In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Mary Jo Foley, Iyaz Akhtar and I discuss Intel CEO's Windows 8 criticisms, the Intel Clover Trail tablet debuts, the Windows Store apps count, a Windows Phone 8 reality check in the face of SDK leaks, the death of version numbers, Barnes & Nobles announces new NOOK tablets but none based on Windows RT, and Google dumps backwards compatibility with older Office formats.

Running time: 1:38:34

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Tip of the week: What upgrades to what

I've written a series of tips about upgrading to Windows 8. Find out what you bring with you if you upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Release Preview or Windows 8 Enterprise Eval.

Software pick of the week: Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon's cloud-based music locker and media player integrates nicely with Kindle Fire/HD devices, iPhone, and Android, as well as Windows (via a web player). Plus all the music you buy from Amazon MP3 is stored there for free.

Enterprise pick of the week: Lync MX

We now  have a few more details (or at least an arrival date) for the touch-optimized version of the Windows 8/Windows RT Lync app:  http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-to-deliver-new-windows-8-and-windows-rt-lync-app-in-late-october-7000004652                          

Codename pick of the week: Austin                               

How bout that? The MS Courier code is still alive and may show up as a Win 8 app: http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-project-austin-a-new-windows-8-note-taking-app-inspired-by-courier-7000004638/