On the subject of "something that may be of interest but isn't directly related to things I usually blog about", here's some news: We have opened a new online store where you can buy some of our most popular products direct from us by downloading them.
Later this year you'll be able to buy physical products that get shipped to you in the traditional fashion, rather than just the download versions that are available at the moment. So you'll be able to either buy and download, or buy and have it shipped.
Currently only available in the UK and Germany, the US is coming later.
I'm letting you folks know as a matter of interest, not because I'm an expert on the subject...so please don't expect me to have all of the answers to questions you may have :-)
Take a look at www.microsoftstore.co.uk