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Microsoft's Mysterious Monday Meeting

Microsoft's Mystery Event on June 18th

Microsoft is holding a press event in Los Angeles on Monday, June 18th. That much we do know.

What we don't know is why Microsoft is holding an event on Monday.

The invitation distributed by Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft's PR agency, reads,

"You are invited to an exclusive Microsoft Media event in Los Angeles, California on Monday, June 18th. Doors open at 3:30 p.m."

We can say with confidence and confirmation that this isn't a Windows Phone event. That press event will be held  two days later in San Francisco (which we'll be in attendance at). But what could it be?

Xbox related? Maybe more information about Xbox Music?  Maybe something SmartGlass or Windows Tablet related? Could we see a few Windows tablets revealed? Maybe Microsoft has changed it's mind and is going to buy Nokia after all? Okay... that one might be too much of a stretch.

At this point, your guess is as good as ours.  Should we hear anything definitive we'll pass it on. The nice thing about this mystery is that we don't have long to wait for the event.

Source: ZDnet

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dinod says:

Are any of you going?

No, it's a bit out of our range (topic wise) and truth be told, I'm already traveling that day to SF.

CJ Thunder says:

Are you hiring? I'll go.

Jrexxx says:

Did you get invites? Cause if you didn't we can be 100000% sure that there isn't going to be anything related to WP.

Spoke with Microsoft PR directly. It has nothing to do with Windows Phone.

Most people seem to think it's media releated--Xbox Video, WinRT tablets and/or the more extravagent Microsoft buys Hulu.

You have to think about the location: LA. 

Jrexxx says:

Thanks for the clarification :)  I hope it's windows RT related! Although it would be interesting to see if MS can finally find a solution to the whole TV problem...

alcohol says:

Buying hulu would be great.

ChrisLynch says:

I live in LA, so if you need someone to be an honorary WPCentral contributor, I can help!

woodbane says:

I'm betting on tablets.

cool8man says:

I don't think so, it wouldn't be in LA if it was tablets.
It's gotta be entertainment related.

Your guess not you're ...

Neusyn says:

Lol correcting grammar

AriesDog says:

Mysterious Apple event, the press flips out. Mysterious Microsoft event, the tech press will ignore it or get the info wrong.

WilliamC1972 says:

I read on one of the sites that it's Windows tablets RT. Just have to wait and see.

sannmann68 says:

Nokia tablet maybe! That would be sick!
 

Anything Nokia would be saved for Nokia World come September. We'll be there for that though as WP8 phones will likely be shown too.

NIST says:

Maybe.....Microsoft bought Corning (makers of Gorilla Glass), Dolby labs and Nikon.
Ok ok maybe that's a log shot.

JasonH81 says:

LOL, that would be cool!

Im_On_One says:

Dolby is wack

The_Internet says:

Brier Dudley from the Seattle Times' tech beat guesses that they're buying Hulu
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2018436...

Gatlyn says:

I'd be happy to pay for Hulu Plus if there was a Windows Phone app.

jfreiman says:

I'd be happy to pay for Hulu Plus again if they had all non-Plus content and got rid of the commercials. :-/

cool8man says:

Hulu Plus has 2 million subscribers and is already installed on most platforms. It would be a smart play to buy Hulu Plus like they did with Skype. Otherwise MSFT has to do the hard work to get Xbox Video installed on other devices.
 
They could even do bundle deals where you subscribe to Hulu Plus, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Skype Premium.

schlubadub says:

That doesn't seem like a wise purchase... But I'm saying that as it's US only and completely unknown elsewhere.

cool8man says:

I think it is a wise purchase. Microsoft doesn't have a video subscription or free-ad supported service to respond to YouTube/Amazon Prime/Netflix. Microsoft controls the living room in the US so it would make sense to make Hulu Plus their platform as they've done with Skype.
 
Hulu is a very strong response to YouTube. Google is struggling to legitimize YouTube into something like Hulu, but Hulu is already there and gets tons of traffic to it's site for video.
 
Microsoft can bundle Xbox Music and Hulu Plus with Xbox Live or Skype service. Anything that substantially increases Microsoft's strength as a platform agnostic service provider is a good move in my opinion.  Given the importance of Xbox to Microsoft now, Hulu Plus is a very complimentary service to own.

"Brier Dudley from the Seattle Times' tech beat guesses that they're buying Hulu"

He just updated and confirmed it's *not* Hulu :-/

Gatlyn says:

Its too bad, I really liked the idea. There's always the possibility that the inside source is wrong, however.

