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Windows Weekly 254: The SKU Spew

In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Mary Jo Foley, Leo Laporte, and I discuss Office 15 launch plans, possible Windows 8 SKUs, a new Windows Phone software update controversy, the coming release of the Nokia Lumia 900, more apps on Xbox LIVE, and Courier's offspring on the iPad.

Running time: 1:22:35

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Tip of the week: Sign In to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account

In Windows 8, Microsoft added the ability (finally) to sign-in to the OS with your online account instead of using a traditional local account. Do so, as it opens up a slew of integration features that will put Windows 8 over the top.

Software pick of the week: Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1

The latest version of the Windows Phone developer tools is now available, adding support for Windows Phone "Tango" devices and Windows 8. This is, by far, the best mobile development software available anywhere.

Enterprise pick of the week: Team Foundation Service

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Codename pick of the week: Antares

Microsoft's plan to move its Web-app hosting platform to Azure.

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