Students visiting Microsoft for the company’s Minority Student Day pressed Robbie Bach, president of the company’s Entertainment and Devices Division, to talk about the future of some of his division’s most recognizable products. In this post, I covered what he said about the next two generations of Windows Mobile. [Update, Feb. 23: I’ve added the name of the student who asked the question highlighted in this post.]
Zune, Microsoft’s music player, was another hot topic. This morning, CNET reported on changes in the organization of the Zune team.
One student, Marian Abdullahi of Kent-Meridian High School, asked, “I was wondering if you plan on making a touch-screen Zune?”
Bach: “Ah, a question about whether we’re going to make a touch-screen Zune. I won’t talk about future product things that we’re doing explicitly, cause that will get me in trouble with a lot of people.
“I will say that some of the some of the things I showed today around touch and vocie and cameras and those types of things, you will start to see that in a lot of places, not just in my division but across all of Microsoft.
“So, independent of specific plans for any specific product, you should just assume over time that that’s going to become part of the products that we produce. And, you know, specific timing and all those things, I’ll leave aside, but it is a huge trend. And once you have something like touch or voice to interact with, you wonder why you did it the old way. So I think that’s going to be a very powerful trend.”