Dusteater says:

Seattle Times is reporting it may be Microsoft purchasing or entering into strategic partnership with Hulu.

mythos13 says:

As noted on Mary-Jo Foley's ZDNet blog it could be a buyout or major deal with Hulu. I'll guess they're buying them.

ThaFunk says:

Now MJ is speculating a Kindle Fire 7" tablet competitor running WP7 ...the rumors are flying tonight!!

futurix says:

Nook with WP8!

T1 Connect says:

Doesnt this baby look like a young steve ballmer

vaultboy21 says:

hahaha, yes. holy shit, it really does!

kramayp says:

OMG that is sooooooooo young Steve Ballmer!!!

ahmadcrofton says:

Maybe they bought Nokia. Hopefully ita not about yammer. They need to buy Nokia and rim, and combine rim and Nokia to take over the regular and enterprise market

If they bought Nokia, why announce it in LA? Makese no sense. Think entertainment.

Im_On_One says:

Get real! They aren't buying Nokia

ahmadcrofton says:

Why wouldn't they buy Nokia? Seems like a smart thing to do to me. They were once the worlds leader in cell phones. And I understand what you're saying Rubino. I suppose maybe they bought The Lakers... Lol

They *could* buy Nokia, but if you do, you're immediately pissing off the other hardware partners (Samsung, HTC, etc) and why would you want to sour those relationships just when they're starting to grow? Not a good idea right now.

Smartglass early would be awesome.

restlessdan says:

I thought that it would be about smartglass as ign.com were announcing that Microsoft would be holding a conference. And they don't talk about windows phones or the windows operating systems.

Neusyn says:

I would like it to be that they have a partnership with RIM. Wishful thinking.

ahmadcrofton says:

Not just partnered buy them... And buy Nokia.

cedarlog says:

they are going to give all wpcentral users windows phone devices and windows 8 tablet :P
my guess a partnership with a company
if this is a big announcement then we have two big products for microsoft windows with all it services and xbox E3 gone then its windows and if its windows related then windows phone and xbox  going to get a piece of the cake

macastle says:

It would be nice if MS buys or partners with Rim. Seeing Kevin on the Windows team would be cool.

jfreiman says:

A Windows Phone with a BlackBerry keyboard would be a killer device.

timwp12 says:

Geez give up with BlackBerry is dead. Windows phone killed it. Also BlackBerry keyboard sucks anyway with there small buttons. Unless you have small hands lol

alex6272 says:

You guys use the best pictures!

al.cantara says:

Ahhh, what an exciting time to have a preference for this wonderful ecosystem. All the possibilities...

iggypop120 says:

If it's Hulu I imagine its a partnership not a complete buy like google wants, they want the rights to the media too. Willing to overpay buy the studios don't want that.

jdandison says:

Zune pass for tv?

ahmadcrofton says:

Ah dude, that would be amazing. Zune pass video!!! +1 my friend

blackprince says:

Sinofsky as new CEO?? Ok a big stretch.

pkacd1981 says:

Maybe they are announcing a partnership with Facebook in response to the recent WWDC. "All Windows 8 devices and wp8 devices will and additional 'drop down' start screen that is engaged by pressing a new 'F' key which is in the Facebook font. This secret 'drop down' start screen will be full of tiles completely composed of only your contacts on Facebook. The code name of this "Face penetration". Take that Apple!!!

Quin 2013 says:

Lol @ face penetration :D

man1up says:

Xbox music + Hulu + Barnes & Noble: flat fee for all uses across different devices. Its a pipe dream I know.

Tablets on Monday, Phones on Wednesday. Reactions and amazements on Thursday and Friday. Unofficially Microsoft Week

Im_On_One says:

And the battle with all the AndTrolls and iTrolls that'll be here all week

im with alot of people here. its got to be content based. I dont think Hulu. its obviously something no one would expect. maybe they are going in with a studio to produce original content. kind of like what netflix did. maybe a amazon phone running windowsphone OS.

Halo Movie? Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

ZX9 says:

They tried that...and it didn't work. Microsoft didn't work well with the movie companies, if I recall.

xmarklive says:

Its most likely that stupid yammer announcement.

chucky78 says:

Here's a long shot. Maybe they bought Epic Games.

