Windows Weekly 398: This is Spartan!

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Windows Weekly with 0

In the latest content-packed episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss what’s new in Windows 10 Technical Preview 2, how the Windows 10 SKUs stack up, the good and bad in what Satya said about Windows 10, the Spartan web browser, Office vNext, Microsoft earnings, and PowerBI’s new freemium push.

Running time: 2:03:18

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Tip of the week: Convert Office 365 Personal to Office 365 Home for just $10 … And stack those subscriptions!

Microsoft’s bundling of an Office 365 Personal subscription with Windows 8.1 with Bing on many low-end PCs and devices is a godsend to cash-strapped consumers, since it provides a full-year of Office 2013—a value of $69.99—for free. But here’s a secret: You can easily convert that Office 365 Personal subscription into an Office 365 Home subscription for just $9.99, a savings of at least $20.

Software pick of the week: Plex

Dropbox for Windows Phones and Tablets

Plus: NPR One for WindowsNPR One for Windows Phone

Enterprise pick of the week: Cosmos

Microsoft is recruiting testers to privately preview its coming customer-facing implementation of its Cosmos big-data service. Bonus: two new codenames — Kona and Cabo

Codename pick of the week: Nebula

Microsoft’s own internal IaaS cloud has a codename (who knew!): Nebula. And MS is powering Nebula with its Cloud Platform System — a k a “Azure in a box” (San Diego)

Beer pick of the week: Bellevue Brewing Scotch Ale

Thanks again to Bellevue Brewing for hosting our tweetup last week. They do a really nice Scotch Ale — plus a bourbon barrel aged version that is fantastic!  (Good for you folks attending TechReady 20 this week)

Bonus pick: Want a cool add-on for Untappd?

(thanks to Pete Lisanti who found the D3 add on via Reddit)