Windows Weekly 142

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Episode 142

Windows Weekly 142: Snake In The Brass

Paul and Mary Jo Foley discuss the revelations in today's New York Times [1] by former Microsoft VP Dick Brass.



  • Post-Microsoft Fears with Mary Jo Foley
    • It seems like Microsoft is shedding a lot of its Allchin-era employees all of a sudden
    • Coincidence or not?
    • And what about the fact that Microsoft is no longer the tech Industry's provider of the future
    • Apple, Google, and others are filling that gap
    • Is Microsoft on the way down?
    • Related: Microsoft just posted record revenues for the most recent quarter and sold 60 million copies of Windows 7 in a little over two months
    • Related: Windows 7 success hasn't helped Microsoft's other businesses or its PC maker partners
    • Related: IE 8 is now the world's most often-used web browser. But IE share, overall, is falling.
  • Windows Home Server "Vail" details arrive
    • Rafael and I have installed the leaked build and examined it using Rafael's internals tools
    • Raf wrote up a nice blog post about our findings [2]
  • Windows 7 battery life problems
    • Microsoft investigates
    • I have never seen this personally but people have been complaining about it since last summer
  • Microsoft: Bing will be successful, Dammit
    • And profitable too!
    • The key: Getting the Yahoo deal done
  • Don't forget: Windows 7 RC build is going to expire
    • Here's the schedule
    • February 15: Alerts begin
    • March 1: Auto-shutdown once every two hours
    • June 1: Expiration. Windows 7 RC will report as "non genuine." (Screen goes black, etc.)
    • There's no supported upgrade path from the RC
    • But there are workarounds

Windows 7 feature of the week: Homegroup

  • Put simply, a way to share Library-based content (documents, music, photos, videos) as well as printers over a home network. Requires Windows 7 and does not replace legacy sharing methods or workgroups, which are still present in Windows 7 as well. It's super-simple, with a single Homegroup password that provides global access to all shared resources. Fun fact: Microsoft's use of the word HomeGroup may seem inconsistent because the word appears variously as HomeGroup, Homegroup, and homegroup throughout the Windows 7 user interface. However, Microsoft says this is by design. The word HomeGroup is a trademarked term and refers to the Windows 7 sharing feature. A homegroup, meanwhile, is the generic "thing" that is created by the feature, as we will see. And if you see it spelled as Homegroup (with a capital 'H' but a small 'g' that's just because it's a title or other place in the UI where an initial capitalization is required. [3]

Tip of the Week

  • Run Windows Live Messenger from the tray as God intended
    • Windows Live Messenger spews unnecessary buttons all over the Windows 7 taskbar. Fortunately, you can fix this behavior.[4]
    • Thanks to Rodrigo Gómez Morales
    • Note: Anyone who provides a tip that I use here and on the site will get a free, signed copy of "Windows 7 Secrets." And I've gotten so many tips that I will back-date tips for each week to the beginning of the year so I can get this thing rolling more quickly.

Software Pick of the Week

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Significant Products

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Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Simon Jones

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Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
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