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Microsoft's Argo and the master plan behind the portable media player -- and possible gaming unit

Engadget has posted a picture of what looks to be Microsoft's much talked about iPod competitor. The site claims that they were sent the image from an insider working on the project -- if true, they'll likely be looking for a new job if J. Allard gets wind of this. According to a recent article from The Seattle Times, the internal codename for the new portable media player (PMP) is Argo; Microsoft's homage to Greek mythology.

While most people have been talking up the audio and video capabilities of the player, Brier Dudley of The Seattle Times points out that Argo could possibly double as a portable gaming unit similar in spirit to the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. The scarcity of front-side buttons plays against this idea, but anything is possible. Dudley also points out that Argo could serve as a showcase for Microsoft's XNA toolkit. From The Seattle Times:

Argo could help the December quarter and give executives something to discuss with analysts other than product delays, Bill Gates' departure and the high cost of doing battle with Google. I had thought Microsoft would put its holiday marketing effort behind Urge, a music service it developed with MTV and bundled into Windows Vista's new media-player software. It's helping device makers produce players that show off Urge and the software. Now, those efforts are in parallel with Argo.

Microsoft's Argo looks to be reasonably stylish, which is a key factor in taking on the Apple iPod. Although this is just a mockup and design details are likely not yet finalized, it looks to be a step in the right direction.



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Good job MS
By ktlewis02 on 7/10/2006 6:09:47 PM , Rating: 2
If this is real that looks like a really really good design in my opinion. The players screen looks like in can funtion both in portrait and landscape perspectives with the latter being for widescreen video playback and the former for displaying song and artist info, etc.




RE: Good job MS
By Jiggs1337 on 7/10/2006 6:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
yes, that's how i see it. landscape for video playback, and portrait for long lists such as song and artist info and play-lists. a lot could fit on that screen in portrait view, with maybe the top half showing photos while you see song info at the bottom and much more. its a perfect sized screen for that sized player without totally removing the buttons (which would be cool. button at side with front surface completely a screen I'd like.)


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