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Windows Weekly 231: Why Can't We Just Shoot Things?

In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Mary Jo, Iyaz Akhtar, and I discuss Microsoft's record quarterly earnings, Bill Gate's upcoming blast-from-the-past antitrust testimony, a Nokia World preview, Windows Intune 2, a 2011 holiday season Xbox console guide, and Apple's success selling the iPhone 4S.

Running time: 1:23:12

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Tip of the week: Local Scout is Perhaps the Single Best New Feature in Windows Phone 7.5
With all this talk about a talkative mobile phone feature no one will really use, let's examine one way in which Windows Phone once again works the way you do, and in an integrated fashion.

Software pick of the week: Bins
Bins is a new taskbar organizer for Windows from the author of "Fences." It allows you to combine related icons on your Windows 7 taskbar into "Bins," reducing clutter, and providing more program links at a glance.  It's not free ($5), but I like it a bit better than Fences (which can be had for free). Thanks to Leon Zaldman for the tip.

Enterprise pick of the week: Roslyn
Microsoft's coming compiler-as-a-service is a post-2012 deliverable, but one of potential interest to developers using C# and VB.

Code name pick of the week: Drawbridge
Brought to you by the people in MS Research who developed Singularity, Drawbridge is an interesting OS research project with some interesting potential implications

Audible pick of the week: Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry by Steven Rattner, narrated by Joe Barrett. "This first real look inside Team Obama mixes political warfare and big-business shakeups in equal proportions, and comes from a uniquely informed source. Steve Rattner is not just the man brought in by the president to save the auto industry, he is a former New York Times financial reporter who also earned a place among the top tier of Wall Street's most informed investment bankers and corporate experts."

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