Windows Central Podcast 107: Project xCloud, Cortana moves into Office, patents, and more

Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden are here with a ton of ground to cover in the Microsoft world. First up, there was data loss in the initial release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, causing the company to pull it shortly after users reported the problem. Microsoft has been testing fixes and is preparing a "rerelease" of the update.

A patent has been discovered that points to a flexible, single-screen folding Surface device. Whether or not you think foldable display technology is a solution in search of a problem, it's coming. Cortana is reportedly moving from the AI + Research group at Microsoft into the Office team. Additionally, Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Project xCloud — a huge step in offering online streaming of Xbox games, and a sign of things to come for Windows in the future?

Rounding things out, Daniel shares his experiences using the Lenovo 15-inch ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop, and the HP Omen Mindframe gaming headphones.

This episode of the Windows Central Podcast was recorded on October 12 2018.

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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Well darn. The voice assistant features and integration into Microsoft services are what attracted me to Cortana. I sure thought there was going to be more products with Cortana built in.
    So do you guys really think Cortana is really going to become relevant if it better integrates into the production side of Windows? I have the Harman Kardon and was wanting to get another but if it is eventually going to be sunset then I should just go ahead and switch to Alexa. Right?
  • Hopefully they won't kill also Cortana, even if based on the name of that AI, it should be game centric. With AI's getting better more in some scenarios its understandable they want one for office(like alexa is for amazon primarily), but what about master chief(me)?