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Your weekly source for the best stories and insights from the world of Windows 10, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and more. Hosted by Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden.

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Thanksgiving is coming up in the U.S., but there's plenty of news. Daniel reviews the Dell UltraSharp Webcam. He and Zac have both received the Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover. As well, Windows 10 'November 2021 Update' is here along with the new Media Player app for Windows 11, and more. Links: Surface Duo 2 Pen Cover is available now, here's where to buy | Windows Central Dell UltraSharp Webcam review: Excellent hardware, but image quality can't beat Logitech | Windows Central Is your PC getting the Windows 10 November 2021 Update right away? | Windows Central The Windows 10 'November 2021 Update' is now generally available | Windows Central Windows 11's new Media Player app is rolling out to Insiders now | Windows Central Xbox 20th Anniversary: Everything Microsoft announced | Windows Central Qualcomm's Nuvia-based advanced ARM chip for PC to rival Apple by 2023 | Windows Central WhatsApp Beta appears in the Microsoft Store, including ink and multi-device support | Windows Central

Nov 22

1 hr 27 min

This week, we go in depth about Surface Laptop SE and Windows 11 SE, Microsoft's latest offerings for the education market. Dan and Zac also look at Android 12l and foldables, plus new the latest Surface Duo security update, and more. Links: Microsoft unveils $249 Surface Laptop SE with Windows 11 SE for the K-8 classroom | Windows Central Surface Laptop SE: Price, release date, specs, and everything you need to know | Windows Central When Google talks about foldable phones, does it mean Surface Duo, too? Yup. | Windows Central Windows 11 build 22000.346 brings emojigate to Release Preview and Beta Channels | Windows Central Surface Duo's November 2021 Android security update is here | Windows Central New upcoming Xbox exclusives revealed: Project 'Midnight' from Compulsion and 'Pentiment' from Obsidian | Windows Central Forza Horizon 5 review: The unchallenged champion of open-world racers | Windows Central

Nov 15

1 hr 12 min

Microsoft is bringing their flavor of the metaverse to Teams with Mesh next year. Dan and Zac also check out other announcements from Ignite, and Intel's 12th Gen processors. Links: Microsoft is bringing the metaverse to Microsoft Teams with Mesh in 2022 | Windows Central Experts agree that Intel's 12th Gen CPUs bring the fight back to AMD | Windows Central Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev Channel can now try out Android apps | Windows Central

Nov 8

1 hr 7 min

Rumor has it that Microsoft is build an 11.6-inch laptop for the K-12 education market. But why? Daniel and Zac ponder this very question along with Intel's 12th Gen processors, and more. Links: Microsoft is building an 11.6-inch low-cost laptop designed for K-12 education markets | Windows Central Windows 11 preview build 22489 brings new Microsoft Account page in Settings | Windows Central Microsoft FY22 Q1 earnings: $45.3 billion in revenue, surpassing forecasts | Windows Central Surface Duo 2 Bumper review: Stupidly expensive, but also way better | Windows Central Best Surface Duo 2 cases in 2021 | Windows Central I want to want a Surface Duo 2, but Microsoft isn't making it easy | Windows Central Intel officially announces 12th Gen Alder Lake desktop processors, SKUs, and pricing | Windows Central

Nov 1

1 hr 33 min

Zac and Dan are here with UWP to Win32 migration details and their massive Surface Duo 2 review. We also get a taste test of Android Apps on Windows 11, Razer's smart facemask, and more. Links: Microsoft publishes UWP to Win32 migration details, but it's probably not what you think | Windows Central Surface Duo 2 review: A huge step in the right direction, but still much work to be done | Windows Central Hands-on with Android apps on Windows 11 (video demo) | Windows Central Razer's Zephyr smart facemask with RGB and N95 filters can now be yours for $99 [Update: Sold out!] | Windows Central

Oct 25

1 hr 53 min

Zac and Daniel talk Emojigate, an accidental Notepad UI leak, Xbox mini fridge, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Surface Pro 8 two weeks later, and more. Links: Windows 11 Build 22000.282 arrives for Release Preview and Beta Channels | Windows Central Emojigate: People are mad that Windows 11 won't have 3D emojis after all | Windows Central Leaked images show revamped Notepad app that fits in on Windows 11 | Windows Central The Xbox Series X mini fridge preorders open soon, arriving later in December | Windows Central What's new with the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 11 | Windows Central Forget the Pixel 6, iPhone 13, and MacBook Pro: Our readers want the Surface Duo 2 this Techtober | Windows Central Can you use an eGPU with Surface Pro 8? | Windows Central All the Windows 11 laptops you can buy right now | Windows Central

Oct 18

1 hr 31 min

In this massive episode, Dan and Zac review Windows 11, Surface Pro 8, and Surface Laptop Studio. They also touch on Surface Go 3. It's the best Surface Go yet, but still has a long way to go. Links: Windows 11 review: The start of a new era | Windows Central Are you upgrading to Windows 11? | Windows Central Surface Pro 8 review: Nearly 10 years in the making, Microsoft finally figures it all out | Windows Central Surface Laptop Studio review: Redefining what a Windows laptop can be (again) | Windows Central Surface Go 3: Price, release date, features, and everything you need to know | Windows Central

Oct 11

2 hr 4 min

Microsoft appears to have delivered the goods in a big way at their recent Surface event. Zac and Daniel check out everything that was announced, including Surface Duo 2, Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and more! Links: Microsoft Surface 2021 event: Release dates, prices, and everything announced | Windows Central

