The government did itself no favours last week when its chief operating officer Stephen Kelly revealed that the public sector spends a massive £6,000 to maintain each PC every year. We think either Kelly must have his sums wrong, or one supplier has managed to sign off a very lucrative desktop support deal.
Microsoft held its TechEd event in New Orleans last week, which V3 attended to hear more about the upcoming releases of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014, along with more insight to how Windows 8.1 will be targeted at businesses.
Across the other side of the world, the major Computex trade show took place, and we rounded up our favourite products and discoveries from the Taiwan show floor.
Intel officially released its 4th generation chips for ultrabooks and desktops, and Dell was quick to get in on the Haswell action, releasing various laptops and workstations based on the latest processor.
V3 readers were also keen to hear more about the skills shortages HP division Autonomy is facing, leaving the firm with hundreds of open vacancies, and the major privacy storm breaking over the Atlantic over the US and UK governments tapping into the servers of major technology firms like Google, Apple and Facebook to collect customer data.
Government £6,000 per year per desktop spend a frightening insight into public sector IT
Stephen Kelly's IT spending figures are cause for alarm, says V3 editor Madeline Bennett
Microsoft unveils Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014
Microsoft has announced updates across a broad range of its enterprise products and services, aimed at helping IT departments move forward with cloud computing and the new era of mobile devices
Dell refreshes laptop range with Intel 4th generation Haswell chips
Dell confirmed that its XPS 27 all-in-one device, XPS 12 laptop and Latitude E6540 business laptop have all been upgraded with the new chip
Intel delivers Haswell 4th generation Core chips for ultrabooks and desktops
Intel has officially unveiled its 4th generation Core processor family, claiming a significant increase in battery life for mobile systems plus revamped graphics that will also deliver a better experience for desktop users
HP Autonomy struggles to fill 320 vacancies
Autonomy has hundreds of open vacancies that the firm is finding difficult to fill, due to both a shortage of skilled technologists and competition from other IT vendors for available talent
Windows Server 2012 R2: Key features
Microsoft virtualisation guru Jeff Woolsey talks V3 through improvements in the firm's server platform
PRISM whistleblower revealed as former CIA IT contractor
The whisteblower who revealed details of mass internet surveillance by the US government has stepped out of the shadows.
Vodafone plans £900m network spend before 4G rollout for next iPhone
Firm hopes to cash in on rapid demand for next Apple device
Sony unveils Duo, Fit and Pro Vaio Windows 8 laptops
Japanese giant looks to entice businesses with ultra-slim Windows 8 ultrabooks
Top 10 Computex insights: Intel Haswell and AMD Kaveri go up against phablets and smart watches
V3 takes a look back at some of the biggest trends from the giant tech show
Some parts of Atacama have not received rainfall for 500 years - but a sudden deluge of water upset the Desert's delicate biological balance
Spitzer Space Telescope could not spot Oumuamua, suggesting that it is actually pretty small
Greenland crater one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth
This long-sought progenitor star was identified in an image captured by Hubble in 2007