Pleasure Per Gigabyte – Windows Weekly 754

Posted on December 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 2 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss lots of Windows 11 news, Windows on ARM, Microsoft 365, and, of course, the long-awaited launch of Halo Infinite.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Forget Teams Essentials, get this instead

There’s a better deal to be had.

Plus: A Christmas card tip for the world

App pick of the week: Firefox 95

Firefox 95 adds RLBox sandboxing for zero-day protections. It’s perhaps the ideal browser to replace Microsoft Edge.

Or… Vivaldi 5.0 would be a solid choice too

Also: Fences 4 is here

Also: Halo Infinity, obviously

Enterprise pick of the week: Secured-core servers are here

Secured core isn’t just for PCs any more. The first certified secured-core servers running Win Server and Azure Stack HCI are available now.

Enterprise pick No. 2 of the week: EU regulators are digging into Nuance

Microsoft’s second biggest acquisition, Nuance, was originally expected to close this year. Last earnings call, we heard that might slip to early 2022. Now we hear (via Reuters) that the EU is looking a bit deeper into this. Microsoft is counting on Nuance to be a key piece of the MS Cloud. Stay tuned for the next episode in as the antitrust world turns….

Beer pick of the week: Grimm Super Spruce

It’s the season for beers brewed with spruce tips. You either love this or you hate it. It is very PINEY and resiny. Grimm in Brooklyn makes one called Super Spruce that’s only 4.7% A little salt, a little oak. It’s truly a holiday season beer. And more and more breweries are making these.

 



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2 responses to “Pleasure Per Gigabyte – Windows Weekly 754”

  1. justme

    I dont know that I agree that MIcrosoft allowing us to set a browser other than Edge as a default (mostly, anyway) is driven by user angst or is Microsoft stepping back from a cliff, particularly given Mary Jo's relevation that the Edge team seem unhappy about it. I think this is more MIcrosoft lawyers have told the engineers to drop anchor so they have a position to defend from as the UK CMA look at Microsoft's bundling practices. It may be the right direction from a customer standpoint (I'd like it to revert to the way it worked in Windows 7/8) - but I do not believe Microsoft gave any more than a cursory nod to user feedback in taking the decision.

  2. j5

    I get what Mary Jo is saying about Microsoft making Edge the default. No one cares about this except for tech people AND the market has changed. It does and doesn't matter what the law was decades ago sometimes. What was important "then" can not be important anymore "today" and that can be perfectly ok. People use their smartphones for so much and more than their computers. You don't need a desktop PC or laptop to pay your bills, to sign documents, to email, or send documents. We have tons of apps that cater to specific needs now. A perfect example are the school payment apps we use. We have a couple that are for putting money on our kid's school accounts for lunch money and another to buy stuff I can't remember. But the point is I don't need a web browser to use it. I open the app put my payment information in and that's it.

    The PC market has changed, having a computer isn't that important anymore. One of my younger siblings still has their high school laptop. She uses her Android phone for everything!

    I understand Paul's point that this was deemed illegal but that was decades ago and the market has changed thus what people care about has changed...and that's ok. And that this is annoying to tech enthusiasts but honestly no one searches from the Start menu and I'll bet normie tech users won't be using the widgets for their news, people open their preferred browser to go to their preferred news website for news or they use the news apps on their smartphone.

    Mary Jo has a good point...who's going to sue Microsoft over this anyways? I what does Google care if they can't be the default "from the Start menu" the data they'd scrape from that isn't worth it and pales to people using Android smartphones. Firefox isn't going to sue they barely have money to operate and depend on Google's money to stay alive. Vivaldi and Brave no one knows about these browsers that are outside of the tech enthusiasts bubbles. Apple/Safari they wouldn't care about this. So who else is there to care about....just us old tech enthusiasts that were alive to use Windows enough to care to use Netscape or some other browser back then.