In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo, Mary Jo and I discuss Microsoft's plans for ARM-based Windows 8 versions, rumors of a Windows 8 Beta delay to mid-February, a Windows Store event next week, whether Office will come to the iPad, Xbox 360 sees record sales over Black Friday, SkyDrive gets a quiet but major update, some Windows Phone news, a new Microsoft Security Essentials beta, Yahoo takeover rumors, and Amazon's millions of Kindles sold.
Running time: 1:43:22
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Tip of the week: Experience Windows Phone on iPhone or Android
And then cry because you have to go back to your old phone. A new Windows Phone emulator gives you a chance to walk on the wild side.
Software pick of the week: Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for iPad
Activision delivers a version of the beloved Call of Duty "Zombies" games for the iPad (and iPhone). This one includes a classic Zombies mode but also "Dead-Ops Arcade," a top down shooter with 50 levels of its own. What's not to love? Well, it's a bit expensive ($6.99). But it's well worth it.
Enterprise pick of the week: SQL Azure Data Sync
MS seeks a way to share data between on-premises SQL Server and SQL Azure applications for hybrid on-premises and cloud-based applications
Codename pick of the week: Protogon
The file system that was seen in early builds of WIn 8 has a new (possibly final) name: ReFS -- relational file system, perhaps?
Audible pick of the week: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
11/22/63 by Stephen King, narrated by Craig Wasson, is a nice twist on time travel and alternative history, and unlike many of King's recent books doesn't rely on some mystical twist (well, aside from the time portal of course). A surprisingly strong book that really captures the vibe of the 60s, similar to shows like "Mad Men".