Sep 24

1 hr 20 min

Microsoft's fall 2021 Surface event is only a couple days away! Dan and Zac talk about what to expect, and what not to expect. They also celebrate the one year anniversary of Surface Duo, a new Windows 11 build, some review roundups, and Microsoft says your password sucks. Links: What to expect from Microsoft's fall 2021 Surface hardware event | Windows Central The Surface Pro 8 may have leaked, with 120hz display and Thunderbolt in tow | Windows Central Microsoft will let you say goodbye to your password in the name of security | Windows Central Surface Duo one year later: Slow progress, mixed bag | Windows Central Dell XPS 17 9710 review: 11th Gen Intel and RTX 3060 push this juggernaut laptop to new extremes | Windows Central Razer Huntsman V2 review: Refined, streamlined and still top of the tree | Windows Central Dark Matter by Monoprice 27-inch Gaming Monitor review: IGZO never looked so good for $350 | Windows Central Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.194 is here for the Beta Channel | Windows Central

Sep 20

1 hr 46 min

Zac and Daniel talk about the October 5 release date for Windows 11 and a (since fixed) crippling bug that has some users worried about stability. They also talk about the delay of Android app compatibility within the new OS, and why Windows 11 won't really sell new computers, but it's a nice cherry on top. Links: No one is going to go buy a new PC just for Windows 11 | Windows Central HP Pavilion Aero 13 review: The lightest and best mid-range AMD laptop available | Windows Central Microsoft to unveil new Surface hardware on September 22 | Windows Central Report suggests that an 'ad' for Microsoft Teams may have broken the Windows 11 desktop and taskbar | Windows Central Windows Subsystem for Android discovered in Microsoft Store, but it doesn't work yet | Windows Central Windows 11 Build 22000.176 rolls out to the Beta Channel with more fixes | Windows Central We asked experts how Windows 11 is looking ahead of its October 5 release | Windows Central Windows 11: Release date, price, and everything you need to know | Windows Central Windows 11 shipping without Android apps isn't a big deal to many | Windows Central Latest Windows 11 Beta and Dev builds causing Start menu, taskbar to disappear for many. Here's how to fix it [Updated] | Windows Central

Sep 6

1 hr 22 min

Dan and Zac explain (again) why Windows 11 CPU support is essentially a non-issue. They also digest some spicy benchmarks for Surface Go 3 and Surface Duo 2 along with rumors about other Surface products. Panos Panay has earned a seat at the executive table at Microsoft, plus a ton more. Links: Microsoft updates list of officially supported CPUs for Windows 11 with some Intel 7th-Gen chips | Windows Central Official Windows 11 ISOs will not hard block most PCs with CPUs that aren't officially supported | Windows Central Surface Go 3 benchmarks allegedly spotted online with new Intel CPUs | Windows Central Surface Duo 2 appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 888 and 8GB RAM | Windows Central Panos Panay has been promoted to Microsoft's senior leadership team, elevating Windows and Surface | Windows Central AT&T Samsung Galaxy Book Go 5G with faster 8cx Snapdragon now available for $800 | Windows Central Sponsors: NordVPN: Head to nordvpn.com/wcp or use code WCP to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount!

Aug 29

1 hr 29 min

This week, Zac and Dan cover the latest beta of Windows 11 and some updated apps designed to leverage new features of the OS. They also talk about the global chip shortage, what we know about upcoming Surface devices, new foldables from Samsung, and the next-generation of haptic feedback trackpads. Links: Windows 11 build 22000.132 is now out for Insiders in Dev and Beta channels | Windows Central Microsoft rolls out first updates to its Windows 11 apps | Windows Central Chip shortage wait times continue to grow, hampering new Windows 11 PCs | Windows Central Surface Book 4: Specs, features, and everything we know so far | Windows Central Surface Pro 8: Release date and everything we know so far | Windows Central Which unannounced Surface device are you most excited about? | Windows Central Microsoft and Samsung expand partnership with Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 | Windows Central Will you buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 or wait for the Surface Duo 2? | Windows Central Next-gen 'HD' haptic trackpads are coming to Windows in 2022 thanks to Boréas and Cirque | Windows Central Sponsors: NordVPN: Head to nordvpn.com/wcp or use code WCP to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount!

Aug 16

1 hr 15 min

We've got the latest happenings with Windows 11, a unification of OneNote apps, initial reports on Windows 365, and more. Links: Windows 11 Build 22000.120 is now rolling out to Insiders in the Beta and Dev Channels | Windows Central Rounded corners are officially the most popular Windows 11 design feature | Windows Central The first look at Windows 11's new Snipping Tool is here | Windows Central Microsoft to unify OneNote apps on Windows into single experience | Windows Central Windows 365: Pricing, availability, features, and everything you need to know | Windows Central Xbox Game Pass for PC is not good enough | Windows Central Steam Deck: Specs, cost, and everything you need to know | Windows Central Razer Anzu smart glasses review: Niche, but not just a gimmick | Windows Central Sponsors: NordVPN: Head to nordvpn.com/wcp or use code WCP to get a 2-year plan plus a bonus gift with a huge discount!

Aug 8

1 hr 27 min

Windows 11 has achieved Beta status! We also have Surface Duo 2 leaks, Surface Book 4 speculation, and Dan's review of the HP Elite Folio. Links: Windows 11 preview bits are now available in the Insider Beta Channel | Windows Central Images of Microsoft's upcoming 'Surface Duo 2' leak revealing triple camera setup | Windows Central Microsoft's next Surface Book could radically redesign what a 2-in-1 is supposed to be like | Windows Central Microsoft Q4 2021 earnings: $46.2 billion in revenue, beating expectations | Windows Central HP Elite Folio review: The future of ultra-light convertible PCs should look like this | Windows Central

