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The End of the Road for XBox, Zune, No New Products

All the characteristics of a failing company

A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO we wrote about the latest publicity stunts whose intent is to "freeze the market". It's about Vista 7 which, as we've said right at the start, is likely to come no earlier than 2010 and offer very little compared to Vista (the latter point is factual, whereas there is room for speculation regarding the former).

There are additional signs that this is possible and a release could be over a year away, but in order to freeze the market Microsoft must not admit this publicly.

Microsoft is not too keen on rolling out an underdone Windows 7 and will only proceed with its launch when it is sure that the OS is ready. This is the reason it is not committing to a 2009 launch date. Microsoft’s Bill Veghte told Cnet that the OS will be shipped when the quality is up to scratch.


Microsoft also said that it would ship Vista (Longhorn at the time) by 2003 and deliver far more than it eventually delivered -- leaving people in a position where they favoured XP over Vista. It is important to remember that Microsoft has already dropped the major features which it had promised for Vista's successor.

Looking elsewhere at Microsoft's business this week, it turns out that -- due to massive losses or not -- XBox 360 is likely the last of its kind. This is not the first time that Microsoft speaks of quitting this market, which has already cost it close to $7 billion (in just losses).

No new Xbox Console in Microsoft’s future



[...]

As such, the company is planning on concentrating its efforts of exploiting the Xbox 360 to its full potential, with plans for new features and further game development. This isn’t terribly surprising, but it’s still a bit disappointing given the relative ago of the Xbox 360, which went into production in 2005…almost 4 years ago.


Other sites speak about this too. As for the Zune, when we last wrote about this gadget, it was already on its death throes and now comes the word that it might finally be "nuked".

Microsoft May Finally Nuke The Zune (MSFT)



As everyone who doesn't work for Microsoft has known for two years, the Zune is doomed. Thankfully, it seems this message may finally have reached Steve Ballmer.


There is some more information about this here and here, even in Microsoft-affiliated sites.

Assuming that there is deflation of products, what will Microsoft have to show that's new other than just software patents? Judging by CES, as the company is entering debt [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], there is nothing new to show.

Microsoft shows nothing new at CES



It has to be said, Microsoft has shown us nothing new, interesting, or even slightly exciting at this years CES show in Las Vegas. I watched the first half hour or so of the live feed; Microsoft’s keynote and opportunity to show off a few things. I went to bed feeling empty, dissatisfied and underwhelmed - a lot like a classic iPod with only 2% storage used.


Microsoft had some older things to show at CES, such as error messages on the $13,000+ Surface that runs a variant of Vista.

Intrepid reader Yves Milord snapped a pic of what might be the first error message seen on a Microsoft Surface.


This is a very symbolic thing. One of the latest products and the most overhyped one simply fails to come together, let alone be marketed. The American car industry showed similar characteristics amid its gradual failure at renewed prosperity.

Microsoft Zune

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