Week In Review (May 12 – May 16)

Another week full of anticipation. Microsoft’s New York press event for the launch of the Surface Mini is squarely in the spotlight right now, and made all the more interesting with rumors of a larger model also lined up for an unveiling. End result? The rumor mill went wild with speculation.

Here are the top stories of the week:

Error of the Week

Mistakes can happen, even as glaringly unbelievable as this one. Microsoft updated one of its support pages, and mentioned something about a Surface Pro 3. With the Surface Mini event on the horizon, some thought the third generation tablet was due for arrival. Luckily, the company confirmed the error.

Technology of the Week

While many opine that it is the hardware that makes the software, fact is that there are no limits on what quality code can accomplish. Take this extraordinary virtualization technology that allows native running Apple iOS apps on Android hardware. Extraordinary and amazing.

Redesign of the Week

Although scheduled to arrive alongside Windows 8.1 Update last month, Microsoft, for some reason delayed the rollout of the redesign of the Windows Store. It went live with this month’s Patch Tuesday updates, and it is a sight for sore eyes. Well done, indeed.

Move of the Week

The Chinese government has been trying this for at least a year now, but the drive to move the country onto a Linux based operating system instead of Windows XP was in full flow this week. Several government official tried to convince Windows users to move to Linux. On national TV.

Milestone of the Week

Things may have dropped a gear on the Windows Store, but on the flipside the quality of apps has increased manifolds. Microsoft’s flagship apps repository crossed the important and uplifting milestone of 160,000 applications. Another 40,000 by the end of the year would be grand.

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