Aug 2

1 hr 30 min

A new week, and a new build of Windows 11! Zac and Dan check it out along with the included Teams Chat app. They also talk about Edge 92, speculation that Amazon could come gunning for Office 365, and iFixit vs. Microsoft. Dan's got a review of the Panasonic Toughbook G2, and more! Links: Windows 11 build 22000.100 rolls out to Insiders in the Dev Channel | Windows Central Windows Central readers split about Windows 11 Chat app | Windows Central Will you use Windows 11's Teams Chat app? | Windows Central Intel PC unit sales rose 33% compared to last year, as company beats Q2 expectations | Windows Central Amazon may be attempting to dethrone Microsoft 365 | Windows Central Backbone One review: The best iPhone controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming | Windows Central Microsoft Edge 92 is now rolling out with updated password health features | Windows Central Panasonic Toughbook G2 review: The most rugged, modular PC in existence today | Windows Central Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano review: The lightest business Ultrabook around doesn't disappoint | Windows Central Microsoft, Apple, Samsung called out by iFixit CEO over device repairability | Windows Central

Jul 26

1 hr 36 min

This week, we check out the latest news on Windows 11, Windows 10 21H2, the Steam Deck handheld console, and Dan's review of the Dell XPS 13 OLED model. All that, AND Zac sits down for a conversation with the great Mary Jo Foley! Links: All About Microsoft | ZDNet Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) / Twitter Steam Deck: Specs, cost, and everything you need to know | Windows Central Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 21H2 coming this fall | Windows Central Windows 11 build 22000.71 rolls out to Insiders in the Dev Channel | Windows Central Microsoft is bringing over 1,800 fresh emoji to Teams and Windows | Windows Central Microsoft Teams 2.0 is on the way, and we just got a closer look at it | Windows Central Dell XPS 13 (9310) with 3.5K OLED review: Beauty is gained, but battery dips in this nearly perfect laptop | Windows Central Razer Barracuda X review: Multi-device gamers rejoice at this go-anywhere $99 headset | Windows Central

Jul 19

1 hr 45 min

This week, Dan and Zac talk about the new build of Windows 11 and weigh the pros and cons of moving forward with new UI choices and features vs. maintaining the status quo. They also check out price drops on Surface Duo, the would-be processor for Surface Neo that's already been discontinued by Intel, AMD laptop chip performance shadiness, and more. Links: Windows 11 build 22000.65 rolls out to Insiders in the Dev Channel with more changes | Windows Central Do you want the Windows 10 Start menu back on Windows 11? | Windows Central Microsoft removes ability to put Windows 10 Start menu on Windows 11 in latest Insider build | Windows Central Intel just discontinued the processor that powered the Surface Neo | Windows Central Some AMD laptops reduce system performance for better battery life, but is that OK? | Windows Central Razer Blade 14 review: Razer's first AMD gaming laptop is insanely powerful with some quirks | Windows Central Windows 11 | Windows Central Microsoft's Surface Duo down to an insane price of just $410 | Windows Central

Jul 12

1 hr 29 min

Windows 11 is now available as an Insider preview build! Dan and Zac have thoughts, including the still hot topic of systems requirements. They also talk about sideloading Android APKs, the Windows 11 Microsoft Store, ARM performance, and more. Links: Windows 11 | Windows Central Microsoft releases first Windows 11 Insider preview build 22000, here's what's new | Windows Central Damn straight I'm excited for Windows 11, and no one can convince me I shouldn't be | Windows Central Zoom, OBS Studio, and Canva all arrive as full apps in the new Windows 11 Microsoft Store | Windows Central Microsoft Office is now 64-bit for Windows 11 on ARM bringing improved performance and better compatibility | Windows Central Yes, you'll be able to sideload Android APKs onto Windows 11 | Windows Central Sponsors: Hello Fresh: With HelloFresh, you get fresh, pre-measured ingredients and mouthwatering seasonal recipes delivered right to your door. Go to HelloFresh.com/wcp12 and use code wcp12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!

Jul 4

1 hr 36 min

Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11, which will be a free upgrade when it is released this Fall. Zac and Daniel discuss the details we already knew, kind of knew, and didn't know at all! Links: Microsoft makes Windows 11 official, and it's coming this fall | Windows Central Microsoft announces Windows 11 will be able to run Android apps | Windows Central Microsoft is returning to one major feature update a year on Windows 11 | Windows Central As Windows 11 shakes things up for Microsoft, here's what industry experts are saying | Windows Central Windows 11 | Windows Central

Jun 25

1 hr 22 min

Thanks to the leak of an early build, we know even more about Windows 11 in advance of its official unveiling on June 24. But as Dan and Zac discuss, the build is not feature complete — so it isn't fully representative of what to expect when the software is released later this year. They also talk about a couple new laptops and Xbox news from E3 2021. Check it out! Links: Windows 11: Release date, price, and everything you need to know | Windows Central The Blade 14 is Razer's first laptop with a powerful AMD Ryzen processor — and it's awesome | Windows Central Samsung and Qualcomm announce Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G, starting at $349 | Windows Central Gaming | Windows Central Sponsors: Hello Fresh: With HelloFresh, you get fresh, pre-measured ingredients and mouthwatering seasonal recipes delivered right to your door. Go to HelloFresh.com/wcp12 and use code wcp12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!

