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Dec 19, 2016

his week on the Windows Central Podcast: Surface Studio is in the house, Dell XPS 13 is reviewed, standalone Cortana speaker and more.

We finally have a Surface Studio in, and we've already done an unboxing and hands on tour of the device. We'll be reviewing it in detail soon, but for now we share our thoughts and opinions on the Studio so far. Also this week, we talk about the Dell XPS 13 2016, a standalone Cortana speaker, no more builds and our gift guides!

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Dec 12, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: Full Windows 10, with x86 support, is coming to ARM. We also talk Project EVO and new VR advances with Windows 10

In what might be one of the biggest announcements all year, Microsoft unveiled plans to bring Windows 10 to ARM, with full x86 emulation next year. It'll fun on processors from Snapdragon, making it phone-capable. Microsoft also announced a bunch of new hardware advances for Windows 10 PCs that will benefit Home Hub, and new VR experiences too. This is our WinHEC Special.

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Dec 5, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We talk Home Hub, HP Elite x3 Lap Dock, new Insider Preview builds and Pebble going away?

It's been a busy week at Windows Central, if only because we had a scoop on what exactly Home Hub is in Windows 10, along with when we can expect to see it and why the company is looking at building. Also on the podcast, we talk the Elite x3 and why this device probably isn't for you, new Insider Preview builds and how they're not exciting anymore, and we talk the recent Fitbit/Pebble acquisition.

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Nov 28, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We Project NEON, a new design language coming soon to Windows 10, the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock, Win32 emulation on Windows 10 Mobile and more!

The next couple of years will be very interesting for Windows 10 fans, if only because Microsoft is working on a new design language for Redstone 3 and Redstone 4 that aims to fix the current design languages inconsistencies and bring fluid animations and transitions to the interface. There's also Cobalt, a codename for getting Win32 programs emulated on Windows 10 Mobile. All that and more on this week podcast.

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Nov 21, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We talk Surface Book updates, Surface accessories, Vector Watch, and the CUBE WP10 Windows 10 Mobile tablet!

With the Surface Book Performance Base on sale now, a number of new software updates have started rolling out for the device. Not only that, but we've got Surface accessories in the house and can give you our verdict on whether you should buy them! In addition to that, we've also got one of the first Windows 10 Mobile tablets in to review!

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Nov 14, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We talk Surface Book Performance Base, Surface accessories, Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, and Xbox scoops!

With the Surface Book Performance Base on sale now, Daniel Rubino gives his verdict on whether you should buy. He also gives his verdict on whether you should buy the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10 too, since that's available now also. We've also got Xbox scoops and Surface accessories all on this week Windows Central Podcast!

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Nov 7, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We talk Microsoft Teams, the Alcatel Idol 4s Pro with Windows 10, and answer the ultimate question; why does Windows 10 Mobile exist?

With the big Surface news out of the way, it's time to focus in on some smaller announcements such as the new Microsoft Teams service, the launch of the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, and whether Microsoft is right to keep working on Windows 10 Mobile given its market share being so low.

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  • 1:14: Microsoft Teams
  • 11:40: Unified Update Platform
  • 19:22: Why does Windows 10 Mobile exist?
  • 44:00: Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10
  • 58:53: Skype Preview SMS Relay

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Oct 31, 2016

This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We talk Microsoft's New York city event, Surface Book i7, Surface Studio, Windows 10 Creators Update and a whole lot more.

Microsoft spent last week unveiling a whole batch of new Surface devices, including an all-in-one PC called the Surface Studio, a revised Surface Book i7 with 30% more battery life, a Surface Dial accessory, Surface keyboards and mouse, and a whole lot more. It's all here on this weeks podcast.

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Oct 24, 2016

This week on the Windows Central podcast: We talk W10M RS2 features, new hardware, canceled hardware and more

Microsoft's yearly hardware event is just a few days away now, and what better way to anticipate it by speculating on what Microsoft might announce? Also this week, we talk new (broken) Fast Ring builds, features coming in Windows 10 Mobile, the cancelled Band 3, and more.

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Oct 17, 2016

This week on the Windows Central podcast: Interview with HP's Michael Park about the Elite x3

We're interviewing HP's Vice President & General Manager, Commercial Mobility & Software, Michael Park, talking about the Elite x3 on this weeks podcast. Before we dive in, who exactly is Michael Park?

"Michael Park is the vice president and general manager of the Commercial Mobility & Software business for HP's Business Personal Solutions (BPS) global business unit. In this role, Park is accountable for P&L growth of the company's commercial mobility portfolio, spanning devices, software and services for both enterprise and SMB customers, and channel partners globally. "

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Oct 12, 2016

This week on the Windows Central podcast: Speculation begins on what Microsoft's NYC event will bring

What could Microsoft be announcing at its recently announced Hardware event on October 26th? What do we think of the latest Insider Preview build? All that, and more, on this weeks Windows Central podcast.

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Oct 3, 2016

What's Windows Phone look like when we go all-in on Continuum? Where are smartwatches going? When will I be able to get Windows 10 installed in my face? These are all very pressing questions.

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Sep 26, 2016

The Elite x3's been pushed back again, Microsoft's pulling support for their own products on Windows mobile, there might not be a Band 3, and Insiders saw a glitch so bad it stopped previews. It wasn't a great week for Windows 10 Mobile — is there a sun behind these clouds?

