Friday, September 29, 2006
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 10:24 AM
Robert X. Cringely always has an interesting way of looking at the tech world, and even if his often wild predictions don't come true, I enjoy reading them. The latter third of his September 28th column deals with the Zune, and he speculates that the Zune is a deep, long-term play - and I agree with him. Zune is about the platform, not the 30 GB media player being sold in November. Platforms are long term, very deep plays that take years to develop fully - and Microsoft has shown that they can fail with applications (remember that Java-based Flash competitor in the late '90s?), they can fail with devices (their cordless phone), but when it comes to platforms, Microsoft has a very strong track record of success. The people that look at the first Zune player as being the end-all and be-all of the Zune platform aren't seeing the big picture.