Jun 21

1 hr 23 min

Dan and Zac deliver another round of Windows 11 predictions, Xbox news, some new hardware reviews, and more. Links: Windows 11: Release date, price, and everything you need to know | Windows Central Microsoft teases Windows 11 with startup sound slo-fi remix | Windows Central Gaming | Windows Central HP ENVY x360 15 review: A budget convertible that impresses on battery life, performance, and more | Windows Central NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 review: Good budget gaming performance, if you can find one | Windows Central Samsung and Qualcomm announce Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G, starting at $349 | Windows Central Take a closer look at Microsoft's Pride Skin for Surface | Windows Central

Jun 14

1 hr 6 min

Microsoft is hosting an event on June 24 to announce the next generation of Windows. Will it be called Windows 11, or something else? We discuss, along with Xbox at E3 2021, new laptops, and more. Links: Microsoft will unveil 'the next generation of Windows' on June 24 | Windows Central Xbox E3 2021: Our expectations and predictions (and hopes and dreams) | Windows Central Samsung and Qualcomm announce Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G, starting at $349 | Windows Central HP Elite Dragonfly gets Intel 11th Gen and adds new 'Max' edition for those stuck in meetings | Windows Central Watch this now: Here's why Windows no longer has its famous startup sound | Windows Central Surface Duo with 256GB of storage down to an incredible price | Windows Central

Jun 6

1 hr 21 min

Zac and Dan share some highlights from Microsoft Build 2021. The May update is available for Surface Duo, which includes some Android security fixes and a firmware update. They also chat about the newly announced Arm v9 instruction set, new chips from Qualcomm, a slew of Acer laptops, and more. Links: Microsoft Build 2021: Top 5 biggest announcements | Windows Central Why I wasn't disappointed in Microsoft Build 2021 | Windows Central Surface Duo's May 2021 Android security and firmware update is now available | Windows Central Arm unveils Armv9 Cortex CPUs that will power the next generation of smartphones and PCs | Windows Central Qualcomm announces budget-friendly Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform | Windows Central Hands-on: Acer Swift X packs the power of AMD and RTX 30 Series into a 3lb portable monster | Windows Central Best Razer Keyboards 2021 | Windows Central Sponsors: NordVPN: Head to nordvpn.com/qcp for 66% off our 2-year plan plus 1 month for free!

May 30

1 hr 15 min

Windows 10 May 2021 is now available, assuming you hadn't already checked it out via the Windows Insider program. Dan and Zac discuss the update along with the idea of developing Windows 11 . They also commemorate the seventh anniversary of Surface Pro 3 and why it was such an important landmark device. All that and loads more on this week's episode! Links: Windows 10 May 2021 Update now generally available | Windows Central Microsoft confirms Windows 10X is not coming in 2021, and likely never will | Windows Central Why it's time Microsoft made a Windows 11 | Windows Central Seven years ago, Microsoft released the era-defining Surface Pro 3 | Windows Central Xbox is ready to start playing dirty | Windows Central Sponsors: NordVPN: Head to nordvpn.com/qcp for 66% off our 2-year plan plus 1 month for free!

May 23

1 hr 26 min

Zac and Daniel discuss the future of Windows 10 now that Windows 10X is on hold, plus more of the week's news. Links: What does the future hold for Windows if it isn't Windows 10X? | Windows Central Sponsors: Hello Fresh: With HelloFresh, you get fresh, pre-measured ingredients and mouthwatering seasonal recipes delivered right to your door. Go to HelloFresh.com/wcp12 and use code wcp12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!

May 18

1 hr 16 min

Windows 10X has been put on hold for now so Microsoft can work to revamp Windows 10 desktop. Daniel and Zac also talk about what's going on with chip fabs and the global shortage, plus productivity on Xbox via Edge, and tons more. Links: Windows 10X is on ice as Microsoft focuses efforts on rejuvenating Windows 10 desktop instead | Windows Central 60 Minutes' Intel CEO interview breaks down the chip shortage and global dependency on Asia | Windows Central Microsoft introduces new Segoe UI Variant font in latest Windows 10 preview build | Windows Central Microsoft releases new Edge Beta 91 for iOS with a unified desktop codebase | Windows Central You can now use Samsung's SmartThings on your Windows 10 PC | Windows Central Epic Games v. Apple: Here's everything we've learned so far | Windows Central With the new Microsoft Edge, you can almost use the Xbox Series S/X for productivity | Windows Central

May 9

1 hr 36 min

Microsoft is planning changes to how games are sold on PC, which could include a reduction of their cut of net sales revenue of third party titles to 12%. Daniel and Zac cover the company's impressive earnings report and some new Windows laptops from Samsung. They also discuss ongoing competition between Intel and AMD, and how Apple is winning PC converts with MacBook. Links: The Microsoft Store giving 88% of net sales revenue to developers isn't enough to shake Steam | Windows Central Microsoft exploring reduced Xbox store revenue cut, internal documents reveal | Windows Central Microsoft Q3 2021 earnings: $41.7 billion in revenue, large growth amidst pandemic | Windows Central Samsung announces ultra-light and thin Galaxy Book Pro and Book Pro 360 Windows laptops | Windows Central Samsung and Intel's partnership reveals why it's so hard for AMD to break through | Windows Central Apple's surge in first-time MacBook buyers should worry the PC industry | Windows Central How to get the Windows 10 May 2021 Update final release before anyone else | Windows Central

May 3

1 hr 33 min

What's up with all the inexplicable whining about the upcoming Windows 10 Taskbar feature 'News and Interests'? Zac also delivers an exclusive report on Microsoft's work to revitalize the app store for Windows 10. Daniel has his full review of Surface Laptop 4, plus they chat about the latest Surface Duo update, GroupMe, iMac, and more. Links: Windows 10's new Taskbar feature 'News and Interests' begins public rollout in a few weeks | Windows Central Microsoft is building a new app store for Windows 10 in major revitalization effort | Windows Central Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) review: AMD Ryzen shines, but Microsoft could still do much more | Windows Central Surface Duo's April 2021 Android security and firmware update is here (Update: Changelog) | Windows Central Microsoft's GroupMe (beta) is finally getting the ability to delete messages | Windows Central Apple's new iMacs may look silly, but it's the price that's killer | Windows Central Sponsors: Hello Fresh: With HelloFresh, you get fresh, pre-measured ingredients and mouthwatering seasonal recipes delivered right to your door. Go to HelloFresh.com/wcp12 and use code wcp12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!

