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24 Feb 2012 21:48


Tech: Microsoft appears to be killing off longtime product lines in Windows 8

  • Zune This death was kinda obvious for a while, but now the Zune appears to have zero presence in the upcoming version of Windows. Seriously, they lost their biggest fan like four years ago — the writing has long been on the wall.
  • Live More surprising is the fading away of the Live brand, which anchors many of their online messaging services; “Microsoft Account” will replace Windows Live ID. The company appears to be trying to simplify their brand naming. source

13 Oct 2010 10:21


Tech: Hmm: Microsoft exec says Windows Phone 7 will support OSX

  • ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m glad to confirm that Mac users would be able to use Zune on their Macs to sync with #WP7
  • A (quickly-deleted) tweet from Microsoft’s UK head of Windows Phone maketing, Oded Ran • Suggesting that the company would actually release a version of the Zune’s software onto OSX so that they wouldn’t be cutting out their hotly-anticipated Windows Phone 7 from a quickly-growing part of the PC market. Perhaps that’s why the Zune hasn’t taken off. Despite being on the market for four whole years, they’ve only managed a paltry 2 percent of the market. Just for comparison’s sake, the iPod has 70 percent. source

10 Feb 2010 22:19


Tech: Bill Gates among long line of people not impressed by the iPad

  • It’s not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn’t aim high enough.’ It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’
  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates • Regarding his take on the iPad versus the iPhone. In his opinion, Apple didn’t knock it out of the park. Keep in mind, though, that Gates has been wrong before – he said something similar (in fact, about the same) about the iPod before MS came out with the Zune a few years later. source

27 May 2009 20:16


Tech: Again, MS is late to the game with its new Zune. Here’s why.

  • one Why would we want to listen to HD radio when we can stream stuff from the Internet?
  • two It refers to itself as having a HD display, but that display is smaller than the iPhone. *hmm*
  • three Just because a music player can connect to a video game system doesn’t mean it should.
  • four It supposedly has a Web browser, but if its name is “Internet Explorer,” no way Jose.
  • five Lauren probably wouldn’t want one because it’s trying too hard to be really hip. source

14 Apr 2009 10:36


Tech: For some reason, Microsoft won’t stop making new Zunes

The internet is aflutter at these leaked photos of a HD Zune. Personally, we just don’t care anymore unless Lauren’s involved. source