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Aug 13, 2019

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Aug 12, 2019

Zac Bowden have news about Windows 10 build 18956 and go into detail regarding the expanded partnership between Samsung and Microsoft — thanks in large part to the new Galaxy Note 10. Samsung has also unveiled the Snapdragon 8cx-equipped Galaxy Book S.

They also have a great conversation about the expectation of privacy and reports that Microsoft contractors listen to portions of Skype calls.

Daniel teases his upcoming trip to visit Huawei's facilities in China and previews some upcoming laptop reviews.

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Aug 5, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino have the scoop on Intel's new 10th Generation mobile processors, Build 18950 for Fast ring users, and the end of major software updates for the original HoloLens. They also talk about the Razer Blade 15 vs. Surface Book 2 and other laptops, and Microsoft is paying big money for Ninja to stream on Mixer.

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Jul 29, 2019

Daniel Rubino is back as he and Zac Bowden look at a 20H1 Fast ring build that includes the new Cortana experience. They also examine an unintentionally leaked build that revealed a new Start menu for Windows Lite.

There's also a new dashboard coming for Xbox, and Zac gives the lowdown on his time with the unreleased HP Pro x3 Windows Phone.

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Jul 20, 2019

Zac Bowden is joined this week by special guest Mary-Jo Foley to talk about their hopes and dreams for a Surface Phone and Windows Core OS. They also look at features in 19H2 and 20H1 and discuss the possible emergence of Microsoft 365 as the company's dominant 'brand'.

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Jul 14, 2019

Zac Bowden delivers a solo episode this week, covering the launch of the Microsoft Store in London and a new build in the Fast Ring. He also brings the latest news on xCloud and Microsoft Teams reaching a milestone with 13 million daily active users.

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Jul 8, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden talk about the Microsoft Windows 1.0 and Stranger Things connection. They also look at the next 12 months of Windows updates and new features with 19H2 and 20H1.

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Jul 1, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino look at a rumored ARM variant for Microsoft's next Surface Pro running a Snapdragon 8cx. They also discuss a host of other hardware and software rumors, including the possibility of running Android apps on 'Windows Lite' based devices, including Surface 'Centaurus'.

There are some new features for OneDrive users, and Cortana Beta is in the Microsoft Store. Finally Bill Gates sees losing the mobile race to Android as his greatest mistake.

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Jun 22, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino explore reasons why Windows 10 19H2 is behind schedule. They also look at Xbox rumors regarding 'Anaconda' and 'Lockhart'.

There's a new experience for using Cortana in the latest Windows 10 preview build, and Daniel talks about why iPadOS might pose a legitimate threat to Surface Pro.

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Jun 17, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino talk about big changes potentially coming to Windows shell. They also have more details (and rumors) about the Xbox news from E3. Finally, Daniel reviews the Lenovo IdeaPad S940 and crowns it King of the Ultrabooks. Windows Central has merch — You can get yours by visiting the link in our show notes!

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Jun 9, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have biggest news stories of the week for Windows users. Microsoft has been demoing their dual-screen Surface 'Centaurus' device for some of their employees. A group of UWP developers have banded together for an annual 'Launch' event of new apps. Daniel is especially excited about updates to the myTube app.

They also discuss Google Stadia and talk about what they look forward to from Microsoft at E3.

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Jun 2, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden discuss Microsoft's non-announcement announcement about their next generation 'modern OS'. Whatever it may up end being called, this is the OS we've been reporting on for quite some time.

They also tear down all of the misleading and incorrect hot takes about the death of UWP, and Daniel reports on all the other interesting devices and announcements from Computex 2019 in Taipei. Finally, the Windows 10 May 2019 Update is available to the general public.

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May 20, 2019

There's life beyond Build for Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino as the talk about the world's first foldable PC from Lenovo. They also discuss Microsoft and Sony partnering on game streaming and other technologies, proving that it's all about Azure.

Google scraps dual boot of Windows and Chrome OS on Chromebooks, and Minecraft Earth is coming later this year. Finally, Huawei's future may be in serious jeopardy due to an order issued by US President Donald Trump regarding 'foreign adversaries'.

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May 12, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino are home safe and sound from Microsoft Build 2019, and they have a ton of insight into the various announcements from the conference. Cortana lives as Microsoft continues its deep investment of research into contextual AI. UWP is changing slightly, but it remains an important tool for developers. Likewise, Fluent Design System has gone cross platform.

There's also plenty of Edge news, and Zac shares his first hands-on experience with HoloLens 2!

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Apr 29, 2019

Sets dies, but Paint lives! Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have all the latest news, rumors, and speculation in the Microsoft universe. In addition to Sets and MS Paint, they look at possible Xbox announcements at E3 on June 9, updates to Edge with Chromium, and broken compatibility with Google Meet.

