In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the Microsoft layoffs, five Microsoft communication miscues from just the past week, Lenovo's own communication miscue, Microsoft's quarterly earnings, and of course the wonderful OneNote parody video.
Running time: 1:50:16
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Tip of the week: Get a Windows Phone with "soft keys" next time around
In relaxing the Windows Phone hardware maker guidelines to allow for "soft keys" (really soft buttons) for Back, Start and Search, Microsoft has inadvertently solved one of Windows Phone's biggest problems. Back story: Windows Phone 8.1 Tip: Manage the Navigation Bar
Software pick of the week: WizTree for Windows
Want to find out what's taking up so much space on your PC's hard drive.This is the fastest way. And it's free.
Software pick of the week #2: ProShot for/8.1
ProShot for Windows Phone solves big problems with Windows Phone's other Camera apps. But you need to spend a bit of time configuring it for optimal use. Why pay $2 for a camera app replacement? It's fast. And it excels at night shots (when configured correctly).
Plus: Uber for Windows Phone
Enterprise pick of the week: Azure ML public preview is live
One of the announcements from the Partner Conference that didn't get a ton of play. Machine learning preview is open. On day 1, over 1,000 users had provisioned roughly 1,300 modeling workspaces on Azure ML, and these new users had built and run over 2,000 experiments and deployed over 50 ML web services on Azure. Worth a bookmark: Microsoft's Machine Learning blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/machinelearning/
Codename pick of the week: OneCore
There is an internal MS name for the shared Windows stuff (that starts with the NT core but goes beyond it). It's OneCore
Beer pick of the week: Firestone Walker Sucuba (formerly Abacus)
Big, boozy, bourbon-barrel aged Barleywine. (That's a lot of Bs). Dangerously delicious: http://www.firestonebeer.com/beers/products/sucaba-2014
Paul's beer pick: Tripel Karmeliet