Maine Grapefruit – Windows Weekly 724

Posted on May 14, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 1 Comment

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss the death of Windows 10X, passwords, new PC hardware, Microsoft 365, Linux, Xbox, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Jump on the “no passwords” train

Microsoft already lets its customers sign in everywhere without ever typing a password. Here’s how to do so.

Bonus tip: Get a Surface Duo from BuyDig for just $700. But seriously, don’t.

App pick of the week: Call of Duty Mobile

I’m not sure what took me so long, but I finally tried Call of Duty Mobile on an iPad Air with an Xbox Wireless Controller. And. Oh. My. God.

Enterprise pick of the week: Bye, bye Azure Blockchain

Azure Blockchain as a Service is going to be discontinued in September. If a blockchain falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it really exist?

Codename pick of the week: Santorini

Windows Lite was the original codename for 10X. But then many of us began calling it Santorini. I *think* Santorini technically may have been the codename for the shell for 10X on top of WCOS.

Beer pick of the week: Deciduous Lollipop Forest

Deciduous Brewing in Newmarket, N.H., makes a lot of great styles of beer. They have a line called Lollipop Forest that are fruited sours with milk sugar (so they’re not TOO sour). I had the Blueberry, Blackberry, Guava, Plum version recently and it was really good. Tart but fruity. Not too high in ABV. Still tastes like a (sour) beer.

 



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One response to “Maine Grapefruit – Windows Weekly 724”

  1. Jorge Garcia

    I'm very disappointed by the death of Windows 10X, even though as a win32 dinosaur I personally would probably never have used it. I really just don't understand why it is so dang hard to make a "tiered" or "stepped" (I'll call it kitchen-sink) OS interface. Let's say I buy an iPad-equivalent Windows Tablet for my mother or aunt. Out of the box, I'd want it to work exactly like iOS and Android. (Big buttons, no desktop, limited file manipulation, long-press for options, app store icon on the "springboard"). Even if I choose to attach a keyboard to said tablet, I may still want it to behave the same way (my mother definitely would). But, if I am a more "advanced" user, I should have the ability to flip a software toggle (maybe even a hardware toggle?) and convert it into a chromebook-like experience just like Windows 10X was going to be. Likewise, if I'm an "even more advanced" or simply more professional person who needs the full Windows interface and access to small-button win32 productivity apps, etc. I should be able to flip yet another switch to get that legacy interface to fire up. What am I missing???? This "problem" seems very simple to solve in my view. Buy a new device and it simply starts off in the dumbest interface. A menu at start up could let you know that are two more advanced interfaces awaiting your selection with a simple toggle. That way, even if the two more-mobile interfaces are half-baked (as we know they are) the solution is simple, you don't dump the entire device, you just toggle into full windows indefinitely or until the other interfaces mature to your satisfaction. I mean this is all SOFTWARE, you literally CAN let the consumer "have it all". My same frustration goes for Apple - there is no reason why an iPad shouldn't just toggle into MacOS at the advanced user's will. But at least in Apple's case, I understand why they don't include that as a feature, but MS and Google have no excuse in my book. Rant over :)

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