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    We talk about enthusiast sized servers all the time but how about something a little more normal?  John Stutsman, Christopher Courtney, and Chris Kenney all join in to discuss what could possibly be an "average" server.  Well, they listened to me talk about it! I need to let these guys talk more often.  Never fear, we can always do another one as I think we barely scratched the surface of the topic.
     
    I do give some hints of some upcoming reviews. If you are a Media Center fan you will want to tune in for that.
     
    Don’t forget the “3-2-1” rule of thumb for backups. 3 copies, 2 mediums, 1 offsite.
     
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    Synology releases DSM 5, DiskStation Manager

    Good Synology and IP Camera Thread in the forums.

    Installing WHS2011 in AHCI Mode 

    OS WHS2011: $34.99 

    HP Gen8 Microserver w/G1610T $327.24 

    Stay tuned to the Deals section in the Forums for hard drives, etc.



    Dave
    How do you protect your Surface? Inside and Out. Dave takes a look at the Nokia Lumia Icon.  WP news, Windows 8.1 with Bing, and more on SG58.
     
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    Episode 58 Shownotes and Links

    Does the Surface need a case?  Sleeves, Leather, FreedomCase on KickStarter

    Satya Nadella announces changes to senior leadership team, Microsoft News Centre, March 3, 2014
    Microsoft to integrate new social, machine learning technologies into Office 365, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, March 3, 2014
    Bing Saves feature now available as a public beta, lets you save and share things you find on Bing, WinBeta, Ron, March 3, 2014
     
    Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Skype for Outlook.com, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, March 4, 2014
     
    Microsoft's latest stab at Apple: Macs are no good for weddings, CNet, Chris Matyszczyk, March 1, 2014
     
    This is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, The Verge, Tom Warren, March 3, 2014
     
    Microsoft's Siri-like Cortana assistant demonstrated on video, The Verge, Tom Warren, March 4, 2014
     
    Nokia takes a swipe at blurry Oscars selfie taken on a Samsung phone, WinBeta, Mark Wilson, March 03, 2014
     
    Nokia “Martini” Windows Phone Reportedly In The Works, Ubergizmo, Tyler Lee, March 3, 2014
     
    Microsoft's monetization dilemma: Bundling's not all it's cracked up to be, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 27, 2014
    Summary: If and when Microsoft makes Windows 8 free, how will it monetize it if so many of its core services and key apps are built-in for no extra charge? Let the experiments commence.
     
    Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, March 4, 2014
    Summary: Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1 is done and heading towards general availability in April, according to various sources.
     
    MetroMail comes to Windows 8.1 devices with a sleek and intuitive interface, WinBeta, Hammad Saleem, March 4, 2014
     
    Microsoft Provides Free Data Transfer Tool to XP Users And a cute little notification, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, March 3, 2014
     
    Microsoft Surface 2 heading to Asian markets, Techie News, Abhishek Gohel, March 2, 2014
     
    Surface Deploys to More Healthcare Professionals Than Ever Before, Surface Blog, February 24, 2014
     
    Surface closes productive NFL season with eye on what’s next, Surface Blog, February 25, 2014
     
    Microsoft Confirms Low Priced Sub-10k Tablet Coming Soon To India, Trak.in, Mohul Ghosh, March 4, 2014
     
    Gartner Says Worldwide Tablet Sales Grew 68 Percent in 2013, With Android Capturing 62 Percent of the Market, March 3, 2014
     
    Don’t let this deal slip away: ‘Ice Road Truckers’ now free in the Windows Phone Store, The Fire Hose, March 3, 2014
     
    Find what you need on Superpages, now on Windows Phone, The Fire Hose, March 4, 2014
     
    Microsoft's Dynamics unit delivers a new Windows 8 app and a 'modern' development kit, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, March 4, 2014
     
    Xbox One SmartGlass app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 receive new updates, WinBeta, Ron, March 4, 2014
     
    Microsoft Working to Weed Out Junk Apps in Windows 8.1, Tom’s Hardware, Kevin Parrish, March 3, 2014
     
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    Dave
    This one has a little of everything. I wandered through the hard drive aisle in Fry's and came out with a Desktop drive but is it what I expected?  I dive back into my Server 2012 Essentials R2 build and what it needs.  I'll go over the apps running on it and talk to Jim about a plan to migrate from 2011 to R2. It's just an hour but it's packed!
     
