Windows Weekly 357: Release the Charms!

Windows Weekly 357: Release the Charms!

The one where we say goodbye to XP

In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the Windows XP expiration, the arrival of Windows 8.1 Update 1, the emergence of a new Microsoft, what to expect this year from Windows Phone 8.1 updates, more about Office for iPad, the open-sourcing of .NET, and the final regulatory hurdle is passed for Microsoft/Nokia.

Running time: 1:40:26

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Tip of the week: Disable the Shutdown button in Update 1

I'm starting to discover that there are a number registry settings that can control new Update 1 features and, more interestingly, some features that are not even exposed in Update 1. Here's the first one: If you don't like that new Shutdown button on the Start screen, you can get rid of it.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Launcher

Then create a new DWORD value named Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen and set it to 0. 

Tip of the week: Get Windows Phone 8.1 on your handset as soon as possible

It will work just like Update 3: You can and should get it immediately

Enterprise pick of the week: MVMC 2.0

The second iteration of the MS Virtual Machine Converter is aimed at helping IT pros move from VMware to MSFT: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/04/08/available-now-the-microsoft-virtual-machine-converter-2-0.aspx  There's a v 3 coming too. 

Codename pick of the week: Project N

.Net Native is now available in preview form (as of last week): http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-releases-a-preview-build-of-its-mysterious-project-n-7000028034/

Beer pick of the week: Bells Oberon

It's almost summer. Isn't it? Time for a nice wheat treat, in honor of national beer day (April 7)  http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/1094/

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