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

The wit and wisdom of Microsoft’s outgoing CEO.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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