With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 still fresh on the market those plumping for the new operating system will be hoping all the key apps start arriving on the platform.
However, there was disappointing news for many last week when Google revealed that as yet it has no plans to develop standalone versions of its key apps such as Drive or Gmail for the operating systems, and won't do so until there's a much stronger demand from customers.
Better Google app news for Apple fans came with the announcement that the search giant's Maps service is now back on iPhones. Its specifically designed apps for iOS was approved last week and is available as a free download.
This came as Australian Police issued a stark warning over Apple's own service that has been putting drivers' lives in danger by sending them 70km in the wrong direction in the unforgiving outback.
Elsewhere, security hit the headline as always with researchers warning of a malware attack emanating from a WordPress exploit and McAfee highlighting the dangers of a ‘Project Blitzkrieg' banking malware tool.
Firm has no plans to produce apps for Microsoft systems
Compromised sites being used for fake antivirus attacks
V3 gets a behind-the-scenes look at US telecoms giant's major network monitoring centre
Samsung battles Apple for the top spot, but a surprise could be in store
Headline news helping raise awareness of offerings
Flaws uncovered in state-sponsored espionage could open the door to malware infections
Judge orders arrest was illegal
Lost drivers at risk due to 70km misplaced town
Search giant moves to offer users an alternative to Apple's flawed mapping tool
Attack has already claimed 500 victims and could impact more
Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN.