Neowin’s Rich Woods joins Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I to discuss Windows 10 Cloud rumors, a new Windows 10 Insider build, Microsoft’s financial results, and much more.
Running time: 1:33:59
Sign up for our new free newsletter to get three time-saving tips each Friday — and get free copies of Paul Thurrott's Windows 11 and Windows 10 Field Guides (normally $9.99) as a special welcome gift!
"*" indicates required fields
Tip of the week: Choose the right living room set-top box
App pick of the week: Microsoft Authenticator for Android and iOS
Microsoft Authenticator has been updated on both Android and iPhone in recent days with an interesting new feature called phone sign-in. Possibly the simplest way to do 2FA with your Microsoft account.
Enterprise pick of the week: Next Tuesday: It’s Windows Developer Day
Bonus pick: Want a dark theme for Windows 10 Notepad? Vote it up.
Codename pick of the week: Oasis
It’s worth calling this one out (again) because we’re soon going to be hearing a lot more about it. Oasis is the codename for Windows Holographic shell on Windows 10.
Beer pick of the week: Firestone Walker Krieky Bones
Firestone Walker (Paso Robles) is known for their dark and big beers. But they make a nice entry-level cherry sour, too.
<p>Paul’s perplexion regarding the Office 365 is laughable. Do you know why is that? It’s simple, because he doesn’t work in the real world and therefore cannot (and probably never will) understand human nature. People don’t care about Operating Systems and they don’t "Love" Windows. People love food, games, (sex), and entertainment. A productivity work tool, that is MS Office? LOL….NO. Moreover, one that you have to pay yearly for it? LOL….heck no. You know what’s even funny? When Paul said "if you can have a conversation with someone to explain and show why Office 365 is valuable, they might come around to it." Yeah…RIGHT (#sarcasm). You are telling someone to pay $99/year for something that they probably will have no use for 98% of all MS Office features. LOL…even Paul said in the latest What the Tech Podcast, that he doesn’t even use 1/100 of all the MS Word features. </p>
<p>Here is the dirty little secret about Office 365 that Paul and perhaps Microsoft themselves don’t know. Funny that I do, because I have been revealing this secret almost ever since Office 365 was released. The bottom line is that it’s no different than Office 2010, 2013, and perhaps 2016. Aesthetically, it’s obviously different, but overall it’s still the same.</p>
<p>This is why Google’s Apps are so great. It’s super simple and best of all….it’s free!</p>
<p>Paul has to understand the difference between "value" and "dollars." A person who bought 2013 Home and Student, at release, pays (at most) $149. If a person subscribed to Office 365 at the same time, he or she will have paid $400. That’s $250 more for a software suite he or she will most likely won’t even use or master over 90% of all it’s features. In addition, who has the time to make international calls? You know what’s even funny? Add an extra year to that Office 365 addition and that’s another $100 for a software that is no different than Office 2013 at $149. </p>
<p>Office 365 Home, at the consumer level, is PowerPoint absolutely necessary that one has to pay $99 a year for it? LOL. Is the wife/mother going to do a presentation in front of the kids on how to clean their rooms and keep records of all their toys in an Access database? Is a father going to announce a family trip by sending an email through Outlook using a Distribution list to his wife and 2 kids? </p>
<p>The fact of the matter, bottom line…..Office 365 is really no different than Office 2013 and….AND….Office 2010.</p>
<p>All in all, Paul has been way off about his analysis on almost everything…Office 365, Xbox, iPad (lol…Paul is still trying to revise history and he’s making it personal), Cloud computing. Speaking about Cloud Computing….</p>
<p>I was very very surprised about his comment regarding his HP Stream computer. I have a very very good memory. A few years ago, when Paul was fighting his crusade against Google and the Chromebook he said that he bought the HP Stream and he said something that his son was using it…and it WAS GREAT. That’s what he said and I remember that. He said that on a Windows Weekly episode. NOW….he says it’s terrible? You know, to be honest, all the Chromebook users that I know LOVE their Chromebooks. Even Leo Laporte’s daughter loves her Chromebook. Did Paul’s HP Stream, all of a sudden became bad? I can’t get over the fact Paul said what he said, when he literally recommended the Stream, which he now says it’s bad.</p>