Apr 26

1 hr 38 min

Surface Laptop 4 is officially here and available in Intel and AMD-based variants. Daniel and Zac have the details along with Microsoft Edge Canary for Android, a new Windows Insider build, and more. Links: Microsoft releases Edge Canary for Android matching desktop OS browser and features | Windows Central Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with AMD Ryzen 4000 and Intel 11th Gen processors | Windows Central Microsoft unveils Surface Headphones 2 Plus for Business with new 'Teams Certified' dongle | Windows Central Windows 10 build 21359 rolls out to Insiders with a lengthy list of changes and fixes | Windows Central Microsoft to purchase Nuance, the AI giant that helped create Apple's Siri, for $19.7 billion | Windows Central

Apr 19

1 hr 46 min

Microsoft will be rolling out a variety of updates to Windows 10 over the next several months. Should you upgrade to an Insider build now or wait for final release? Daniel shows of the Razer Anzu smart glasses while he and Zac talk about new features to Microsoft Teams and more Surface patent filings. They also do a review roundup of the Razer Naga X mouse, HP ENVY 14, several Dell laptop announcements, and more. Links: Windows 10 | Windows Central Razer just made smart glasses for people who work all day and they look awesome | Windows Central Microsoft Teams will copy Zoom to make it easier to join meetings | Windows Central Microsoft files 'airplane mode' design patent to protect its Surface Pro design | Windows Central Which Dell laptop is right for you? | Windows Central Dell XPS 15 vs. Inspiron 15 7000: Which is best for you? | Windows Central Dell's G15 and G15 Ryzen Edition both offer the elusive RTX 3060 and much more | Windows Central Razer Naga X Review: The king of MMO gaming mice improves on the basics | Windows Central HP ENVY 14 review: An excellent creator's laptop that won't break your back (or wallet) | Windows Central Goodbye to LG, a fallen titan of experimentation and bootloops | Android Central

Apr 12

1 hr 31 min

This week, Zac and Daniel talk about Microsoft's lead in mixed reality computing and their massive $22 billion contract with the US Army. They also look ahead to the Spring Surface lineup and the $499 B&O headphones for Xbox. Plus, the Xbox mini fridge is a reality! Links: Microsoft scores U.S. Army contract to produce augmented reality headsets | Windows Central With Apple and other rivals in the wings, mixed reality is Microsoft's race to lose | Windows Central All the new Surface hardware we're expecting to see in spring 2021 | Windows Central Bang & Olufsen unveils $499 Beoplay Portal headset for Xbox | Windows Central Xbox's latest console is the Xbox Series Mini Fridge | Windows Central Razer Laptop Stand Chroma V2 review: Ridiculously priced, but ridiculously awesome | Windows Central

Apr 5

1 hr 17 min

It appears that Microsoft is set to buy Discord as part of its recent shopping spree. Daniel and Zac also chat about Razer possibly releasing an AMD-powered laptop, new icons in File Explorer, a WPA version of the Spotify app, and more. Links: Microsoft could close on $10 billion Discord acquisition as soon as next month | Windows Central Razer seems set to join team red with an AMD-powered laptop | Windows Central Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 21H1 build 19043.906 to the Insider Beta Channel | Windows Central Windows 10 Insider build 21343 brings new icons to the File Explorer | Windows Central It might be time for an 'Xbox Game Pass Lite' | Windows Central Say goodbye to the clunky Spotify desktop app for Windows 10 | Windows Central Halo Infinite voice actor leaks potential November 2021 release date [Update] | Windows Central LG Gram 17 (2021) review: Small changes make this ultra-big laptop ultra-impressive | Windows Central

Mar 29

1 hr 26 min

AMD's Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors are here as Intel goes after Apple with an ad featuring Justin Long. Daniel and Zack Also have news in Windows 10 build 21337, Surface Duo March 2021 update, a review of the Xbox Wireless Headset, and more. Links: Windows 10 build 21337 rolls out to Insiders with improvements to Virtual Desktops and File Explorer | Windows Central How to pick the right AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile processor | Windows Central Xbox Wireless Headset vs. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 (Gen 2): Battle of the Bluetooth | Windows Central 'I'm a Mac' guy swaps to PCs in Intel's latest set of attack ads | Windows Central Surface Duo receives its March 2021 Android security and firmware update | Windows Central Microsoft Teams gets trashed by Wirecutter, highlights lingering issues with consumer push | Windows Central Sponsors: Hello Fresh With HelloFresh, you get fresh, pre-measured ingredients and mouthwatering seasonal recipes delivered right to your door. Go to HelloFresh.com/wcp10 and use code wcp10 for 10 free meals, including free shipping!

Mar 22

1 hr 42 min

Cortana has died more times than Jason Voorhees and Freddie Krueger combined. Surface Laptop 4 specs have leaked online — Daniel and Zac have the details. A new Microsoft webcam is reportedly on the way as well. Additionally, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 build 21332 to Insiders in the Dev Channel. The guys also dig into some gaming news. 20 Bethesda Softworks titles are coming to Xbox Game Pass, and Halo Infinite developers have offered insight into the game's day/night cycle, weather, different biomes, and more. All that, plus Daniel's review of the Dell XPS 8940 SE desktop! Links: Harman Kardon confirms Cortana cutoff dates for Invoke speaker | Windows Central Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 CPU specs leak online | Windows Central Microsoft webcam will reportedly be announced alongside Surface Laptop 4 this spring | Windows Central -Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 build 21332 to Insiders in the Dev Channel | Windows Central 20 Bethesda Softworks games are joining Xbox Game Pass, some will benefit from Xbox FPS Boost | Windows Central Microsoft officially welcomes Bethesda to the Xbox family, some new titles to be Xbox exclusive | Windows Central Halo Infinite devs detail day/night cycle, dynamic weather, different biomes, and more | Windows Central Dell XPS 8940 SE review: A powerful but minimalist desktop PC with NVIDIA RTX graphics | Windows Central

