2010: Microsoft Continues to Deny Zune Phone
Rumors of a Zune Phone have been circulating since early last year, and a year later, Microsoft spokespeople are still denying rumors that the portable music player platform may gain a cellular radio for voice and mobile broadband data: “”we have no plans to create a Zune phone.” However, Microsoft’s answer raises other questions. Since the original rumor that Microsoft would introduce its Zune-based hardware and software with a phone radio, newer reports and evidence have surfaced that Zune may appear elsewhere and may not be a “Zune Phone”–as in an iPod touch merged with iPhone to reach an iPhone–but rather the Zune experience may migrate to other devices.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of the Redmond, Washington Zune, Windows, Office, and Windows Mobile maker, http://pocketnow.com/tech-news/ballmer-zune-software-coming-to-windows-mobile]Zune experience may be coming to other devices, with Windows Mobile devices being one class of devices that may receive the Zune makeover. That was late last year surrounding the time of the announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5. More recently, earlier this year, the Zune HD kernal was revealed and rumors have been flying that Windows Mobile 7 may share this primary DNA with its music player relative. Additionally, there has been some Zune sightings on the desktop sync client.
While the Zune phone as a hardware and software platform created by Microsoft may not come to fruition, the company may still license out the Zune experience to other devices, including Windows Mobile phones created by partners such as LG, HTC, Samsung, and others. After all, the company is only denying the Zune phone and not the Zune experience in its latest statement. The company is already rumored to be working on two editions of Windows Mobile 7, one business editionmultimedia edition with some high-end specs requirements to power movies, videos, photos, and other content; Zune integration on the media edition may be a natural evolution to make Windows Mobile more consumer friendly as content consumption seems to be all the rage these days.