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Friday - February 26th, 2021

Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 260 #OTP

Welcome to episode 260 of Observed Tech. This week we focus on the big news that recently came out of Redmond – the massive reorganization at Microsoft which includes the departure of Windows CVP Terry Myerson and the splitting up of the Windows team across two engineering groups. This change, which places Windows at least two leadership layers below the CEO, is significant as the role of Windows at Microsoft continues to change. No longer is Windows the bread and butter of the software giant – now it is all about the cloud, artificial intelligence, and edge computing. Prior to diving into my take and summary of this realignment, I catch everyone up on the latest when it comes to Redstone 4, Redstone 5, and what we should be expecting next as this upcoming feature update gets ready for general availability. Normally I would have several other headlines in an episode of the show but since this is focused on the reorganization the only outside item on the agenda is about the new DNS service from Cloudflare and APNIC. The service, which was announced on April Fool’s Day but wasn’t a joke, promises faster DNS translation and privacy around your DNS lookups/browsing. I already have it setup across my home network and so far it is proving to be quite fast and improving my overall browsing experience. Lastly, my apologies for the interruptions due to my allergy related cough a few times in this episode. I am really hoping this sorts itself out in the next few days. I appreciate your patience and as always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 97

Welcome to Episode 97. Not only are we just three episodes from our 100th but this is a contraband episode as well. Listen in on the show and I will explain why! Plenty of news this week to talk about when it comes to Microsoft as they had quite a few product and services announcements at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which was held in Houston this week for over 14,000 partners, and the public announcement of Microsoft’s reorganization plans. After talking about the announcements at WPC 13 and the plans for Microsoft’s reorganization we discuss the best kept secret in Windows Phone, the new Nokia Lumia 1020, which was revealed to the public officially today. That camera looks simply amazing and the level of detail it gives you is beyond anything out there on a smartphone right now. I spend some time telling you about my experience trying out the AT&T Locker Cloud Storage service, which did not go well at all, and the fact that SkyDrive brings us all of those features on Windows Phone anyway. Some other items we hit is my predictions on when we will see the final bits of Windows 8.1 on all of our devices, Twitter updates to sync direct messages, a cumulative Surface Pro firmware and driver update package, the continued fall of PC shipments, an Acer Iconia W3 review, why Kids Corner on Windows Phone 8 is such a great feature and Nextgen Reader keeping Windows Phone 7 users in the Feedly loop. Wrapping things up we talk about T-Mobile’s new Jump program for twice yearly phone upgrades at a cost, how I curate and share links after the closure of Google Reader, a new policy for apps in Microsoft various stores with security issues, a Windows 8.1 PC Settings tip and my day of investigative blogging when I went searching for the upcoming Microsoft Store here in Jacksonville, Florida. Just as a reminder there is only one week left to enter our Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel Giveaway as that winner gets announced on next weeks podcast – 18 Jul 2013 – so make sure you get your entry in. Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening!

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