There are some weeks when you could be mistaken for thinking that the record had skipped and the players involved were simply going through the motions — this week was one of them.

Let’s begin this week with Microsoft as this is the most blatant repeat of power plays from years past. If I were to tell you that Microsoft’s explanation of embracing their document format as an offering of more “choice”, would you be surprised? I would say not.

If I proposed that the service pack for Vista would be a massive download, would you be surprised then? Even with the pack’s size expected to clock in at a mammoth 1GB, what’s new?

What about Microsoft rigging a voting process to get its OOXML standard accepted by the International Organization for Standardization? The situation in Sweden has become so dire that the Swedish standards body has invalidated its own vote and Microsoft has admitted that it has sought to influence the voting of standards bodies throughout the world.

It’s not all doom and gloom in the Microsoft world though, as two videos this week showed. First we gained some insight into the upcoming features of the newly modularised IIS7, and a second video showed Frank Arrigo describing the highlights of Visual Studio 2008.

Getting back to the “no surprises” vein that we were looking at earlier, hasn’t Sony learnt its lesson about rootkits previously?

And how many out there would be surprised to learn that Ubuntu has chosen a silly name for its next release? If alliteration with the letter H involving animals is a must, then I can understand Hungry Hippos (and the trademark infringements that come with it) but what exactly is a Hardy Heron? One must assume that it is something like a Gutsy Gibbon that was updated this week.

With déjá vu rapidly closing in, we return to the story of the Free Software Foundation making the accusation that Microsoft is bound by the terms of GPLv3. This issue is looking more and more as though only a court will be able to settle it, strap yourselves in for that one.

We end this week with something unexpected as HP announced that they would pre-install Linux on desktops in Australia. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop has been chosen as the distribution and with the price starting at $600, it seems HP have beaten Dell to the punch, locally at least.