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MS reorganizes to take on Apple, others

updated 11:15 am EST, Fri December 16, 2005

MS consolidates businesses

Microsoft has which will integrate MTV's URGE music service with Microsoft's Windows Media Player. According to the report, the new team has considered building its own iPod-killer, but worries that doing so could drive Microsoft's partners out of the market and limit consumer choice.

by MacNN Staff





  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The article is ho hum...

    ...but the headline alone gets "TWO SNAPS UP!!!"

    Who knew 7 years ago?

  1. micklb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Selling $150 below cost

    Sounds like success. The only thing they have been successful at is talking Microsoft out of a lot of funds.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft should simply shut down. It's been useless since day one. By shutting down, it would do the world more good. we don't need more garbage. The good companies are here. There's no need for microcrap.

  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ... you're a fanboy.

  1. jmills

    Joined: Dec 1969


    paranoia anyone?

    First of all, I don't think the XBox's success was in the design or the integration.

    Second of all...

    "We've done a lot of good work, and we've done most of the pioneering work. Did Apple do a better job integrating it and bringing it together? The market says yes. You can't dispute that," Bach said at the time. "What you can do is look at the assets we have and say, 'Can we do better?' We certainly believe we can."

    By assets I'm guessing they mean raw cash, and a little bit of creativity. Er, what pioneering did they do again? Developing the Windows Media Player?... Sorry if thats ignorant. It just seems to me that when you compare Windows Media software with Apple Media software (Compare WMP with QP, or QPro, compare ITunes with WMP, iMovie with Windows Movie Maker, compare Preview with Paint) that you just don't get the same level of quality, reliability, or simplicity.

    So I guess we wait to see what happens. If URGE makes Apple drive for an even better product, all the better. But I doubt URGE will be something I buy.

  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft's "successful Xbox division"?!? It's lost a billion dollars since its inception - by that definition of success, I could easily be the most brilliant businessman ever.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you're not a fanboy? What are you doing here? :)

    I think Microsoft should up and leave the entertainment market, period. They cannot control it, and no one wants them to. If you asked consumers if they wanted another Microsoft dominant package, they'd unanamously say no. That's not fiction, that's just fact!

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    outzider, pot meet kettle

    Only a fanboy would bother to defend MSFT.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    xbox team

    We all know what this iPod killer gonna be given there xbox background. Make something just "good enough" and take a 150 $ loss on each unit sold.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rearranging deck chairs..

    ...on the Titanic.

    'Nuff said.

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