In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss Paul's visit to Petaluma, an anniversary for Windows 95 and Windows XP, how HP killed webOS and mortally wounded its PC business through miscommunication, Microsoft's bid for webOS developers, a plan for Amazon, Windows Phone Mango and Tango news, Skype's purchase of GroupMe, and sometidbits ahead of BUILD.
Running time: 1:30:31
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Tip of the week: Manage how Windows Live/Bing uses your personal information. The completely hidden and non-discoverable Microsoft Personal Data Dashboard provides a lot of information about you, your Bing search data, your interests (!!! Me: Computer sciences and programming, laptops and handheld computers, software, and sports and outdoors), and more (including links to account management for Windows Live, MSN, microsoft.com profile, Xbox, and Zune. Best bit: You can opt out of information collection in "My Choices": Click Allowed button to change to Not Allowed. Thanks to Russell Eby for the tip.
Tip of the week #2: Great new themes for Windows 7. I finally convince my photographer friend Kerry to release some of her photos as Windows 7 wallpapers/themes.
Enterprise pick of the week: Forefront Identity Manager 2012. Microsoft released the next version of its FIM product to testers in early August. Some had thought the Forefront enterprise security/identity family was on its way out. Guess not
Codename pick of the week: Chicago (in honor of Win 95's birthday)
Audible pick of the week: The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World by Michael Moritz, narrated by Kevin Pariseau - You can trace the lineage of every single Apple/Jobs bio back to this classic, which has been re-released in recent years and is absolutely fantastic. And...
The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman, narrated by Charles Stransky - Arguably the best book (so far) about Steve Jobs' "third act" returning to Apple (It covers acts 1 and 2 as well). Certainly better than "iCon" which turns into a lovefest at the end.