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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 18, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Intel's Meteor Lake CPUs redefining standards for AI-powered laptops in 2024, recap some of the major events of 2023 including Microsoft layoffs, the arrival of Bing Chat, OpenAI drama, Microsoft vs. the FTC, Panos Panay leaving Microsoft for Amazon, and discuss their expectations for PC & Windows in 2024...

Links:

Intel's next-gen laptop CPUs unleashed. Can AI beat Apple? - Windows Central

Microsoft killed 16 different Windows 11 features in 2023 - Windows Central

NPUs are essential for AI, but what are they, and how do they differ from GPUs? - Windows Central

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Dec 11, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Microsoft planning a next-gen Windows AI release in 2024, plus details on recent changes to the Windows roadmap, the latest on Windows 12, Microsoft announcing paid subscription for Windows 10 users, an 'undock-able' Copilot interface in the latest Windows 11 preview build, Xbox's new large Series X Compact Fridge, and more!

Links:

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft readies 'groundbreaking' AI-focused Windows release - Windows Central

Windows 12: Everything we know so far - Windows Central

Microsoft announces paid subscription for Windows 10 users - Windows Central

Microsoft tests 'undock-able' Copilot interface - Windows Central

The even BIGGER Xbox Series X Compact Fridge - Windows Central

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Dec 2, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss the saga of Sam Altman leaving OpenAI, being reinstated as CEO, Microsoft now holding a non-voting seat on the board, OpenAI being on the verge of hitting Sam Altman's AGI superintelligence benchmark, Windows 11 Build 23595 giving Copilot on Windows a new home, Windows 11 getting an enhanced 'energy saver' mode, Zac's thoughts on the Surface Go 4, Microsoft's Windows XP 'Bliss' Ugly Sweater, and more!

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Sam Altman is back at the helm as CEO after a chaotic weekend-long fiasco for OpenAI - Windows Central

OpenAI could be on the verge of hitting Sam Altman's AGI superintelligence benchmark - Windows Central

Strange Sam Altman saga concludes with Altman back as OpenAI CEO and Microsoft holding a non-voting seat on the board - Windows Central

Copilot on Windows has a new home - Windows Central

Windows 11 is getting an enhanced 'energy saver' mode - Windows Central

LIMITED EDITION: Microsoft's 2023 Windows Ugly Sweater features the iconic Windows XP 'Bliss' wallpaper - Windows Central

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Nov 22, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Microsoft Copilot officially coming to Windows 10 soon, the changes coming to Windows 11 as a result of Microsoft complying with the Digital Markets Act, Apple using RCS messaging, all the fallout from Microsoft Ignite including Microsoft launching the "Windows app" & Teams using AI to clean up your messy room, OnePlus announcing that an integration with Microsoft Phone Link, and more!

Links:

It's official: Microsoft Copilot AI is coming to Windows 10 - Windows Central

Microsoft will let users uninstall Edge, Bing, and disable ads on Windows 11 - Windows Central

Microsoft unveils the 'Windows app' - Windows Central

Microsoft Teams will use AI to clean up your messy room - Windows Central

OnePlus now provides the best integration between an Android phone and Windows 11 - Windows Central

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Nov 14, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Microsoft's plans to bring its AI Copilot to 1 billion Windows 10 users, the latest Windows 11 insider builds, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite going toe-to-toe with Apple’s new M3 Pro processor, Steam Deck OLED getting announced & Steam Deck 2 being confirmed, the latest on the Microsoft OneDrive drama, and more!

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Microsoft will let you uninstall even more built-in Windows 11 apps soon - Windows Central

Exclusive: Microsoft plans to bring its AI Copilot to 1 billion Windows 10 users - Windows Central

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite goes toe-to-toe with Apple’s new M3 Pro processor - Windows Central

Steam Deck 2 confirmed... kind of - Windows Central

Steam Deck OLED announced - Windows Central

Microsoft will now let you quit OneDrive on Windows 11 without any questions - Windows Central

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Nov 6, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Snapdragon X Elite vs. Apple M3, Windows 11 version 23H2 going live, Microsoft removing the 'Movies & TV' app from Windows 11, Surface support being extended to six years, NVIDIA & AMD offering ARM CPUs for Windows PCs, and more

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Windows 11 version 23H2: All the new features in Microsoft's big OS update - Windows Central

