Help a soldier catch up.

Hello, my fellow Tribesmen. I have been an avid follower of tech news, particularly Microsoft news for the past three years. However, I recently joined the US Army, and have been in Basic Combat Training since November Sixth. As a fairly obvious result, I have been completely out of the loop when it comes to tech news, and need some help in getting back up to speed. If you feel so inclined, could you please post a synopsis of the most important news and reviews the tech world has put out over the last month and a half (the Microsoft related news, that is)? I would really appreciate it if you could include story links too. Happy Holidays, all!