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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Zune Goes to Denver (And Minneapolis-Saint Paul too!)

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Hardware" @ 11:30 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5042204/democrat...eir-conventions

"Microsoft's just slapped together a pair of special edition Zunes for both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions and they look pretty damn great. The one for the DNC is awarded for the winner of the "Green Delegate Challenge", which is contest for delegations that "demonstrate the highest level of commitment to offsetting their carbon footprint from attending the Convention.". Theirs has a nice looking tree on the back. The RNC's, on the other hand, just has the blurb about environmental stuff as well as the picture of the RNC logo. Oh, and it's red, not green."

As we reported back in April, Microsoft is going to have quite a big presence at the 2008 US conventions, with Surface tables and customized Zunes aplenty. This is an interesting strategy in tying these currently "hot" events into Microsoft's hipper product lines, and it's something you definitely wouldn't see Apple trying to do, but is it the right move?

Click through to Mobility Site to see both of the designs in full.


Monday, April 28, 2008

DNC to be Powered by Microsoft

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/ne...ovide-software/

"Microsoft Corp. has been named the official provider of software and Web content for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, August 25-28 in Denver. Financial terms weren’t disclosed...Microsoft will provide nearly a dozen technologies and applications including the glitzy Surface, a table-top computer that enables users to have a variety of other interactive experiences. Microsoft’s Zune portable music players also will be used to deliver media content to convention participants."

Whatever your political affiliation, I think all Zune owners can agree that this is great publicity. From being the official digitial media provider of the Olympics to now providing the Surface and Zunes for the DNC, Microsoft is stepping up in the digital media arena. I can't wait to see Zune-exclusive content from the DNC or other political organizations in the Marketplace/Podcasts area. Now that the Democratic technology vote is secured, it is highly unlikely that Apple will join forces with the GOP for fear of angering their typically liberal base.

On a related note, I fail to see how Surface has any use at a political convention, but hey, that's just me. Maybe they're playing chess or something.


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