Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott, Richard Campbell, and Leo Laporte

Jul 19th 2023

Windows Weekly 838

Dabbling with Farclas

FTC double-defeated, ASUS saves the NUC, Gates on AI concerns

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Category: News

It’s happening! Microsoft will absolutely acquire Activision Blizzard

  • An amazing (ahem) blizzard of activity on the acquisition front leaves Microsoft on the verge of consummating this deal. It’s amazing how much has happened since last week.
  • FTC appealed its court loss and was immediately defeated again
  • UK CMA extends deadline for its review of Microsoft’s new concessions
  • Microsoft and Sony agree to a Call of Duty deal (!) - not clear if it’s for 10 years
  • UK court formally pauses CMA block of AB acquisition so the two sides can negotiate
  • Microsoft and Activision agreed to extend the acquisition deadline to October 18 to accommodate the CMA


  • Windows 11 23H2 will be deployed as an enablement package, virtually providing our theories that 23H2 = Moment 4.
  • Tied to this, Microsoft finally explains how it updates Windows now, literally 8 years after the release of Windows 10. It’s easy to be cynical, but a Microsoft whitepaper offers a lot of overdue transparency about updating
  • Insider Program: New Dev build today. Passwordless for Windows Hello Business, local file sharing improvements, Outlook now an inbox app
  • Insider Program: New Beta and Release Preview builds out last week. 
  • Beta is 23H2. Galley view in Explorer, new Paint app
  • Release Preview is 22H2, just fixes
  • The NUC lives!
  • Microsoft has a new font

An AI told you so

  • Microsoft announces Microsoft 365 Copilot pricing (for commercial) and it is exactly as expensive as we warned
  • Bing Chat adds visual search support
  • Bill Gates dismisses the dangers of AI. “We’ve done this before.”
  • FTC is investigating OpenAI


  • Xbox Game Pass Core to replace Xbox Live Gold in September
  • The next Game Pass titles for July
  • Game Pass Friends and Family Preview is ending in August
  • More fun retro gaming as Anstream Arcade is coming to Xbox on July 21

Tips and Picks

  • Tip of the week: Enable passkeys in GitHub
  • Book of the week: John Romero wrote a book
  • RunAs this week: Securing Sprawling Services with Karinne Bessette
  • Brown liquor pick of the week: Glenfarclas 12

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