Mar 14

1 hr 34 min

Zac and Daniel deliver a roundup of announcements from Ignite, including some insight into the next generation of Windows. GroupMe could be expanding its feature set, Razer has announced smart glasses, a Lumia and iPhone expert has joined the Microsoft Surface team, and more! Links: Microsoft introduces new Outlook features to improve calendar and schedule tasks | Windows Central Microsoft helps with Google's Flutter 2 update to improve apps on Surface Duo | Windows Central Microsoft Teams is getting new security, privacy, and compliance features | Windows Central 'Holoportation' is now a reality thanks to Microsoft Mesh, Azure, and HoloLens 2 | Windows Central Panos Panay teases 'next generation of Windows' is coming in fireside chat at Ignite 2021 | Windows Central Lumia and iPhone imaging expert, Ari Partinen, joins Microsoft's Surface team | Windows Central Alexa for Xbox app pops up in Microsoft Store, though it doesn't work yet | Windows Central Microsoft's GroupMe looks to expand into finding groups, voice, and video calls like Telegram, Signal | Windows Central It's time: Xbox's achievement system is due for an upgrade | Windows Central Razer just made smart glasses for people who work all day and they look awesome | Windows Central Microsoft Edge on iOS, Android about to get more features faster than ever | Windows Central

Mar 8

1 hr 20 min

The week has been packed with news on a wide range of topics for Microsoft fans, including Windows 10 build 21322, Razer's Kiyo Pro webcam, and Zac's look at Sun Valley. He and Daniel also discuss SSD replacement kits for Surface Pro 7+, and a rumor that Samsung will release a laptop with Exynos and AMD processors. Daniel reviews the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 keyboard, Bioware's cancelation of Anthem Next, process on Halo Infinite, and more. Links: Razer announces its juggernaut Kiyo Pro full HD webcam packed with low-light tech | Windows Central Hands-on with Windows 10 build 21322 showcasing new features and changes | Windows Central Windows 10 Sun Valley: Everything we know so far | Windows Central Surface Pro 7+ gets SSD replacement kit, Microsoft hints at more to come | Windows Central Samsung reportedly set to launch a Windows 10 laptop with Exynos and AMD inside | Windows Central HyperX Alloy Origins 60 review: Red linear switches, RGB, and oh so compact | Windows Central RIP Anthem: Incredible potential that was never reached | Windows Central Anthem Next officially canceled, development efforts shifting to the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect | Windows Central Halo Infinite world design details shown off in new update | Windows Central

Mar 1

1 hr 17 min

There's so much news this week, including Microsoft's announcement of Windows 10 21H1, a fresh Dev Channel build, updates to Edge, and an inking app called Journal. Dan and Zac also cover the $99 Xbox Wireless Headset, Duo updates, and a pair of laptop reviews! Links: Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 21H1 with security and quality improvements | Windows Central Microsoft will finally solve this annoying issue with the Windows 10 clipboard | Windows Central Microsoft reimagines Journal, an inking app that's 20 years in the making | Windows Central Microsoft Edge has a new way of dealing with notification requests | Windows Central Microsoft Edge's Add-ons page now has third-party themes | Windows Central Microsoft Edge Canary has a new Office Viewer for quickly viewing files | Windows Central Microsoft starts testing Kids Mode for Microsoft Edge | Windows Central Microsoft is releasing an official Xbox Wireless Headset for $99, now available for preorder | Windows Central Windows reportedly lost almost 5% market share in 2020 according to IDC | Windows Central Microsoft Surface Duo picks up February Android security update | Windows Central Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 33 review: The most badass 2-in-1 PC gets a welcomed refresh for 2021 | Windows Central VAIO Z review: An insanely expensive blend of ultra-light meeting ultra-powerful | Windows Central Sponsors: IPVanish Online security made easy. Help secure your private information like your location data, personal identity, and browsing history when you use the internet on any computer or mobile device. IPVanish is offering an incredible 65% off – just $3.49 for the first month or $27.99 for the year. Go to IPVANISH.com/windowscentral

Feb 21

1 hr 49 min

Dan serves up his full review of Surface Pro 7+ for Business, and Surface Duo is headed to more markets in the next week. The guys also check out a new Dev Channel build, investigate a patent for interchangeable backs on Surface Laptop, Oculus Quest 2, and more. Links: Surface Pro 7+ for Business review: LTE and Intel 11th Gen make a huge difference, even if the rest is boring | Windows Central The Surface Duo's international release date is set for February 18th | Windows Central Windows 10 build 21313 rolls out to the Insider Dev Channel with new changes | Windows Central Microsoft patents design for interchangeable backs on Surface Laptop | Windows Central Microsoft CEO claps back at Slack, asks if Slack would exist without Windows | Windows Central Microsoft, Google, and Qualcomm complain to US antitrust regulators regarding NVIDIA's purchase of Arm | Windows Central Thoughts on the Oculus Quest 2: Should Xbox make a run at VR? | Windows Central Sponsors: Hello Fresh With HelloFresh, you get fresh, pre-measured ingredients and mouthwatering seasonal recipes delivered right to your door. Go to HelloFresh.com/wcp10 and use code wcp10 for 10 free meals, including free shipping! IPVanish Online security made easy. Help secure your private information like your location data, personal identity, and browsing history when you use the internet on any computer or mobile device. IPVanish is offering an incredible 65% off – just $3.49 for the first month or $27.99 for the year. Go to IPVANISH.com/windowscentral

