Microsoft’s Zune line of media players may have sung its swan song, with reports from business analysts forecasting that the Zune HD would be the last of the Zune’s hardware, and Microsoft would focus its ongoing efforts with portable media at Windows Phone 7 devices. If you were a die-hard Zune fan, you may be hesitant to make the transition, but some news from Microsoft could be just what you need to ease you along; the company has revealed plans to port Zune-native apps over to WP7.
It’s up to the developers of third-party Zune apps whether or not they want to port them over to WP7, but the ones Microsoft churned out will mostly be making the trip. Not everything need be ported, though, especially when they’d only be duplicating existing Windows Phone functionality. Zunited has put together a list of apps it expects to see Microsoft port; there aren’t exactly any titles here that would make you rush out and pick up a WP7 device in order to play them, but some fun games like Dr. Optic’s Light Lab will at least give WP7 users some new app options.
If you’re still clinging to your Zune, take heart in knowing that Microsoft does intend to continue releasing new apps for the platform. The rest of us, though, will have to wait to check out the ports on WP7 – no word yet on when they’d be available.