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This is Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, Episode 357, recorded April 9, 2014

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It's time for Windows Weekly, the show where we cover the Microsoft news. Alas and a lackaday, I'm sad to report, with heavy heart, that Paul and Mary Jo have returned to their respective domiciles, leaving me heartbroken and alone here in the town of Petaluma.

Paul Thurrott: Yeah. I was driving out of there and thinking, My God, is this place beautiful. Right.

Leo: Come back, Paul!

Paul: There's a — I think there's a period of time in California where the hills all kind of turn yellow or brown or whatever.

Leo: Yeah. No, that's all the time. This is the brief period of time when they're green.

Paul: Okay. I was going to say, because it wasn't this week. I mean, it was beautiful.

Leo: No. It's like Emerald Isle right now.

Paul: And you kind of come out the hills there, and the Golden Gate Bridge is opened up for you. It's not — it's all sunny and beautiful. There's no fog.

Leo: Yeah, yeah. No, this is a very rare — rare juncture. (Laughs) Most of the summer, it's brown and — which is also pretty. That's why they call it the Golden State because it's kind of golden brown. But after the rains in the winter, and for a few months in the spring, we are — we're very green. It is beautiful. It's — we're having lovely weather; it was 80 degrees yesterday.

Mary Jo Foley: Wow.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: I had better weather there — the couple of days I was there — than I've had here since last October. I mean —

Leo: Oh, yeah.

Mary Jo: Yeah. (Laughs)

Leo: Well, I'm glad you came out. You're always welcome.

Paul: Yeah, it was nice.

Leo: If you want to move here, we'll arrange rental.

Paul: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: I do want to move there.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: But —

Leo: You used to live in Phoenix; you're not — just because you're in — just because you talk like that doesn't mean you have to be in Boston.

Mary Jo and Paul: (Laugh)

Paul: Right.

Leo: That's where Paul is.

Paul: I'd probably get punched in the face more if I wasn't in Massachusetts, but —

Leo: (Laughs) Paul's a blogger for — blogger? He runs the SuperSite for Windows — WinSuperSite.com — and an analyst for Penton Media; writes for Windows IT Pro, and of course, does all sorts of events and things and seminars. And he's also the author of a great many books — more books than, really, any one person —

Paul: Should. (Laughs)

Leo: — except Charles Dickens, should have ever written.

Paul: Should write, yeah.

Leo: His latest, Windows81book.com. Windows — what is it? — windows Phone Music Book? What is it? Windows —

Paul: Xbox Music.

Leo: XboxMusicBook.com. Hello, Paul. Mary Jo Foley, allabmicrosoft.com. And that's what she told that guy in the BestBuy so many years ago.

Mary Jo: (Laughs) I did.

Leo: "Look me up." What did you — Paul had a great retort. So this — we — this was at dinner afterwards. By the way, it was really fun to spend a little time —

Mary Jo: It was.

Paul: Yeah, it was an excellent — yeah, that's right. That's right.

Leo: Yeah.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: Yeah. And Mary Jo, you were in a BestBuy or somewhere, and —

Mary Jo: Yeah. I was in a BestBuy, and I heard somebody working there giving some incorrect information to a customer who was asking about Windows. And then I tried to correct the person, and he — and the BestBuy employee said, "Who are you, lady?" And I said —

Leo: "What do you know?"

Mary Jo: (Laughs) Yeah. I said, "Do you have a web browser handy? Type in allabmicrosoft.com. That's me." And that was the end of that.

Paul: To which I added, "If your face comes up when the page loads, I'll apologize."

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Leo: That's — that's the line. I'm remembering that from now on.

Mary Jo: That was awesome. (Laughs) Yeah.

Leo: Yeah. And after that, the lady followed you around like a small puppy.

Paul: (Laughs) Yeah.

Mary Jo: Exactly.

Leo: Waiting for your sage advice.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: Well, we are here in the midst of an XP— (mumbles over the word apocalypse) X-pocalypse — how do you call — what do you call this? Windows XP-AGEDDON.

Mary Jo: X-pocalypse.

Paul: X-pocalypse, I guess.

Mary Jo: X-pocalypse.

Leo: X —

Paul: XP-OCALYPSE.

Leo: XP — and I've got it here —

Paul: Ocalypse.

Leo: — is dead.

Paul: Yep.

Paul: Those look like the freebie — the cheapo Microsoft Store ones from —

Leo: Yeah, they are.

Paul: — campus.

Leo: You — you nailed it! How did you — how did you know? It has that —

Paul: Because I've bought a lot of software there, Leo. (Laughs)

Leo: — that big sticker says —

Paul: The sticker they get — yeah.

Leo: "Microsoft company store purchase. Not to be sold. Purchased by (employee number, which is conspicuously blank)."

Paul: Yep.

Leo: We've blanked it out for purposes of exposition. See there? So — gosh. You know, it says right on the box, this is the best version of Windows ever, and —

Paul: You know what it also says on the box, is —

Leo: What?

Paul: — if you have a PC with Windows 95 on it, you could use this. And that is crazy.

Leo: You couldn't because it was such a pig.

Paul: There's no way that could have been good advice —

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: — even in 2000.

Leo: Yeah. "The smartest Windows ever. Capabilities that put you in charge. Make your experience your own." That's for the home version.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: So what do you think?

Paul: Those were the days, Leo.

Leo: Has the world come to an end?

Paul: Leo, when they launched Windows XP, there was a Gateway cow in Times Square in New York City.

Leo: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: Wow.

Paul: That's a fact.

Mary Jo: You have a good memory. Yeah.

Paul: That's a fact.

Mary Jo: I remember that. Yep.

Leo: You actually have a lovely requiem for Windows XP, but you have to read it backwards.

Paul: Well, the ones at the bottom are the first ones I posted.

Leo: That's what I'm saying. You have to scroll up. In fact, you have some of the things we were just talking about.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: "Windows XP — your computer will be faster, more reliable. Starts faster than any previous version."

Paul: (Laughs)

Leo: "Also runs your programs more quickly and reliably." Unless you're using a Windows 95 machine.

Paul: It was amazing.

Leo: Was it?

Paul: No. (Laughs)

Leo: No.

Paul: No, it was —

Leo: "With Windows XP, DOS is gone for good." Well, except that setup is in DOS. But other than that ...

Paul: By the way, a million people wrote me to tell me, "You know that's not really DOS."

Leo: Yeah, yeah, whatever. Shut up.

Paul: To which I said, "You know, you can just relax." (Laughs)

Leo: Shut up. It's Twitter.

Paul: I mean, settle down.

Leo: Steve Ballmer, in an internal email to Microsoft employees, July 2001: "I want everyone to upgrade to Windows XP Release Candidate 1 today."

Paul: By the way, that email included the instructions for how it was going to happen, and it involved — you walked by the receptionist in whatever building you work in, and they will hand you a disc.

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: And then, you will install it on your computer.

Leo: Wow.

Paul: And if you need help, here's how you get support from — the local IT stuff.

Leo: Wow.

Paul: Like, they — they actually made everyone upgrade.

Leo: They were serious.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: Wow. Here's a picture of the long and winding road. Steve Gugenheimer, July 2001: "From the Windows perspective, this will be an open bar."

Paul: (Laughs) Yeah, we need more open bars.

Leo: "Anyone can plug in." (Laughs) What is that picture of? That's very blurry.

Paul: So that was — it was the sidebar, and it was a — it was actually, like, an MSN type — kind of thing, but this was, like, an idea for a future version of Windows, like Longhorn.

Leo: Right. I — and they never really gave up the idea of those green hills, blue sky —

Paul: Oh, they love the — they love the road. The road goes ever on.

Leo: The road not taken. The road goes ever on. Here's another one. "Imagine the future. As a user, being able to access services and local capabilities seamlessly."

Paul: Yep.

Leo: Was that really — was that really brilliant writing in 2001? Was that, like, really a crystal ball?

Paul: Yeah. I mean, today, we just do it without thinking about it.

Leo: Yeah. In fact, Windows — Microsoft says they're a services company.

Paul: But yeah. 2001, sure. Sure.

Leo: Early days of the cloud.

Paul: Windows XP had a way that you could sign in to your .net passport, which was what became Microsoft account, and now that's integrated right into the OS. It only took them 15 years. (Laughs) So it's weird, I mean, how XP was the beginning of a lot of different stuff.

Leo: A quote to Jim Allchin on a couple of things. Hiding features from consumers, not a good thing. Not good for the industry. "The industry needs Windows XP. It's designed for choice." And then — anyway, "R.I.P., Windows XP.," writes Paul Thurrott yesterday. XP — actually, was it midnight tonight — or last night — that the expiration was? Midnight California — or West, I guess Seattle time.

Paul: Yeah, I went down on my bunker last night just in case the planet exploded.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Leo: You know the irony of this all is that yes, there was a massive —

Paul: (Laughs) Yes, there was.

Leo: — exploit that affected almost every user of computers in the world, and it was on open-source software, not —

Paul: By the way, seriously? Thank you for taking the pressure off, open-source.

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: Because it's like — it's like you get into a drunk driving kind of a problem the night that Gary Bucey does the same thing, and now no one cares about you anymore. All they care about is Gary Bucey. You know, it's so weird that that happened right then. You know? Nice.

Leo: So I didn't know this, but thanks to our chatters, the picture — the Bliss wallpaper, the green hill wallpaper —

Paul: Yep.

Leo:   is Napa.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: It's right around the corner from here.

Mary Jo: I think Alex took a picture.

Leo: That's what I see when I go out my door every single day.

Mary Jo: That was —

Paul: The guy that took the photo threatened to sue me one time.

Leo: Really?

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: Oh, sheesh. (Laughs)

Leo: Really?

Paul: Yeah, really.

Leo: Why? Charles O'Rear?

Paul: Because — yes. Because I took a picture — I'm sorry; I didn't take a picture. I reprinted a photo of him standing in front of that photo.

Leo: Oh, awesome.

Paul: And — yeah. Because I — I was writing about the background of it — you know, of the picture. This was years ago. And he told me that that was owned by whatever publication it was in and that I couldn't do that. And I told him, "I don't know if you understand how" —

Leo: Fair use.

Paul: — "fair use works in the United States, but of course I can do that."

Leo: Fair use.

Paul: So I told him he was welcome to try to sue me.

Leo: He was a National Geographic photographer?

Paul: Yeah. Great photographer. Apparently, he's a little bit of a [makes a dismissive noise], you know. (Laughs) Kind of a jerk.

Leo: He's cranky, a little cranky. You know, this is in Carneros, for those who are familiar with the area. I know exactly where this is. We — we go there all the time. There's — the Carneros Inn is right by there. That's —

Paul: So now that thing is covered in vines.

