Some Great Microsoft Podcasts

You could say I “drank the Kool-Aid” when it comes to Microsoft stuff… the WP7, Zune HD, and the Kinect all take up real estate in my life.  I’m also a bit of a knowledge junkie- I want to know the story behind the story.  So I’ve really been digging these podcasts put out by Microsoft.

The Zune Insider is an audio podcast hosted by Zune staffers Jessica Zahn and Matt Akers.  It comes out on Fridays, and is about 45 minutes long.  Jessica and Matt discuss what’s going on at the Microsoft campus, what’s new with Zune, and interview fellow employees about upcoming or recently launched products.  These two have a really fun, friendly interview style, so you’ll feel like you’re sitting in Studio D right there with them.

The Weekly Download audio podcast is hosted by Jessica Zahn (from The Zune Insider) and is a quick round-up of podcasts that are either new to the Marketplace, or just undiscovered gems.  For instance, I learned that John Hodgman has a great new podcast where he acts as a judge and rules on disagreements between real people.

Finally, the video podcast InsideXbox is a great  interview show where developers and programmers tell the story behind the products.  The most recent episode focuses on the Transformer controller, and Lead Xbox Industrial Designer John Ikeda’s story on it’s development.  This podcast is also available on Xbox Live.

You can find all of these free podcasts in the Zune Marketplace.

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