Windows Weekly 764: The Rat From Punxsutawney

Posted on February 17, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 4 Comments

Leo, Mary Jo, and I discuss the newly-released Windows 11 experiences, a more interesting Dev channel build, .NET at 20, and much more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Watch out for Win 11 autocorrect!

Did MJF have one too many beers? Or did Notepad really change words in a story I was typing this week? Here’s how to turn off autocorrect (which is on by default) in Win 11.

App pick of the week: Chrome OS Flex

It’s early and a bit buggy, but Chrome OS Flex can turn an older Windows PC—or a non-compliant for Windows 11 PC—into a Chromebook. Related: Pixels will soon be able to stream apps to Windows PCs! Take that, Microsoft.

Enterprise pick of the week: The beginning of the end for ADFS

There’s a new public preview of certificate-based authentication for Azure AD. This seems like it means ADFS, a Win Server role used to federate with Azure AD, won’t be needed when CBA is used. CBA lets companies authenticate using x.509 certificates without a federation service.

Enterprise pick 2 of the week: Two new virtual events for your calendars

Microsoft’s first Azure HPC + AI Days: Feb 24-25

What’s Next in Security event: Feb 24

Beer pick of the week: Finback Orange Puffs

Continuing with the MJF drinks something so you don’t have to, I present Finback Brewing’s Orange Puffs. It sounds good: blood orange and vanilla sour fruited style. But.. No. Tastes like orange soda, not beer. YMMV, though, as I see a number of drinkers on Untappd saying they loved it.


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4 responses to “Windows Weekly 764: The Rat From Punxsutawney”

  1. justme

    Leo is right here. Have to disagree with Paul on this one - using an MSA is not more secure- what makes the account more secure is 2fa- it may be convenient if you are tied into Microsoft services; but convenient isn’t more secure: you also cede a certain amount of control of your machine to Microsoft, the comparison to phones is; in my opinion; wrong, I use them differently to my pc - and neither apple or android own 90% of their market like Microsoft does the pc worldt- If the msa were about security; Microsoft would force 2fa. They don’t. This is a data grab by Microsoft. You can add 2fa to a local account-

    I don’t use Microsoft services outside of work, I have no need to log in to Microsoft for what I use my pc for. And I see a requirement for an MSA on my PC as simply Microsoft trying to force me to give them more data than they already take.

    • scovious

      I disagree with Leo. The world has changed.

      I personally don't want Google to scan, catalogue, profile all my emails and activities so I don't use gmail. But I must have a Google account because I am forced to in order to use Android and Google Play Services, which have 75% market share and sell more devices than Microsoft sells Windows. But, I create my Google account using a Microsoft email address - that way Google doesn't have the ability to nose into all my private data, and I happen to trust a software company more than an advertising company. If you don't want a Microsoft account for a similar reason, then just create your Microsoft account one using your @gmail addresses, or your @icloud and make a unique password, then promptly ignore it forever. Problem solved?

      What data do you think Microsoft is going to ruin your life over? How many PCs you have? Want to use the mighty open platform of Mac instead, satisfied with their on-device scanning of documents, photos before they even hit the cloud, and their locked down app stores? No problem, apparently you can make a guest account over there unlike on the iPhone. I wouldn't bank on that lasting, given Apple's reputation.

      I would love to not have an Apple account, a Google account, a Facebook account, an Amazon account, and just use whatever I prefer instead. But you essentially *can* do that because none of them force you to use their own email service, so all you've got to offer them is the data you create within their own services.

      Want to shut down their data collection practices? Download a bunch of bogus apps from their store and delete them, now they don't know what kind of apps you love. Use Brave and a VPN for internet browsing. Add a bunch of random products to a custom wishlist to throw off their algorithms. Don't use gmail. Sign up for random Facebook groups and turn off their notifications. For people who worry about this kind of thing, there are workarounds. Your work computer isn't going to shovel your personal information into the public domain, that's a problem for your company to worry about.

      Then again, maybe people with your perspective should just run and hide on Linux.

  2. Daishi

    “We’ve rung the Superhero movie genre about as dry as can be, so why not move on to video games?”

    Maybe because literally every video game movie ever made has been terrible.

  3. Donte

    There is a official Windows and Mac Kindle App that has been around a long time. It is from Amazon. It’s not in the Microsoft store so you must download it from Amazon.

    No need to run the Android app in Windows.

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