Leo: Vines, yeah. It is. I bet you you could not find that now. He took the picture in '98.

Paul: Actually, the picture of it now, it looks the same.

Leo: Oh.

Paul: It just had — you know —

Leo: It has vines on it.

Paul: — the vine stands, yeah.

Leo: Yeah, I would guess they'd be wine or grapes.

Oh, look at this. Did you actually drive over there to —his Look at this. Look at this. Alex Gumpel drove over, and he saw it and he took a picture. This is what it looks like just a few weeks ago. And you're exactly right; it's got grape vines on it. Not quite the rich, cloud-laden sky, but —

Paul: Right. Nice try, Alex.

Leo: It's that hill. You can see the mountain in the distance and all that. Yeah. Wow. That's —

[Alex Gumpel speaks in the background.]

Leo: He said he wanted to go there and watch the sunset last night. (Laughs)

Paul: Alex's idea of a romantic evening is somewhat off. (Laughs)

Leo: He's a romantic, but it's a weird kind of — weird kind of romance there.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: Wow. That's neat, Alex. I'm glad you have that picture.

Paul: That is cool.

Mary Jo: That is. That's nice.

Paul: That's good.

Leo: It's right [unintelligible]. I know exactly where it is, yeah. I — we drive there all the time. That's so funny.

Paul: By the way, over the years, I — this would happen at speaking engagements, tech-eds, and things like that. I had been approached many, many times by people who claim to know exactly where that was. It was in Ireland; it was in New Zealand —

Leo: Right.

Paul: China.

Leo: See one green hill, you've seen them all.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: Yeah, that is covered with — with vines. That's — you know, that's pretty much all of Napa. Because that is great grape-growing area baby. That's Pinot. That's your Pinot right there. Mmm mmm mmm.

So no word at all about any issues — I guess it's a little early. Or is it? I did — I had in my mind, in my imagination — I might have even said this out loud, the idea that there were hackers just poised, just waiting with their fingers on the —

Paul: Yep.

Leo: — on the figurative button to launch these exploits into the wild. They'd been saving them up, and they just thought, Well, the best time to do this would be the day after Microsoft stops releasing patches because now, we can — nobody's going to fix it.

Paul: Hasn't happened yet.

Leo: Hasn't happened, oddly enough.

Paul: That we know of.

Leo: It does — you know, I mean, even a zero day takes a little while — it's not really zero days. It's a few days.

Paul: This is more like, going after the zeroes that are still running Windows XP. I —

Leo: How many people is that?

Paul: Up to 450 million of them, right?

Leo: Geez.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: If there are 1.5 billion Windows users — which is what Microsoft says — and you look at the net market share data for usage, about 450 million.

Leo: Wow. I notice nobody doing a Twitter reverse tribute to Clippy in Office 2003.

Paul and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Mary Jo: I saw a couple of Clippy ones somewhere.

Leo: Oh, did you? Okay. Good.

Mary Jo: And I.E. 6 also. End of life, end of support, right?

Paul: Let's not forget that Windows XP had the Clippy type dog, right? The search dog.

Mary Jo: Yeah. Right.

Leo: I hate the search dog!

Paul: Hate it so much. Now, I remember ranting about this at the time because you could turn it off. It was the first thing — one of the first things I did when I installed XP. I hated seeing that thing.

Leo: Hate the search dog!

Paul: But as part of disabling it, it would — they animated the dog walking away and then looking back over his shoulder at you as if to make you feel bad that you just turned it off. You know?

Leo: Isn't that awful?

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: It's terrible.

Leo: He kind of — he sighs deeply and then —

Paul: Yeah. Right.

Leo: — his ears and tail hang, and he —

Paul: I disappointed the digital dog in XP.

Leo: Awwwww.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Awwww.

Paul: That — by the way, that was on by default in Windows XP Professional.

Mary Jo: Was it really?

Paul: The version that went out to businesses, yes.

Mary Jo: What? (Laughs)

Leo: Oh, it was. It was on in everything. It was on everything.

Paul: It was on everywhere, yep.

Leo: We had to make that dog unhappy.

Mary Jo: Was that the same dog in Microsoft —

Paul: Remember, in the beginning, they were going to have weird little differences between Home and Pro? Sorry.

Mary Jo: Sorry, Paul. Was that the same dog in Microsoft Bob, or not the same dog? Remember that dog?

Paul: Basically, yeah. Yeah. Yeah, looked very similar, yeah.

Mary Jo: Yeah. Same dog. Yeah. (Laughs)

Leo: I am — I decided to wear a black armband —

Mary Jo: Nice.

Paul: (Laughs) Nice. It looks like one of those things you see around sushi.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Leo: Like a [unintelligible].

Paul: Like your arm is, like, a piece of uni or something.

Leo: (Laughs) That is actually seaweed. Very good.

Paul: Leo is like a Battleship Uni. Like a Battleship sushi.

Leo: (Laughs) Just slice it here and here.

Paul: (Laughs)

Leo: It's going to be tasty and delicious.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Did — Bill Gates's wife, Melinda, was the product manager for Bob.

Paul: Right.

Mary Jo: That's right.

Paul: So now you — you know how people are rewarded when they do something great at Microsoft.

Leo: You get to marry the boss.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Look at that.

Paul: Oh, my God.

Leo: Look at that. So —

Paul: It was the only way they could get her off of Microsoft products, you know?

Leo: (Laughs) We've got to get you out of here.

Paul: (Laughs) The person responsible for Bob must never do anything again.

Leo: "Quick, Bill! Take her away! Take her to Carneeros for the weekend!"

So — all right. Well — it's, I think, interesting to note that Paul and I started doing this show in the XP era.

Paul: I know.

Leo: This show —

Paul: Arguably, we've been in the XP era the whole time, Leo. I mean —

Leo: Yeah, for 500 million people.

Mary Jo: Yep.

Paul: I wonder when Windows 7 surpassed XP usage. It probably wasn't — I mean, XP was — I mean, Windows 7 was only really in the market for three years, so it probably wasn't that long ago; but it's interesting how it — what it took, you know, for that to happen.

Leo: (Laughs) I'm sorry. My —

Paul: "I have no feeling in my left arm."

Leo: I'm losing blood flow.

Mary Jo: (Laughs) The answer to your question: 2011, according to —

Leo: Wow.

Mary Jo: Bing.

Paul: 2011, yeah. Very late.

Leo: That's how long. Because Vista, you could write off.

Mary Jo: Windows 7 surpasses XP.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: That's still only a couple years. I mean, Windows 7 probably came out, what, in 2009.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: So it only took a couple years.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: But that's how long XP was number 1. I mean, it's amazing. Vista never did it.

Mary Jo: And then — yeah. We have to remember XP was really two operating systems that were both called XP, right? XP Service Pack 2 really should have been called a different operating system.

Paul: Yep.

Mary Jo: Because it was. But they called it XP anyway.

Paul: They would have — yeah. Service Pack 2 was sort of necessitated by the trustworthy computing stuff, and Microsoft halted development and all that kind of stuff. And I think — had it not been for that, they would have called that something else, and it would have — yeah, would have been a new version.

Mary Jo: Hmmm.

Leo: (Sighs deeply)

Paul: It's still a long time. I mean —

Leo: Yeah, pretty amazing.

Paul: Still, it's probably, what, 11 years since XP SP 2?

Leo: Very, very amazing. What a — what an interesting — what a long, strange trip it's been.

Mary Jo: Yes.

Leo: And Update 1 came out yesterday, too, didn't it?

Mary Jo: It did.

Paul: Did it? (Laughs)

Leo: Update. Did it? It was supposed to.

Mary Jo: It kind of did. (Laughs)

Leo: Did it not?

Mary Jo: No, it did.

Leo: Oh.

Paul: It did.

Mary Jo: It did. I know because I was on Twitter trying to answer some questions about it, and it drove me to drink. It was —

Paul: Yep.

Mary Jo: It was a lot of questions. It started rolling out around 1 P.M. Eastern; but a lot of people were thinking it was going to come earlier, and they were saying, "Oh, where is it? It's not here. I keep hitting the control panel and keep trying to refresh. Where is this thing?" And, you know —

Paul: You know —

Mary Jo: What — I know. It's — you know what this is? It's like a patch that makes Windows 8.1 work better if you're a mouse user, pretty much. Right? (Laughs)

Paul: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Right. And I keep hearing from people — "So what's in here that makes it better on a tablet?" And it's like, Well, there's a Shutdown button on the — oh, actually, that's not on tablets. Nothing; I guess would be the answer. (Laughs)

Mary Jo: It's on some tablets. Yeah. (Laughs)

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: Yeah. I think that — I think the — there's something weird with these updates. Microsoft telegraphed in advance that this thing would be coming on Tuesday, April 8. And Tuesday April 8 happens, people wake up, and they say, "Okay. I've checked Windows Update. How come I don't have it?"

Mary Jo: Right.

Paul: And that's, I think, the source of your frustration; you get a lot of those kind of questions like I do.

Mary Jo: Yep. (Laughs)

Paul: And the other part — the other thing that's weird about it is that Update — there is no Update 1 Exe. You know, it's a bunch of things. It's three to five different executables, depending on how you do it; but there's also a prerequisite. And one of the things that people were seeing was the Patch Tuesday updates would come out, and they wouldn't see Update 1 in there. But what they didn't realize was that they had to install those updates because they hadn't gotten the prerequisite, reboot, and then Update 1 would be offered, right? It was just kind of a — it was kind of a weird thing. So the — a lot of yesterday was spent with people grumbling because they didn't — they weren't getting it.

Leo: Yeah, because they didn't know what — is this that — is this the update? I'm looking at Microsoft's support site.

Paul: That's what I'm saying; there is no actual update.

Leo: It doesn't say "update."

Paul: It is one of —

Leo: Right.

Paul: — three. This is one of three files —

Leo: I see.

Paul: — that sort of constitute the update.

Leo: "What's new in" — oh, but then, "What's new in Windows 8.1 update" is kind of deep — buried within this post —

Paul: Mm-hmm.

Leo: — there is a link, so you kind of — kind of get what you get. It might — and the first bullet —

Paul: I know. It's classic.

Leo: "It might already be installed."

Mary Jo: I know.

Paul: I think the thing they might have done is put up a banner.

Leo: Saying, "Welcome to the new Windows."

Paul: When you boot in, and it says, "Congratulations. You've got the update."

Leo: Yeah. But maybe they didn't want to really — isn't it kind of —

Paul: Well, I — but what's the point? In other words, if you're paying attention, you're looking at the start screen and you're like, "Huh. It looks a little different. Did something change?"

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: You know, I mean, it seems like they could have — people like getting new things, for the most part, right? I mean —

Leo: So the most obvious change, of course, you're going to have —

Paul: Yep. And also, those two buttons, yeah.

