Windows 8 and XBox Music. Microsoft is back

Microsoft is taking big chances with Windows 8. It’s different. It’s new. It could be a game changer. After playing with their phones rcently at a nearby Microsoft Store, as an iPhone user I have to say it, the Microsoft phone is intuitive, fun to use, and powerful.

Windows 8 will run on all devices; desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. This is a big deal.

Microsoft rolls on XBox music service

Microsoft announced Sunday that the all-in-one service will feature streaming online radio (think Pandora), an ad-supported or paid subscription service (say, Spotify) and, yes, music purchasing (a la iTunes).

May Microsoft come roaring back. The increased competition will be good for everyone, especially consumers. It’s good to see them energized, enthusiastic, and ready to bet the company.