Microsoft is considering including support for Mac OS within future Windows Phone 7 series of devices.
Speaking to Engadget this weekend, Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman, (director of consumer experiences for Microsoft’s mobile division) would neither confirm nor deny the plan – all he seemed prepared to commit to was to concede that there are “internal discussions” as his team is considering the plan.
What could make this interesting is Microsoft’s confirmation the other week that Windows Mobile 7 will offer a Zune client, in order that devices powered by the OS won’t be completely out of the iPhone’s league.
While Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer seems to hate the iPhone, his plan of attack on Apple’s music empire seems somewhat limited – the company has no plans to launch its not especially popular Zune HD in Europe.
According to Microsoft France’s head of E&D division, François Ruault, The Zune HD isn’t planned for sale in France (Europe), as reported by PC World.
This follows rumours the company planned to release the product in Europe in time for Christmas. (A passionate Zune fan is pictured right)
Microsoft has introduced its new upgraded Xbox Experience for Xbox Live. New features in this release include streaming of TV shows and films through Netflix (in the US, so far), the ability to install games to the HDD, an avatar system, and the “Community Games platform”.
Here’s the iPhone app I’ve been looking for – SoundCheck – so, what’s it do?
OK – you’re in some shop testing headphones, a car stereo system, maybe a mixing desk or a PA. You know what the sound frequencies the product’s meant to support are, and because of the nature of these things you must make a subjective decision to see if they deliver their tech spec. claims.
“The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one,” he said, “Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while”, Wozniak warned.
He adds, “It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much,” he added.
Woz was also critical of Apple’s tight control over iPhone development, warning, “Consumers aren’t getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down. I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you’re allowed.”
Now, there’s two clear messages here: first of all, think back to the fate of the Walkman – Sony didn’t move fast enough to embrace the digital wave, so it lost its music player leadership to Apple.
In yet another attempt to stake space in the digital marketplace, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed the company intends introducing Zune-based media features into future generations of Windows Mobile device.
Speaking to CIO, he admitted the company introduced Zune to stake space in the Apple-led digital media trend. “At the end of the day, one of the big trends is that all content is going digital,” he said, “And if we don’t have the software and services that are useful, helpful and valuable for the consumption of music and video, we are sort of not really a player.”
On the future of Zune he admits that the company developed software for the device with the intention of bringing it to other sustems. Continue reading →
Also from September 16, Zune will offer WiFi access to the Zune Marketplace for song purchases and subscriptions. Zune is also expanding its device lineup with new 16GB and 120GB capacities as well as shiny new blue-on-silver and sleek all-black colour schemes. Continue reading →