Windows Weekly 501: No-mentum

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 5 Comments

Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss an interesting Microsoft mobile patent, tons of Windows 10 news, Surface firmware updates, AI, Xbox, and more.

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Tips and picks

Tip of the week: Turn Off Web-Based Skype Notifications

Microsoft has fixed the inability to disable Skype notification sounds in its websites, and in doing so, they may have just saved my sanity as well.

Tip #2 of the week: Use Your Microsoft Account on Your Mac

While you can easily configure and use your Microsoft account on Windows, Android, and iOS, the Mac requires a bit more work.

Mobile app pick of the week: Office Lens for iPad

It’s finally here.

Enterprise pick of the week 1: Office 365 Staff Hub

A new app for some business users of Office 365: Staff Hub

Enterprise pick of the week 2: A new Linux distribution now available on Azure: Clear Linux OS

Beer pick of the week: In honor of the inauguration: Thanks Obama

WW is a family show, so we try to avoid politics. But this Winter Rye IPA from Surly brewing just HAD to be beer pick of the week:  (hat tip: @TechnoSquid)


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5 responses to “Windows Weekly 501: No-mentum”

  1. 10135

    The the rant by MJ in this episode about Microsoft pushing Windows 10 to businesses because Windows 10 is more secure totally misses then mark. She urges organizations to ignore this because Microsoft should fulfill the promis of supporting Windows 7 for 10 years and thus keeping it secure. Bad advice that shows a glaring lack of knowledge on her part. Microsoft for sure will deliver security patches until January 14th 2020, however Windows 10 offers a slew of security features that are NOT in Windows 7 such as secure boot (protecting against rootkits), credential guard (protecting against pass the hash attacks) device guard (prohibits running untrusted code) and Defender Avanced Threat protection (protecting against zero day attacks and hacking attempts using behavioral analysis). Because Windows 7 is in extended support for two years now, Microsoft will not and should not add any of those features to Windows 7 rendering the OS significantly less secure compared to Windows 10.

    • 5485

      In reply to rdenos:

      What you fail to mention is that most security features you tout require new hardware to be of most significance!!!! The advice was just about upgrading the Windows 7 in"old" machines to Windows 10. Not replacing these PCs with new ones along with Windows 10 for security sake as most security features mentioned actually require for effectiveness. 

      So who is missing the mark?

      • 10135

        In reply to nbplopes:

        Who's missing the mark? Obviously miss Foley and yourself. First of all she never mentioned "old" machines. Even worse, she tries to support her rant by saying it takes companies up to three years to migrate to a new version of Windows. With less than 3 years of support left and it being highly unlikely that Microsoft will extend the deadline those companies better start planning their migration effort today.

        Basically you need UEFI and a TPM chip to support the features I mentioned. Most enterprise class hardware have TPM chips since Bitlocker was introduced with Windows Vista. All Windows certified hardware has UEFI since the release of Windows 8 in august 2012. With an average PC refresh cycle in the enterprise of 3-5 years the last PCs without UEFI are up for a hardware refresh anyway.

        Suggesting that Microsoft would act somehow immoral by encouraging organizations to upgrade to a more secure operating system is ridiculous.

  2. 412

    This WW episode gets high marks because Paul mentioned Paul Lynde... :) 

  3. 5496

    Window Phone users know about the lack of apps. We don't care. We have all the apps the we need on it.

    People do use their PC to consume stuff. What do you think people go to websites for? To read. They are people that read book on their PC.

    Apple books isn't available for Windows. Kindle isn't available for Windows. Google books isn't available for Windows. So they made their own.