Leo: The on/off switch next to the Search button.

Paul: By the way, I don't really — I don't actually want to have a conversation about this, per se, but there is a fascinating little bit of trivia around when you will or will not get the Power button because it's not on all computers. The absence of the Power button does not mean that you don't have update 1.

Leo: Oh, that's interesting. Because they even — in this article, they don't mention the Power button. They say, if you see a Search button near your account name —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: — you have the update.

Paul: As they should, because that will always appear.

Leo: Because this may not appear. Got it.

Paul: That's right.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: All right.

Paul: Yep.

Mary Jo: Yeah. (Laughs)

Leo: And it isn't an instant rollout. They say it's going to be over a period of several weeks.

Paul: And that — okay. So that actually was a — I think was a mistake to say.

Mary Jo: Me, too.

Paul: Because what they're really referring to is automatically installed over the next couple weeks.

Leo: Oh.

Paul: If you want it right now and you have Windows 8.1, you can go to Windows Update and get it. In other words, I ... (Laughs) Telling people that it might be installed over the next couple weeks after they just said, "Oh, no; it's coming out on the 8th"? Huge mistake.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: Huge mistake.

Leo: Yeah.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: Because people then say, "What?"

Paul: Yep.

Leo: So this is KB 2919355. If you've got that, you've got it.

Paul: But that doesn't appear until you do the other ones.

Leo: Right, right.

Paul: Like, it's —

Leo: If you don't see it, as they say, in the list of available updates, you've got to do other updates first. Then it will —

Mary Jo: Yeah. And the —

Leo: Particularly, 2919442.

Paul: That's —

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Who could forget that one?

Mary Jo: Exactly.

Paul: I know. That's a good one, by the way.

Leo: Oh, wow.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: And you know what made this even more confusing was, there were other updates that went out yesterday for Windows 8.1 that were not the Windows update.

Leo: (Snorts)

Mary Jo: So there were updates with a lowercase u —

Paul: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: — and then there were updates with a capital U.

Paul: Those were updates with a little u, Mary Jo.

Mary Jo: Yeah, yeah.

Paul: Not a capital U.

Leo: So in our chatroom, DK76 says, "There's an update waiting for me that's 900 megabytes. Is that" — it's got to be it, right? It's big, would be the other way you'd know.

Paul: I —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: Is it that big?

Leo: That's awfully big. You know, of course, I didn't look at my S7 this morning. What am I thinking? I should have — it should have been like Christmas Day. I run into my office, I —

Paul: Right.

Leo: — I look at my Acer. Did you get it? Did you get it?

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: But no, I didn't do that.

Mary Jo: Maybe you did. Maybe you have to —

Leo: Don't know.

Mary Jo: If you really want it, you can force it, but —

Leo: It's — I don't have it here; it's at home, so —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: Yeah, 900 megabytes. Everybody's saying that's about what they — what they had. 8 or 900, thereabouts.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: That's big.

Paul: Yeah, there is one big one. Yeah.

Leo: That's more than a patch, my friends.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: That's KB —

Mary Jo: It's — which it's supposed to be. (Laughs)

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: That's KB 2919355 in all its glory.

Paul: (Laughs) It's like an early George Lucas movie.

Leo: (Laughs) Yeah.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: "In the dystopian future, KB 95 ..."

Mary Jo: You know, there was one other thing they said that also got people a little panicked yesterday. They said if you are running Windows 8.1, you need to put update 1 — or, no, sorry. Not update 1; they just call it the update — update on your machine before May Patch Tuesday because if you don't, you're not going to get any more patches or fixes.

Leo: Oh. That's — so you have — it's an —

Mary Jo: Right.

Leo: It's an —

Mary Jo: So that kind of stirred the pot because then people started saying —

Paul: Oh, people are spectacular.

Mary Jo: — "Oh, man, I've got to get this now, now, now." Right? (Laughs)

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: Well, no. Or people are saying, "You know what? Screw you, Microsoft. I like Windows 8.1 the way it is right now. I don't want this update."

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: "And now you're telling me that I have to get this?"

Mary Jo: Right.

Paul: I mean, you get the weird backlash from people. You know, "I don't want to right click and get a mouse menu. I want to right click and get the — the old menu. You know, the Metro-style menu."

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: "Surely there's some way to disable this." And it's like, you know ... (Laughs) Not really. Not that I know of, anyway, although you never know. It's funny to watch people complain about it no matter what it is. You know?

Mary Jo: Yeah, pretty much. Right. Yeah, I know. I had people saying, "Well, I want the Start button, but I don't want the Power button, and I have it." And it's like, Well, you get both. Sorry.

Paul: Actually, I —

Mary Jo: Because you can't turn either of those buttons off.

Paul: I — my tip is about — actually — so you can turn off the Power button.

Mary Jo: Oh, you can?

Paul: Oh, not the Power button.

Mary Jo: Interesting.

Paul: Yeah, the Shutdown button, yeah. Yeah, you can.

Mary Jo: You can? Oh, good.

Paul: Yep.

Mary Jo: Okay. Because I asked Microsoft that, and they said no. So that's good. (Laughs)

Paul: So I'll talk about this during the tip part —

Mary Jo: Okay.

Paul: — but there's a — there are, in fact a bunch of settings, some of which are not exposed in update 1, that can be controlled through registry hacks or registry changes —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: — that I'm only just beginning to become aware of. But I don't know if you heard me in the press room, but I was telling Simon and some other guys that on two of my computers now, I can no longer trigger the charms.

Mary Jo: Oh.

Paul: And I think it's a setting that's being synced, and it's a mistake; but I think there's a registry key that actually turns off the charms. I don't want to get people too excited, but I think that's coming.

Leo: I think you have to actually shout, "Release the charms!" —

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: (Laughs) Yes.

Leo: — when you're clicking in the lower right-hand corner.

Paul: Actually, I think if you click your heels together, the little leprechaun charm appears, and then you can —

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: They're magically delicious!

Paul: You have three wishes, you have three UI pieces that you can change.

Leo: (Laughs) Windows 8.1 update — it's magically delicious! Now, see, there is an opportunity missed.

Paul: (Laughs) Yeah.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Mark Penn is asleep at the switch.

Mary Jo: But I've got to say — I said this last week. I like update 1. I like — I keep calling it update 1.

Paul: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Mary Jo: The update. I've had so many people say, "I don't want the update. I don't want this feature or that feature." But —

Leo: No, you want it.

Mary Jo: You know what? If you're using it primarily as touch —

Leo: Yeah.

Mary Jo: — you're not going to see a lot of the stuff that you're objecting to. So just — just do it.

Leo: Is that — that's what people — that's what would be — if you were a desktop user, you wouldn't —

Mary Jo: Right. If you're a desktop user —

Leo: You would want it.

Mary Jo: — and you use it with a mouse, right?

Leo: You would want it.

Mary Jo: You get all these new, easier-to-navigate kinds of features.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: Well, but if you're not a desktop user — if you're one of the 17 or 18 people that are using a tablet — nothing changed. Nothing changed.

Mary Jo: Yeah. You could still use it the same way you —

Paul: Well, I mean, a couple small things changed. I mean, in other words, they haven't changed the way things work. It's the same.

Mary Jo: Right.

Paul: So you're not — it's not like your experience has been made worse. It's fine.

Mary Jo: Right. And we should repeat again — because I've gotten this question at least a thousand times — the start menu is not there, and it's not supposed to be there. Even though Microsoft showed a —

Paul: But you said, Mary Jo ... (Laughs)

Mary Jo: Oh, man.

Paul: And I heard it distinctly. You said the words — repeat after me. You said, "Start menu." That's all I'm saying. I heard you say that.

Mary Jo: Yep. Start menu.

Paul: So I don't understand why it's —

Mary Jo: Not yet.

Leo: "I believe she said the word 'start button'." I have the recording, yes."

Paul: "Paul, at 35:07 of episode 351 of Windows Weekly, you said that" —

Leo: "I'm saving every recording, and" —

Paul: My best emails and comments start off with the line: "You said ..."

Leo: (Laughs) Yeah.

Paul: (Laughs) You know?

Leo: You said!

Mary Jo: But here's what I really said — or, at least, I wanted to say it if I didn't say it. The start menu is coming, but not with this update. And I think a lot —

Leo: It's in threshold. That's threshold.

Mary Jo: That's threshold, we think, or maybe update 2. We don't really know if there is an update 2. But the thing to remember is — and I know why people are confused. Microsoft didn't used to show future features of Windows, at least not for the past six years. Now they're going back to showing you a glimpse of the future, so people are so un-used to the fact that you might actually see something that's future. They think, "Oh, that must be there now because Microsoft doesn't show futures anymore." So it got people confused.

Paul: And just in case you thought that the start menu coming back was going to solve all of our problems, I guarantee you — and I mean, I literally guarantee —

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: — that as this happens, when it happens, the complaints will roll in. Because it's not the start menu from Windows 7, is it?

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: It's a new kind of start menu.

Mary Jo: It is.

Paul: It looks a little bit like —

Mary Jo: It actually looked cool.

Paul: It looks cool.

Mary Jo: I liked how it looked in the mock-up that we saw.

Paul: Yeah, I do, too. Yeah, but we're reasonable people, Mary Jo.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Paul: I — (Laughs) I mean, I already know, because this is what happens all the time —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: — that when this thing is happening, people will complain. They will; of course they will.

Leo: They will, they will.

Mary Jo: They will, yeah. They're also — for IT pros who've been trying to figure out how to get update onto people's PCs, if you're trying to update your users — there's been a glitch with Windows Server update services. So there's some problems with installing the patch using WSUS; and Microsoft has temporarily halted distributing the patch through that until they work that out. So if you —

Paul: But it's a particular version of —

Mary Jo: It is.

Paul:WSUS, isn't it?

Mary Jo: Right. It is. It says — I'm looking at the note about it. There's a known issue with some PCs updating to Windows 8.1 update. It stops scanning against WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2 servers —

Paul: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: — which are configured to use SSL but have not enabled TLS —

Paul: Is that — what is — what version is that?

Mary Jo: That's what it says —

Paul: So what is that? Like, 2012, 2008 —

Mary Jo: Yeah, 2003 — Windows Server 2003, 2008. Yeah.

Paul: Okay. That's older. It's an older version.

Mary Jo: Older versions. So if you're having a problem with that, you should probably check out the WSUS product team blog because there are some people who have and they've been asking me why they can't get the patch — I mean, can't get the update, sorry.

Paul: Right.

Mary Jo: Yeah. So — hasn't been quite smooth sailing. I had a couple people tell me they couldn't get I.E. to work anymore once they updated to Update. I had people that say all their Metro apps stopped working.

