Microsoft's Zune music/video service which till date has remained largely unanswered, is reported to have a new codename "Ventura."
"Ventura, from what my tipsters tell me, is the name of a set of services being developed by Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit. These services are focused on music and video discovery and consumption. They sound, from my sources, as though they include recommendations, ratings and comments," reports MJF.
Here's a recent Microsoft job description mentioning a Ventura Media Services team:
The Ventura Media Services team is looking for a highly motivated Software Development Engineer to help drive some great new service innovation.
Who are we? We're Ventura Media Services - an agile team working on the beginning of some very large scale projects. We incubate, innovate and iterate. We're all about building services the right way. The team is a tight group of music and video lovers that create services and experiences revolving around music\video discovery and consumption. We aren't afraid to try new things in the name of pushing the bleeding edge of technology.
As a member of the team, you'll work closely with all of our partners to release features on a rapidly iterative development cycle. You'll get the chance to work with other IEB product teams to help deliver epic end-to-end scenarios across all 3 screens.
In this position you'll have the chance to help choose direction and drive innovation on some of the most cutting edge media services. Think large scale. Think Azure. Being a web and services group, our goal is to release early and often while maintaining high quality. If you're a proven developer that likes to drive innovation, then this is the place for you!