updated 06:05 pm EDT, Fri October 1, 2010
Zune HD gets Win Live Messenger in new app mix
Microsoft overnight gave the Zune HD its first significant app catalog update in months and headlined it with Windows Live Messenger. The app is the Zune's first instant messaging app and supports most of the same features, up to Facebook chat as well as social feeds from Facebook, Flickr and MySpace. It doesn't truly multitask but will change status to reflect any currently playing music.
The new app comes in tandem with three action and puzzle games, Castles & Cannons, Dr. Optics and WordMonger.
Microsoft last gave the Zune HD a major non-game app through the Facebook client in March and is thought to be steering its attention away from the dedicated Zune HD player in favor of Windows Phone 7, which should have much broader app support. The firm may be planning one last model but has never confirmed these plans or said what would happen to non-phone handhelds in the future.