Paul: Wow. That sounds awesome. (Laughs)

Mary Jo: Yeah, that sounded really awesome. Yeah.

Paul: (Laughs) Geez.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: How about the —

Leo: There's always this stuff anytime you have a big operating system upgrade.

Mary Jo: There are.

Leo: Some small percentage of people will have a problem.

Paul and Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: It happened last time. And then, what you do is you do it over or you restart. Fortunately, Windows 8 makes it easy to get back to normal.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: But the only issue is how big a percentage it is. You know, how many people are having this problem. I doubt it's very many, but —

Paul: And I actually don't think there's any huge rush on —

Leo: Should you wait?

Paul: WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2, or whatever that was.

Mary Jo: Right. Yeah.

Paul: I mean, they'll get that fixed.

Mary Jo: They're going to get it fixed, right.

Leo: People can wait. You can wait a month, up to a month, and then it's —

Paul: Well, that's — you know, that's the thing. I mean, I was joking about this, I think, with Dan or somebody online. It's going to come — yesterday. So it's going to come out sometime today. Don't wait up for it.

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: I mean, you have to wait until — it will still be there tomorrow.

Leo: I'm going to wait.

Paul: They're going to make plenty.

Leo: I want it now. I —

Paul: It's okay.

Leo: I didn't get it yet! I want it now!

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Or vice versa.

Paul: There's kind of a nerd culture thing, you know, when you're a tech enthusiast.

Leo: It's the new thing. You want the next new thing. Sure, you do. I always would.

Do you want to run through the features? I know it's all on the SuperSite.

Paul: I don't think we need to run through all of them, but I think the important bit — unless you want to, Mary Jo. I mean, I — I just think it's important to note that this is a step on a road toward making Windows acceptable for each of the kinds of users that are going to use Windows. And I think one of the big mistakes they made with 8.0 in particular was kind of subverting it experience for people who use Windows on a traditional computer, which is almost all of them. And they made some steps in 8.1 that made that better and some further steps in 8.1 update, which make it even better still. And so there's a ways to go. And we talked about the start menu, and the ability to run modern Windows as floating windows on the desktop — which is also coming, probably in threshold — are further steps. So it's kind of a — what they could do after four months of work. And I don't think any — I wouldn't say any of it changes the experience dramatically, but it certainly makes it more pleasant to use Windows 8.1, I guess, on a regular computer with a mouse and a keyboard.

Mary Jo: yeah. I like the fact that the taskbar is carried over across now, so you always can see the taskbar if you're using the mouse; and I also like the right click on the apps and have the context menu pop up. Just things that make it easier to navigate this. Closing an app with the little X in the upper right corner. It doesn't actually fully close it, but it gives you the impression you're closing the app.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: Those little — those little things, right?

Paul: It's Windows, right?

Mary Jo: Right.

Paul: So there's all these little screwy rules.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: Like, when you do or do not see that shutdown menu; when you do or do not see a Minimize button in those modern apps, for example. There'll always be an X for closing it, but only under certain conditions will there be a Minimize button. It's — like, the —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: You know, keeping stuff straight in one's head — or documenting it, like I try to do for a book or whatever — will keep me dutifully employed for years to come.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Paul: (Laughs) It is crazy, all of the weird little things. It's because Windows is so huge and complex.

Mary Jo: Yeah. I like — they told — Paul, they probably used the same analogy with you — when I was saying, "Why didn't you guys do this before? Like, why couldn't Windows 8 have had these features when you came out with it at first?"

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: They said, "You know what building Windows is like? It's like making pizza for 1.5 billion people."

Paul: (Laughs) Yeah.

Mary Jo: No two people want the same toppings, right?

Paul: That's good.

Mary Jo: It's kind of true. It's like, the way I use it —

Paul: I —

Mary Jo: — and you — are very different.

Paul: Yep, completely different. And, by the way, that couldn't be more true. I was sitting next to Mary Jo in the press room; and I have to say —

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: I don't even know why you have a computer. I — (Laughs)

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Leo: Was she using her [unintelligible] pad and a number 2 pencil?

Paul: It was amazing to me — yeah. It's like — (Laughs) It is amazing —

Mary Jo: To watch my work.

Paul: — how little of the processing power of that thing that you probably use.

Mary Jo: Yeah. It's really true. But you know —

Paul: I can't believe your battery doesn't last for 13 hours. It was like —

Leo: You should get a ChromeBook, Mary Jo. Come on.

Paul: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: (Dubious noise) I need apps that work offline.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: So that's one limitation of the ChromeBook. But you know, the reason I do get a PC with a lot of processing power is, it makes my workflow go quicker, right? Like, I can scroll —

Paul: Sure.

Mary Jo: — I mean, I can surf the web much faster and get things to come up. And I have an existing PC that is fine with NotePad, obviously, but just very slow.

Paul: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: How can anything be slow with Notepad?

Paul: That's just amazing.

Mary Jo: No — I mean, Notepad's not slow, but —

Leo: Oh, getting to it.

Mary Jo: — surfing the web is really —

Leo: Oh, I see. I see.

Mary Jo: Or using Skype.

Paul: Leo, if Notepad takes one second longer to load every time you launch it —

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Paul: — I mean, after a year —

Leo: That's an hour!

Paul: You probably — it's, like, two weeks of, you know —

Leo: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: And I notice it. (Laughs)

Paul: My computer has two versions of Visual Studio —

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: — Hyper-V; right? PhotoShop; complete Office suite, obviously; four web browsers —

Leo: Couldn't be more different.

Paul: — and Mary Jo's running Notepad. (Laughs)

Leo: Couldn't be more different.

Paul: It's very interesting, yeah.

Leo: Not to mention —

Paul: Granted, my computer runs like crap; it's really slow —

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: — because I've got all this stuff running —

Leo: But it's powerful.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

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Paul: (Laughs) Geez.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: [Unintelligible]

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Paul: You know what? In the same way that that Open SSH thing has kind of taken the pressure off Windows XP, this cloud computing stuff — the NSA stuff and Snowden and all that — is nice because it's kind of taking the pressure off Microsoft, too. Because in the past, it was always about how Windows supposedly had some back door built into it.

Leo: Right. Right. Now we know.

Paul: Now it's —

Leo: Everybody.

Paul: — everything. It's everything.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: And so again, it's nice to see the heterogeneous world that we're in. It has some nice side effects.

Leo: You know, I am going to — Tumblr, on their blog — they fixed it because Tumblr, Yahoo, Twitter, everybody, uses open SSL.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: And so they all have to do the patch. And you have to wait until they've done the patch, and then you should change your password.

Paul: To then change the password, yeah.

Leo: And so Tumblr said, "We fixed it, and we recommend you take a day off from work and change all your passwords." And I'm thinking that's what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'm going to — I use LastPass.

Paul: You know what?

Leo: I'm going to go through everything and update all my passwords. It's terrible.

Paul: When do you do Security Now?

Leo: We did it yesterday. We talked about nothing but —

Paul: Yeah, I can imagine. So I have a question for Steve Gibson. I'm curious what you think about this. Given two-factor authentication now, which is available on most of the major services — it's not everywhere, but I have to think it's going to be everywhere — once you have that enabled, (a) do you even need to worry about this?; and (b) If you don't, then why do we have complex passwords? Like, if you're protected by dual-factor authentication,  why not just have a simple password you could actually remember?

Leo: Well —

Paul: Because you're always going to use a code, too.

Leo: You are, but — I mean, it's not really two-factor if one of the factors is incredibly weak. (Laughs)

Paul: Is — well, no, it doesn't have to be silly; it just has to be something easy and memorable.

Leo: No, I agree. And I use — my bank, I use two-factor. I have to get a text message —

Paul: Yep.

Leo: — before I can get into the bank. Twitter, Outlook, Gmail — all of them use two-factor, and I turn it on. Facebook. I wish everybody would. And you're right — no, as far as I know — now there is — okay. So — and this — you know what? It is a good question for Steve.

Paul: Yep.

Leo: Here's the one possible issue.

Paul: Okay.

Leo: First of all, what Heartbleed did was allow a hacker to, 64 megabytes at a time, download data from that server. He couldn't say, "I want to see Paul Thurrott's records."

Paul: Right.

Leo: "Just whatever you got, give it to me."

Paul: You just get whatever it may be, yeah.

Leo: Including, of course, the SSL key so that all — you know, they could do a man in the middle as well. The question is, among that information — and I would guess it is — is the secret that they need to know whether my authenticator is working properly? So the way Authenticator works is time-based. They hash the time —

Paul: Yes. Right.

Leo: — with a secret number.

Paul: And actually, it's probably 30 seconds, or it's a very short period of time.

Leo: Yeah, you have — yeah, it's — yeah. It's 30 seconds. So they hash that time with a secret number. They know the secret number, and your phone knows the secret number. The bad guy, presumably, does not. But maybe the bad guy does because he's got —

Paul: Oh.

Leo: — that data as well. So I'm thinking — is it 64 bytes, not 64 megabytes? Sorry, 64 bytes at a time. I'm thinking that the two-factor might be compromised as well because they do need to know your secret number to know if you are, in fact, entering the correct code. So I think you still need to change your password, and I think you probably should still use a good password. Hate to tell you.

Paul: Fine. (Laughs)

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Take the day off, Thurrott.

Paul: And this is why I don't do Security Now.

Leo: Yeah. I'm not sure; I'll ask Steve. That's — you know, we're going to do a Q&A episode next week, and that will certainly be one of the questions. But given —

Paul: By the way, hopefully, this is all fixed and done by next week, too. That would be the other thing.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: I assume — I mean, this is like DEF CON 1.

Leo: It is as bad as it could be.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: Because you — it's been a bug for two years, and there's no way of knowing if — there's no way your bank can say whether or not it's been utilized against it. There's — leaves no trace. So they could have been getting 64K worth of your data, worth of the bank's data, every minute for the last two years, which means it probably could have everything. I don't know how much sense they can make out of that. They can't say, "What is Paul Thurrott's password?" as I understand it.

Paul: Right.

Leo: So it's — but it's about as bad as you can get. And that's the thing, is — the chances, really, of you having a problem are small; but why take the chance? I mean, if they have access to your bank — I don't know.

Paul: I — my wife has access to my bank, so when I do things like buy a phone —

Leo: Yeah. I worry more about your wife.

Paul: Five minutes later, I hear the steps on the stairs.

Leo: Yeah.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: — and she — my wife walks in and she says, "Did you just spend $287 at AT&T?"

Leo: I know. I know.

Paul: And I'm like, "Yeah." And then she goes, "No, you didn't." And then she walks away. (Laughs)

Leo: Yeah. Yeah.

Paul: And that's the end of that.

