Windows Weekly 164

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Windows Weekly
Episode 164


  • Exclusive: Windows 7 Family Pack is making a comeback
    • This holiday season, all markets
  • Microsoft layoffs
    • Let the hand-wringing begin, I guess, but this is nothing like last year. I found out about this a month ago, was told this was to send a message to shareholders.
  • Xbox Live is apparently a much bigger success than Microsoft let on
    • $1.2 billion in revenues over the last year, about 50 percent of customers are paying $50 a year
  • Windows InTune
    • Microsoft is working on a cloud-based PC management solution. Why isn't this available now, and why can't consumers subscribe to this?
  • Windows Phone update
    • I've finished the first three chapters in the book (of 16). Will have the device any day now. (Finally.)
  • Digital Media Core, the reawakening
    • I'd like to kickstart my Digital Media Core series again. Let's talk about music ripping. I've moved onto 256 Kbps AAC (from MP3). Here's why.
  • I bought a new iPhone 3GS
    • Why?

Windows 7 Feature of the Week: Internet Explorer 8

  • The web browser in Windows 7 isn't as bad as you think it is, and it is already the world's most-often-used browser.
    • Key features: Web Slices, Accelerators, InPrivate browsing, tab grouping and coloring, visual search in the search box, etc. Honestly, the best reason to upgrade is for the security and stability enhancements.
    • Dubious features: Favorites Bar takes up onscreen real estate, add-ons can quickly kill performance, standards support is iffy (though to be fair, this isn't an issue on the real world web today at all).

Windows 7 Tip of the Week: Use Windows Backup to make a pristine restore point

  • Saddled by a PC maker-supplied version of Windows 7 with crapware? Fear not, Windows Backup can help you restore your PC to where you want it.

Software Pick of the Week

  • And for web developers: Microsoft Web Platform with all-free tools like Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and Visual Web Developer, and more. New version shipped this week.

Notable Quotes

Significant Products

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Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek by Olivia Munn, Mac Montandon (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Olivia Munn



Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
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