Beyond Monkey Boy: It’s a Steve Ballmer Quote-Tacular!

The wit and wisdom of Microsoft’s outgoing CEO.
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Ballmer at D: The Bold, the Brash and the Bombastic (Video)

The D conference video archives attest to the fact that, through the years, Steve Ballmer was always quotable and never in doubt.
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Take a Trip Down Music-Startup Memory Lane. Don’t Trip on All the Craters.

RIP, just about every digital music startup that existed in 2007.
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Why Today Is a Major Watershed in the History of Microsoft

Microsoft is ready to break with tradition and ruffle more than a few feathers in its effort to compete with Apple in the tablet market.
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Here’s How Microsoft Is Adding Voice Control and Gestures to the Xbox (Video)

Michael Suraci, Xbox’s director of marketing, demonstrates the new features, which will roll out in a massive free software update, available Tuesday.
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Free, Legal Music Downloads, Few Strings Attached

Just a couple of Facebook clicks away, courtesy of brands like Budweiser and two-year-old start-up Free All Music.
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Viral Video: Microsoft Songsmith Demo (Justin Bieber Can Relax Now)

Some things you cannot even make up, such as this achingly awkward demo video for Microsoft’s Songsmith software.
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Wal-Mart Shutters Digital Music Store You Didn’t Know Existed

When you’re trailing Apple, and Amazon, and Zune, and Rhapsody and Napster, it’s probably a good idea to throw in the towel.
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Skype, Microsoft and the Fate of Music Start-Up Rdio

Microsoft already owns a streaming music service (remember Zune?). Now it’s buying a company with ties to another one. That’s one music service too many.

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Funeral for a Zune

Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. (Click on the image to see a bigger version.)

Ah, Zune We Hardly Bought Ye

Windows Phone 7: It’s Now or Never