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    Anyone seen these in the wild? HP Gen 8 Covers

    On the Shelf Hard Drives - What’s inside? Customers, neighbors, and friends always ask right? You generally can’t send them to newegg! 
    Hyper V 

    Anti - Virus

    Drobo in the news - In March, when you buy a Drobo 5D, Drobo 5N, or Drobo Mini you get a 120GB mSATA internal SSD card for FREE!  - jc a $75 deal right now

    http://info.drobo.com/e/2552/2014-03-04/zct3x/676370775
    Picked up a few more D-Link cameras for a Home Automation project. http://homeautomationforums.com
     
    D-Link Announces a new Portable Router with a Charger! DIR-510L
     
    ADATA Technology Releases SSD Firmware Update
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    CloudBerry Labs has offered Home Server Show readers and listeners a great deal on their Server Software.  CloudBerry Backup supports over 15 public cloud storage including: Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Windows Azure, Google Storage, OpenStack and Rackspace.
     
    Estimate your Glacier Storage - http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html  Click Glacier on the left side. 400Gb is $4 a month.

    There is a license for everybody! Windows Home Server Version 1, WHS 2011, SBS 2011, 2012 Essentials, and R2.  

    I've got some order links and a coupon code at the end of this post for this discount.
     


    CloudBerry Backup

    CloudBerry Backup automates secure backup to cloud storage. It connects to a user cloud storage account and transfers backup files and folders to the cloud. All data can be optionally ecrypted with a user password before it leaves the server as well as compressed to reduce bandwidth load and storage cost.
     
    CloudBerry Backup perfectly works with Amazon S3 and compatible, Amazon Glacier, Windows Azure, Softlayer and over 15 other clouds

     
    I regularly use CloudBerry for Windows Home Server 2011.  Prior to Amazon Glacier coming available I used it to backup files to Amazon S3.  I use it a little differently now however.  I have a Synology NAS in my house and the Windows Home Server 2011 backs up to it via CloudBerry.  I highly recommend copying your precious data to a different system and preferably put it in a different location in your house.  I also recommend Amazon Glacier as the prices for that service are very attractive.
     
    As a Windows Home Server user you are used to having quality backups and CloudBerry provides just that.  Encryption, block level, scheduling, etc.  Imagine backing up your huge PST mail file every night just because it changed a little bit.  CloudBerry will do it block by block saving time and resources.
     


    I use it, I recommend it.

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    Dave
    Windows Phone 8 still dominates the news. Two Surface Geeks have brand new WP8 phones and we go over each one. We also talk about the Icon. A lot of listeners and readers picked up the Icon! We get back into some Surface chat with Apps and LTE and save the Mobile World Congress talk for the end. We all had fun with this one and it's a little long winded but the conversation was fun.
     
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    Episode 57 Shownotes and Links
    Scaling Windows Phone, evolving Windows 8, Windows Phone Blog, February 23, 2014, Joe Belfiore

    Microsoft announces new Windows Phone partners, including Lenovo and LG, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 23, 2014

    Microsoft rallies Windows for price war with Android, PCWorld, Brad Chacos, February 25, 2014

    Why Microsoft should welcome Nokia's new Android phones, ZDNet, Ed Bott, February 24, 2014

    BlackBerry unveils new Q20 & Z3 smartphones, BBM for Windows Phone, Venture Beat, Michael Leibel, February 25, 2014

    This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 24, 2014

    Windows Phone sales stagnate -- will Android come to Microsoft's rescue? ComputerWorld, Preston Gralla, February 25, 2014

    Snubbed in U.S., Microsoft pins Windows Phone’s future on emerging markets, PCWorld, Melissa  Riofrio, February 23, 2014

    Windows Phone's growth stalls in major markets, except US, betanews, Mihaita Bamburic, February 24, 2014

    Hello, MS-Android. Good-bye, Windows Phone, ZDNet, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, February 25, 2014

    Surface 2 tablet with AT&T-ready LTE passes through the FCC, engadget, Jon Fingas, February 19, 2014

    Microsoft Executive VP Julie Larson-Green moves from devices to services, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 25, 2014

    CHECK YOUR APP COMPATIBILITY: http://developer.nokia.com/nokia-x/analyse/

    Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT now available for download, WinBeta, Ron, February 24, 2014

