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Windows Weekly 264: When Will Then Be Now?

In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and I discuss Microsoft's E3 announcements, how they compare to the Nintendo and Sony announcements, Microsoft's Computex announcements and the coming wave of Windows 8 and RT devices, Microsoft by the numbers, Windows Azure spring update, a crazy month of trade shows and industry events, Google's Quickoffice buy, and Chrome coming to Metro.

Running time: 1:50:37

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Tip of the week: Free Microsoft eBooks!

Introducing Windows Server 2012 and Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Preview) are now available for free in PDF format!

Software pick of the week: Zune Music Pass

Zune Music Pass will most likely be rebranded to Xbox Music Pass--god forbid they tell anyone this--but we do know this: It will continue working with the switchover to Xbox, will have over 30 million tracks (vs. 20m today) and work across Windows PCs, Windows RT tablets, Windows 8 devices, Windows Phones, the Xbox, and the web. And it costs just $9.99 a month or $99 a year (12 months for the price of 10).

Alternatives: Pandora, Spotify,, etc.

Enterprise pick of the week: (actually, small biz pick of the week)

Staples introduces Worry Free Guarantee for Win 8 aimed to help small biz users (and to piggyback on Win Upgrade Offer for those buying new Win 7 PCs from now through November)

Codename pick of the week: Apollo

Win Phone Summit on June 20 is coming. And Apollo is almost positively on the agenda.

Audible pick of the week: Ray Bradbury

Some classics from a master of sci-fi and more: Fahrenheit 451 - The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization (or The Martian Chronicles, read by the author!) - Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder - Dandelion Wine - The Illustrated Man - and much, much more.

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