updated 06:10 pm EDT, Mon April 4, 2005
Apple, MS & digital video
ZDNet blogger David Berlind says "not only won't Microsoft feel the halo effect of Apple's iPod, it may only be a matter of time before Apple is feeling the ." Microsoft doesn't think that the next version of its desktop operating system is going to suffer from any halo effect being introduced into the market by Apple's iPod. The company may have early inroads into a possible Internet video revolution with Windows Media, which is more widely used than its competitors. Berlind asks, "do you think there's any demand for mobile videos based on Real or Quicktime?" For Apple to seriously challenge Windows Media and Microsoft, it will have to "convert the iPod faithful into the Quicktime faithful." Windows Media and telecommunications networks "will be Microsoft's next franchise. The only hope for an alternative might be Quicktime."