Feb 15

1 hr 55 min

We're back with more follow up on Surface Pro 7+, and Zac spells out what Microsoft could be doing to improve Surface Duo. He and Daniel also take on Windows 10X, haptic touchpad, HP's Omen 15 gaming laptop, and more. Links: Surface Pro 7+ vs. Surface Pro 7: What's the difference? | Windows Central Microsoft needs to step up for Surface Duo to be taken seriously | Windows Central You can install Windows 10X on unsupported PCs using this new tool | Windows Central Haptic touchpads are finally coming to Windows laptops. Here's why it matters. | Windows Central HP Omen 15 (2020) review: A generational refresh turns this gaming laptop into one of the best values around | Windows Central Sponsors: IPVanish Online security made easy. Help secure your private information like your location data, personal identity, and browsing history when you use the internet on any computer or mobile device. IPVanish is offering an incredible 65% off – just $3.49 for the first month or $27.99 for the year. Go to IPVANISH.com/windowscentral

Feb 8

1 hr 47 min

Zac and Dan catch up on Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ for Business and tour an as-yet-unreleased version of Windows 10X for single-screen PCs. Microsoft Edge 88 is here as well, plus confusion and consternation regarding Xbox Live Gold. The guys also check out some of the best announcements from CES 2021. Links: Microsoft announces Surface Pro 7+ for Business: 4G LTE, 32GB of RAM, and 11th Gen Intel | Windows Central Hands-on with Windows 10X for single-screen PCs (video) | Windows Central Windows 10 Sun Valley: Everything we know so far | Windows Central Microsoft Edge 88 arrives with new privacy, security, and productivity features | Windows Central Xbox Live Gold price increase reversed, Gold no longer required for free to play games | Windows Central Windows Central's Best of CES 2021 | Windows Central Sponsors: IPVanish Online security made easy. Help secure your private information like your location data, personal identity, and browsing history when you use the internet on any computer or mobile device. IPVanish is offering an incredible 65% off – just $3.49 for the first month or $27.99 for the year. Go to IPVANISH.com/windowscentral

Jan 25

1 hr 56 min

Zac and Daniel look forward to new Windows features in 2021, some of which can be seen in the latest build for Insiders in the Dev Channel. They also talk about a new web powered version of Outlook for Windows and Mac, and a preview of new products being announced at CES 2021. Minecraft Earth is shutting down in June, and Daniel shares his experience upgrading the SSD in his Surface Pro X. Links: Windows 10 build 21286 rolls out to Insiders in the Dev Channel | Windows Central Microsoft is building a new Outlook app for Windows and Mac powered by the web | Windows Central CES 2021 | Windows Central Minecraft Earth is officially closing down in June 2021, releases final update | Windows Central Surface Pro X: How to upgrade the SSD in a few simple steps | Windows Central

Jan 10

1 hr 42 min

Zac and Dan sit down for one more podcast episode in 2021. They begin with an analysis of rumors that Microsoft is creating their own Arm chips for servers and Surface devices. Also on the docket is the near and longer term future of Surface Duo, the greatness of TikTok, and a new beta of the Edge browser. Cyberpunk 2077 continues to generate controversy, especially on consoles. Dan review the HP EliteBook x360 G7, and Zac reports on what we can expect from Windows 10 in the first half of 2021. All that, plus their things of the week! Links: Microsoft reportedly creating its own ARM chips for servers and Surface PC | Windows Central Surface Duo officially coming to Canada, France, Germany, and the UK in 2021 | Windows Central TikTok updated with support for Surface Duo's dual-screen displays | Windows Central Microsoft Edge Beta now lets you sync tabs and history across Android and Windows 10 | Windows Central List of Cyberpunk 2077 known bugs and launch issues | Windows Central HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 review: Thinner, lighter, but still shy of greatness | Windows Central Surface and Windows 10: What to expect in the first half of 2021 | Windows Central Sponsors: Namecheap: Online privacy is probably the best way you could invest your $10 right now. And Namecheap VPN knows all about safe and private access to the Internet. Namecheap is currently offering 86% off their yearly VPN plan - only $10 for a whole year of online privacy. To get your deal, go to Namecheap.com/wcp and add a yearly VPN plan to the cart. Woven: Woven is the all in one calendar perfect for busy people. Try Woven Premium for free for 21 days at usewoven.com/imore.

Dec 2020

1 hr 43 min

It's a super-sized episode this week as Daniel and Zac talk about x64 emulation for Windows 10 on ARM, and the possible roadmap for Windows 10 and Surface products in 2021. They also check in on Surface Duo after 3 months of use, HP's Reverb G2 VR headset, and the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Our very own Jez Corden says it may be one of the best video games ever made! Links: x64 emulation rolls out for Windows 10 on ARM in latest Dev Channel release | Windows Central Surface and Windows 10: What to expect in the first half of 2021 | Windows Central Surface Duo 3 months on: How is Microsoft's dual-screen Android experience going? | Windows Central HP Reverb G2 review: Incredible visual and aural experience with inferior controllers | Windows Central Cyberpunk 2077 review: Joining industry legend as a contender for best game ever made | Windows Central Microsoft Authenticator might soon work as a password manager on iOS | Windows Central Sponsors: Woven: Woven is the all in one calendar perfect for busy people. Try Woven Premium for free for 21 days at usewoven.com/imore.

Dec 2020

2 hr 5 min

We've got an incredibly packed episode for you this week! Daniel just took delivery of a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, and Zac reports on what to expect for Windows 10 in 2021. They also discuss Android apps coming to Windows 10 along with Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 rumors. All that, plus Edge news, PS5 vs Xbox Series X performance, and more. Links: The foldable PC era begins as Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold goes live for preorders | Windows Central 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft's 'Project Latte' aims to bring Android apps to Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 show up in leaked images | Windows Central EufyCam 2 review: A year's battery, and no monthly plan – this home security camera is almost perfect | Windows Central Honey integration removed from Microsoft Edge on iOS and Edge beta on Android | Windows Central Why is the PS5 beating the Xbox Series X in power comparisons? Microsoft responds. | Windows Central Sponsors: Woven: Woven is the all in one calendar perfect for busy people. Try Woven Premium for free for 21 days at usewoven.com/imore.

