This was another week where Windows Blue (now confirmed as Windows 8.1) ruled the news. In between, Microsoft finalized its preparations to released Surface Pro in several major European markets, by announcing release dates and estimated pricing. Plus, Google was its usual self this week.
A look at some of the more important stories that made the week:
Google and Microsoft have rarely been the best of friends, but the rivalry seems to have taken a turn for the worst after the release of Windows 8. The Android maker has ruled out app development for Microsoft’s platform, and even demanded Microsoft to take down a YouTube app it developer for WP8.
Bill Gates had been sitting in second place in the richest of the world lists for a few years now, but just made a comeback to snatch first position in the latest Bloomberg rankings. The increased share prices of Microsoft, along with other companies saw Gates’ net worth rise to $72.7 billon.
While Patch Tuesday fixes for Windows, Internet Explorer and other products garnered the most attention, Redmond also released some vital firmware updates for its Surface tablets. Surface RT, for example, now finally gets louder speaker sound, and WiFi connectivity improvements are also included.
Nokia finally took the wraps off of the anticipated Lumia 925 smartphone earlier this week at an event in London. The newly announced smartphone is destined to arrive in June, and various wireless carriers are already revealing their plans to add the device to their networks.
Ever since late last year, Windows Phone has been in the news for mostly the right reasons. With BlackBerry scrambling for cover, Microsoft’s mobile platform is now firmly in third place, and as the latest Gartner data shows, the platform doubled its market share — small as it is currently.