Yesterday, a Microsoft executive in charge of Windows Phone marketing, Oded Ran, tweeted that he was "...glad to confirm that Mac users would be able to use Zune on their Macs to sync with #WP7. More details soon."
Well, that was yesterday. Today Engadget stated, " As for hell, there haven't been any reports of recent temperatures changes.....", but apparently, however, to some, hell must have indeed frozen over after hearing this following official Microsoft statement:
"Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that will allow Windows phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers."
That simple statement is interesting for several reasons. One is that many never would have "thunked" that it could or would ever actually make it; and secondly, because it officially acknowledges on Microsoft's part that the Mac is a indeed serious and viable platform, and one that is big enough that Microsoft can grow its Zune and Windows 7 Mobile business on. Mr. Ballmer has long down played any relevance of the Mac and Apple, and more-or-less simply referring to them as being "rounding zeros", and of no real consequence what-so-ever.
Of course, Microsoft has always regarded everything that Apple did in this way, anyway, so there is no reel news here. However, by officially announcing support for Windows 7 mobile, and its Zune Password, Microsoft is finally acknowledging that the Mac and Apple are both serious contenders and worthy of its attention.
Personally, and in conclusion, even though Windows Mobile 7 and the Zune are both good products, I still don't think that they will be good enough to entice me or many others to actually make the switch from either the iPod, iTunes or the iPhone. Nonetheless, on the other hand, simply having Microsoft's Zune and Windows Mobile 7 options and support are still a very good thing for we Apple users, as it gives us even more choices and options, and, as far as this bloody bloke is concerned, well..... having more choice and options is always a good thing. A good thing indeed.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Opening photo via: Engadget