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Monday - October 25th, 2021

Microsoft Makes Changes to WaaS Update Process; Gives End Users Additional Control

Nearly four years after the initial release of Windows 10 in July 2015, Microsoft is implementing a significant change to their Windows as a Service (WaaS) approach to system and feature updates. The change returns a certain level of control to end users on when they install monthly cumulative updates and semi-annual feature updates. So far, the change seems well received across social media.

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 276 #OTP

Insidering picked up its pace with the release of not one but two fast ring builds for Windows Insiders. We also finally got to try out the Your Phone app that was announced for Windows 10 back at Build 2018. The timing and availability of its release gives us a couple of clues about when Microsoft might be targeting its ultimate release. A big chunk of this week’s show is spent discussing the retail availability of Microsoft Surface Go and the flood of reviews that came out this past Thursday. Sentiments are quite mixed on the devices capabilities but it no doubt carries many of the identifying features that make it a Surface. We of course have other news items including some stuff from Xbox, Apple, Google and one of my favorite subject areas – NASA. So be sure you listen all the way to the end so nothing is missed. As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 234 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 234 of Observed.Tech. We start off with an update about builds for this past week for Windows Insiders, one mobile update and nothing for desktops, and some interesting information about the under the hood update/upgrade process for Windows 10. I then discuss another update for unsupported Windows operating systems XP and Vista, how Microsoft is adding even more products to their rapid release cycle of two feature updates per year, and Intel’s concern about Microsoft emulating x86 on devices that will run Windows 10 on ARM so that desktop software will run on these battery efficient devices. I also cover some more Xbox/E3 news, the lifted review embargo for Surface Laptop and Surface Pro hardware, and a handful of interesting articles about various technologies. As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 217 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 217 of Observed.Tech and our first show of the new year. As we get 2017 kicked off I share about my experience attending CES in Las Vegas for the first time ever and what I saw there which caught my eye. I then take a look at some recent news about Windows 7 and its security profile plus take a closer look at the first two Windows 10 Redstone 2, aka Creators Update, and talk about the massive feature bump that has started 2017 off for the upcoming feature update for Windows 10. Privacy, Microsoft, and Windows 10 came back into the forefront of everyone’s thoughts as Microsoft announced a new privacy portal for your Microsoft Account and changes that will put privacy on Windows 10 front and center with the Creators Update. Next up are a couple of leaks/rumors that indicate we might see a new Windows Shell for Windows 10 and an eBook section in the Windows Store. I also make my plug for a podcast section as well since the Windows Store is apparently expanding. After this I talk about new hardware, testing YubiKey for Windows Hello, and a couple of new Microsoft acquisitions to start 2017. Of course, as always there are other tidbits scattered throughout the show such as the end of Windows Essentials, ads in Windows 10, price cuts for Windows 10 licensing, Xbox One vs PS4 in 2016, and app downloads seeing an increase in 2016. Enjoy the show and thanks again for listening throughout 2016 and it looks like 2017 is going to be a fun ride as well!

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