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Apr 21, 2019

Surface Hub 2S is here! Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino have all the details on this business-focused device. Also targeted at business users, a HoloLens 2 emulator is now available to developers so they can begin working on new apps.

They also talk about Xbox One S All-Digital Edition — It's a good idea that makes sense for some users, but it's marred by an unattractive price and form factor that fails to differentiate it from other Xbox One models. Something that is great all around, however, is Xpotify. It's a PWA version of Spotify that provides the best experience for Windows 10.

Finally, Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available on April 26th. The team discuss the screen failure experienced by several users, and look at Microsoft's own attempts at multiple screen devices.

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Apr 14, 2019

Edge with Chromium is now available for testing in two different flavors: Dev Channel and Canary Channel. Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden dive deep into why this massive change to the Edge browser is so great for end users and developers.

They also talk about the latest news with regard to Fast and Slow ring, including the release preview for Windows 10 May 2019 Update. They also scour the agenda for Build 2019 to look at what might be happening down the road.

Finally, there's a 'Blush Blend' Surface Pro Type Cover available to customers in the UK. Absent are any notes of oak or chocolate.

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Apr 7, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have the latest news on Windows 10 19H1 — It's now officially known as Windows 10 May 2019 Update! They also discuss a merger of Fast Ring and Skip Ahead Ring.

Microsoft is erring on the side of caution by implementing significant changes to functionality of Windows Update, and the company is removing books from the Microsoft Store. Finally, 'Xbox Game Pass Ultimate' may combine Game Pass and Xbox Live to help players save money on both services.

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Mar 31, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden look forward to a Surface Hub 2 event on April 17, where pricing, availability, and more details are expected. They also talk about the leaked version of Microsoft Edge and reasons why Chrome users will want to switch once the official release is available.

Additionally, the Cortana bot says 'goodbye' to Skype, and 19H1 is getting closer to release. They also consider which departments at Microsoft have the most fun!

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Mar 23, 2019

Windows 10 19H1 inches closer to release as Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden discuss build 18362. They also talk about a firmware update for Surface Headphones and use the opportunity to look at how these cans compare to other noise canceling headsets.

In the gaming world, Xbox One S All-Digital is expected to launch on May 7. Based on mock ups created by our own Jez Corden, the console will like share the same industrial design as its blu-ray equipped cousin. Rounding out the episode, the gang chat about Google Stadia and what threat it poses (if any) to Xbox.

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Mar 17, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have the latest news for Windows fans. Microsoft is starting to warn users about end-of-support for Windows 7. You've got about 10 months to replace or upgrade your system before it becomes for vulnerable to viruses and malware.

Microsoft is also starting to test screen mirroring for Android phones on Windows 10 19H1. It's an extremely limit subset of hardware right now, but hopefully the options will expand over time. Also, Groove Music is killing OneDrive track streaming on March 31. Time to give up and move to Spotify?

Zac has some Halo news to share, and they discuss Project xCloud game streaming. Finally, Daniel has quite a few laptop reviews on the site and YouTube for you to check out!

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Mar 10, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden pour one out for Microsoft Band and the Health Dashboard, which are being shut down on May 31. They also discuss rumors of a disc-less Xbox One S — 'Maverick'. This leads to a great conversation about cord cutting and the role of Xbox for video streaming.

Windows Core OS is still a hot topic! Zac shares his intense efforts in creating a guide to make sense of what the upcoming operating system will be all about.

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Mar 3, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden talk about why Windows 10 20H1 is already available for Skip Ahead ring Insiders. Looking ahead, there's only one keynote address scheduled for Build 2019. Is Microsoft saving the good stuff for the sessions?

Daniel shares his hand-ons experience with HoloLens 2 from Mobile World Congress — he and Zac discuss why this new device isn't intended for consumers. Yet.

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Feb 24, 2019

Daniel Rubino takes break from packing for Mobile World Congress to speak with Zac Bowden about some hot new topics for Microsoft users. First up, 'Santorini' is the new codename for the upcoming 'Windows Lite' OS. There's also an official Windows 10 Timeline extension for Google Chrome.

In relation to 'Santorini', they discuss the promise and potential of foldable devices, UWP, and PWA apps. And even though the announcement may be official by the time you listen, they dissect some last minute HoloLens 2 rumors. Check it out!

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Feb 16, 2019

This week's episode is all about looking towards the future for Microsoft and Windows. Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden discuss what they hope to see at the Build developer conference in May. Microsoft themselves are providing a glance of the road ahead with 20H1 changes in the Insider Skip Ahead ring.

There's also a teaser video for 'HoloLens 2', and Daniel reviews the insanely light LG gram 17 Ultrabook.

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