I'm sure that a little part of Microsoft was hoping that its huge flop mp3 player Zune would just fade away. Who would want to keep getting their butt kicked by Apple? If Microsoft has a real music hardware strategy - one that will put a serious dent in Apple's market share - I haven't heard it.
The press coverage today is embarrassing. Evidently thousands of Zunes worldwide stopped working because of a glitch in the internal clock. Last year was a leap year so part of the Zune thought it was still 2008, part of it knew the difference so it stopped working.