Midnight Rider works for a city that runs on Windows XP. They are going to be running antivirus on their computers after Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and he's wondering if that's going to be adequate. Leo says the antivirus, including Microsoft's own antivirus program will still be kept up to date. However, it won't protect against a user installing software that could be malicious.
Tom likes Windows 8 and saw that Microsoft may be giving away Windows 8.1. Leo heard that and they pretty much give away 8.1 to people who own Windows 8 already. It would be a clever move to do so, but Leo can't really imagine them doing that since Microsoft is a software company, unless they're reinventing themselves again. It just barely passed Windows Vista in market saturation. People just don't trust it because the word went out that Windows 8 is terrible.
Leo gets phone calls from scam artists trying to tell him that his computer is infected. Leo Laporte says they use the Windows Event Viewer to point out all the errors on the user's computer, saying that the PC is infected. They will charge $199 and get full access to the computer and the person's credit card. Luckily, Leo didn't let them get that far and terminated the call before they got access.
Leo says that Microsoft will never call you and you shouldn't ever fall for that scam.
Signaling "business as usual," the board of Microsoft will meet this weekend and according to sources, will choose Satya Nadella. Nadella is currently head of Microsoft's corporate software and cloud computing business. The move is considered a safe choice and Leo says that Wall Street will respond with a typical ho-hum reaction.
Chris says that Microsoft and GM Micro has partnered to offer a free screen reader for all Office users. It's called Window Eyes. Office 2013 or 2010 doesn't even have to be running for this to work. Leo says that's a great thing because screen readers aren't cheap and this will really help those with sight issues.
Laurie says that Microsoft's Windows 8.1 doesn't support the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard with the new update. Leo says that the Transfer Wizard sometimes backfires and doesn't really work. So it may be Microsoft deciding that it's not worth it anymore. She has a bunch of old computers that she's wondering what to do with, and Leo suggests putting Linux on them. Leo says that Ubuntu Linux is a great version for people coming from Windows. It'll breathe new life into an old computer, and will keep it secure.
After Winamp had announced it was shutting down, Spotify created an app called "Spotiamp" as a tribute to the popular Windows jukebox app. Spotify's version will allow you to stream tunes through Spotify using the classic Winamp interface.
It's not clear whether or not Winamp will be purchased by another company. There are rumors indicating a deal could be in the works for Microsoft to buy the app from AOL, but there haven't been any further details on it.
According to both Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, the next version of Windows, code named "Threshold", will include a Start Menu. This could be an admission by Microsoft that the Windows 8 tile system did not work. Leo believes there was a very vocal faction in Microsoft that said the future of computing was moving away from computers and towards tablets. He thinks that faction was winning, and the Tiled interface was the direction Microsoft was going. Leo thinks they wanted to actually kill the desktop interface altogether in favor of the tiled interface.
Microsoft has launched a store at Scroogled.com selling T-Shirts and coffee mugs. Microsoft's angle is that Google is reading all of your emails, watching and listening to you all the time. However, Microsoft also reads all of your email in order to fight spam. Leo thinks this is very disingenuous of Microsoft, and it's just a dirty trick.