No mention of Xbox Video at E3, so my guess is that will be the announcement. And my hope is that it will include a fee schedule that allows a bundle for my Zune pass and Xbox live service into a single payment.

timwp12 says:

Haha I am going there. Glad be in LA

WinEXMan says:

Engadget says it's windows rt tablets

Jazmac says:

My guess is it has to do with XBOX and Windows RT. What would be sweet is if they announce a 10" RT tablet at $399.00 NOT TIED to some wireless carrier.

penetronn says:

The WRAP reporting Microsoft branded tablet... :)

mythos13 says:

I highly doubt that one. That would be quite a skap in the face to Nokia and other tablet OEMs as well.

kramayp says:

Well they could be releasing an intel based tablet running Windows 8 rather than Windows RT, so they wouldn't directly be competing with Nokia although they would compete with OEMs like Toshiba, Asus, HP, Acer and so on.

mythos13 says:

Maybe you know something I don't but how do we know if Nokia will be building Intel or ARM based tablets? I'm hoping they build both and I'm really hoping they build an high-end Intel based tablet for one and if so I'll buy one as soon as it is available.

q21701 says:

Everyone else has taken my good ideas. so I'll go out in left field with something absurd and ridiculous. Microsoft is going to buy RedBox, just to cover their bases with the offline crowd.

wildbohr says:

My guess.. MS is starting there own movie studio to produce their first movie... Halo: The Movie :D

Sarang68 says:

Ha ha. What a lovely baby! Perfect expression!

dalydose says:

I hope its a partnership with Hulu. Seems like the best way to get them to put out a WinPhone app. They had to buy Skype to get it done.

Jazmac says:

Mashable is reporting that Microsoft is launching an "ipad killer". Whatever that supposed to mean. To me its more rumor but what else is there to do this weekend?
 
http://mashable.com/2012/06/14/microsoft-is-launching-an-ipad-killer-rep...
 
 

SocalBrian says:

Ina Fried is saying the same thing - does this mean they've lost confidence in their hardware partner Nokia?

DaveGx says:

 Small world

cliff08er says:

Why would Microsoft hold a press conference to tell people they bought out a company makes no sense.I think Microsoft has something up their sleeve :)

Quin 2013 says:

Maybe they'll announce the next Xbox

dukrem says:

Please be this ^. I've been holding off buying an Xbox after the e3 announcements only because the new one isn't that far off. Seems unlikely though.

dalydose says:

I've read about an MS branded tablet a few times.

winbot says:

My Guesses:
1) NOOK tablet to compete with Kindle.
2) Hulu or Netflix buyout
3) Microsoft branded Tablet announcement
4) Steam buyout
5) RIM / Nokia buyout. (probably not Nokia yet because they do have a 5 year deal that can wait)
*** BONUS GUESS: They are buying OLYMPUS since they are really in the gutter. OLYMPUS and NOKIA can combine their IP and engineering quality to create something spectacular for Windows.

Anyone wanna take a stab at where you think the location's gonna be?
My money's on here: http://nokiatheatrelalive.com/ :D

myjota says:

All about windows 8 tablets.

Hope its something good like Xbox music and videos details

toby@wp says:

Microsoft buys Hulu? That would be great, but for everyone outside the states of no interest :( . So I bet it's going to be Hulu

kramayp says:

Like the folks at Engadget predict, Microsoft may be releasing information about their own in-house table to compete with the iPad. That seems logical because they recently applied for a patent to a mag-safe type power connecter - Now why would a software company apply for such a patent if it weren't to produce its own hardware???
 
Lets hope its something along those lines because i really loved ZUNE (Even though it failed) and I would love to get my  hands on a Microsoft built Windows 8 tablet/PC
 

paulm187 says:

Maybe Microsoft had enough and buying Apple and Google. All future versions of iPhones and Androids will now run Windows Phone 8

ahmadcrofton says:

Windows need there own branded hardware. Forget all this partnered stuff

ukwizard007 says:

Looks like Microsoft is going to announce Windows 8 Tablets. MS manufactured and branded Win8RT Tablets. Check the below link
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/hardware/Microsoft-plans-to-unveil-iPad-rival-Report/articleshow/14144867.cms

Mon-El says:

Could this be anything to do with MS buying Yammer?  Yammer are SF based apparently, so maybe not unless the negotitations are being held in LA?

Corepc says:

sorry link i posted was to same story
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rodneyej says:

Maybe MS is finally going to reveal a decent marketing firm that can bring WP into the mindset of current Apple, Google, and feature phone users!!!! Marketing is WP'S biggest "weakest link" not apps, features, or hardware. For the average consumer a NL900 is more smartphone than they will ever need,,, they just dont know about it yet.

birdman_38 says:

Here's a stab in the dark...the new NFL stadium in LA will be named "Microsoft Stadium"

schlubadub says:

I reckon it's an annoucement that in 3 months from today we'll see W8 released for desktop, tablets and mobiles (WP8). I think Xbox is due for an update at the same time.