Nov 2020

1 hr 43 min

Xbox Series S and Surface Duo are among the year's best inventions, according to TIME. Daniel and Zac talk about what makes them great products. Microsoft Teams for personal use is rolling out to the web and desktop. Intel is developing a reference design 15" laptop for release in 2021, the guys have a hands-on look at xCloud streaming on Windows 10, and Daniel has more to say on Apple Silicon. Links: Xbox Series S and Surface Duo make TIME's 'Best Inventions of 2020' list | Windows Central Microsoft Teams for personal use rolls out to the web and desktop with 24-hour calling | Windows Central Intel will launch a laptop to compete with the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360 | Windows Central Exclusive: First hands-on video with xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows 10 PC | Windows Central Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary now let you comment on PDFs | Windows Central Apple brings the heat with its M1 ARM processor, but takes different direction than Microsoft | Windows Central Sponsors: Woven: Woven is the all in one calendar perfect for busy people. Try Woven Premium for free for 21 days at usewoven.com/imore.

Nov 2020

1 hr 38 min

Surface Duo's November update is rolling out now. Zac and Daniel talk about Apple's M1 processor for Macs and the influence it might have on the overall PC market. They also talk about the launch of Xbox SeriesX/S, updates to the Bing and Microsoft News apps on Android, and Daniel's review of the Dell XPS 17. Links: Surface Duo's November update now rolling out for unlocked devices; here's what's new | Windows Central Apple brings the heat with its M1 ARM processor, but takes different direction than Microsoft | Windows Central Where to buy Xbox Series X/S: How to find in-stock consoles | Windows Central First look: Bing and Microsoft News turn into one-stop hubs on Android with new look, more features | Windows Central Dell XPS 17 (9700) review: A wall of pixels and raw power wherever you go | Windows Central

Nov 2020

1 hr 32 min

Zac and Daniel have a look at Microsoft's rumored 'Cloud PC' service, and what might tech might included in Surface Pro 8. Razer continues to evolve their product line. They've got a $500 gaming chair that Daniel has had a chance to review. Plus, the company has introduced Razer Book 13, which is their first non-gaming laptop. SwiftKey works across both displays on Surface Duo, and good deals abound on the device. They finish out the show with our reviews of Xbox Series X and Series S. Links: Leaked details shed light on Microsoft's rumored 'Cloud PC' service | Windows Central Potential Surface Pro 8 engineering prototype shows up for sale with 11th-gen Intel processor | Windows Central Razer Iskur review: When a $500 gaming chair is totally worth it | Windows Central Razer Book 13 is the company's first non-gaming laptop, and it's a beauty | Windows Central Microsoft SwiftKey now supports thumb typing across both displays on Surface Duo | Windows Central Xbox Series X review: Powerful and bold — with a games lineup that's uncertain | Windows Central Xbox Series S review: Next-gen goes back to basics | Windows Central

Nov 2020

1 hr 35 min

Zac and Daniel look at the future of Windows 10 and discuss the imminent launch of Xbox Series X. Microsoft continues to deliver strong revenue and profitability. That makes Wall Street happy, but their success also fuels product development for enthusiasts like us. Additionally, Daniel reviews the updated Surface Pro X and shares a new chapter in his Twitter tech-support nightmare. Links: Microsoft plans big Windows 10 UI refresh in 2021 codenamed 'Sun Valley' | Windows Central Xbox Series X, Series X unboxing: First look at Microsoft's next-gen consoles | Windows Central Microsoft beats Q1 earnings expectations with big cloud, Surface, Xbox growth | Windows Central Surface Pro X (2020) review: Minor changes for the best ARM PC | Windows Central My Twitter tech-support nightmare (again) | Windows Central

Nov 2020

1 hr 36 min

Zac and Dan share the top 5 new features in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, and talk about a temporary $200 discount on Surface Duo. The Xbox Media Remotes will work with Xbox Series X and Series S thanks to IR receivers in the next-gen consoles. They also discuss product roadmap issues that are affecting Intel's bottom line, but the company is likely to remain a major power in the computer industry. Links: Top 5 new features in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update | Windows Central Windows 10 October 2020 Update review: Subtle, but necessary | Windows Central Surface Duo on sale for $200 off from Microsoft Store | Windows Central The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S still have IR receivers, will work with Xbox One Media Remotes | Windows Central Intel operating margins drop in Q3 2020 despite rising PC sales | Windows Central Sponsors: Keeps: The easiest and most affordable way to keep the hair you have. For a limited time, receive your first month of treatment for free — Go to keeps.com/wcp

Oct 2020

1 hr 13 min

Surface Pro X with the new SQ2 processor is here, and it's the most platinum platinum computer Microsoft has ever made. Dan and Zac review Surface Laptop Go and talk about a new Windows 10 build for Insiders, plus using Bing on Xbox. They also evaluate Apple's lineup of iPhone 12 models and how they stack up for Microsoft users. Finally, they introduce a new segment called "Thing of the Week"! Links: Surface Pro X in platinum with new SQ2 processor arrives October 13th for $1,499 | Windows Central Surface Laptop Go review: This delightful mini PC gets (almost) everything right | Windows Central New Windows 10 build rolls out to Insiders, but it's just a test without features | Windows Central Bing has a new Xbox app, and you might actually want it | Windows Central iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12: Release date, price, features, and more | iMore

Oct 2020

1 hr 33 min