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Mar 15, 2020

Microsoft Build 2020 has been canceled and reborn as a digital event due to coronavirus, but Microsoft still has plenty of announcements planned for the year. An online Surface event could possibly happen in April.

Daniel and Zac chat about new features found in the latest build of Windows 10X and emphasize that Windows 10X is a completely separate product from traditional Windows 10. Daniel reviews the Samsung Galaxy Book S — Awesome battery. Meh keyboard. But there's a lot more to say about it than that.

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Feb 17, 2020

We know significantly more about Windows 10X now thanks to a presentation by Microsoft for developers this week. In addition to the Galaxy Book S, The foldable Z Flip has caught the eye of both Daniel and Zac.

MWC 2020 has been cancelled, but Microsoft has promised to deliver news from their planned presentation at some point in the future. Sony's PS5 may have a hard time competing with pricing on Xbox Series X because of DRAM pricing.

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Feb 9, 2020

Zac Bowden delivers a solo episode while Daniel suns himself in parts unknown! It was a big week for Microsoft as their Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, will now head a combined Windows UX and Surface team. With hardware and software initiatives becoming more closely aligned, there's potential for renewed excitement about the future of Windows.

There's also more to be said about last week's late breaking news regarding the possible non-future of Surface Hub 2X. Additionally, Windows Search was broken temporarily, even for local searches, due to a server issue on Microsoft's end.

Surface Duo has been spotted in the wild and looks to possibly have a front-facing flash. Plus, Zac's hearing that the Duo might be ready sooner than you think!

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Jan 26, 2020

Developers can start writing apps for Surface Duo thanks to a newly released SDK, and the Windows 10X SDK isn't far behind. Enthusiasts can even check out a Surface Duo emulator on Windows 10 to get a feel for what the device will be like.

Some people are very concerned about the potential camera quality, but Daniel isn't worried and he explains why.

Zac and Daniel also talk briefly about the ports on a leaked Xbox Series X prototype, and the dock from Kensington for Surface Go. They close the episode with build 19551 and its lack of new features as the next version of Windows inches ever closer to release...

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Dec 9, 2019

Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino check out the most recent build of Windows 10 20H1 before discussing Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 7c and 8c processors and other announcements from the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit.

They also report on rumors about a release of MS 365 for Consumers, and Daniel gives a quick roundup of some recent hardware reviews. Tune in!

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Nov 24, 2019

Windows 10 20H1 inches closer to reality with a new build in the Fast ring. Cortana mobile apps are going away for users in most markets, except for the United States. The release of Surface Earbuds has been delayed until Spring 2020, possibly to address their value compared to other Bluetooth earbuds?

Zac also reviews Google Stadia as he and Daniel discuss the company's image problem. And speaking of image problems, Apple is attempting to address their own issues with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. They're also actively hiring developers to work on Windows UWP apps.

The guys close out the episode with speculation about Surface Book 3 — or maybe Microsoft will shift strategies to release a 'Surface Laptop Pro'.

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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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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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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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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 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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Feb 11, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have news about Windows 10 build 18334 for Fast ring Insiders, plus the latest information on Microsoft's Build developer conference!

They also go deep into the importance of product names — specifically 'Windows Lite' and why that may be a poor choice for the upcoming OS.

Outlook is receiving an emo makeover with a true dark mode, and Xbox Live is expanding its reach to more platforms. Check it out!

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Jan 20, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have news about build 18317 for Fast Ring Insiders, plus references to foldable devices have been found in development builds of Windows 10.

The big news this week: Microsoft is returning to Mobile World Congress! Dan makes the case for why they should debut HoloLens 2 at the trade show in Barcelona. Additionally, Microsoft continues to reposition Cortana as a productivity tool to complement Alexa and Google Assistant — not a competitor.

Finally, Microsoft outlines end of support plans for Windows 10 Mobile. Tune in!

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Jan 14, 2019

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden are here with their first show of 2019! First up, there's Windows 10 build 18312 for Fast Ring Insider. Next, they dive deep into new features for Windows Mixed Reality that are coming to 19H1 along with the emergence of WebVR.

There's better integration between Cortana and Xbox One now — It's not as speedy as Kinect was, but its capabilities can grow more easily. Last but not least, Dan gives an overview of all the new Windows laptops that were shown at CES 2019.

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Dec 22, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden close out the podcast for 2018 with news about Windows 10 build 18305. In addition, Microsoft's virtual assistant (Cortana) will be able to read your emails to you in Outlook on iOS.

They also talk about Panos Panay's recent assertion in an interview that the Surface product line is here to stay, and Daniel raves about Kensington's upcoming Surface Pro Dock.

Finally, they make a few predictions about what 2019 may hold for fans of the Windows eco-system.

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Dec 18, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden talk about new Windows 10 builds and multi-user support for Cortana. Then, Peter Bright of Art Technica joins Daniel Rubino for an in-depth technical discussion of Chromium and Edge.

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Dec 4, 2018

This week, tragedy befalls Daniel Rubino as he announces his upcoming trip to Hawaii for the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit. Life marches on, however, as he and Zac Bowden talk about build 18290 for Fast ring Insiders, plus lots of Surface hardware and Cortana device rumors. They also discuss updates to Office icons and the steps Microsoft is taking to refresh the UI of Windows and other applications. Finally, what in the world is Windows Lite? They're not sure, but they've invented a new version of Windows — "Aurora".

Nov 25, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden wind down a truncated work week due to the American Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to discuss! Daniel has his hands-on impressions of Surface Go with LTE and Surface Studio 2. Plus, the dynamic duo dig deep into Microsoft Launcher 5.1. It features To-Do and Sticky Notes integration, plus Cortana support.

Finally, Windows Hello now supports FIDO2 Security Keys for an added layer of convenience and protection.

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Nov 4, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden are here with your dose of Windows news! In addition to Insider Preview build 18272 for the fast ring, they discuss new codenames for some future Windows 10 updates.

They also talk about the death of Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 S, and Dan has yet another epic rant — This time, he testifies on the need for HP to begin using Microsoft Precision touchpad.

Plus, they take a look at Apple's new iPad Pro and how their approach differs from Microsoft's Surface line

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Oct 23, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden have the most recent news from Microsoft, including Windows 10 preview build 18262 and a major UI facelift for Cortana in a beta that's available to Android and iOS users.

There's plenty more to say about Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2. Additionally, Samsung has released the ARM-powered Galaxy Book 2.

Be sure to check out the latest Dan Rant! This time, he explains why most people don't need Windows 10 Pro — and it's good that Microsoft is no longer charging the "Pro" tax to everyone who buys one of their new devices.

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Oct 14, 2018

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden are here with a ton of ground to cover in the Microsoft world. First up, there was data loss in the initial release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, causing the company to pull it shortly after users reported the problem. Microsoft has been testing fixes and is preparing a "rerelease" of the update.

A patent has been discovered that points to a flexible, single-screen folding Surface device. Whether or not you think foldable display technology is a solution in search of a problem, it's coming. Cortana is reportedly moving from the AI + Research group at Microsoft into the Office team. Additionally, Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Project xCloud — a huge step in offering online streaming of Xbox games, and a sign of things to come for Windows in the future?

Rounding things out, Daniel shares his experiences using the Lenovo 15-inch ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop, and the HP Omen Mindframe gaming headphones.

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