Leo: Yeah. No, that's — Lisa has access to my stuff, too, because she's — of course, she runs the business —

Paul: Right.

Leo: — and everything goes to the business, so — yeah, I get the same. "Did you spend $28,000 for a sailboat?" "No. No. No."

Paul: (Laughs) "No!"

Leo: "No!"

Paul: And you're wearing, like, an admiral's hat.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Leo, "Aye, aye!"

Paul: And a scarf.

Leo: (Laughs) "No!"

Paul: You're like, "Uh, no."

Leo: "Absolutely not. Absolutely not."

Paul: (Laughs)

Leo: Let's move on. By the way, Google has patched most. Yahoo has patched most. There are services on both companies' sites —

Paul: Where's Microsoft in this? Has Microsoft commented on this?

Leo: They're probably not too vulnerable because IIS, in most cases, doesn't use the open SSL library.

Paul: Oh, I got you.

Leo: However, there is a plug-in, and it's — there may be some IIS servers that are using open SSL.

Paul: Hmm.

Leo: Hmmm. The other problem is that —

Paul: The solution, Leo, is to forget about the cloud and just put all your data locally. I think —

Leo: Oh, yeah.

Paul: — we could all —

Leo: Your money's safer in your mattress. I think we all know that.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: No, it could be in a bank; it just has to be in a safety deposit box.

Leo: Right, that's it. Don't put it in an account.

Paul: (Laughs) Best of both worlds.

Leo: No Internet access. Oi. It is — it's a mess. I would — if anybody really wants to know more, listen to yesterday's Security Now. He went into great detail about how it works, what it is, and all that stuff. And I didn't ask him, and I wish I had, but I would be willing to bet that the secret is part of that data that they can gather. And if that's the case, then your two-factor is also compromised. (Sighs.

Paul: It's not much of a factor, then, is it?

Leo: No, it's not.

Moving right along to better —

Paul: It's like an episode of CSI.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Paul: The music kicks in.

Leo: — better stuff, it's morning again in Redmond. What is

Paul: I guess — I —

Leo: What do you mean by that?

Paul: As — I wrote this, and then I thought later, We sort of talked about this last week, but —

Leo: Well, it was early days, but I — I mentioned that Business Week article that said, "In a matter of a few days, Satya Nadella has put his stamp on Microsoft, and it is a brand new Microsoft."

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: You pointed out that a lot of what has happened had to have been in process since long ago.

Paul: Right. And there's a little bit of that later in the show, too; but it — I think it's absolutely fair to say that his presence alone has opened the floodgates. Because I know — and Mary Jo, I'm sure, same type of thing. You hear from people there, and they have sort of a — some people there have kind of a weird adversarial relationship with the outside world, including people like Mary Jo and myself. Or —

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: — even with customers. And some people don't, and they don't understand what's going on. And the last several years at Microsoft have been a little bit strange for that kind of stuff.

Leo: I have to think that Steve Ballmer was — whatever you feel about him — was a bit of an Albatross around Microsoft's neck. And merely replacing him with somebody, anybody, gives them at least a honeymoon period, right?

Paul: Yeah. Sure. Yeah, I — I don't think it's all going to be honey and roses or anything, but — I don't know. So far, so good. And sort of unofficial polling people at the show, both just regular show-goers and press people and so forth — I mean, it seems like there's an opening — an opening up, I guess is how I'd put it. And I heard from several different product teams, which was very nice. And it just feels like things are changing. You know?

Leo: Well, you guys are close Microsoft watchers. I watch at a greater distance.

Paul: You're probably wise, by the way, because you —

Leo: (Laughs) I sincerely — I feel a different — it feels different.

Paul: You feel it, too.

Leo: I absolutely feel it.

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: It feels like they're more open, that they have finally acknowledged that they — that the cloud and services are really the future for Microsoft. The — for so long, they were so protective of the crown jewels —

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: — Windows and Office, that I think it slowed them down in this cloud world.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: Oh, it absolutely slowed them down. It put blockers on everything that they did, from as far back as Steven Sinofsky canceling the NetDocs project in Office.

Leo: Right.

Paul: Because that might have competed with Office.

Leo: Perfect example. Perfect example.

Paul: And it's from 7 years ago, probably, now.

Leo: And —

Paul: You know, it's very interesting. It's interesting.

Leo: And so I think — and this — I don't — it's partly honeymoon, but look at — the board picked a guy who came from enterprise, who came from services, came from Azure —

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: They renamed — it's not Windows Azure; it's Microsoft Azure. I know that seems like a big deal to make a big deal out of — silly to make a big deal out of that — but it isn't.

Paul: No, it's a big deal.

Leo: They announced an iPad product front and forward without mentioning Windows at all, practically. I — this is —

Paul: Yeah.

Leo: To me, it feels very, very, very different and very positive. If I were an investor — if I could buy Microsoft's stock — I would say this might be the good time to do it. Has the stock gone up since Satya Nadella?

Paul: Well, it's hit 40, right? I mean —

Leo: Oh, wow, that's a big jump.

Mary Jo: 40 still, yep.

Leo: Still? I thought that was a lot up.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: Oh, no, you're right; it's been 40 for —

Mary Jo: A few — a couple weeks.

Leo: Well, no, no, no.

Mary Jo: I think around the time of iPad —

Leo: Six months ago, it was at 34.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: Right. When they did Office for iPad, that's when it hit 40, I think.

Leo: So there you go.

Mary Jo: It kind of stayed there, yep.

Leo: It's going up slowly, but definitely going up.

Paul: The iPad halo has finally affected Microsoft.

Mary Jo: Right. Yeah, it definitely does feel different. I mean, even just in terms of the message from them. Like, "We want to get your feedback and actually use it in the products."

Leo: Right.

Mary Jo: Like, before, that felt like lip service.

Paul: Right.

Mary Jo: And I felt like, at Build, they actually do want to get people's feedback. Like, WPF, for example — Windows Presentation Foundation. They're going to build another version of that, it turns out; but they're soliciting developer feedback before they even start. Now that's —

Paul: Yeah. Heaven forbid —

Mary Jo: That's a nice change, right?

Paul: I don't remember if I told the story in the podcast; but last summer, I did some stuff for the Office 365 guys at — actually, not around TechEd. Or was it around TechEd? I guess it was around TechEd. And so we had a phone call before TechEd where we talked about some of the stuff; and I gave them some feedback. I sort of felt like the Office — the guys from Microsoft — were being a little too down on their stuff and that they should be — present kind of a sunnier picture and so forth. AND we went back and forth on it. And; from TechEd, I met with them; and they gave me this kind of list of stuff that they were going to go through. And I looked at it, and I said, "What is this? This is nothing like what we talked about before." And she said, "Oh, we implemented all those changes you recommended." And I was like, "I — no one's ever done that before. I" — (Laughs) "I've never seen this. This is what that looks like? I — this is amazing." I mean, it was just so weird; and I sort of feel like all of Microsoft now is suddenly listening. Not that I have all the ideas. And it's not about listening to me. I mean, it's about listening to everybody.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: Listening to customers, which you see, of course, in update 1 in a big way, and you'll see in future updates. Listening to people that cover them, like Mary Jo and I do, and their other people. It's not just us two. I mean, it's a lot — there's a lot of people that really care about this stuff and care about the future of these products and how they evolve over time; and some people have some good ideas. And not all of them work at Microsoft, you know? It's nice. And it's too bad because I feel like they always had this kind of process in place for many, many years — obviously, Microsoft had formal beta programs and things that they could do to get formal bits of feedback from users and so forth and tap programs and all that stuff — and a lot of that is either gone now or is just not as big of a deal as it used to be. And hopefully, some of that stuff comes back, too. So I just feel like a corner has been turned there. It's nice.

Leo: I feel like we should start singing.

Paul: (Laughs) (Sings) Kumbaya ...

Leo: Ian is in the chatroom. He works at Microsoft.

Paul: Oh, not that song. You mean a Les Mis song.

Leo: Les Mis.

Paul: Which I will not sing.

Leo: I — first, I have to find Mary Jo's tweet about it, right? You put a link in your tweet.

Mary Jo: Yeah, it's right — No, it's in our —

Paul: It's in the Office for iPad —

Leo: It's in the show notes. Okay. Shall we save it?

Mary Jo: It's under Office for iPad, yeah.

Leo: Shall we save it for when you want to do it?

Mary Jo: It doesn't matter.

Leo: It is more appropriate than —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: It's the OneNote for Mac team, which I gather Ian is on. And he points out that OneNote is a good example of all the —

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: — the new stuff. OneNote is very cloud-y.

Mary Jo: Yep.

Paul: Right.

Leo: And I think —

Paul: All cloud. I mean, and that's an application that started out as just a basic local desktop app.

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: A couple versions ago, it synced through the cloud, and now it —

Leo: Yeah, it is the cloud.

Paul: — that's the preferred way to do it, yeah.

Leo: Yeah, yeah. "Hey, there. We sang a song. We hope you like it. The OneNote engineering team."

(The song begins to play.)

Leo: Oh, dear. Oh, dear.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: This is on YouTube.

(The song is a parody of "One Day More" from Les Miserables.)

Man in song: OneNote Mac

Another note, another web clipping

This never-ending page of memories

These notes are with me all the time

I'll surely use it all the time

OneNote Mac ...

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: That's incredible.

Leo: (Sings along) ... What a talented team. There's the Pacific Northwest out the window. Looks just like Paris.

Paul: Yep. (Laughs)

Leo: He's got a giant pencil. I want more of the giant pencil. (Laughs) Ian, are you in this? Which one's you, Ian? This is actually smart. They should do more of this. (Laughs) There's the guy in the red shirt.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Paul: What's the red shirt?

Leo: This really emphasizes who Microsoft is, and I love this. It's diverse —

Paul: By the way, not a lot of 40-year-olds in this video.

Leo: Young, very young.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: (Laughs) Right?

Leo: Yeah, I love this.

Paul: I mean —

Leo: I think this is exactly what you should do. This — this — Oh, my God. He's out in the woods.

Mary Jo: That's the campus. (Laughs)

Leo: That's beautiful. Look how young they are, yeah.

Paul: Yeah, they're really young.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Paul: They should have done "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Mary Jo: They should have.

Leo: Yeah, it's an odd choice. But here comes the best part, according to Ian. It's cold. There's steam coming out of their mouths. It's raining. (Laughs) It's raining; yes, it is. Whoa! I think that's really cool. And I guarantee you, Mark Penn did not decide to do this. That's —

Mary Jo: (Laughs) This video, not approved by Mark Penn.

Leo: Yeah. No, that's — I — you know what? They should do more of that.

Paul: You know, I — could I just say something?

Leo: Yes.

