Microsoft Year-End Report Card: B-

Well, Redmond, it's been a funny year, hasn't it? Even if you ignore those Apple commercials, it's hard to ignore the fact that Vista was probably one of the main reasons people switched to the Mac OS, or to third-party Linux-based systems. We'll get to the big V—and that other mighty stain Windows Mobile—in a bit,… » 12/21/07 2:00pm 12/21/07 2:00pm

Complete Guide to Zune 2's Software and Firmware

Click to viewZune 2 and its batch of new features are finally upon us, bringing new players and an entirely new experience. On the device side, there's 4/8GB flash-based and 80GB hard drive-based Zune with fancy form factors and increased storage, as well as new firmware for your old first-gen 30GB players. On the… » 11/12/07 9:00pm 11/12/07 9:00pm

Flash Zune Hardware Gallery and Test: Tight Jeans, Sizemodo, and Zunepad

The new Zune firmware is bringing new functionality to even old Zunes (which we covered in detail here), but is the new hardware special enough to be worth your purchase? Here's a rundown of our tests on how easy it is to fit a Zune in your pocket (video above), the paint job, and the new touch sensitive directional … » 11/12/07 6:18pm 11/12/07 6:18pm

First Zune 2 Ad and Zunejourney.net Promo Site Launch

The Zune 2 ad campaign has begun. The slogan has changed from "Welcome to the Social" to "You Make It You"—are they saying Zune owners don't have friends?—and the visual appeal has become distinctly psychedelic, a combination of Alice in Wonderland, Yellow Submarine and Time Bandits. We notice that there's not a lot… » 11/02/07 7:57am 11/02/07 7:57am

More Details on Zune Social Networking Features

This is not text messaging and it's not even on the Zune itself. This is just a document illustrating how the Zune Social networking features will work in the software on your PC. You're sending messages—pointers to songs or albums—with your own notes to your friends, which are shown in the inbox portion of the… » 10/20/07 6:00pm 10/20/07 6:00pm

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