Week in Review: Windows 7 launches

Week in Review

It was clearly a big week for Microsoft as Windows 7 finally became available at retail, letting end users get the operating system that enthusiasts and early adopters have been using since January.

Generally, people seem positive about the operating system, in terms of reviews and sales, as even the likes of Dell admit that Vista didn't work out that well.

Naturally, Apple was ready to fight back and, with timing that surely was no coincidence, announced a number of new products such as a refreshed MacBook, iMacs with larger screen sizes, an interesting server-only Mac mini, and an intriguing touch sensitive mouse.

Mozilla decided to not block a Microsoft plug-in for Firefox that was said to contain a critical vulnerability, after it discovered that it couldn't be exploited, but another part of the plug-in remained blocked.

Yahoo announced a huge jump in profits after job cuts, while Sun announced 3,000 job losses of its own.

An eBook reader based on Android was revealed, as 3 announced the HTC Hero as the first Android phone on its books, bundling a Spotify Premium deal into the bargain.

The week ended with a big surprise, as Nokia announced that it had filed a law suit against Apple, for allegedly infringing 10 of its patents. It seems that the Finnish mobile giant is tired with Apple seemingly running away with the mobile market, using what it claims is its own technology.

Benny Har-Even

Benny Har-Even is a twenty-year stalwart of technology journalism who is passionate about all areas of the industry, but telecoms and mobile and home entertainment are among his chief interests. He has written for many of the leading tech publications in the UK, such as PC Pro and Wired, and previously held the position of technology editor at ITPro before regularly contributing as a freelancer.

Known affectionately as a ‘geek’ to his friends, his passion has seen him land opportunities to speak about technology on BBC television broadcasts, as well as a number of speaking engagements at industry events.