Great Notion Afterglow

Great Notion (Portland, Oregon) has started distributing on the East Coast. For a signature West Coast IPA, check out their Afterglow. Good, clean slightly piney fun at 7%


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