Update: This will not be the final episode of Observed Tech! Moving to a monthly schedule starting in July. After nearly 10 years, 317 shows, almost 230 hours of me talking, and who knows how many headlines and tech stories that were talked about, I have decided to end the Observed Tech PODCAST. More details in this final episode, but my sincere thanks to the more than a quarter million listeners who have tuned in over the course o... Read more
This week we delayed recording the show until after Microsoft's big Xbox E3 Media Briefing was held yesterday afternoon. So this show has a lot of stuff related to those announcements from Los Angeles, That gets us caught up with the new game pass options for both console and PC, upcoming games, hardware, and streaming technology plus lots of other gaming related items such as project Scarlett and Project xCloud. Of course, I still... Read more
This week I share about my recent office reorganization and the resulting tech purge that it has resulted in as I start to clear out old technology and e-cycle it. We catch up on a slow week for Windows Insiders and discuss the potential release of the first 19H2 bits to testers. Then we discuss COMPUTEX and Microsoft's interesting announcement about a modern operating system right in the middle of them sharing about new OEM hardwa... Read more
Following a long holiday weekend here in the United States, we catch you up on all the details for the general availability of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, aka Version 1903, which began last week. Included among those details are key blog posts you will need as you prepare for its arrival whether you are on the consumer or business front. In addition, I catch us up once again on where Windows Insider builds are and how I believe... Read more
This week we have our normal collection of updates for Windows Insiders with the latest builds and progress across a couple of development branches for Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge (Chromium). However, I begin with an explanation of the final state of my link curation process to avoid Twitter's aggressive algorithms plus I get on my soapbox about headlines and misdirection with one privacy related story I read this week. After tha... Read more
Welcome to our catch up episode after I spent a week out in Seattle at Microsoft Build. There were a lot of exciting announcements from Microsoft for developers and while some will be experienced by consumers sooner - others will come later in our favorites apps, products, and services. Of course we catch you up with all the other key tidbits including new Windows Insiders builds along with many apps and services updates.
This show is full of Microsoft and Windows news as you would expect. There is Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings report which was very good, updates on Microsoft Edge Chromium work, and even a Windows Insider build for Fast Ring testers for the 20H1 feature update. We also learned more about system requirements for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, discuss the status of Sets, and Surface Hub 2S plus the potential for Surface Buds ... Read more
This week there was a lot happening in the Microsoft tech world. First, we had the public release of the Microsoft Edge Developer and Canary builds of the company's new Chromium-based browser on Monday. A couple of hours later they then opened up the Windows Insiders Release Preview ring with Build 18362 of the May 2019 Update aka 19H1. Then mid-week, they merged the Skip Ahead 20H1 ring back to the Fast Ring and made Build 18875 a... Read more
What an absolutely eye opening and jaw dropping week. I kick the show off talking about my return from Twitter Exile and then we dive into what might be the biggest news in the history of Windows 10 and discuss what it all means for Windows Insiders and everyday users of Microsoft's latest operating system. Of course, there are plenty of other headlines this week that I will mention and share with you from social media, software, a... Read more
Welcome to the Twitterless episode of the show. Yeah, it has happened again and I explain what I think caused this one and some changes I have planned when (if) the account is restored. Of course there was news around Windows Insider builds and solid indications that we are indeed in the final stages of 19H1's development so we also get caught up on all of that and the tech news of the week from across all of the normal resources.
This week I am back in the home studio after spending a week in Redmond at the Microsoft campus for the annual MVP Summit. As always, it was a great week with lots of content, friends and learning. It was also a very busy week for Windows Insiders for build releases and progression in the final development stages for the next feature update for Windows 10. We get caught up on all of those details and then talk about plenty of other... Read more
This episode comes to you from Redmond and just a couple of miles from the Microsoft Campus as we get ready to start the annual MVP Summit. Unfortunately, the awesome summit experience begins on a sad note as we learn that one of our fellow MVP's was killed in the horrific attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. I share about that and then jump into the weeks the week's tech news which covers our normal range of subjects.
We are still wiping the sleep out of our eyes after we lost an hour overnight thanks to Daylight Savings Time here across much of the United States. Among the news this week we learned that Windows 10 officially crossed the 800 million device threshold, we had another week full of Windows Insider builds for both Fast and Skip Ahead Rings, plus we saw some leaks around Microsoft Edge on Chromium. Of course, the show is littered with... Read more
It was another busy week for Windows Insiders as we had a total of five builds for Windows 10 (19H1 and 20H1) see their way to Windows Insiders test machines. The end is closing in quickly for the upcoming April 2019 Update and we will discuss all of those build related activities. I share a little about my quick trip to Cape Canaveral to see SpaceX's launch Crew Dragon, the first crew rated vehicle since Shuttle in 2011, plus I up... Read more
This week was very busy for Windows Insiders as three different builds were released for testers. Two of the builds came from the Fast Ring for Windows 10 (19H1) and the other one was from the new Skip Ahead Ring for Windows 10 (20H1). We talk about those releases, what the name Santorini might be for Windows, the April 2019 Update for Xbox One, hosts of new games for Xbox Game Pass, and all kinds of other tidbits. Stay tuned in fr... Read more
After all the fun and commentary around Episode 300 last week, we get started with the next 300 shows this week and there is plenty to talk about. There are big changes happening in the Windows Insiders program as it relates to changes in Microsoft's approach to developing updates for Windows 10. I dive into the details and offer my observations on where things might be going over the next several months. Of course, we have plenty ... Read more
Milestone Reached! Technically it is 301 episodes but I explain why this is the one and true 300th episode in this episode. I decided to mark this 300th show by talking about how an episode of Observed Tech comes together. Ranging from the hardware and software I use each week, the process of selecting what headlines make their way into the show, and some background statistics on the show itself over the last 9 1/2 years including ... Read more
It is Super Bowl Sunday here in the U.S. and I have a Super edition of Observed Tech for you because there was a lot of news this past week across a broad range of subjects. Windows Insiders received a new Fast Ring build for Windows 10 (19H1) and with the opening of the Skip Ahead ring testers got to opt into the prerelease branch to get the first development build of Windows 10 (19H2). I explain how things will work moving forwar... Read more
We start off by talking about the latest build in the Windows 10 19H1 development branch and the stagnant status of the re-release process for the October 2018 Update. Currently that feature update is still being tested by Slow and Release Preview Ring Insiders. Another issue, this time about copying and pasting files from a compressed archive, now has to be fixed and likely tested as well. This was earnings week and Microsoft had ... Read more
We catch up on the Windows 10 19H1 development cycle as it begins in earnest plus we discuss the status of the delayed October 2018 Update. Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 landed in retail channels this week so that means a bevy of reviews are also out on the new hardware. There are also new apps, app features, and other hardware that were announced/shared this past week including further integration of Microsoft To-Do into othe... Read more