Microsoft Announces the Expansion of the Zune Entertainment Service to New Platform and Markets; Confirms New Zune HD Portable Media Player

A few days late, but oh baby baby ..


REDMOND, Wash. — May 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the evolution of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, to a new platform and new markets. Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally this fall. This marks an important development in the Zune strategy and brings the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox LIVE subscribers. In addition, Microsoft confirmed the next generation of the Zune portable media player, Zune HD. Available in the U.S. this fall, Zune HD is the first portable media player that combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser.

TechNet Webcast: Topologies and Routing for Exchange Server 2007 (Level 300)

Historically, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 routing was designed to enable mail delivery over early point-to-point networks using discrete next-hop solutions. It had evolved little to take advantage of the advancements in network technologies. Learn how mail routing works in the Exchange Server 2007 environment using IP networks and Active Directory Site Topologies. Discover how Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange 200x mailflow interoperability works. Hear about recommended topology and deployment best practices. We also show how administrators can maintain their network by adjusting spam and virus settings and implementing the appropriate security policies, as well as how end-users can use simple and familiar interfaces to recover junk e-mail and apply message classifications.

Presenter: Todd Luttinen, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery and SCR Deep Dive (Level 300): High Availability in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Part 2 of 2)

Are you prepared for outages that affect e-mail service or data availability? Have you defined recovery strategies and procedures for disasters big and small? In this webcast, we cover the recommended strategies for protecting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 messaging service and data, with an emphasis on the ultimate disaster: a full site failure. Join us as we dive deep into standby continuous replication (SCR), which was designed with these disasters in mind.

Presenter: Scott Schnoll, Principal Technical Writer, Microsoft Corporation


TechNet Webcast: CCR vs. Other High Availability Solutions (Level 300): High Availability in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Part 1 of 2)

Are you digging out your backups every time there is a failure? Are you paying a lot for hardware replication that promises zero data loss? Join us in this webcast to learn about the advantages of cluster continuous replication (CCR) over other high availability solutions and get a deep dive into CCR internals.

Presenter: Ayla Kol, Program Manager II, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 08 of 24): Introduction to Windows PowerShell (Level 200)

At last I think I have cracked it so I can download these TechNet Webcasts as a video podcast to my Zune!
Will post more as I get round to it, but here is the first one! .. Enjoy .. the RSS is:
TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 08 of 24): Introduction to Windows PowerShell (Level 200)
Original Air Date: February 14, 2007

In this installment of our 24-hour learning series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, we explore the new command-line interface, Windows PowerShell. Over the course of the next two sessions, we examine Windows PowerShell and provide examples of how to use it to manage Exchange Server 2007. We describe the new interface, outline the concepts behind it, and illustrate the language Windows PowerShell uses for scripting. Attend this presentation to learn more about operators, conditions, and other scripting techniques for building your first cmdlets, single-feature command-line tools used to manipulate objects in Windows PowerShell. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab

Zune v3

Sweeet, so downloaded the new Zune software and flashed my Zune last night.

 It all seems quite nice, the games are okay and you can play your music while you play BUT and I say BUT in BIG LETTERS because my zune has just frozen.  I went to play an album, it let me pick it, but then froze!  Now all I have is a dimmed screen and an unresponsive Zune.  Everything worked okay yesterday!? the only difference is v3!

… So a reboot seems to do the trick, but that was scary.

Thanks to Jack for the “how to reboot a zune post! … basically hold down the “Back” and “Up” buttons simultaneously for a few seconds

Zune Takes Music Discovery to the Next Level With New Ways to Find and Access Digital Music

Bring it on baby … and about time too! .. Ohhh and a 120gb Zune too!


REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2008 — Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, again revolutionizes how customers discover and connect to the music they love, where and how they want it. Starting next week, every Zune portable media player will let consumers wirelessly download or stream millions of songs on the go from thousands of wireless hot spots around the country. Free, powerful software and firmware updates will give Zune owners the ability to discover, tag and purchase songs directly from the built-in FM radio, wirelessly access the Zune Marketplace store on the go, and tap into interactive, personalized music recommendations that add even more value to the Zune Pass subscription. Zune is also expanding its device lineup with new 16GB and 120GB capacities as well as shiny new blue-on-silver and sleek all-black color schemes. The new features will begin rolling out on Sept. 16, 2008.

… More than 61 percent of people say they discover new music by listening to the radio. (1) With that in mind, Zune is taking advantage of the wireless connection and the built-in FM tuner to deliver a new feature called Buy from FM, which lets customers tag and purchase songs they hear on FM radio stations (2) directly from the Zune device. When the customer is in a Wi-Fi hot spot, the song can be immediately downloaded to the Zune device. If Wi-Fi is not available, the device will have a queue of songs ready to download when connected to a home computer or in a hot spot. Buy from FM uses Radio Data System and RT+ data feeds within the FM broadcast frequencies that identify song and artist data and enable the Zune service to identify and deliver the track to the customer [Humm doubt this will work in the UK!]

zune update

so plugged my zune in to my laptop and was offered the desktop and device upgrade.

wow, what a difference and I love it! the desktop software is a million times better and it looks sweet. The device update make the zune look all grown up and trendy. It totally refreshes the zune with a modern interface and I must mention the wireless sync, as this is just the best feature.

Basically sync your zune with in my case my wirelessly connected laptop. then unhook your zune, go to setting, wireless and select sync … damm cool!

Rumour has it I can direct sync dvr-ms files from my media centre so that is a task for the weekend.

Well done Zune dev boys & girls, this is an excellent upgrade. now all I need to do is get my hands on the 80gb version … in the UK

Microsoft Announces Availability of New Zune Accessories at Retail

God November is going to be an expensive month … The HTC Shift is due to hit the shops around the 19th November and the New Zune due around the 13th Nov … Just don’t mention any of this to my wife ;-)


REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 30, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the retail availability of new accessories for its innovative digital media player, Zune. The new first- and third-party accessories will usher in the next generation of Zune digital media players, which will be on shelves Nov. 13.

“Zune is committed to providing customers with choice,” said Scott Erickson, senior director of product management for Zune. “In addition to offering choice among Zune media players, we have also enhanced our accessories program to ensure that Zune users can choose from a robust line of high-quality accessories. By working only with licensed partners, we ensure that consumers have everything they need to enjoy a seamless, end-to-end Zune experience — Microsoft is one of the few companies that can offer this depth of support.”