Paul: I don't approve of the constant slagging of Mark Penn that occurs in this podcast. (Laughs)

Leo: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: You defended him. You offset it. (Laughs)

Leo: Wait. Well, are you a fan?

Mary Jo: He is, sadly.

Leo: Really? Why do you like Mark Penn so damn much?

Paul: I just — it's like Darth Vader. He's so evil, you kind of have to love him.

Leo and Mary Jo: (Laugh)

Leo: Oh, okay. I can get with that.

Paul: You know?

Leo: He's the lovable evil.

Paul: He's the guy that makes the dark side fun.

Leo: (Laughs)

Mary Jo: Wow. (Laughs)

Paul: I don't know.

Leo: It was all done, Ian says, after hours. This wasn't part of their job; they did it for fun. That's why — it was a spare time thing.

Paul: Wow.

Leo: It was their idea, and I love that. That's —

Mary Jo: That is cute.

Paul: I have no problem with them getting paid to do that. I have to be honest.

Mary Jo: You know, if —

Leo: Well, I hope there's a little something in their paycheck this week.

Mary Jo: It is no tweet choir, my friends.

Paul: (Laughs)

Leo: What's that?

Paul: It's a tweet choir.

Mary Jo: Did you forget the tweet choir? Google that. I mean, Bing it. You'll see.  (Laughs)

Leo: (Laughs)

Paul: And then hate yourself.

Leo: Was that a Microsoft thing?

Mary Jo: It was a CES thing where they had — they hired a gospel choir.

Leo: Oh. Yeah.

Mary Jo: And — remember that?

Leo: Yeah.

Paul: They had a gospel choir at the XP launch, coincidentally.

Leo: Yeah. Yeah, I do remember that.

(The video begins.)

Mary Jo: We don't really need to revisit that. It'll just —

Leo: This was a terrible idea.

Paul: Wasn't as bad as the S-4 launch last year, but —

Leo: At least they had Ryan Seacrest doing it.

Mary Jo: (Laughs)

Leo: Boy, he must have been thinking — you could see him actually thinking —

Paul: Is it me, or is he the next Hasselhoff?

Leo: — "When do I get my check?" (Laughs) He's — by the way, very tepid applause to the — yeah, I remember this.

Mary Jo: Remember this?

Leo: This was kind of fascinating.

Mary Jo: (Laughs) That's a word we could apply.

Leo: This is Mark Penn's idea, I'm sure.

Mary Jo: (Laughs) No.

Paul: Yeah. Those guys are all Supreme Court judges.

Mary Jo and Leo: (Laugh)

Leo: Yeah. Right. That's Sandra Day O'Connor on the left. And he's going to sing a tweet. Oh, Lord. All right. That's enough of that.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: No more of that. That's all there is —

Mary Jo: No.

Leo: Oh, Paul's disappeared.

Mary Jo: "OneNote for Mac," way better. Way better.

Leo: Look, Paul just disappeared!

Mary Jo: Oh, he just disappeared.

Leo: He turned into the Windows XP screen.

Mary Jo: (Laughs) He couldn't take the tweet choir.

Leo: What happened? Did he log out?

Mary Jo: I think he just left.

Leo: Alex! Alex!

Mary Jo: It was too painful, the tweet choir.

Leo: What the hell happened? (Laughs) Did — did something — that Skype machine reboot? That's Paul. (Laughs) He ran in here and said, "What the hell?"

Mary Jo: Oh, no. (Laughs)

Leo: All right. That was my fault. I should never have tweeted — done the tweet choir.

Mary Jo: Should have never got the choir going, yeah.

Leo: While we're getting Paul back, I'll do a SquareSpace ad and we'll — I'm sorry. (Laughs) That was my fault. No, Windows Weekly's not turning into a variety show. We're going to go right back to the format momentarily.

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Paul Thurrott: I should probably get off of XP then.

Leo: No, that was a Windows 7 machine, it looked like it rebooted with you in it. It went back to the log-in screen.

Paul: It said I was on hold. I've never seen that little box before.

Mary Jo: Oh.

Leo: You know Skype has announced- The NAB show is going on right now, the National Association of Broadcasters, they announced a broadcast tool that we of course, immediately called them and said, 'can we get involved it that?' Do you guys know anything about that?

Paul: TX, right?

Mary Jo: Skype TX.

Paul: I guess now that Pom is not using that name, they can use it.

Leo: Freed for anybody.

Mary Jo: Yeah. Is it like a hardened version of Skype, just specifically for broadcasters?

Leo: No, it's a hardware version. They bought a company called Cat and Mouse, which we were about to buy.

Mary Jo: Oh wow.

Leo: It's a $6,000 box and Microsoft bought them. And we aren't sure, but we think what they're going to do is take Cat and Mouse and turn it into... In fact if you go to their site catandmouse.tv, you get Skype. What we think they're going to turn it into is a hardware point-to-point solution for media. But we're very interested to see what they do. What's interesting is that Cat and Mouse was not a part of Skype. It was a web RTC solution, as far as I knew. Well, Skype may have been part of it.

Paul: Yeah, the website they have, with the examples, show nothing about the Skype TX. It's just how media has used Skype.

Leo: Well yeah, there's the media thing but right next to it, they do have a Skype TX page. Although, it doesn't say much.

Paul: Yeah, but there's not really any information there.

Leo: The hardware has been designed for use in studio environment with call output in full frame HDSDI formats, embedded or balanced audio. That's exactly what we want. But you know what it all comes down to? How does the codec work on the public internet? Because when we have problems with Skype, it's the public internet. It's not you or me, it's what's in between. Alright, moving right along, glad we got you back Paul. Did you want to say anything else about a new morning in Redmond?

Paul: I can't remember what I was talking about, so I guess not.

Leo: Let's bring up something else that you love talking about, which is of course, Windows phone 8.1.

Paul: Yeah, we actually can't talk about this too much. I'm not sure how this got in here but-

Mary Jo: I put it in.

Leo: You don't have it, you wouldn't know anything about it but if you did and you could, what would you say?

Mary Jo: So I actually put this in the notes because I think it's good to remind people where we are on the timeline on the Windows phone because I got a lot of questions on that this week too. So we know that Microsoft has said that the developer bits for Windows phone 8.1 are going to be out in the first half of April; Which, to me it means by April 15th but there are rumors out there that it's the 14th and there have been rumors that it's the 10th. All we know is by the first half of April they will have the developer bits out. Then there have been a couple of posts lately about whether and when Microsoft is going to have future updates to Windows phone 8.1. Just like they did with Windows phone 8. If you remember with Windows phone 8, they had 3 updates that were called GDR, general distribution releases. The rumor is there will be at least 2 of those for Windows phone 8.1 in calendar 2014. So we've heard bits and pieces about this like there may be some gesture capabilities for Windows phone as part of this, there may be some Nokia specific parts of this, but it's all just rumor at this point and we don't know for sure. What I'm very interested in is whether Windows 8.1 and Windows phone 8.1 are going to start syncing up in terms of when you get these updates because right now there's been a lag. Like Windows 8 does it's own thing, Windows phone does it's own thing but now they're under one operating system group. It'd be kind of cool if  they were coming together in terms of, hey here's the next update for Windows 8 and here's the next update for Windows phone 8.1; That'd be kind of handy I would think.

Paul: I think my gut tells me that's not going to happen.

Mary Jo: I kind of think not too but it would be interesting. At least I would think they would be moving closer into alignment because as we know, the Blue update to Windows phone, which is what Windows 8.1 is, lagged by a number of months the actual release of Windows 8.1. I think those two things are going to start getting closer together.

Paul: The thing that would make the biggest difference in the world for Windows phone would be if they got on the same monthly update schedule that Windows, Surface, Xbox and all of these other products are on, right? How amazing would it be, no matter how small, if Windows phone got updates every month? We consider it a big deal when Nokia delivers a firmware update, which they have for at least 2 of the last 3 Windows phone updates I want to say; Although I'm not positive about that. And possibly for all 3, there was an associated Lumia- Like Black and Cyan is coming next, you know, these firmware updates. There's a Surface update almost every single month. How amazing would it be if Microsoft could start doing that for phone? It would just be an amazing reversal I think for the platform.

Mary Jo: Yeah, the problem was always the carriers.

Paul: Yeah, no I know.

Leo: That's an interesting thought. Well you know, Apple has bypassed the carriers from day 1. I guess Microsoft doesn't have that Cloud, but would people accept it though? I mean, we're kind of used to the idea... Well once a month is better than what it used to be, which was whenever. Oftentimes your operating system would be updated, but would we accept our smartphones being updated monthly?

Paul: Listen, I don't care what kind of smart phone you have; Windows phone, Android, iOS - The apps that you've installed in that phone are updated every single day. Every day you are getting updates on your phone. And when you think about it, in many ways those updates impact what you really do on a phone more than the updates that the wireless carriers are not allowing are not allowing Microsoft to update. You know, the bits that are built into the OS. I think the OS should be afforded the same consideration as the 3rd party apps. Why would the built in music app not be able to be updated when I can download whatever music apps like Spotify, that gets updated every day? Every day it gets updated.

Leo: Right, but you'd have to bypass the carriers.

Paul: I think we need to come to an understanding that this stuff is happening already on phones and there's no reason to prevent it from happening to core OS bits. An app like Spotify uses more data than anything built into the OS, what's the difference?

Mary Jo: It'll be interesting to see how that idea changes when businesses start getting more into Windows phone too. Because now that Microsoft is adding these business features into Windows phone 8.1, like VPN and S/MIME and all of that. Some businesses may give their employees phones that are more locked down and they won't want things to churn that fast, so I don't know. It'll be hard to see how that passes.

Paul: Yeah. Obviously at a certain point, maturity sets in and they don't have to update those as much. But I think with apps, it's not hard to look at a change log for an app and say okay, yeah they made a couple of cool little functional changes, sometimes it's just about fixing bugs.

Mary Jo: Right.

Paul: Simple.

Leo: From your mouth to Bud C Lickman's ear, wherever he is.

Paul: To Mark Pen's ear.

Leo: I think you make an excellent point and you're right. You answered my question, we are used to it.

Paul: What more do you want? I mean, pick up your Android phone and I guarantee you there's 18 things that have happened in the past 24 hours, I guarantee it.

Leo: In fact, Office for iPad was just updated and it has only been out for like a week or two and already there are updates. I expect more, and that's great.

Paul: Right. Office Mobile for Windows phone, never updated. You can't because it's part of the OS.

Leo: Right, that's a disadvantage.

Paul: It's ridiculous.

Mary Jo: Yeah.

Leo: That's a very good point. Speaking of Office for iPad-

Mary Jo: But maybe that's going to change... That was kind of the hint at Build, I thought.