    Nokia's App Social debuts on Windows 8.1, lets you discover and share apps, WinBeta, Ron, February 25, 2014

    Nokia Mix Radio will be a 'key contributor' to Microsoft, says Nokia exec

    Nokia's Mix Radio music service will be an important product to Microsoft, explains Nokia's VP of entertainment in an interview, CNET, Andrew Hoyle, February 25, 2014

    Evernote Finally Issues a Working Update for Microsoft Surface, GottaBeMobile, Warner Crocker, February 24, 2014
     

    Dave
    If you have ever thought about running Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 this is the show for you. Especially if you are on Windows Home Server 2011. I'm talking pro's and con's with Jim Collison, Christopher Courtney, and John Zajdler. I got a little long winded about my build but otherwise this is one of the more enjoyable shows for 2014.
     
    This episode is sponsored by the Gen8 Modification Store. Check out these mods for the HP Microserver Gen8 server here.
     
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    Manage DNS Auto Discovery

    Server 2012 Essentials R2 Forum - The best shownotes a podcast can get!
     

    Dave
    Windows Phone is the primary subject for this episode as it was in the news for all sorts of reasons.  We dive into some touchy subjects for Windows Phone fans.  We also prognosticate and predict what Nokia is up to with Android and what Microsoft's reaction is and what they will do in the future.  You might be surprised!  We do talk some Surface but WP8 lovers, this one is for you! Lumia x?
     
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    This episode of Surface Geeks is sponsored by DrivePop.  Get the Olympic sized deal before time runs out! $39.99 unlimited cloud backup for 4 years. $79.99 for 5 PC's.  Go here to get the deal!

    Episode 56 Shownotes and Links
    Forum: Stick With Windows Phone?

    No New Windows Phone Models on Tap for Barcelona, Re/Code, Ina Fried, February 18, 2014

    Android Apps on Windows Phone Rumor End of Microsoft’s Mobile Platform? Guardian Liberty Voice, Nancy Schimelpfening, February 17, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 Swype-like keyboard demonstrated on video, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 18, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 includes Start Screen backgrounds and browser sync features, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 15, 2014

    Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use?

    Windows 8 designer: Why Microsoft forced Metro on us all

    Tablet Hourly Usage Study: iPad Dominates, Surface Users More Active During Working Hours, Chitika, February 12, 2014

    Microsoft Office on iPad: It's alive and coming sooner than most think, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 14, 2014

    Microsoft readies a Lync app for Android tablets, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 18, 2014

    Bing Health & Fitness Beta for Windows Phone 8, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, February 17, 2014

     New Bing apps sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 18, 2014

    Surface Firmware Updates
    TubeCast
     
     

    Dave
    This one has a little of everything.  I've got a great panel of guests here to talk Servers, NAS, and everything in between. I'll fill you in on a Server Essentials 2012 R2 build.  John Stutsman fills us in on some changes that HP has made concerning customers and firmware downloads, Christopher Kenney joins to chat about Thecus and QNAP, and first time Gordon Schmidt is talking Synolgy and DSM 5.0 Beta. Great conversations on servers, NAS, the forums, and more.  Enjoy and see you in the HSS Forums!
     
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    251 Drive Extender

    250 Thecus and Gen 8

    249 R2 Essentials
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    Cases

    http://www.corsair.com/us/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-air-540-high-airflow-atx-cube-case.html

    PC-A51 Product Information and Detailed Specifications:

    http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-a51/

    Video Overview of the PC-A51:



    EWeek has a well written article on the roll-out of HP's new Policy HP's Sudden Firmware Update Policy Revision Shakes Customer Trust

    IT World wrote: HP Charges for ProLiant Firmware Updates and Gets Hell for IT
    HP’s New Rules to Access Firmware & Driver Downloads
     
    HP ProLiant MicroServer BIOS Flash with SP64420
     
    HP P222/512 FBWC Unboxing/Installation HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     
     
     
     Figure 1 -- HP P222/512 FBWC with Low Profile Bracket attached that I made with the help of my Dermel
     
     
     
    While it was delayed by the great storm in the Southeast during the end of January, 2014, my HP P222/512 FBWC finally arrived safe and sound in early February.
     
