Feeds

New Zunes, Euro debut due next Xmas?

Reducing security risks from open source software

Microsoft has said it could launch its Zune wireless digital media player and online song store in Europe by the end of the year, potentially much earlier than the company previously indicated. New US models may debut in the same timeframe.

The software giant's marketing chief, Jason Reindorp, this weekend told the Reuters newsagency the company was happy with Zune's sales in the US - despite reports that the numbers haven't, in themselves, been fantastic. Looking ahead, he said: "The industry moves in this sort of Christmas to Christmas cycle. So you can expect that there will be more devices, more features in the market at that point.

"Our next round of introductions will probably be in time for the holiday of this year."

Reindorp indicated Zune's European debut might likewise come ahead of the coming Christmas break. The company is planning research to evaluate how keen European consumers might be on the device, which in addition to the usual iPod-like music and movie playback provides a limited song-sharing capability via an integrated Wi-Fi link.

When Zune was launched in the US in October 2006, Microsoft pointed to 2008 as the player's likely European arrival time.

Microsoft's man said the company feels "really good about the first steps that we've taken", the start of a three-year plan "to firmly and solidly get on the radar".

"We're not simply trying to play catch up with Apple," he added. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.