Paul: I'm just expressing hope, certainly things are going in the right direction the same team is doing them all now. I do think it's interesting that all of the other parts of Microsoft are getting updates pretty regularly. I guess we'll see.

Leo: Office for the iPad, a few more little tidbits.

Mary Jo: Yeah, so this was kind of cool: The Office for iPad engineering team took to Reddit to do an AMA this week, which is very uncharacteristic of the Office team. And they talked about a few things that people found surprising. The one that everybody wrote about that wasn't actually surprising was-

Paul: Sorry Mary Jo.

Leo: I see some smiles on Paul's side. Pauul...

Paul: I leaned on my keyboard and it flipped up in the air and it split into two pieces.

Leo: How did we miss that?

Paul: I have the keyboard- I'm sorry to interrupt - The keyboard that magnetically connects to itself so after it landed back on the desk it actually slapped back into shape. So it actually separated and then reattached.

Leo: So it was a magic trick?

Mary Jo: It was.

Paul: I'll just not touch the keyboard while you talk.

Mary Jo: Don't touch that keyboard. So the thing that everybody wrote about from this Reddit was, guess what? Guess who approved the iPad version of Office coming out first? It was Steve Ballmer, not Satya Nadella. Which is what we've been telling everybody.

Leo: See that's good, that's cool.

Mary Jo: We've been telling everybody on this podcast that for a while. They said they did not use Amarin to build the app, which some people thought they had and that it was actually a native app. I like this one, did your work on the iPad version delay Mac Office? They said no, and also said they can't tell us when that's coming.

Paul: Code sharing, though right? I think that was the big news is that these things were co-developed.

Mary Jo: Right. So Office for iPad and Office for Mac are being developed from the same core.

Leo: That's what takes a while, by the way is that what you do is you back off and start from scratch. And then you write the tools that are going to let you do that and the libraries and all of that stuff, and that's a year. Then, you can get to work on the actual app. So that explains a lot.

Mary Jo: It does, actually. It explains why we haven't gotten a new Office for Mac yet and why we haven't seen Office for iPad until now, that does explain a lot. They were asked about when are you going to add printing and they said yeah we know it, we need to; It's coming in its due course. That's all they would say on that. Office for Android tablets is coming too and yeah they just kind of said, yeah we're going to do a lot of updates and we're going to listen to what you guys want and will put that into the update. A few people asked will there be any chance that we can get a version of Office for iPad that has more functionality, but does not require Office 365 and the answer of course, was no. So yeah it was worthwhile. It was a good Reddit and I thought they did a good job.

Leo: And we saw a picture of what we thought looked like an Apple store, but in fact is the lab where they have the iPads.

Mary Jo: Yeah, that's cool.

Leo: That's a lot of iPads.

Mary Jo: It is. On Microsoft campus, who knew?

Leo: Yeah, it looks like the Apple store.

Paul: That is funny.

Leo: It's pretty cool. I love 'ask me anything's' because for some reason, people are more candid. They know they can't be too cagey on those things or they'll get just ripped apart.

Paul: They'll get torn up, yeah.

Leo: So it's great, I love it when they do those and that's their second one I'm told. They did one earlier.

Mary Jo: Oh did they?

Paul: Yeah, the Office iPad team did one.

Leo: I think so, let me look back here. Ian says they did one in July. Oh I'm sorry, that's the OneNote team. Pardon me.

Mary Jo: No that's alright, it's probably still a related team though because it seems like everybody who is working on Office for Mac or Office for iPad are together.

Leo: Right. I love those Reddit. You know, we're developing a Reddit show. We're going to call it Reddit Nation. We'll sit there, drink beers, and read stories from Reddit; It'll be great. We are actually working on one, I just feel like Reddit is so cool. We've had Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders on twice and have had the other guy on once. I just feel a real kinship with them and now that I don't have to protect Dig anymore, I can go all in on Reddit. Well you know Kevin, I didn't want to upset Kevin.

Mary Jo: Oh yeah, we should mention the Gemini apps because a lot of people are asking. So that's the touch first version of Word Excel and Power Point that Microsoft is doing for Windows that's similar to the iPad version that they just did. I just keep hearing it's probably coming this fall but no other information beyond that, or if there will be a public beta we don't really know. Still coming this year though. Us Windows users are just going to have to wait.

Paul: I think I added this in the notes, it kind of explains why they didn't wait on the iPad version. This thing probably won't ship until the fall, you know, the Windows version. I mean, imagine making this piece of software, which you've all seen now. It works great and looks great. Imagine sitting on that thing for another 6 months, you know?

Mary Jo: Yeah, right.

Paul: Stupid.

Leo: In fact, speaking of right things, open sourcing a little bit of .NET. That's pretty cool and apparently, that's maybe not even the end.

Mary Jo: I know, this was crazy right? So we talked about this in the show last week and said that was one of the biggest announcements at Build; That Microsoft is open sourcing more of .NET and they are actually open sourcing the Roslyn compiler as a service work they're doing. I had a chance to talk to Somasegar, who runs the developer division at Microsoft and I asked him, are you ever going to actually open source the core of .NET. Which is like the common language run time and the base class libraries and he did not shut the door on that idea. He said, if there's a reason the community shows us there's a need and it's good for us and good for them, we might do it. If you think about Microsoft even a year or two ago, that just never ever would have been a possibility. It was part of the crown jewels of Windows, .NET is seen as part of that whole thing-

Leo: See?

Mary Jo: If you would have said to them would they ever open source it? No.

Leo: Now if you tell me that was Steve Ballmer's idea, I'm just going to laugh in your face.

Mary Jo: Okay, it was.

Leo: What?

Mary Jo: It was.

Paul: Oh, I almost hit the keyboard again.

Leo: Really, no kidding?

Mary Jo: Yeah, I asked Soma about that as well and he said, you know everybody just thinks it was Satya saying, "Let's flip the switch," he did give it the final approval but this work to open source .NET started 3 years ago.

Leo: Wow. Three years ago they started cleaning up the comments in the code. That really, I think, is more of a barrier than people realize to open sourcing anything, is that you never write your code with the idea that the public might see it. And so you put jokes in and maybe your code isn't as clean as it would be, and I imagine at Microsoft that because they have a lot of code review and stuff, they probably do have clean code but still I know a lot of people who have told me that they will never open source their code. They don't want anybody to see that.

Paul: There was a guy who was examining the source code from the first version of Word for Windows. And he's uncovered a bunch of stuff. Including some kind of neat technical feats that they did to improve performance and that kind of stuff. I mean, this kind of stuff is fascinating.

Leo: I agree. Bill Gates was always very proud of the technical stuff he did in Basic to get it in smaller space and Waz was always so proud of how few chips his drive controller used and if you can share that with the world it's good. It's really good, Bill had shared that code, remember a book called Programmers at Work from the Microsoft Press. And he talked about, it's a great book. I think it's out of print but it's such a good book.

Paul: Yeah, yeah. Simonyi is in there, a bunch of them.

Leo: Yeah, Simonyi. They talk about his naming conventions... What a great book, if you're a programmer or even an aspiring programmer-

Paul: Yeah, look for that.

Leo: It's got source code, it's awesome.

Paul: Yeah, it's neat.

Leo: Gates says, yeah I'm always so proud of this and look what I did here. So cool, just like that he says that.

Paul: He literally sounded exactly like him, maybe from an Austin Powers movie there. Throw me a frickin' bone. Sorry.

Leo: Outercurve, what is that? I've never heard of that.

Paul: I've never heard about this, this is interesting.

Mary Jo: Yeah. So when Microsoft announced last week that they were open sourcing parts of .NET, they created a whole new foundation to do it and it's called the .NET Foundation. But you know, they had already started a foundation to handle open source projects from them and others and it's called the Outercurve Foundation. And I was just kind of curious as to why they just didn't use Outercurve for the open sourcing of .NET. I'm still not exactly sure, 100% why but according to a note that went up on the Outercurve blog, it seems like there might be a little tension.

Leo: They don't seem too happy. They seem a little bit- Just if I read between the lines, just a little peaked. Hey, they say, it's a big open world out there. And we're looking forward to helping it continue to grow alongside our partner foundations.

Paul: I think it says they're moving beyond .NET, that's how they word it.

Leo: Yeah. I guess we'll find another thing to do.

Mary Jo: Yeah. I think the .NET open sourcing is really interesting. Miguel Dias Kazza even Tweeted today and wrote a blog post saying, we're going to try to get Roslyn to work on Unix. I mean, that's like where this is going to start going now right? Microsoft developer technologies hosted on top of Unix.

Leo: Wow...

Mary Jo: Yep, a whole new world. A whole new world.

Leo: Wowee...

Mary Jo: Yep.

Leo: And the chatroom has been all excited because the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has said, yeah okay. I guess you and Nokia can merge... Okay.

Paul: They struck a hard bargain, Leo. They got Microsoft to agree to license their standards essentials patents exactly as they do everywhere else in the world, so that's good they made us wait 30 days for that. It's just like basically what they already do, but whatever.

Leo: Where they not doing it in China?

Paul: They do it everywhere. I think the supposed fear from Samsung and some of the Chinese based Android phone makers was that Microsoft would use this as a lever to sue them for patent violations and so forth. Or charge them more for these kind of standards essentials p; patents.

Leo: These FRANDs patents- You know what, it's not an unfair thing for them to say you know what we just want this in writing. We know you're doing it but we want a commitment. I think that's fair. We'll see how ugly it can get.

Paul: Yeah. Microsoft turned this into a little moment. If you look for the number 200 in there, you will see that this agreement basically suggests that the Chinese government has agreed that there are in fact, 200 patents in Android that need to be protected.

Leo: Whoah, that's huge.

Mary Jo: Yeah, that is.

Leo: They're basically saying that Microsoft's patents are good.

Paul: Yeah. I thought that was kind of cool.

Mary Jo: Yeah it says, "Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families that are necessary to build an Android smartphone."

Leo: Wow..

Paul: Well, but highlight the beginning part of that because it says the Chinese Ministry of Commerce concluded, after an investigation, that Microsoft holds approximately 200 patents...necessary to build-

Leo: That is golden. You take that to any court in the world and you say, look MOFO says it's okay.

Paul: That's classic. Android can't be built without these 200 patents, that's classic.

Leo: I'd get a better name if I were you, than mofo.com. But okay. Yeah. I think that maybe Microsoft, you know Mark Penn said, hey here's a sentence. I'm going to write this on a notepad...

Paul: Yeah. Did they actually say this? Oh really? Good, let's put that in the press release. That's hilarious.

Leo: Seriously, this kind of stuff is very valuable because often in patent lawsuits you're going to juries; At least in the United states. This carries weight! The jury goes, well the Chinese government even says these are good patents. That just adds to the value.