    Read about it and check out the pictures and performance runs in the HSS Forums at Unboxing/Installing my P222/512 FBWC in my Gen8.
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 2 -- Installing Windws Server 2012 with Intelligent Provisioning
     
     
     
    The As-Built for my Gen8 (as pictured in Figure 2):
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
    16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
    OS: Windows Server 2012
    OS Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD
    Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID1 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Pre-Production: Schoondoggy Drive Mount
    Test Data Drive:: HP Smart Array P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller – Logical RAID10 Drive made with two (4) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    iLO4 Advanced
    Samsung slim external USB DVD RW drive
    Note: In Figure 2 with 6 HDDs, 2 SDDs, an external USB DVD drive and the P222 installed the power meter shows 80.2 Watts.
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Handy References
     
    HP's New Rules to Access Firmware & Driver Downloads
     
    SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    Gen8 MicroServer Temperatures: active & passive cooling of CPU
     
    HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    Gen8 MicroServer Forum
     
    MicroServer Forum
     
    Useful MicroServer Links & References
     
    MicroServer Hardware Links
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 -- C: Prompt after the new BIOS has Successfully Flashed (SP64420 2013.10.01 (A) (15 NOV 2013))
     
     
     
    A year ago in HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build and BIOS Modification Revisited I wrote about some of the things I learned in flashing my MicroServer BIOS with the modified BIOS from BIOS-MODS and different ways I had built-out my MicroServers.
     
    Last fall HP release a new BIOS (System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade 2013.10.01 (A) (15 NOV 2013) (Download File: SP64420.exe) for HP ProLiant MicroServer) to address problems with installing Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on the HP ProLiant MicroServer. This new BIOS also addressed some problems seen with the installation of Windows 8.1 on the HP ProLiant MicroServer.
     
    = = = = = =
     
    HP N40L ProLiant MicroServer
     
    The HP N40L ProLiant MicroServer’s I purchased came with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB Seagate HDD, and a 150W power supply. One was part of a combo package that included Windows Home Server 2011.
     
    System Configuration
     
    Before I flashed the new BIOS from SP64420 my HP N40L ProLiant MicroServer was configured:
     
    Computer Name: Defiant


    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer – BIOS-MOD 2011.07.29 (25 AUG 2011) SP54344
    4GB ECC RAM
    OS: Windows 8 Pro
    OS Drive: System Board Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Data Drive: Software RAID1 made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Rocket 640L
    Icy Dock DuoSwap MB971SP-B – both ports attached to Rocket 640L SATA III (6Gbps) – no drives were in the DuoSwap
    Flashing the BIOS
     
    Caution: This isn’t a project for the inexperienced or faint of heart because you may easily destroy or brick your entire system. Proceed with the steps in the following Video & reference links at your own risk.
     
    At HP’s webpage, Systems ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer (For USB Key-Media), download the file SP64420.exe to your laptop or desktop and follow HP’s instructions to create a USB that can flash your BIOS.
     
    HP Installation Instructions (changes made to improve clarity (at least from my viewpoint), check the WEB Page above for the full text):
     
    USB Key - HPQUSB.exe is a Windows-based utility to locally partition, format and copy necessary files to a USB flash media device (“USB Key”) through the Windows environment. The created USB Key is made bootable and ready to locally restore and/or update the firmware (“BIOS”) on the system.


    Obtain a formatted USB Key.
    Download the SoftPaq to a directory on a Microsoft Windows system and change to that directory.
    From that drive and directory, execute the downloaded SoftPaq file: Simply double click on the SP64420.exe file and follow the installation wizard to complete the SoftPaq installation process. At the end of a successful installation of the SoftPaq a web page will automatically appear to provide you with a link to create a USB Key – alternatively, after the successful installation of the SoftPaq you could change to the directory the SoftPaq was installed to (default is C:\SWSetup\SP64420) and either execute start.htm in that directory or HPQUSB.exe in either C:\SWSetup\SP64420\Flat Files or C:\SWSetup\SP64420\USB Key directories.
    Insert this USB Key into the USB Key port of the system to be updated and power the system on to boot to the USB Key.
    Caution: DO NOT power down the MicroServer before you see the C: prompt.
     
    Video 1: BIOS Upgrade for HP ProLiant N40L/N54L G7 MicroServer
     

     
    After you’ve powered down the MicroServer then power it back up (or simply hit Cntl-Alt-Del to restart the MicroServer) and hit the F10 Key to get into the BIOS and confirm the new BIOS Version.
     
