Windows Weekly 236

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Windows Weekly
Episode 236

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Topics

  • Rumor Watch
    • Win 8 slips to 2013 (Computerworld) ... Normally take with a grain of salt. But Michael Cherry is a very knowledgeable source
    • Win 8 tablet in June 2012 -- and Nokia now (kind of) denying that - Will ARM and x86 versions of Windows ship at different times?
    • Amazon to build a Windows Phone (Not an Android phone??)
    • Win 8 tablet in June 2012 -- and Nokia now (kind of) denying that - Will ARM and x86 versions of Windows ship at different times?
    • SteveB is going away
  • Microsoft's Windows, Windows, Windows strategy
    • Steve Ballmer said last week that it was all Windows for Microsoft. But shouldn't Microsoft return to its roots as an applications maker for all popular platforms? Isn't it time for **full Office on iOS and Android?
  • Windows Phone: 40K apps and counting
    • Related: MS and partners pushing out firmware updates and fixes (tethering support, fix for the Exchange 2003 compat bug).. What about the disappearing keyboards and Zune freezing issues? (Hello?)
    • I think that latter issue was fixed by an HTC firmware update.
    • Related: Dell sort of replaces its Blackberries with Windows Phone handsets.

Tip of the Week: Backup your music collection to the cloud

  • Microsoft is late to the game, but you can and should backup your entire music collection to the cloud now. And you can do it for free. Google Music provides free cloud-based storage of up to 20,000 songs. Amazon Cloud Player (part of Amazon Cloud Drive) provides 5 GB of storage for free and has different tiers of storage you can pay for (20 GB is $20 per year, for example.) Anything you buy from Amazon isn't counted towards your storage total. And both services backup not just your collection but also your playlists.

Software Pick of the Week: iTunes Match, part of Apple iCloud

  • Apple takes the cloud music game a step further and will actually replace your music collection in the cloud with pristine, 256 Kbps AAC versions which you can then download and keep. The feature, called iTunes Match, is not free--the service costs $25 per year--but you only have to pay once to do this and, regardless, it's well worth it.

Enterprise Pick of the Week: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 -- beta 2 now downloadable

Codename pick of the week: Project Sydney (Azure Connect)

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