In the latest episode of the Windows Weekly podcast, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss some Windows Phone news, some hints about Windows Server Blue, what Microsoft paying developers for mobile apps means for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, Surface bulk orders, and Google Keep, the ad company's latest waste of time.
Running time: 1:33:06
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Tip of the week: "The Da Vinci Code" is available free, digitally
Ahead of the release of Dan Brown's next book, Doubleday is making digital versions of the "The Da Vinci Code" available for free, including a free excerpt of that book, "Inferno." Hurry, offer ends March 24!
Software pick of the week: Pandora for Windows Phone 8
With just a week to spare in Q1 2013, Microsoft and Pandora finally deliver the promised Pandora app for Windows Phone 8. Not sure what took so long, but it's nicely designed and does exactly what you think it does. Plus: It's ad-free on Windows Phone 8 until 2014. (Note: US-only right now, I believe.)
Enterprise pick of the week: HDInsight Service
The first public preview of Hadoop on Windows Azure is finally available. Rumored final availability is this summer
Codename pick of the week: Orion
Yes, this is the name for the Dynamics CRM update due around midyear that will include native apps for Windows 8 and iPad
Beer pick of the week: Bear Republic Cuvee de Bubba
First beer in my new mug at RattleNHum is an odd sour from Bear Republic brewing in Cali. Fermented in oak barrels: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bear-republic-cuvee-de-bubba/99970/