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Microsoft in first meetings for Zune phone?

updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu July 24, 2008

MS Zune Phone Begins

Microsoft has held its first concrete meetings to design a Zune-branded cellphone, according to an unconfirmed but allegedly credible leak from jkOnTheRun. The device is well away from completion but is intended to use multi-touch input and would use a variant of Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft's first major overhaul to its smartphone platform since 2005. Windows Live services will be a major focus along with the Zune's emphasis on media playback.

Little else is known about the device, although Microsoft has made multi-touch a focus of Windows 7 on the desktop and is believed to be doing the same for Windows Mobile 7 along with a revamped interface and support for motion sensing. The software is tentatively scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2009 and would line up with Microsoft's historical tendency to develop Zune devices over the course of one year.

The company has publicly denied plans to produce a Zune phone but has described the existing Zune line and store as 'investments' for a future strategy while claiming that it would focus only on improving Windows Mobile for hardware partners. However, the company developed its PlaysForSure initiative for Windows Media-based online music stores only to introduce the proprietary Zune Marketplace in late 2006, which resulted in the end of both Microsoft's own MSN Music and the URGE store run with help from MTV.

A buyout of Danger earlier this year has also raised interest in Microsoft's plans, as the Sidekick designer is best known for developing media- and messaging-oriented mobile software as well as informing the development of matching hardware.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Heh...

    Don't laser those Zune tattoos off just yet, Zune tattoo guy!

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Heh...

    Don't laser those Zune tattoos off just yet, Zune tattoo guy! LOL

  1. tkmd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    I dont get it

    The zune is failing. Yes, even the tatoo guy is bailing, so why does MS want to build a zune phone?

    Someone once said that MS copies what others make and then works/ pushes the product till people start using it (example IE). It seems the same is going on here with the ipod/iphone - but Apples making revisions so fast that MS cant keep up?

  1. tkmd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I dont get it

    The zune is failing. Yes, even the tatoo guy is bailing, so why does MS want to build a zune phone?

    Someone once said that MS copies what others make and then works/ pushes the product till people start using it (example IE). It seems the same is going on here with the ipod/iphone - but Apples making revisions so fast that MS cant keep up?

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Start your Copiers

    Seriously, does M$ have any creative talent what so ever.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Redmond,

    start your copiers!

    (so good it had to be said again)

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Why even make it

    Whats the purpose of this stuff? Why do they need to get their tentacles on everything Apple does?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @slapppy

    Whats the purpose of this stuff? Why do they need to get their tentacles on everything Apple does?

    because they have no original ideas of their own.

    This has been another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions.

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Colors???

    The only question now is......

    Will it come in t***-Brick Brown?

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    IPhone Killer

    The ZunePhone will be a IPhone Killer. M$ will change the way Smarphones are used Worldwide, the Phenomenal Success of M$ recent Products (XBox, Live, Zune, Vista, On Line Search, should sound the Alarm to Cell Phone, MP3 and Smart Phone Power Brokers everywhere. The design and software teams are second to none in Creating and Designing Products that are Revolutionary, Go Microsoft, The Line Starts Now.

    Kappa

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