Best Buy Demos New Zune HD

zunehdSelect Best Buy stores throughout the United States are presenting demonstrations of the new Zune HD this weekend. If you are at all interested in the new Zune, you might want to check it out. While you’re there, you can go ahead and pre-order your own Zune HD. Currently, you can pre-order a silver 32 gig version for $289.99 (more than $100 less than the 32-gig iPod Touch) or a black 16-gig version for $219.99. However, the Zune Insider podcast has reported that more colors will be available shortly after they’re initially released.

I’ve uploaded a copy of the official list of Best Buy stores that are offering the demos this weekend.

Microsoft On Its Way Back Up?

Alex Wilhelm, one of our friends over at TechGeist, made a post yesterday about the resurgence of Microsoft. Alex posits that there have been over the last few months and will be over the next few months many occurrences that, by themselves, look rather innocent; but, put together, are propelling Microsoft back to the top of the tech world. For the most part, I agree with him. I think Microsoft has made giant strides within the last year or so to improve its image among techies and non-techies alike.

To begin with, the laptop hunter ads have been extremely effective at pointing out the advantages of purchasing a Microsoft PC rather than a Mac. In addition, the Xbox 360, in spite of its technical difficulties (RROD, laser burn, etc.) has consistently dominated the Playstation 3. This fall, Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7, the Zune HD, multiple exclusive games for the Xbox 360 and will most likely begin revealing details about the new WinPhone (which is the term being used to replace Windows Mobile) operating system and devices. Really, though, Microsoft’s journey back toward the top of the heap (though, it’s debatable as to whether they were ever truly unseated) has been a fairly even mix of innovation and simply good marketing.