updated 02:20 pm EST, Thu February 1, 2007
MS to take on iPhone?
Microsoft has begun planning a Zune-based challenger to Apple's iPhone that recently debuted at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, according to one report. Citing a "sound" informant, CrungeGear indicates that strategists from Microsoft are already solidifying plans for the new phone, and are holding meetings today to plan its final release -- tentatively slated for December of 2007. The cellular handset is expected to mimic the music-only original, according to Electronista, and will forego Microsoft's existing Windows Mobile phone operating system for a custom control scheme. The source says tighter integration with Microsoft's existing hardware and software will be even more critical to the phone's design, and that the Redmond-based company plans to expand the limited Wi-Fi capability of the original Zune by linking the phone with its Xbox 360 game console.