The Windows 11 2023 Update (23H2) is now generally available, but there's a catch - Windows Central

Microsoft will remove the 'Movies & TV' app from Windows 11 soon - Windows Central

Microsoft commits to 6 years of firmware updates for new and some older Surface PCs - Windows Central

NVIDIA and AMD reportedly gearing up to offer ARM CPUs for Windows PCs - Windows Central

How does the Apple M3 compare to the Snapdragon X Elite? - Windows Central

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Oct 30, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Zac discusses Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit & the unveiling of the Snapdragon X Elite processor, what's next for Windows, the future of Windows on ARM, Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer leaving after 32 years & the subsequent reorg, and Dan interviews Kedar Kondap, SVP and GM of Compute and Gaming at Qualcomm about the new Snapdragon X Elite and Windows on ARM!

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Snapdragon X Elite gets benchmarked, completely dunks on Apple’s M2 processor - Windows Central

Windows finally has its Apple Mac moment - Windows Central

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer leaves tech giant after 32 years - Windows Central

We chat with Qualcomm about the new Snapdragon X Elite and Windows on ARM - Windows Central

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Oct 23, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss their exclusive report that Windows 11 is active on almost half a billion devices, the latest Windows 11 insider builds, the launch of 14th Gen Intel CPUs, Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal for Xbox being done, the new OnePlus Open, preview Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit, and more!

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Microsoft accidentally shipped this Windows 11 feature to Insiders - Windows Central

Exclusive: Windows 11 is active on almost half a billion devices, ahead of Microsoft's expectations - Windows Central

Intel Announces 14th Gen Processors - Windows Central

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal for Xbox is now officially done - Windows Central

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Oct 16, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Intel's CFO teasing a significant "Windows refresh" coming next year, Qualcomm announcing it's new Snapdragon X Series platform for PC, an ex-Microsoft developer bringing Android 14 to the Surface Duo, Lenovo’s Yoga AIO 9i, 3D laptops, and more!

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Qualcomm’s next-gen PC processors to compete with Apple officially named Snapdragon X Series - Windows Central

Intel tease suggests 'Windows 12' really is coming in 2024 - Windows Central

Surface Duo gets Android 14 update, but it's not from Microsoft - Windows Central

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Oct 10, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss whether the next version of Windows will require a subscription, get hands-on with the $5000 HP Spectre Foldable PC, review the Surface Laptop Studio 2 & Surface Laptop Go 3, reflect on the four-year anniversary of the Surface Neo & Surface Duo, and more!

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No, of course 'Windows 12' won't require a subscription to use it - Windows Central

HP's new 17-inch foldable PC - Windows Central

HP expands its massive Spectre Foldable PC to 11 more countries - Windows Central

Surface Laptop Studio 2 review - Windows Central

Surface Laptop Go 3 review - Windows Central

4 years ago, Microsoft thought dual-screen devices were the future - Windows Central

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Oct 3, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss the biggest leak in Xbox history and what we learnt from it, all the fallout from Microsoft's Surface & AI event, Panos Panay leaving Microsoft and what this means for the future of the Surface portfolio, the Windows 11 fall update, potential problems with Qualcomm's upcoming Oryon CPUs, and more!

Links:

Leaked documents detail next-gen Xbox targeting 2028 - Windows Central

Microsoft's Surface and AI event: A massive blunder and missed opportunity - Windows Central

Surface and Windows lead Panos Panay is leaving Microsoft in major shake up - Windows Central

Review: The Windows 11 September 26, 2023 Update - Windows Central

Report suggests Qualcomm's upcoming Oryon CPUs stirred controversy among PC makers - Windows Central

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Sep 18, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss what to expect from Microsoft's special Surface and AI event, the leak of Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio 2 renders, updates to the Snipping Tool and Phone Link, a new AI feature for Microsoft's Android SwiftKey, Intel revealing the Thunderbolt 5, HP's new 17-inch foldable PC, and more!

