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Oct 7, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino have gone hands on with the products announced at Microsoft's epic Surface event in New York. The presentation was a combination of what is soon to become available combined with a glimpse of what the future holds for Microsoft users. Their enthusiasm is palpable in this jam-packed episode of the the show!

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Sep 30, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino chat about their 11th hour expectations for Microsoft's event on October 2. They also discuss the milestone of 900 million Windows 10 devices. Finally, they review iPhone 11 from the perspective of a Microsoft user.

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Sep 22, 2019

Microsoft's Surface Event is set for October 2 — Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden are reasonably certain that the 'Centaurus' foldable PC will be announced. They also talk about what other products to expect (and not expect) at the event.

20H1 build 18985 now rolling out to Fast ring Insiders, and there are future Windows build being referenced in other nooks and crannies of the Internet as well. The fellows wrap up the episode with reviews of Fitibt Versa 2, and Daniel has gotten his hands on the Elite Dragonfly 2-in-1 from HP.

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Sep 12, 2019

Daniel and Zac have returned from IFA in Berlin and have a roundup of hardware announcements from the trade show. They also look at 20H1 build 18980, Microsoft To Do's fresh design, and Your Phone for Windows 10 and Samsung users.

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Sep 1, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden look forward to Microsoft's event scheduled for October 2 in NYC. There's a lot of announcements to expect along with things to NOT expect. And, as aways, they chat about new Windows 10 builds. They also briefly discuss some upcoming dark mode options and laptops Dan has been testing.

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Aug 25, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden deliver a super-sized edition of the show with news about 19H2 and 20H1 builds, and the roll out of a Beta Channel for the new Chromium-based Edge browser.

They also talk about why Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is a great smartphone option for users heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem, plus Daniel shares his experience visiting the Huawei factory in China. Finally, the duo have a chat about a host of other general tech topics, particularly wearables and wishful thinking about a Surface Watch.

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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 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 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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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 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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Jan 26, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden are here with a little bit of chat about our web site's new logo, then dive deep into the future of Windows 10 live tiles and recent questions from listeners about Windows Lite and plans for always connected devices.

Cortana is getting smarter with new 'scenes' and 'rules' for smart home setups. This leads into an epic Dan rant about the relative usefulness of all digital voice assistants. In short, he lives the smart home dream, but he still doesn't get all the fuss.

Finally, Microsoft has announced new hardware configurations for the education market. Join Us!

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Dec 7, 2018

There's massive news in the Microsoft Cinematic Universe this week, as Redmond confirms plans to rebuild Edge using the Chromium rendering engine. Daniel Rubino reports from the field from a Qualcomm product summit to speak with Zac Bowden about Qualcomm's plans for 5G networking, along with new Snapdragon processors — including an 8-core processor capable of running Windows 10 and dual 4K displays.

We also hear more rumors about the Surface 'Centaurus' dual-screen device, and some details about Windows Lite.

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Nov 18, 2018

Windows 10 October 2018 is back! Again! Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have the details on that along with a look at Light Mode and other features coming in 2019. Also on the software front, developers can now submit native ARM64 apps to Microsoft Store.

Additionally, Daniel provides his review of Surface Headphones, and they chat about rumors surrounding a disc-less Xbox One on the horizon for next year.

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Nov 12, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have a ton of hardware and software news to share! As usual, there's a new build for fast ring insiders. But Microsoft had an embarrassing week on the server side of things when a Windows 10 activation server caused some PCs to lose activated status.

Surface Go LTE preorders are available now — the always connected device starts at $675. Zac and Daniel clarify the confusing Core m3-based Surface device Best Buy is advertising for Black Friday. It's not a Surface Pro 6 custom manufactured for the electronics retail giant. It's a Surface Pro 5, but still an impressive bargain!

Next, the discuss the possibilities that exist with Samsung's foldable display technology, and wrap things up with the Lenovo Yoga C630. Tune in!

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