Welcome to Episode 117 and the first show of 2014 and our return after an extended hiatus. I explain where I have been over the last few weeks as the show starts and get you caught up on how 2013 closed out for WindowsObserver. I also share the trials and tribulations of moving the site to a new host and using Windows Azure for storing static files relating to the website. Suffice it to say I am very happy with my new host and the speed things are working so it was well worth the effort.

Since this is a catch-up show I cover a lot of things from the last few weeks that will impact what we keep an eye on in 2014 so buckle up and tighten those straps!

Other topics of discussion in this show include:

  • Which WordPress plugins slow down your site
  • Windows 8.1 Preview expired
  • Microsoft personalization theme updates
  • Download Monitor for WordPress by Mike Jolley
  • Stop people from emailing you through Google+
  • Top 25 passwords in 2013
  • $1 million in Pizza sold via Xbox
  • Five recommendations for those new Windows devices
  • Windows 8.1 information from Microsoft
  • Windows XP use dropping
  • Amazon Prime growth
  • New year – New Backup plan
  • Xbox wins December
  • Microsoft trademarking term Mod
  • Windows 8/8.1 usage grows
  • Windows Store over 142K apps as 2014 begins
  • Kindle Fire and Surface gains over holidays
  • Windows 9
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1
  • Office 365 partners with GoDaddy
  • Windows on Small Devices
  • Educators deploying Windows RT 8.1
  • Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows XP
  • Windows XP on 95% of ATM’s
  • Windows Store improvements for client and developers
  • Tablets will not replace PC’s
  • How PC and tablet markets changed in 2013
  • The end of Desktop computing
  • Choosing between iPad, Android or Windows tablets
  • App Store ratings are broken
  • Paying for apps

Until next time enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

Date Produced: 26 January 2014

Length: 47:18

Format: MP3, 128KBPS

Size: 45.6MB

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