Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Microsoft's 'secret' handheld named

TECH NEWS
Microsoft's 'secret' handheld named
Staff reporter
Tue, 11 Jul 2006
It seems that the more Microsoft tries to keep the lid on the handheld media-player reportedly being developed by the software giant, the more information is leaking, including a name for the project.

According to the daily newspaper the Seattle Times, Microsoft's corporate vice president, J Allard, is heading up a secret project titled "Argo", which is a reference to the warship used by Jason in Greek mythology.

Apparently what Microsoft is working on will be more than merely a single "iPod-killer" device, but rather a series of devices: "What's being developed is actually a complete line of Xbox-branded digital-media products, including a device that plays media, a software media player and an online media service," the Seattle Times reports, citing an insider "close to the project" as a source.

The devices will also feature wireless Wi-Fi capability according to the daily, which will give Microsoft an edge over rival Apple's iPod, which relies on traditional wires.

Given Microsoft's history with using rumour to build hype, there is probably a lot of truth behind the rumours. The Seattle Times hints at an announcement from Microsoft on July 27th at the company's annual financial meeting.

One can only hope.

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