Goodbye, Zune

Paul Thurrott:

“And what about Zune? Although [Microsoft and Nokia] talked up virtually all Windows Phone-based services [at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona], Zune was conspicuously missing—both in discussions from both Elop and Ballmer and on a global reach marketing slide that was created by both companies. My sources tell me that the Zune brand is on the way out and that all Zune products and services will be moved into other businesses, including Windows Live. Zune will essentially cease to exist under this plan.”

iPhone apps garner more eyes than top TV shows

From MobileBeat:

“The daily audience for apps that run on Apple’s iOS … has now surpassed 19 million users, who spend an average of 22 minutes per day using these apps, according to [Flurry]. That means the audience for the iOS devices is now bigger than NBC’s Sunday Night Football and…only 4 million daily viewers separate the iOS audience from that of the No. 1-ranked TV show, Fox’s American Idol.”

People staring at their iPhones. That’s exactly the practice Microsoft is highlighting for those who find it infuriating.

iWork ’09 and Office for Mac 2011

There’s an amusing post at The Apple Blog that gleefully describes all the ways Office 2011 for the Mac trounces Apple’s iWork suite. Here’s an example:

“[The Office demo] shows off Sparklines, in-cell mini-graphs of visual data straight from Excel 2010 for Windows, as well as new PivotTable report designs and layouts. Office-wide, users will now have the ability to do “basic photo editing,” with options like color correction, as well as more advanced ones like background removal, but that’s the small stuff.”

I feel certain that the vast majority of users will never use Sparklines or PivotTable report designs. Not once.

This reminds me of the guy who buys a trail-rated Hummer capable of withstanding three feet of water, sub-zero temperatures and insanely sharp inclines, but all he ever does is drive it to the grocery store. A finely-tuned Vespa would do the exact same job at a fraction of the cost.

I haven’t owned an Office product since 2001 and haven’t suffered because of it for an instant.

[Via Minimal Mac]

Microsoft kills the Kin


“Sources close to Microsoft tell us that Andy Lees has rolled Kin into the Windows Phone 7 team and has canceled the existing product’s launch later this year in Europe on news that sales weren’t as strong as expected.”

That only took a few weeks, and was a dumb idea to begin with. More of a social media vuvuzela than a phone. Here’s an idea. Re-introduce it as “Mojave” and explain to people why they’re wrong for disliking it.