Another glorious week for Microsoft? You can say that, brotherman! The technology giant did not actually do any major talking, but rumors, reports, statistics, opinions and views were enough to fill the pages, many of them painting the future in bright light for the Windows ecosystem.

Speaking of lights, here are the highlights:

Vision of the Week

China is chugging along nicely in the creation of a national operating system. A Linux based national operating system, at that. And it appears that the government wants to make the user interface similar to the traditional look and feel of the Windows platform. Now, who would have seen this coming?

Value of the Week

I don’t know but it’s been said, affordably priced devices get ahead! Many consider tablets that hover under the magical $199 mark as providing great value. It, however, usually comes down to the hardware specifications, but Toshiba managed to stick with this magical figure for its Encore 2 Windows 8.1 tablet.

Warning of the Week

Call it an expected statement, but Microsoft went ahead and talked about the recently discovered registry trick that allows Windows XP users the ability to download patches and fixes. No surprises then that the software titan warned against upgrading computers this way, due to the risks involved.

Comment of the Week

Since these are still the early days, people are curious how the new Microsoft CEO handles things over at Redmond. And according to the man, he is the one that runs the show. Technical advisor Bill Gates just helps, ever so occasionally. As should be the case, as should be the case.

Surge of the Week

The United Kingdom is one of the most important markets in the world, particularly for technology, and some good news recently came out from there as Surface tablets are slowly building success. According to research firm Canalys, Microsoft’s tablets are a certified hit in the UK, easily outselling Google Nexus.

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  1. Mike Greenway / May 31, 2014 at 8:00 am /Reply

    English is a funny language. ” Microsoft went ahead and talked about …..” Microsoft went ahead of what? Some of your commonly used phrases are baffling.

    • Bill Franklin / June 2, 2014 at 7:55 am /Reply

      It’s just a saying that means moving forward or proceeding. All languages have funny phrases that don’t always translate to a literal definition.

      Anyway, great review. I missed the end of last week because I was busy, but this just caught me up!

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