In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Mary Jo's exit interview with Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO search, the road to Windows "Threshold," misunderstandings about the availability of Windows 7, Xbox One vs. PS4, and much more.

Running time: 1:58:39

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Tip of the week: Get your Windows Phone Update 3 update now!

Those who followed my earlier tip about getting Windows Phone 8 Update 3 early can now download a free update that apparently improves the stability and reliability of the update. (No official word yet on the contents.) Here's how to get it. 

Software pick of the week: Angry Birds Go!

A new (and, finally, different) Angry Birds game is finally available on Windows Phone 8. The good news? It's free. The bad news? There are in-app purchases and it requires a device with 1 GB of RAM (which excludes the most popular Windows Phone handsets, like the Lumia 520). I expect a 512 GB version soon. Angry Birds Go! for Windows Phone 8

Enterprise pick of the week: Windows to Go with Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Some new guidance for those wanting to use Windows 8.1 on a USB drive from MSFT's Springboard Series blog: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/12/11/windows-to-go-with-the-windows-8-1-update.aspx

Codename of the week: Ibiza

The next version of Windows Azure Management Portal. This is the second time MS has used the codename 

Beer pick of the week: Ommegang Three Philosophers

A quad from the Cooperstown, NY brewers that's definitely one of their flagship beers. Great for the holidays! http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/42/3457

Audible pick of the week: Jaws/Catastrophe 1914

Jaws Unabridged by Peter Benchley, narrated by Erik Steele

Continuing my recent run of books that became blockbuster movies, "Jaws" is a classic, the "Jurassic Park" of the 1970s.

Not cerebral enough? I'm also reading Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War (Unabridged) by Max Hastings and narrated by Simon Vance. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and Hastings is a favorite WWII historian, so his take on the start of WWI is quite interesting.