Windows Weekly 223

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Windows Weekly
Episode 223

Topics

  • Paul comes to Petaluma for TWiT and the TWiT Brick House party.
  • Happy Anniversaries Windows 95 and Windows XP
    • 16 yrs ago today -- Aug. 24 -- Windows 95 launched
    • 10 yrs ago today -- also August 24 -- MS RTM'd Windows XP
    • XP remains the No. 1 version of Windows today (much to MS' chagrin)
  • How HP Killed webOS and its PC business by miscommunicating what it intended to do with both
    • WebOS is NOT dead: Only HP's devices are. And HP may not sell off its PC business. And you thought Microsoft couldn't communicate properly.
    • Related: Microsoft goes after webOS developers, gets 1,000+ responses. Nicely played, sir.
    • Also related: Maybe Amazon should buy/license webOS instead of Android!
  • Mango takes another step...
    • Windows Phone Mango Marketplace is now open for submissions
    • The RC of the Mango SDK 7.1 is available to devs. And Zune 4.8 is out and downloadable...
    • Related: New Mango phones from ASUS and Acer made a fleeting appearance at Tech Ed Auckland this week. The Asus one supposedly has a front-facing camera
    • Semi-related: Why Microsoft keeps calling this thing "Mango" and not its real name. I have a theory.
  • Skype buys GroupMe (for over $50 million)
    • 30 guys in a NYC garage, er, penthouse, built a disposable-groups social networking tool and Microsoft (via Skype) is now the proud owner of it
  • News Flash: Windows 8 will support USB 3.0.
    • We can't believe it either. And wait till you hear what they're doing with file-management basics!
    • Related: What is this Tweet@Rama thing in Windows 8 (that members of the Windows team are tweeting from)?
  • Listener Q&A

Tip of the Week: Manage how Windows Live/Bing uses your personal information

  • The completely hidden and non-discoverable Microsoft Personal Data Dashboard provides a lot of information about you, your Bing search data, your interests (!!! Me: Computer sciences and programming, laptops and handheld computers, software, and sports and outdoors), and more (including links to account management for Windows Live, MSN, microsoft.com profile, Xbox, and Zune
  • Best bit: You can opt out of information collection in "My Choices": Click Allowed button to change to Not Allowed
  • Thanks to Russell Eby for the tip.

Tip of the Week #2: Great new themes for Windows 7

  • I finally convince my photographer friend Kerry to release some of her photos as Windows 7 wallpapers/themes.

Enterprise Pick of the Week: Forefront Identity Manager 2012

  • Microsoft released the next version of its FIM product to testers in early August
    • Some had thought the Forefront enterprise security/identity family was on its way out. Guess not

Codename pick of the week: Chicago (in honor of Win 95's birthday)

Chicago was the codename for Windows 95, after the location for the launch party of Windows 3.1.

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