“Project Pink and the rumored remake of a Microsoft Tablet are back on the rumor treadmill this weekend,” Mary Jo Foley blogs for ZDNet. “It’s been quiet out there lately on both fronts. Here’s a recap — plus a couple of small updates — that I’ve heard recently about these two skunk-works efforts.”
“Pink: Yes, it’s a Microsoft-branded (but not Microsoft-manufactured) phone. Yes, it also will feature premium mobile services (like the Zune video store and music subscription/purchasing). I wouldn’t be surprised if Pink looked like — or at least was targeted at the same demographic as — the Sidekick, given the Danger folks have been at the core of Pink’s development team since Microsoft acquired Danger in 2008,” Foley reports. “Last I heard, Pink was being built on top of the Windows Mobile 7 core, which is in development, but now not expected to be available on phones until late 2010.”
Foley reports, “I received a tip earlier this year that Microsoft was going to make another run at the Tablet. Chief Experience Officer J Allard, who has been been noticeably absent from public appearances over the past few months, is supposedly leading the charge.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because he’s just soo busy that he can’t appear in public for even one second, much less an hour or two. Puleeze. More likely, Microsoft’s Steve Jobs-wannabe is too enthralled with his Apple Mac and his 9 iPods to leave his office.
Foley continues, “More recently, I heard that at least one exec from Microsoft’s Surface team is part of the Tablet effort, too.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because what the world is crying out for is a 53-pound Big Ass Tablet bathed in App-Lack™. Buy one, get one free cart.
Foley continues, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft is waiting for Apple to show its Tablet hand before trotting out its revamped Tablet.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because then Microsoft can yet again look like the followers that they are. Thanks, Mary Jo, for yet another brilliant soccer mom deduction. Are we sure Mary Jo’s not really the one behind Microsoft’s latest WIndows 7 ad?
Foley continues, “Microsoft is a software and services company. Execs have made it clear they plan to get out of the MP3 player business after “at least one more” Zune HD device. Microsoft is more interested in making money off subscriptions. That’s why Zune is morphing into a set services are going to move to mobile phones, including Pink.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Danger’s Sidekick each set the world so ablaze on their own that together they’ll simply eviscerate Apple’s iPhone+iPod+iTunes+iiTunes Store+App Store solution. And the carriers thought Dell’s phone was too dull. They haven’t seen anything, yet. And, don’t forget to get your soon-to-be-orphaned Zune HD – also slathered in App-Lack™ – today!
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]