During a busy week of high-profile tech conferences, Microsoft delivered a double shot to steal the media spotlight.
Microsoft announced its plans to take on the iPod Touch withthat will be able to surf the Web, play high-definition movies, and tune in to digital radio. The Zune HD, which will be available in the U.S. only starting this fall, features an HD Radio tuner as well as an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Microsoft said. It is based on Windows CE and will use a version of Internet Explorer customized for its touch screen, Microsoft said.
The software maker did not announce pricing or capacity, though it said the device will use flash memory and attempt to take on Apple's high-end iPod models.
The software maker also said that at next week's E3 trade show in Los Angeles it will announce details on a new Zune-branded video service for the Xbox that will replace the current Xbox Live marketplace for TV and movies. The company didn't announce details or specifically say that content will be playable on both Zunes and the Xbox.
Microsoft also, the rebranded and rebuilt search engine , designed to replace Live Search.
Bing isn't available to the public yet, but you won't have to wait long. Starting on June 1, some users will get Bing search results from Live Search. On June 3, we're told, Bing will be Microsoft's new default search. We got early access to the service. Here's how it looks.
Crave editor Rafe Needlemanover the previous search product, and said it that beats Google in important areas. It's surprisingly competitive with Google, according to Rafe, who also said it will help Microsoft gain share in the search business.
CNET News' Ina Fried has a report on how this all came about, including a, the creator of Microsoft Project and Microsoft Outlook, who came out of retirement to help redesign the user interface for Microsoft's search engine.
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