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Wednesday - April 21st, 2021

Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 297 #OTP

A busy week begins with news about the end of support for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 7 which is in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively. We had a new build in the Windows Insider program and it continues the trend over the last few builds of just tweaking the UI and putting some finishing touches on the next feature update for the OS. We have all kinds of other news related to Microsoft, apps, services, gaming, Office Insiders updates, and HoloLens 2. Be sure to stay tuned in from start to finish so you don’t miss any of the tidbits we discuss this week.

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Observed Tech PODCAST Episode 240 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 240 of Observed Tech. In this muscle spasm shortened episode there is a lot of Windows 10 news as we talk about the two year anniversary of the operating systems release. We also get a chance to discuss Windows 10 S, the latest Windows Insider builds for Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices, plus my initial experience with the new Eye Tracking feature that is in these latest builds of Windows 10. In addition we talk about a new funding option for buying Surface hardware for both consumers and small/medium sized businesses and the status of the Acer/HP HMDs pre-orders. Of course, as always there are plenty of other tidbits across a wide range of tech subjects throughout the show so be sure to listen all the way until the end. As always enjoy the show and thanks again for listening!

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Observed.Tech PODCAST Episode 211 #OTP

Welcome to Episode 211 of Observed.Tech! You can call this one the Product Launch Episode because it covers Microsoft’s and Apple’s individual product launches this past week which happened within 24 hours of each other. Microsoft held their event in New York City on Wednesday and then on Thursday in Cupertino Apple held theirs and the difference between the two events was palpable across social media. The response to Surface Studio was quite spectacular because of its innovations and capabilities while the response to Touch Bar on the updated MacBook Pros was really approached with a lot of snark on social media. A lot of that negative reaction came from folks who are normally diehard Apple fans as well which caught everyone off guard. However, when you compare the two events you should be able to see that Surface Studio pushed out the boundaries of creativity on many levels while the MacBook Pros got refreshed hardware, shaved off some size and weight, and then added a strip above the keyboard called the Touch Bar. Don’t get me wrong – the concept of the Touch Bar and how it highlights functionality in apps and software is great – I would not mind having that on my Windows devices as well but when is Apple finally going to join the future and give their users touch screens. Imagine if they had launched new MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar and touch screens. Then the perception of the week might have been very different. Alas, we will never know that so we just move forward and watch the critical acclaim being received by Microsoft for Surface Studio while Apple gets memes created about their Touch Bar. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!

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