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Sep 20, 2016

So Lumia is all but dead. But that doesn't mean that Windows 10 Mobile is dead. If anything, it's getting primed to thrive… after a bit of a refocusing. Devices like the HP Elite x3 should be all the evidence you need: Windows phone isn't going away, but it will also never be the same.

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Sep 12, 2016

Last week was alllll about the competition. From the PlayStation 4 Pro to the iPhone 7, it was a week for Microsoft to step back and let Sony and Apple trip over themselves with perplexing and controversial decisions.

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Sep 6, 2016

After a marathon-length episode 13 live from IFA 2016, it's Dan and Zac's turn to take on the news of the week. From the just-revealed Lenovo Yoga Book to the latest Windows 10 builds to the future of Surface, there's a lot of ground to cover, so let's get to it!

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Sep 2, 2016

This week we're doing something a little bit different. The Windows Central and Android Central teams are in Berlin for the annual IFA electronics trade show, so we did what we do every day: sat around and talked about all the crazy, cool, and neat stuff that was announced. Only this time we gathered around a microphone in person to record it all. The result? a 2-hour marathon podcast covering all of the important Android and Windows announcements from one of the largest tech extravaganzas of the year.

From the newest Huawei Android phones to Acer's insane laptops to the mind-bending and category-and-platform-bridging Lenovo Yoga Book, there's a lot to cover, so let's get into it!

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Aug 29, 2016

This week, Derek Kessler, Daniel Rubino, and Zac Bowden do the microphone thing to talk about the extremes of the Microsoft ecosystem. From the latest and greatest in Windows Mobile to new apps for Xbox to... a onesie, it's time for the Windows Central Podcast.

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Aug 22, 2016

This week, Derek Kessler, Daniel Rubino, and Zac Bowden sidle up to the microphones to discuss the week's biggest Windows news. And what might that be? Oh, only stuff like the world's biggest gaming convention, a big update for Windows phones, and what's in store for future versions of Windows 10.

Oh, and this absolutely bonkers gaming PC cube… thing… from HP. It's so crazy you can't not talk about it, which was probably HP's idea behind it in the first place. Well played.

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Aug 15, 2016

The Windows Central Podcast — this week: the next steps for Windows

 

This week Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden dig into what's next for Microsoft and the ever-expanding Windows platform. From the upcoming Redstone 2 update to the Surface Phone to theSurface Book 2 and AIO line, there's a lot cooking in Redmond.

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Aug 8, 2016

This week, Derek Kessler, Daniel Rubino, Jez Corden, and Zac Bowden gather 'round the microphones for a talk on the week's biggest news in Windows. And what a huge week it was: we've got not just the Xbox One S landing with a compacted design and 4K video, but also it's bringing new software that will show up on the older Xbox One as well: the Xbox One Summer Update.

Plus, you might have noticed this little update for your Windows 10 PC — yes, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here. After months of Insider builds and user feedback, the biggest update yet for Windows 10 has arrived, bringing advanced inking features, a revised Start Menu, and so much more.

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Jul 28, 2016

This week, Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden join Daniel Bader for a chat about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: What's good, what's bad, and what's ugly! (Hint: Cortana outside of the U.S.!)

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be released on August 2nd, but you can catch our full review already!

Jul 19, 2016

This week is a very special, rare, prototype version of the Windows Central Podcast: All About McLaren.

What's McLaren? Simply the most unique, interesting unreleased Windows Phone ever made — one that Daniel Rubino, Michael Fisher, and Zac Bowden got their hands on.

Join host Daniel Bader as he talks to Daniel, Michael and Zac all about the Lumia 1030 "McLaren" that never was.

Jul 9, 2016

This week, Daniel Bader, Daniel Rubino and Michael Fisher talk about the latest rumored Surface devices, including a refresh of the Surface 3. Can Microsoft find a way to get a Core M processor into the new Surface 4? And does the Surface Book need a refresh in 2017?

Next, Windows 10 Anniversary Update is almost here, and Microsoft has begun the sign-off process for finalizing the code. What does that mean for the next few weeks of Insider builds, and for the future of Windows 10? They discuss.

And CNN has discontinued its aging Windows Phone app on July 18. Does that matter? The team discusses the future of Windows Phone apps in light of the Universal App strategy.

Finally, Your Groove is a great new feature coming to Microsoft Groove. Can Microsoft's expertise in Machine Learning and AI propel the company's music streaming service to new customers?

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Jul 2, 2016

It's official: Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming August 2nd. This means that all 350 million Windows 10 users will have access to new features, and Insiders will be pushed to the RS2 builds. In this episode, Daniel, Daniel, and special guest, Zac Bowden, discuss what that means for current Windows 10 users.

They also talk about double-tap-to-wake coming to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and how the Anniversary Update is setting the stage for a big comeback for Windows 10 Mobile in 2017 alongside a so-called Surface Phone.

Speaking of Surface, there's a new rumor that Microsoft will be releasing a Surface-branded AIO (all-in-one) PC for the living room to take on the iMac.

And they also talk about Microsoft's decision to rethink its Messaging Anywhere strategy to focus on Skype, and compare the Huawei MateBook to the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.

Plus: Q&A!

- Why is the Surface Pro 4 so much more stable than the Surface Book?
- What does Microsoft have planned for LinkedIn?

Show Notes

- Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming August 2nd
- Microsoft is working on Surface All-in-One PC destined for your living room
- Messaging Everywhere pulled from Anniversary Update, but will live on in new Skype Windows app
- Huawei MateBook review
- Double-tap to Wake' is slowly being released to Windows Device Recovery for Lumias

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