Links:

What to expect from Microsoft's special Surface and AI event - Windows Central

Official Surface Laptop Studio 2 renders leak - Windows Central

Microsoft is bringing 'OCR' text recognition to Windows 11's Snipping Tool - Windows Central

A new AI feature for Microsoft's Android SwiftKey - Windows Central

Intel reveals Thunderbolt 5 - Windows Central

HP's new 17-inch foldable PC is the most versatile laptop I have ever seen - Windows Central

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Sep 11, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Microsoft killing off Windows WordPad, Microsoft Paint's new AI feature, how a cheap MacBook could hurt Microsoft, Microsoft remembering the Surface Duo exists, review the Windows 11 2023 Update, the Razer Blade 14 (2023) Mercury Edition, the Monoprice 35 Zero-G UW-QHD (38035) Gaming Monitor, and more!

Links:

Windows 11 2023 Update Review - Windows Central

Microsoft will add this powerful Paint feature for FREE - Windows Central

Microsoft is killing the classic Windows WordPad app after almost 3 decades - Windows Central

How a cheap MacBook could hurt Microsoft - Windows Central

Razer Blade 14 (2023) Mercury Edition review - Windows Central

Monoprice 35 Zero-G UW-QHD (38035) Gaming Monitor review - Windows Central

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Sep 5, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Microsoft's latest patent and whether it's for the next-gen Surface Duo, Paint & Photos getting AI capabilities, preview Microsoft's September Surface event, all the latest on Windows 11 insider builds, Bing Chat AI is coming to the Microsoft Launcher & Surface Duo, Zac reviews his new Google Pixel Fold phone & the Lenovo Legion Go, Dan reveals what he can about his trip to Intel Labs in Malaysia, and more!

Links:

Windows 11 will soon let you uninstall even more in-box apps - Windows Central

Microsoft may bring AI capabilities to apps like Paint and Photos on Windows 11 - Windows Central

Microsoft announces 2023 Surface event - Windows Central

Microsoft patents 360-degree folding display — is this the Surface Duo 3? - Windows Central

Bing Chat AI is FINALLY coming to the Microsoft Launcher and Surface Duo - Windows Central

I tried Lenovo's new Steam Deck and ROG Ally killer - Windows Central

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Aug 14, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss whether Skype is not long for this world, Windows 365 Switch, Windows 11 cutting support for 44 CPUs, the potential final update for the Surface Duo, Quake 2 remaster coming to Xbox Game Pass, review the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5 & Dell Latitude 9440, and more!

Links:

Microsoft News Roundup: Windows 365 Switch and Windows 11 cutting support for 44 CPUs - Windows Central

Microsoft ships Surface Duo July update in August as support for device limps along - Windows Central

Surface Duo is (effectively) dead, but you can get a Samsung Galaxy Fold 5 instead - Windows Central

Quake 2 now available on Xbox Game Pass - Windows Central

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Aug 7, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss the leak of Microsoft's StagingTool that unlocks hidden Windows 11 features, the RGB option coming to Windows 11, Windows 11 preview build 23516, Microsoft's Surface Go 4 getting postponed, everything we know about the Surface Laptop Go 3, the brilliant Robo & Kala 2-in-1 Laptop, review Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 & Flip 5, and more!

Links:

Microsoft accidentally leaks internal tool that can enable hidden Windows 11 features - Windows Central

Microsoft forgot to mention this awesome RGB option coming to Windows 11 - Windows Central

Windows 11 is getting true HDR desktop wallpaper support - Windows Central

Microsoft postpones Surface Go 4 with ARM - Windows Central

Surface Laptop Go 3: Specs, features, and everything we know so far - Windows Central

Don't waste your money on a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 - Windows Central

This might be the BEST deal I've ever seen on a Windows 11 device - Windows Central

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Jul 24, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss what we know so far about the Surface Laptop Studio 2, Microsoft Build 23506, Microsoft's militarised HoloLens entering another round of testing, the FTC looking into ChatGPT, ASUS saving Intel NUC mini PCs, preview Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, debate the best travel laptops, and more!

Links:

Surface Laptop Studio 2 revealed - Windows Central

Microsoft preinstalls the new Outlook app on Windows 11 in latest Insider Preview - Windows Central

Microsoft's militarized HoloLens to enter next wave of testing - Windows Central

FTC is now taking a look at OpenAI's ChatGPT - Windows Central

ASUS just saved Intel NUC mini PCs from extinction - Windows Central

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Jul 17, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss yet more drama between the FTC and Microsoft over the Activision-Xbox deal, the Windows 11 23H2 update, the return of Emojigate following the latest Windows 11 Insider Build, Major Nelson stepping down from Xbox, and more!

