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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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RE: Nope
By IMPoor on 7/10/2006 7:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
I am down with this for sure. I have a ipod 30GB Video and it is still a kick as mp3 player but the screen size leaves much to be desired. I buy widescreen movies and when I convert them to my ipod it makes the screen even smaller. This thing look cool enough for me. I say more screen size and equal or better battery life and I am in. Hopefully they don't lock it down to one type of service like iTunes and apple. But even so I am looking for a new player on the market. Let see what they can do.

AS a side note: Did Microsoft run over your cat? Did they date you mom and then kick her to the curb? How come you hate them so. If you told everybody in this forum the screenshot was from and archos player they would all love it. But since it is a microsoft one 50% automatically hate it. Grow up. Your mom is stank anyway.

RE: Nope
By Josh7289 on 7/10/2006 9:17:44 PM , Rating: 3
Never did I say that I hated Microsoft. If that were so, why would I buy Windows XP? Just because I don't like one of their products and I don't think it will "kill" the iPod does not in any way mean I hate the company that created it.

You are the one that must grow up and stop calling others, basically, fanboys for whatever problems you may have.

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