In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the Xbox One, Microsoft's plans to bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One to the "Threshold," some PC hardware news, the Microsoft CEO search, Microsoft gets regulatory approval to purchase Nokia, the cloud wars, Microsoft's licensing changes, and warring words on new-generation console sales.

Running time: 2:02:49

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Picks

Tip of the week: Learn how to use Xbox One

While lots of people are focusing on games, I've been writing a series of articles about the rest of Xbox One. You can find them collected in The Complete Guide to Xbox One. Top tips so far:

Software pick of the week: Lync for Windows 8.1

New Lync app is very Skype-like with screen sharing advances, 8.1-style Snap compatibility, improved notifications, in-app volume control, contact search and more.

Plus: Mint personal finance app is now available for both for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1.

Plus: Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1.

Enterprise pick of the week: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library Documentation

All in one, big-ass, handy PDF. (Thanks for the tip, Guy Gregory!): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41182

Codename pick of the week:  A blast from the past: Blueline

Microsoft's Raymond Chen had the story which may or may not have anything to do with the Blue codename: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2013/07/04/10431671.aspx

Beer pick of the week: Jack's Abby Hoponius Union

A "wicked hoppy" pale lager that even a Thurrott could love: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26520/71820 (from my home town area!)

By the way, today is the anniversary of the end of Prohibition. So drink up :): http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/prohibition-ends

Audible pick of the week: The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition by William Peter Blatty and narrated by the author