Windows Weekly 225

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Windows Weekly
Episode 225

Topics

  • Carol Bartz fired as Yahoo! CEO
  • How's that Microsoft bid looking now, Jerry? (There is all kinds of speculation that MS might come back to bid on all/part of Yahoo. Really? (to quote a Windows Phone ad))
  • Final Windows 8 update before BUILD
    • Everything we know (and don't) about Build, revisited: A summary of what MS has and hasn't said and what PT and MJF are predicting re: Build. Note: We don't have the bits, so this is educated guesstimates.
    • Possible topics: Will there be bits? Will there be tablet giveaways? What is MS going to say re: tools (VS 2012, Expression, HTML5, etc.) What is Jupiter and will it save Silverlight? What about Azure -- why so many Azure speakers on the agenda (and the shadow of ScottGu)
    • What about hardware giveaway? And does the sudden admission of missing feature in developer preview mean Windows 8 isn't on track?
    • New today: Hyper-V, as expected, will be part of Windows 8
  • Media Center is in Win 8: Is this good/bad/or a who cares?
  • Windows Phone news
    • Windows Phones: Predications and prognostications. Microsoft is saying 20 percent of the market by 2015 is conservative. What do they know that we don't?
    • Windows Phone location tracking: Is it or isn't it? Microsoft--and Rafael Rivera--say it's not true. Why is stuff like this so easy to believe?
    • Related: What's up with the new ZunePass restrictions? Gone from being usuable on six devices to four? (WPCentral)
  • Windows Intune 2 gets a release date
    • Microsoft's next-gen cloud-based PC management service will hit October 17, Microsoft says
  • Twitter and Bing renew real-time search vows
  • Listener Q&A

Tip of the Week: Reclaim Disk Space with Disk Cleanup

  • Disk Cleanup is a handy tool in Windows 7 that can free up space on your disk(s) if you're running low, which is suddenly a need again now in this age of SSDs. But it's especially useful for the post-SP1 upgrade, when Microsoft dumps GBs of unneeded files on the disk in case you need to restore to pre-SP1 (which almost never happens). The SP1 upgrade files are under the item called "System Files". To find Disk Cleanup, use Start Menu Search and type "disk clean" (no quotes). It will ask you to select a disk (generally will be C: but try it on other drives too, if present).
  • Thanks to David Sherman for the tip.

Software Pick of the Week: Home Server Status v2 for Windows Home Server 2011

  • Microsoft provides Connector software for PCs on a Windows Home Server network, and while it provides some information about the server, it's not very detailed. Jerry Wade's Home Server Status 2.x fixes this problem, with access to server tasks (Backup, Remote Web Access, Shared Folders, Dashboard, Server Settings, and RDC; optionally password protected), and flyover server status (backup completion, etc.). You can try it for free, but its $6.95 if you decide to buy; well worth it if you use WHS 2011. Download latest version.
  • Also, for Windows Phone: Microsoft highlights eight great new apps for Windows Phone, made by students. There's some amazing stuff in there, including a facial recognition app for taking pictures of yourself and a ring tones app.

Enterprise Pick of the Week: Dynamics AX 2012

  • The virtual launch is tomorrow (september 8). Will Steve Ballmer plank? And more importantly, will ERP customers bite on the latest high-end MS ERP product?

Codename Pick of the Week: Monaco

  • (It's all about IPTV, Xbox and IPTV)

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