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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Xbox Live Coming to Windows 8

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:56 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/...-for-windows-8/

The above image is from someone's Flickr account, so I'm not sure if it's real, but Engadget is reporting that Xbox Live is coming to Windows 8. This is impressive - between the Xbox hooked up to a TV, a Windows Phone, and Windows 8 on a PC or tablet, Microsoft has a three-screens entertainment strategy that can actually compete with Apple's iTunes ecosystem. Not bad Microsoft, not bad at all. Note that there's no word "Zune" anywhere in that screen shot, or on the Engadget one. That reinforces to me that the Zune brand is on the way out...but I wonder what they'll re-brand the awesome desktop software to? Xbox doesn't make sense as a media player brand - well, not to me at least.


Monday, January 8, 2007

Ford Teams Up with Microsoft to Deliver In-Car Digital System

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 01:30 AM

http://media.ford.com/newsroom/release_display.cfm?release=25168

"Ford Motor Company today announced the launch of a new factory-installed, in-car communications and entertainment system that is designed to change the way consumers use digital media portable music players and mobile phones in their vehicles. The Ford-exclusive technology based on Microsoft Auto software, called Sync, provides consumers the convenience and flexibility to bring into their vehicle nearly any mobile phone or digital media player and operate it using voice commands or the vehicle’s steering wheel or radio controls. Ford owners will not need to worry about whether their car or truck is compatible with the latest phone or music player that hits the market. Sync seamlessly integrates the vehicle with the popular portable electronic devices of today and is upgradeable to support the devices and services of tomorrow."



After watching Bill Gates' CES keynote, we were a little overwhelmed by Microsoft and Ford's plans to deliver an in-car digital solution (dubbed, Ford Sync) for Zune, iPod, and mobile phones. USB 2.0, Bluetooth, voice recognition, text-to-speech, ringtone support, you name it - they didn't hesitate to highlight all of Sync's great features, but amusingly, there was no mention of how the cars it's implemented in perform (with that much digital bling, did they forget the motor?). I guess they left that for the auto show in Detroit. ;)


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Q&A With Robbie Bach

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 08:00 AM

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2006/11/an_interview_wi_1.html

"Regarding Zune, it’s just a year ago, about that time, that you started it?... Why choose this one? You could have done a GameBoy killer or a PSP killer."

A+E Interactive has posted a fairly lengthy interview with Robbie Bach. Who is Robbie Bach? For those that don't know, Robbie is the president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, which include the Xbox and Zune teams. While this interview is not solely Zune related, it does provide a little insight on the position behind the Zune, and where the Zune falls into the overall picture of Microsoft's entertainment vision.


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