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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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looks like a 3G Ipod hahaha
By iamright on 7/10/2006 8:52:17 PM , Rating: 2
Folks, the verdict is in, this is a cheap ripoff of a 3G Ipod from years ago!
Here is a pic for those of you that can't recall the design

Apple went away from the wheel with additional buttons years ago and now Microsoft is bringing the dead design back to life. Who wants to have a wheel and then two extra buttons placed on either side? Talk about lack of input interface integration!
I know there are going to be some self labeled geniuses that will point out that this new device from MS has a bigger color display and the 3G Ipod doesn't, well congratulations for your impressive perception. I'm taking about the design of the device and the hardware user input interface so save your obvious insights.

RE: looks like a 3G Ipod hahaha
By ktlewis02 on 7/10/2006 9:06:22 PM , Rating: 1
Wait a second... that concept looks like the 3G iPod? Uhhh...


RE: looks like a 3G Ipod hahaha
By iamright on 7/10/2006 9:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
look at the link :b

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