Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott

Aug 14th 2009

Windows Weekly 118

Microsoft Gets Its Mojo Back

Microsoft's death exaggerated, Nokia, Zune HD, upgrading/migrating, Windows Phones, and more.
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Category: News

Microsoft's death exaggerated, Nokia, Zune HD, upgrading/migrating, Windows Phones, and more.

  • Is Microsoft screwed?
    • IThere's a lot of silliness going around that the era of Microsoft is over
    • II looked into this and contrary to public perception, Microsoft's approach to cloud computing is a winning strategy
    • IOpen your eyes: We may never have the same single vendor issue in the PC industry, but Microsoft will remain viable if not dominant in the future
    • IThis was the subject of a talk I gave in Amsterdam a few weeks back
    • IRelated: I will probably be speaking at a Windows 7 launch event in The Hauge, The Netherlands on October 8
  • Microsoft and Nokia
    • What this means
    • And why I think Office on the iPhone and Google phones is inevitable
    • Remember "knifing the baby"? This is it, and Microsoft does this all the time
  • Zune HD
    • Coming September 15
    • You can preorder today
    • 16 GB is black only (during preorder), $220
    • 32 GB is platinum only (during preorder), $300 - both MUCH cheaper than iPod touch
    • If you wait, you can choose between several colors
    • Looks good
  • Upgrading to Windows 7 vs. Migrating
    • Are Windows XP users getting the shaft?
    • Sort of. But two things
      • This isn't "news" - I documented this process back in May
      • Contrary to the conventional wisdom, this doesn't affect a big group of people
  • Microsoft rebrands Windows Mobile as Windows Phones
    • No it doesn't
    • Once again, people just aren't paying attention

Tip of the week: Check out Microsoft Springboard for some great in-depth Windows 7 feature walk-throughs and other information about the next Windows. Aimed at IT Pros, and includes some topics I have not examined yet, like VHD booting.

Software pick of the week: Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC Release Candidates - Some interesting functional changes; Final will ship by Windows 7 GA; Discuss: Some misconceptions about what this is for, also that "XP mode" isn't just for XP

Audible pick of the week: The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Abridged, By Clayton M. Christensen, Narrated by Don Leslie. For a free credit toward the audiobook of your choice, visit Audible.com/windows.

Check out Paul's blog at the SuperSite for Windows for more information.

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