Paul: I find that line to be amazing, you know?

Mary Jo: Yeah, me too.

Leo: Well if MOFO says it's okay, I'm alright with it.

Paul: MOFO, as they're commonly known.

Mary Jo: Yeah, we don't know- There's maybe still some final things to be done before the transaction is deemed as being complete but they've said this is going to happen in April, so it looks like it's going quite well.

Paul: Every morning I wake up now and expect this to happen. Now that this has happened, this is the last major regulatory hurtle, or step, I believe.

Mary Jo: Yeah, I mean there's still some things happening in India.

Paul: Right, the India tax issue.

Mary Jo: And the tax issue around factory taxes and Chennai, I think. But other than that-

Paul: That's a check, it's like a month of most profits for Microsoft, you know? So, they can make that go.

Mary Jo: Yeah, it's Nokia being in dispute I guess. Microsoft and Nokia both said that this isn't going to hold up the actual transaction from happening.

Paul: Right.

Mary Jo: It's almost time.

Leo: Woohoo!!

Mary Jo: Yep.

Leo: A number of people in chat are wondering, probably a lot of you at home, why I'm wearing a black arm band...

Paul: I guess it's because you can't get it off.

Leo: That's exactly right.

Paul: Actually there's a construction crew coming over to remove it.

Leo: I've lost all feeling in my left hand.

Paul: Yep, you've got like a stilt of the left arm.

Leo: No, it was a joke because of the end of XP, that's all, it's the end of XP. It could have been for Ultimate Warrior, but it was also for the end of XP.

Paul: I think I'll wear one of those to basketball tonight. Like they do when someone is associated with the team passes away.

Leo: Yeah, with a number on there.

Paul: Yeah. Put like, XP.

Leo: XP, yeah. I could do that. I need to just get a silver Sharpie here, I'm sure I have one.

Paul: Maybe it's time for an XP tattoo... XP Fo' Evah.

Leo: Oh you know, Alex Gumple, you've got to get that. Alex, I want you to get, "XP Fo' Evah," E-V-A-H.

Paul: Alex, it has to be on the small of your back.

Leo: A little tramp stamp. "XP Fa' Life."

Mary Jo: I think he should have some of those "Bliss" hills behind it.

Paul: Yes.

Leo: Oh! I love it.

Paul: Just a thought.

Leo: Love it. We're going to take a break, when we come back we're going to learn how to disable the shutdown button. That's excitement.

Paul: Listen, Leo...

Leo: Yes, Paul?

Paul: I know.

Leo: I'm champing at the bit, Paul.

Paul: Are you? Because I'm going to recite a registry hive.

Leo: Whoah! Registry hive alert.

Paul: Get your OneNote ready.

Leo: Fire up the OneNote, fire up the Notepad.

Mary Jo: Yep.

Leo: We've got an Enterprise Pick, Codename, and yes there will be Beer. I got into a little trouble for not drinking all of the beer that was placed in front of me last week, by the way. I said, "Liz if I drank all of that, I'd be on the floor."

Paul: Yeah, you'd be in a hospital still.

Leo: She says, "It was very expensive."

And I said, "Well I bought it! It's okay, it wasn't your money. I'll drink it eventually." I'm not sure I wanted the- What was it, raspberry beer? I don't know.

Paul: Oh yeah, that kind of...

Leo: Lambic.

Mary Jo: The Creek, that's good.

Leo: I like The Creek a little bit.

Paul: The peach version of that.

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Paul: I have 2 tips this week instead of a pick.

Leo: Alright.

Paul: Which is like a Seinfeld episode, I guess.

Leo: Not a pick?

Paul: So the first tip is probably going to be the first in a series of tips like this. One of the things I have been discovering about update 1 is there are a lot of features now that you can- Well there have always been features you can kind of trigger on and off through the registry. But there are new update 1 features that fall into this category as well. There are actually some features that are not exposed in update 1, that I think I have been running into where you can make registry changes and disable and enable things. So this is the first of what I think will be a series of these but, in keeping 'whether there's nothing too small that everyone can't complain about' theory, some people don't like that there's a power button on the start screen in Windows 8.1 with update 1. And if you do get that button, you know, you click on it and a little menu pops down with 'sleep,' 'shutdown,' and 'restart' on there and some people don't want that there. So there's a registry key that you can find and add a dword-value to it and then you would be able to remove that if you want to get rid of it. So it's in a very familiar spot, at least the beginning of it and it gives you some insight into the real name of this stuff under the covers. It's the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Launcher. Then create a new DWORD value named Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen and set it to 0. And you're end result will be the removal of the start screen's little power button. Some people seem to want this stuff.

Mary Jo: You can't get rid of 'search' though, right? Just power...

Paul: I don't know yet. I haven't tried that one yet, but don't be surprised if ShowSearchButtonOnStartScreen, set to 0... It's similar, in fact, we'll see.

Leo: Can you change the colors that way too?

Paul: Don't get crazy, Leo.

Leo: Okay, I won't. I lost my head. Go right ahead.

Paul: Actually on a related note, there will be some features now that will be syncing between Windows phone 8.1 and Windows phone, so you get things like open IE tabs, save IE passwords and things like that. But if you have a Windows phone 8.1 handset, you change the color scheme, it will sync back to your Windows PCs. And so if you change the tiles to red, you'll get a red color scheme on your Windows PCs as well, which I discovered much to my consternation. But more about that later when Windows phone 8.1 is more readily available. Speaking of which, second tip is; The same tip from update 3 will work for Windows phone 8.1 and so if you have any Windows phone 8 handset today that is at least running update 2- Actually Mary Jo I should tell you I asked and it's update 2.

Mary Jo: You did, okay good.

Paul: -You can join the Windows phone developer program, which is free. Go to the app pub website, all you have to do is sign in with the same Microsoft account that you sign into your phone with, you can download an app that sits on your phone, and that will cause pre-released versions of Windows phone updates to appear on your phone. And so whenever Windows phone 8.1 is released sometime this month, you'll be able to check for updates and get Windows phone 8.1 on your Windows phone 8 handset. And that's any Windows phone handset that is running Windows phone 8, with at least update 2 will be able to get this update. And I've got instructions for that on my website so you can check out the whole deal there. Someday soon...

Leo: Excellent, Smithers! And now for our Enterprise Pick of the Week, let me bring in Mary Jo Foley, or Dame Mary Jo Foley, as we call her.

Mary Jo: Oh, I like that. Nice.

Leo: Yes, Dame Foley.

Mary Jo: I think I'll have to go with that from now on. My Enterprise Pick of the Week is a mouthful, like many enterprise products at Microsoft. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0. It's also known as MVMC 2.0. What this is, is a free tool for people who want to convert their VMware-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V virtual machines and virtual hard disks. And this is something Microsoft partners probably would be interested in, some Microsoft customers too. It's a way that you can say to people who are already on VMware solutions, hey you know what? You can just convert that right over to Hyper-V and Windows server very easily. So this is the 2nd version of this tool, it adds some additional support for vCenter and ESXi 5.5. It does on premVM to AzureVM conversions and what's even more interesting is Microsoft announced there is going to be a 3rd version of this tool coming this fall that is going to provide physical to virtual machine conversion for supported versions of Windows. So this could be kind of handy if you're someone who either is kind of dabbling with switching over to more Windows solutions or a partner who just wants to say, hey we can show our users they can do this without a big pain. If you want to get the links and more information about this, do a search for Microsoft Server and Cloud Blog. Their April 8th entry has lots more details and also has a download link there for this. That's my pick.

Leo: Alright, now Codename Pick of the Week.

Mary Jo: Alright, Codename Pick this week is Project N, like Nancy.

Leo: Shh... Quietly.

Mary Jo: We have to whisper. You know what was cool though, Leo? In the studio last week, one of the people who came up to the show as a guest was somebody who worked on Project N.

Leo: Oh!

Mary Jo: He worked at Microsoft, yeah. He said hey, I knew you were trying to crack what Project N was for forever and at Build, Microsoft finally announced what it was.

Leo: Oh, that's so cool!

Mary Jo: I know, it was! So Project N turned out to be what Microsoft is calling the .NET native compiler and they released a first developer preview of this last week. So what this does is it compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. And so what that means is, if you have a Windows store or a Metro style app, and you use this compiler, it's going to let your apps start up to 60% faster right from the get go, and use 15-20% less memory according to what Microsoft is telling people. They're going to have various versions of this, they've got a version for ARM and x64 out already and are also doing an x86 one. They're not saying when the final version will be out, but it's something they've used internally themselves to build things like the Windows Store version of FreshPaint. So I think if you're somebody who has Windows Store apps or are thinking about building them and you want to get the best performance possible out of them, you might want to check out Project N.

Leo: Cool. And finally our Beer Pick of the Week.

Mary Jo: Yes, so after all of those big beers we had on the show last week- Delicious, but very hoppy and very high alcohol- We're going to go with something light because it's almost summer, right? So I made my beer pick the Bell's Oberon Beer. This is one of the flagship beers from Bell's brewing and it's a summer wheat beer. It's starting to hit different markets in bottles and on tap, it was recently here in New York on tap. I don't know if you all know this, but it was National Beer Day on April 7th this week and so you know, in honor of National Beer Day, it might be fun to find an Oberon if you can and check it out. It's good, I think even Paul Thurrott would like this one.

Leo: Damn, I slept through National Beer Day.

Mary Jo: Wow, even Paul...

Leo: Paul, the notorious beer hater.

Paul: Yeah.

Mary Jo: No, he's a beer lover, he just hates hopps.

Leo: By the way, I loved the Chufa I was drinking last week.

Paul: Ah, yes. That was one of the best.

Mary Jo: That was good right?

Leo: I loved that, but I do appreciate the broadening of my beer belly. Thanks to Mary Jo and Paul.

Paul: It's all valuable experience, Leo.

Mary Jo: It is.

Leo: Paul and Mary Jo do this show every Wednesday at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern time, 1800 UTC on twit.tv watch live or you'll miss all the fun. Actually you won't, you can get on-demand versions as well after the fact audio and video. And that is at twit.tv/ww. Paul is at the supersite for Windows, winsupersite.com and Mary Jo is at ZDnet, allaboutmicrosoft.com. They're both just fine people, excellent folk.

Paul: We come from good stock.

Leo: Hearty stock! Thank you guys, as always, wonderful! I do wish you were back in studio and if you ever want to move to Petaluma, we'll keep a little-

Paul: Mary Jo and I are both recovering Massaholics.

Mary Jo: We are.

Paul: Or Massholes, I guess.

Leo: Massholes, you've got to move. I've got a dog bed in the basement with your name on it. No wait a second, that doesn't sound right. Alright guys, we'll see you next time on Windows Weekly!