Week In Review (Sep 23 – Sep 27)

It goes without saying that the second generation Surface tablets had the whole week to their name. From the Monday unveiling to the Friday news that Microsoft will be rolling out some really ambitious marketing, these sleek slates were in the headlines daily.

Here are some of the biggest stories of the week:

Reveal of the Week

The second generation Surface tablets made their official appearance at a NYC event at the start of the week. And they are everything one expects them to be, in terms of hardware, software and accessories. Sales initiate on October 22, four days after the Windows 8.1 lift off.

Rumor of the Week

Microsoft may be saying its final goodbyes to the concept of Service Packs (only a select few of its software get them now, but at the same time it is embracing the idea of GDR releases for its platforms. Rumor says that the company is preparing a major upgrade for Windows 8.1 in spring 2014. Interesting!

Reminder of the Week

While Redmond has made some impressive strides when it comes to security this past decade, it has taken some time out to talk about its strategy in this regard. The company confirmed that while Security Essentials is good to have as a baseline defense, it is not a substitute for a full antivirus solution.

Feature of the Week

Multimedia has always been a hallmark for the Windows platform, as Microsoft has traditionally kept its flagship operating system at the forefront of the newest technologies. And the company seems to be going this route again, as rumors of a new feature coming to Windows 8.1 float up, namely Photo Loop.

Anticipation of the Week

Nokia may have moved its prestigious 2013 Nokia World event a month or so ahead, but the company has started dropping hints about it after confirming the date and location. Word is that the telecom giant is preparing to showcase six devices at the October 22 event in Abu Dhabi.