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Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's new book says the company has its groove back, yet the company has also decided to kill off the Zune-zombie by sending music subscription service "Groove" to its doom. Less than a week after shipping an update to Groove's Android client, Redmond has taken Groove for that long drive in the country …

Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

Mockups of Microsoft's "Project Neon" redesign have been leaked – we're sure by accident. Neon, as we reported last year, is an attempt to steer Windows away from the "flat" look that has dominated UX design in recent years, and make the system friendly for augmented or mixed-reality users. In the mockups, Aero-style …

Hey, remember Zune? Zune's dead, baby. Zune's dead

Come November, Microsoft is killing off Zune – the very thing that was supposed to kill off the Apple iPod and iTunes. As you may be able to tell, that execution never came about. Redmond thrust its Zune music players at the world in 2006, and kept plugging away at the hardware and online music marketplace even though no one …
Chris Williams, 16 Sep 2015

Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

Apple quietly withdrew its iconic iPod Classic from sale this year – and now the hard-drive-packing music players are fetching handsome piles of cash on Amazon. An unused sixth-generation silver 160GB model will set you back $1,500 from one tech hawker using the web souk to flog old gear. If that's a bit too steep for you, don …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Dec 2014

Microsoft takes on Spotify with sound of Woodstock

Microsoft will unveil its Zune platform successor at E3 2012, a Spotify-like music service codenamed 'Woodstock', it has been claimed. Details of the platform were leaked by insiders today, who say Microsoft's latest music offering won't require any browser plug-ins and will integrate heavily with Facebook, The Verge reports …
Caleb Cox, 25 Apr 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft to cash in chips on virtual currency

Microsoft will call time on its virtual currency, Microsoft Points, with a switch to real money on the cards later this year, it has been claimed. Future transactions across the Windows Phone, Zune and Xbox Live platforms will be based on the currencies of the region in which the user has pegged their account to, an anonymous …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jan 2012
Windows Phone 7

Updating to Windows Phone 7.5

Review Just like Apple iPhone users needn’t own a Mac to sync data and apply updates, Windows Phone 7 users needn’t be reliant on a PC either. To broaden the appeal of Microsoft’s latest handset OS, the company offers a Mac software alternative. Windows Phone Connector for Mac Nice to know there's an update, but what version is it …
Bob Dormon, 25 Oct 2011

MS kills, un-kills kills Zune player line

Zune hardware really is dead. Microsoft has re-posted the end-of-life notice it put up on its website last week and then took it down a day later. "We will no longer be producing Zune players," it says. Microsoft hasn't revised its Zune hardware since 2009, which tells you all you need to know about its commitment to the …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2011

MS kills, un-kills Zune HD media player

So why doesn't Microsoft just come out and say Zune - its iPod wannable MP3 player - is dead? Actually, earlier this week it did. It put up a note on the Zune support site re-iterating past comments that its focus is now on Windows Phone 7 - which contains a Zune section for media playback. It also said it will no longer be …
Tony Smith, 7 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

Windows Marketplace goes webby

Windows Phone users, happily getting their Mango update, can now buy apps using a website as well as the Windows-only Zune client. The web-based version offers access to the same range of applications, and pushes them directly out to a registered handset, or sends an email with a suitable link if push isn't operable for some …
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

Microsoft calls time on Zune media player hardware

Microsoft is to pull the plug on its Zune line of media players, it has been claimed. The software giant won't be introducing any new models, insists an insider. If the unnamed mole cited by Bloomberg proves to be correct, we won't be surprised. The media player market is now in decline, and Zune was never a major part of it …
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Microsoft squats the living room with XBox LIVE refresh

Microsoft today rolls out the latest edition of XBox Live today complete with new dashboard and a bunch of media partners. Microsoft's press release is all about the media content, but gamers may be more interested in the better voice chat quality, improved Gamertag creation and the ability to sign-out controllers in the sign- …
Hard Reg, 1 Nov 2010
The Register breaking news

Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

Bill's better half, Melinda Gates, is no fan of Apple's magical and revolutionary tablet. "Of course not," Ms. Gates told The New York Times when asked if she owned an iPad. There's no love for Apple products at Chez Portes. When asked about the persistent urban myth that her hubby uses an Apple laptop, the co-chairwoman of …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Oct 2010
Windows Vista

Microsoft opens online PC gaming shop-front

Microsoft is opening the Games for Windows Marketplace - an online store that integrates Xbox Live and Windows Live services to make it easier to buy PC games. Some 100 top titles are on offer at launch,including Fable, Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne, along with newer titles such as Dead Rising 2 and Lost Planet 2. Gamers …
Caleb Cox, 25 Oct 2010
The Register breaking news

MS confirms Zune for Mac

Microsoft has confirmed earlier staff Tweets that a Mac version of its Zune desktop software is on its way. It's all about syncing up WinPho 7 handsets rather than iPod clones these days, of course, and with Microsoft well aware it needs to be inclusive if it wants its revamped smartphone OS to succeed, Mac compatibility is no …
Hard Reg, 13 Oct 2010
The Register breaking news

Microsoft waves Zune Pass at UK

Yet another internet music subscription and sales service has tipped up in the UK, this time from Microsoft. It's called Zune - and on offer is a Spotify-like MP3 and music video download service called Zune Marketplace and a subscription service for £8.99 delivering "unlimited downloads" and streaming access to a big music …
Drew Cullen, 21 Sep 2010
The Register breaking news

Microsoft to wave goodbye to mobile 'experience' boss?

All change at Microsoft, according to the Wall Street Journal which reports J Allard - responsible for the Xbox and parent to the stillborn Courier - is top of the leaving list. Citing the omniscient "people familiar with the matter" the WSJ reports that Microsoft will likely announce a complete reorganising of its …
Bill Ray, 25 May 2010
LG Windows Phone 7 handset

LG Windows Phone 7 handset out in Q4

LG showed off its upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone this weekend. But despite recent speculation that the handset would debut this coming September - when Windows Phone 7 is itself to be released - LG confirmed that buyers have a longer wait than that. LG Windows Phone 7 handset LG's Windows Phone 7: no name, no …
Tony Smith, 1 Mar 2010

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