Windows Weekly 725: Leveraging Learnings

Posted on May 20, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 4 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s iffy Windows 10X revelation, the release of Windows 10 version 21H1, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: HD and lossless audio is coming, deal with it correctly

HD and lossless (and in one case, spatial) audio is going mainstream in 2021. Where to get it. Where you can’t get it. How to configure your devices properly for it. And why you probably don’t even need it.

App pick of the week: Windows 10 version 21H1

This is the fastest, easiest upgrade in the history of Windows.

Codename pick No. 1 of the week: Nickel

It’s almost time for the Windows/Azure engineering team to move to their next engineering semester. Cobalt is Jan.-June 2021. Next up: Nickel (July-December). Sun Valley is in the Cobalt semester, by the way. (And Win Server 2022 is actually an Iron release.) Will be interesting what comes out of Nickel… which will be in next year’s Windows releases…..

Codename pick 2 of the week: Cherry Hill

There are a lot of working pieces in the Sun Valley refresh. The “Cherry Hill” codename’s been floating around for a bit. Sounds like it may have to do with the Start Menu and/or the new Shell more broadly. So.. Is it named after Cherry Hill, NJ? Or.. Cherry Hill park in Idaho (where Sun Valley is), maybe?

Beer pick of the week: Jack’s Abby Post-Shift Pilsner

I am not a pilsner fan, but we’re moving into summer pilsner season. Pilsners and lagers are riding a trend wave among the craft beer community right now. If you want a readily available solid pilsner, check out Jack’s Abby Post Shift Pilsner. Bright, crisp and refreshing. Not very hoppy. Easy to drink more than just one.


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4 responses to “Windows Weekly 725: Leveraging Learnings”

  1. justme

    I am skeptical of Sun Valley. While I completely agree that the Windows UI needs to be more consistent across the OS - I'd really like Microsoft to *not* mess with the desktop. I hope they dont break Start10. I understand there is a community of folks that may want a centered Start Menu, but I am not one of them - so I hope that if that is part of the Sun Valley update, I am able to turn it off. The animations dont bother me as I turn those off anyway.

    • tekisasujohn

      I think it's always a good idea to maintain some skepticism with regards to anything Microsoft works on that involves focus on presentation and usability. I remain pretty hopeful for Sun Valley though. From what they've shared to far, it seems to be just the right amount of polish in the areas that need it.

      I just hope it doesn't repeat Windows 10's initial mistake of only applying that polish to the failed UWP platform in an attempt to purposefully bitrot win32 applications that people actually use. Many programs I use like Pro Tools and Midi Quest still use MDI application designs and look like Vista-era Aero Basic applications inside the ugly Windows 10 titlebar.

  2. rmac

    Very astute comment from Mary Jo concerning Flutter for UWP, and only at the alpha stage too.

    I've kept hoping MS were going to do something incredibly new for the client UI, all by themselves, but it's dying embers.

    [I see there's no longer an edit function on the site for comments. I'll have to be more careful before posting in future :-) ]