Why Microsoft Chose Windows 8 Over Courier

Cnet is delving further into the death of the Microsoft Courier, looking at the differences between Steven Sinoksky and J Allard, who ran the Windows 8 and Courier projects respectively. They say that Sinofsky's business-minded pragmatism and Windows 7 salvage job ultimately swayed Ballmer to follow his vision. » 11/02/11 9:27am 11/02/11 9:27am

The Anatomy of Kin's Demise

The sudden death of Kin came as a surprise, but it's increasingly clear that it shouldn't have. First came hints of internal strife stunting Kin before it ever had a chance, and now the finger's pointing directly at one man. » 7/02/10 5:47pm 7/02/10 5:47pm

J. Allard's Farewell Email to His Microsoft Team: "I Require No…

Earlier we discovered that J. Allard, the Father of the Xbox, is leaving Microsoft. This was the goodbye email he sent to his team: » 5/25/10 7:23pm 5/25/10 7:23pm

Rumor: Father of Xbox J. Allard Is Leaving Microsoft in Huge Shakeup

The WSJ solidifies an intriguing post by Mary Jo Foley last week that J. Allard, the guy behind the Xbox, Zune and Courier—or more formally, the Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft's E&D division—is leaving after Steve Ballmer killed the Courier tablet project. » 5/25/10 1:16am 5/25/10 1:16am

Courier Tablet Runs Windows 7, Hardware Made By Microsoft

More details on Courier, courtesy of Mary Jo Foley: Most interestingly, her sources say it runs Windows 7 underneath, the same way the Surface runs on top of Vista, and that Microsoft will actually make the tablet hardware. » 9/29/09 11:40am 9/29/09 11:40am

Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet

It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we've all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft's astonishing take on the tablet. » 9/22/09 7:30pm 9/22/09 7:30pm

Microsoft Just Gives Up, Files for Patent on 'Magic Wand'

Microsoft, by the hand of J Allard, the guy in charge of the Entertainment and Devices (Xbox and Zune) Division, has filed for patent protection for a "Magic Wand". What? Oh, it's a Wiimote. » 5/18/09 4:32am 5/18/09 4:32am

Microsoft's J Allard (Xbox 360 and Zune) Gets a Promotion

J Allard, who most recently helped give the Xbox and the Zune a really, really good user experience has gotten a promotion to "Chief Experience Officer" of the Entertainment and Devices devision. The E&D devision, for those of you who don't know, encompasses Xbox, Games for Windows, Mobile Communications (including… » 6/30/08 4:02pm 6/30/08 4:02pm

Allard on Zune 1 Failing, Hitching Zune to Xbox, and the Phone Yet To…

What J. Allard reveals when he talks about Microsoft's (and his) plans for conquering all media isn't surprising—an integrated, single network for all of its entertainment products and services. NYT's Bits sums up his spiel in three sentences: » 11/16/07 4:42pm 11/16/07 4:42pm

Allard also shared his feelings about the first Zune—what he calls…

J Allard Finally Photographed In Public With Zune

We're not sure why this was a policy, but J Allard famously avoided being photographed with a Zune starting from the launch last year up until this week. Seriously, go try and find a picture of him with a Zune. It's impossible! Apparently his shame for the generation 1 product is over, since he proudly held up a Zune… » 10/03/07 4:00pm 10/03/07 4:00pm

Tokyo Game Show 2006: Where's J Allard?

Ashcraft continues Kotaku's tradition of "creepily stalking" J Allard, who's actually been fairly difficult to find. Like a fat man's genitals, you may spend a lot of time looking, but once you find it you're not sure it was worth the trouble. » 9/22/06 8:15pm 9/22/06 8:15pm

Giz Interview: J Allard Calls iPod the Pong of Digital Audio (Snap!)

We called up J Allard today to get him to spill the rest of the Zune enchillada. Like our obsession with Steve Jobs, cousin gaming site Kotaku can't stop thinking about Allard. Brian Ashcraft wanted us to ask him questions like, "If Microsoft was a World of Warcraft guild, what class would you be? " We're not fanboys,… » 9/14/06 4:38pm 9/14/06 4:38pm