updated 02:00 pm EDT, Fri April 7, 2006
MS to take on GarageBand
Microsoft is planning to release a music authoring program for the company's upcoming Windows Vista called "Monaco," which will compete with Apple's GarageBand application. The program will be similar in design to GarageBand, but will be optimized for Windows Vista and the Aero user interface, according to Ziff Davis. GarageBand -- designed for amateur musicians -- is part of Apple's iLife suite of applications for creating and organizing digital content. Microsoft's Monaco will target the same audience, will work on Windows only, and will make use of Microsoft's search algorithms to find particular music clips. Microsoft may use Monaco as a showcase Vista application, according to the report.