Links:

The next big Windows 11 feature update - Windows Central

Emojigate returns - Windows Central

Microsoft vs FTC - Windows Central

Larry Hryb 'Major Nelson' stepping down - Windows Central

FTC loses again - Windows Central

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Jul 11, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Windows Copilot & why Zac is disappointed with it, mainstream consumer AI use, all the fallout from Meta launching Threads, what it means for Twitter & social media going forward, review Robo & Kala's 2-In-1 laptop, and more!

Links:

First look at Windows Copilot - Windows Central

Why Microsoft won't be the company to mainstream consumer AI use - Windows Central

Meta's 'Threads' reaches 100 million users - Windows Central

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Jun 26, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss what to expect from 'Windows 12', Windows 11 insider build updates, the Android 13 Pixel experience on Surface Duo, their fall expectations for Surface, Dan's thoughts on the ASUS ROG Ally, and more!

Links:

Windows 12: everything we know so far - Windows Central

You won't lose these Windows 11 File Explorer features - Windows Central

Say good-bye to the time and date in the Windows 11 system tray - Windows Central

Check out the Surface Duo running Android 13 - Windows Central

I was wrong about the ASUS ROG Ally - Windows Central

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Jun 19, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Intel's most significant brand update in 15 years, Microsoft removing File Explorer features on Windows 11, all the fallout from the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, and there's reviews of the NewQ 16-in-1 docking station, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ASUS ROG Swift OLED, Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H, and more!

Links:

Intel makes bold move - Windows Central

Microsoft is getting rid of the following File Explorer features - Windows Central

Xbox Games Showcase 2023 - Windows Central

Review: NewQ 16-in-1 docking station - Windows Central

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 8) review - Windows Central

ASUS ROG Swift OLED review - Windows Central

Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H review - Windows Central

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Jun 12, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss the fallout from WWDC including Apple's Vision Pro & how it compares to Microsoft HoloLens, Windows 11's new features, the Windows AI copilot, debate the Pixel Fold's price & software, review the Asus ROG Ally, and more!

Links:

Apple's AR Vision Pro headset isn't the HoloLens competitor I thought it was going to be - Windows Central

Windows 11 version 23H2: New features - Windows Central

Asus ROG Ally review - Windows Central

Latest Windows 11 preview - Windows Central

I hate that people are going to love Apple Vision Pro VR - Windows Central

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Jun 5, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss Microsoft killing support for Cortana on Windows 10 & 11, Microsoft Paint dark mode, the problems with Surface Duo's May 2023 update, Qualcomm's upcoming Oryon chip, Dan's attempts to get Diablo 4, boomer shooters, review the Dell XPS 17 & Lenovo ThinkPad X13s, and more!

Links:

Microsoft is killing Cortana - Windows Central

Microsoft Paint is FINALLY getting dark mode support - Windows Central

Surface Duo's May 2023 firmware update - Windows Central

Qualcomm Oryon chip specs to be unveiled - Windows Central

I'm addicted to 7 boomer shooters - Windows Central

Dell XPS 17 (9730) review - Windows Central

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s review - Windows Central

Diablo 4 Review - Windows Central

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May 29, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss all the big announcements from Microsoft's annual developer conference including Windows Copilot, Microsoft Edge getting a new look, the Microsoft Store being enthused with AI technology, major widgets news, and more!

Links:

Microsoft Build 2023's Biggest Announcments - Windows Central

Windows 11 is getting its own integrated AI assistant - Windows Central

Microsoft Edge gets a new look - Windows Central

Windows 11's Microsoft Store AI - Windows Central

Windows 11 Widget News - Windows Central

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May 22, 2023

On this week's episode of the Window's Central Podcast, Dan and Zac discuss whether the PC market could return to normal this year, Microsoft updating SwiftKey with AI compose mode, a Surface Duo-optimized version of Android 14, Samsung potentially putting Bing on their smartphones, review the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i & Razer Nommo V2 Pro speakers, and more!

Links:

PC market might return to normal this year - Windows Central

Microsoft updates SwiftKey with AI compose mode - Windows Central

A Surface Duo-optimized version of Android 14 - Windows Central

Sorry Bing, Samsung is sticking with Google - Windows Central

Razer Nommo V2 Pro review - Windows Central

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