    As I stated in the video, I created multiple USB Keys at the same time – partly to illustrate that some USB Keys will not work and by creating multiple Keys if one didn’t work, for any reason, I had alternatives available that I could turn to without having to run HPQUSB.exe again.
     

     
    Figure 2 -- The two USB Keys on the left did not work while the three Keys on the right did work in Flashing the BIOS – the USB Key on the far right I have labeled SP64420 and will save it for future use in my MicroServers while the other 4 USB Keys I will format and use elsewhere.
     
     
     
    Conclusion
     
    After I flashed the new BIOS from SP64420 to my HP N40L ProLiant MicroServer I successfully updated my OS from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro and my configuration was then:
     
    Computer Name: Defiant


    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer – BIOS 2013.10.01(A) (15 NOV 2013) SP64420
    4GB ECC RAM
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
    OS Drive: System Board Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Data Drive: Software RAID1 made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Rocket 640L
    Icy Dock DuoSwap MB971SP-B – both ports attached to Rocket 640L SATA III (6Gbps) – no drives were in the DuoSwap
    Later, I started a project on another computer where I wanted to use the VelociRaptors from my N40L but I wanted to preserve my Windows 8.1 Pro on Defiant. I have Defiant connected to my WHS2011 (that is running on a N54L MicroServer) so I removed all of the VelociRaptors and replaced the OS drives with two VB0250EAVER’s in Hardware RAID0 and did a Bare Metal Restore of Defiant from my WHS2011 changing my configuration to:
     
    Computer Name: Defiant


    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer – BIOS 2013.10.01(A) (15 NOV 2013) SP64420
    4GB ECC RAM
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
    OS Drive: System Board Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VB0250EAVER (these are the original drives that came in MicroServers)
    Data Drive: Software RAID1 made with two (2) physical drives WL320GSA872
    Rocket 640L
    Icy Dock DuoSwap MB971SP-B – both ports attached to Rocket 640L SATA III (6Gbps) – no drives were in the DuoSwap
    This was described in Another Bare Metal Restore Success with WHS2011.
     

     
    Figure 3 -- N40L MicroServer with Updated BIOS 2013.10.01(A) (15 NOV 2013)
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference


    Since writing this paper HP has announced changes to their Driver and Firmware update policy. See: HP’s New Rules to Access Firmware & Driver Downloads
    MicroServer Hardware Links
    More Interesting MicroServer Links 
    Another Bare Metal Restore Success with WHS2011

    HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer Build and BIOS Modification Revisited
    HP MicroServer N40L Build and Bios Modification <= The Original
    The Icy Dock 5.25” Hot Swap Drive Caddy for a 2.5” and a 3.5” SATA Drive – DuoSwap MB971SP-B in a MicroServer
     

    Dave

    BYOB Episode 140

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    I am joined by special guest Ed from Bizmodeller, Director and Lead Developer of iHomeserver.  Ed talks in depth about his new upcoming version as well as key features of the existing version.  iHomeserver has always an outstanding product addressing a specific need and the upcoming version takes is to a whole new level.  I want to thank Ed for taking time from his busy schedule just weeks away from the release of the new version, to talk to me about iHomeserver as well as some of the other supporting products they have.  I encourage all of you to test out the free trial and see for yourself.
     
     
     
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    iHomeserver v3 beta:  http://www.bizmodeller.com/iHomeServer/v3/
     
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    Episode 55 Shownotes and Links
    Microsoft's Surface 2 cleared for takeoff in cockpit, CNet, Don Reisinger, February 11, 2014

    Microsoft delivers February Surface firmware updates, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 11, 2014

    Microsoft highlights two schools who have made the switch to Surface RT and Surface Pro, WinBeta, Ron, February 10, 2014

    The 7 Most Fascinating Things Bill Gates Said in His Reddit Chat, Reuters, February 11, 2014

    Hello Reddit – I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder. Ask me anything.

    Nokia's Android phone: X marks the forked spot? ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 10, 2014 

    Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center revealed in leaked screenshots, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 9, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by developer, CNet, Lance Whitney, February 11, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 includes universal apps and lots of feature updates, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 11, 2014

    Black for the 928
    Flappy Bird is dead, here are some alternatives for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, WinBeta, Ron, February 11, 2014

    WatchESPN App Now Available for Windows 8, The Futon Critic, February 11, 2014

    Microsoft building an ‘Xbox Reading’ app for Windows 8, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 10, 2014

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