In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and I discuss Microsoft's realignment as a devices and services company, post-RTM updates for Windows 8, the death of Microsoft Points, big predictions for Windows 8 PC/device sales and apps availability, an Office 2013 update and rumors of iOS/Android versions, how Nokia is getting around carrier exclusivity, and Mary Jo and Paul's travel plans.

Running time: 1:29:15

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Tip of the week: Support Wing Commander creator's efforts to make a new game

Star Citizen brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen.

Software pick of the week: Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Microsoft combines four previous products and squeezes out a winner, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, a product that is laser-focused on the home office and small business market.

Enterprise pick of the week: Azure services for Windows Server

Now in beta, as of this week. Final coming early 2013. For hosters at first; could be made available to large customers later.

Codename pick of the week: Naiad

Water nymphs! And also a MSR prototype platform for performing incremental, iterative, and interactive data-parallel computation. And... it's synonymous with Dryad