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J. Allard in costume after losing a bet in which he said that the Sony PSP wouldn't pass 10 million units sold  (Source: Zune Online)

Robbie Bach
J. Allard leaving Microsoft after 19 years on the job

We reported earlier today that some shakeups were on the way from Microsoft with regards to its Entertainment & Devices Division. It had already been widely speculated that J. Allard, chief experience officer and chief technology officer, was leaving. It was also reported that Robbie Bach could also be shown the door.

TechFlash now reports that both Allard and Bach are leaving Microsoft. According to TechFlash's Todd Bishop, the departure of Allard and Bach will give CEO Steve Ballmer more direct control over Microsoft's struggling sectors (namely its Zune and Windows Mobile units).

Although there has been speculation that Allard might jump ship to Google and work on that company's tablet efforts, he refuted those claims and said that he wants to unwind for a bit and tackle “personal interests” after working at Microsoft for 19 years.

For his part, Ballmer stated the following in a company email announcing the departures:

Transitions are always hard. Robbie has been an instrumental part of so many key moments in Microsoft history — from the evolution of Office to the decision to create the first Xbox to pushing the company hard in entertainment overall. J as well has had a great impact in the market and on our culture, providing leadership in design, and in creating a passionate and involved Xbox community, and earlier being at the center of our work seizing the importance of the Web for the company...

Both have been great team builders with a strong record of attracting, coaching and growing talent. As a result, their teams are primed to continue to step up and deliver great products, great services and great results for the company.

You can read Ballmer's full email to the troops here.



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RE: zune BLAH
By Azure Sky on 5/25/2010 8:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
no, I find music managers, even the best of them like MediaMonkey to be far less efficent and powerfull then proper MTP mode with windows explorer, I can drag, drop and create new folders, select files+rclick and make a playlist, its really FAR FAR less WORK then dealing with getting the zune software or itunes or any of that CRAP to let me do the same thing.

and I had a 30 with their FULL software suit, not the initial suit, I got my 30 after they had been out moded by the flash based units, and the player itself was amazing, but the software ruined it for me, having to hack a player you OWN to use it....may as well have gotten a damn itouch at least you can jailbreak them.....

If MS got smart(wont happen) they would do something i suggested.

Allow normal MTP mode, put the zune software(a basic version) on the player that can be run from the player for those who like it, Also have a web installer for the full suit on the player so the user can get the latist version of the software directly from MS's servers on any system you want to use the zune with zune software on.

I could even live with having to load the onboard software and have it enable MTP mode on the device the first time or even after each firmware update, at least then I wouldnt be hog tied by that damn zune software suit.

some examples of players i find to be a better value for music then the zunes.

sansa fuze
sansa clip
samsung yp-** players(every one i have used supported ogg and other audio formats and had execelent audio quality)
cowan players
iriver players like the h300's

I could go on and on if you like.....zune software sucks, itunes sucks......blah


RE: zune BLAH
By Smilin on 5/26/2010 4:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
no, I find music managers, even the best of them like MediaMonkey to be far less efficent and powerfull then proper MTP mode with windows explorer, I can drag, drop and create new folders, select files+rclick and make a playlist, its really FAR FAR less WORK then dealing with getting the zune software or itunes or any of that CRAP to let me do the same thing.


Ok so how do you:
Pull out tracks everywhere from your collection flagged as favorites?
Build a playlist based on related artists?
Play a song from the collection of another user who is a top listener to one of your favorite songs?

Just askin..I can't figure out how to do any of that with explorer.


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