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There are reports that Microsoft is having issues with another handheld devices app.  This time it being ZuneHD and its Twitter application and before we go any further lets cast our minds back to new year 2009 when Zune was reported to have had an unfortunate incident with a “bug” reportedly causing it to freeze.

If recent reports are correct then Zune’s Twitter application is censoring explicit words without giving its users the option to turn off the feature and thus giving Zune attention once again as we approach the new year.

Lets hope that Ballmer doesn’t Tweet with Zune, since if the allegations about his behavior are correct then he doesn’t mind using a four letter word every now and then.  If you are interested in an allegation relating to Ballmers latest “outburst” then check out the article below and see what Ballmer has to say when you don’t get into the spirit of Bing.

I digress since this post is in relation to ZuneHD and whilst its failed (IMO) to achieve the popularity of Apples counterpart, its still a piece of tech that sits (somewhere) in the marketplace.   Microsoft have alleged to say on the subject:

The recently released Twitter for Zune HD application has been abbreviating some explicit words in tweets when viewed on the device. However, these explicit words do appear in their full text on the Twitter site or on any other Twitter client. We have identified the issue and are taking steps to update the application as soon as possible to ensure Twitter for Zune HD users are able to view tweets in their original state.

You can read more about this subject at http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/20919.cfm but for me is reinforcing that which I asked in the article here regarding Microsoft losing control of its projects.  If we look at the last few months alone we see allegations of GPL violations, code being “lifted” from other companies products, issues with an iPhone app and now this.  Is the wheel coming off the might Microsoft?  Have they “bitten off more than they can chew”?

For me I believe that Microsoft is fighting a battle on far too many fronts.  Whilst users rumbled about Vista and other Microsoft products in general, other companies took the opportunity to release some really great products and start building a loyal user base.  We see examples of this with Firefox eating away at IE (along with other browsers)  we see Apple going from strength to strength with its products and in addition we see Google showing Microsoft how search is done as well as making in-roads into other areas which once were almost the sole remit of Microsoft.

In my opinion Microsoft see’s itself in a battle with all these products.  Consumer choice is now commonplace in the PC market and even a reliable cash-cow like MS Office is, (IMO) being threatened by Open Office, Google Docs et al.  We are now in a world (IMO) where when a software product doesn’t live up to expectation theres plenty of choice to simply move on.  This can’t be good news for Microsoft (IMO) who once could almost guarantee that the majority of apps people running were theirs.

The logo in this article came from: http://forums.macnn.com/103/ipod-iphone-and-apple-tv/317449/the-one-only-microsoft-zune-thread/ and if the creator would like to name themselves in the comments section, I’d be more than happy to credit this original piece of work!

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