Microsoft: We have no plans to create a Zune phone

On Tuesday references to a "Zune Phone" were found in the latest software for the Zune HD.

Neowin questioned Microsoft over the findings but a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed "we have no plans to create a Zune phone." The spokesperson also stated that one day Zune could be "part of the phone experience" but added there had been no announcements by the software giant regarding how or if that would happen.

So if there's no Zune Phone what exactly are the references to phones in the Zune software? Neowin believes the updates are for Windows Mobile 7 enabled devices. The Zune software would then support a device or number of devices in a similar way to Apple's iTunes software. We're already aware that a number of key OEMs, working closely with Microsoft, have been sent strict requirements for Windows Mobile 7 including capacitive touch screen support, compass and GPS functionality.

Rumours of a Zune Phone and "pink" devices have been circulating for years now and Mary Jo Foley notes that every time Microsoft employees or executives are questioned over the possibility there's strong denials. However, Microsoft always strongly denied they would brand an MP3 device, aka the Zune. If a recent Microsoft job listing is anything to go by then the fact the company is looking to employee an individual with "working knowledge of cell-phone 2G and 3G technologies" certainly reveals that it's something they are considering for the future.

Regardless of what this software references, the reality of Windows Mobile 7 and its Zune like interface is expected to be revealed next month at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona.

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Just because a spokesperson said that they have no plans to create a Zune phone, doesn't mean there won't be a Zune phone in the near future.

Considering how the rest of the Zune lineup haven't made a dent against Apple and the iPod, it's obvious Microsoft is saving their asses (and money) but not even trying to compete with the iPhone. It seems like the only competition Apple has is Apple itself (i.e. a new type of iPhone). Hell, even Google couldn't dethrone Apple.

... lies

Zune job ad "Working knowledge of cell-phone 2G and 3G technologies"https://careers.microsoft.com/JobDetails.aspx?jid=11924"
I rest my case

It would be silly for them not to incorporate the ZuneHD's media capabilities into WinMo7, WinMo7 consumer edition is expected to be highly graphics rich like the ZuneHD and MS is very big on integration etc. On the other hand Apple, and Google both have their respective flagships imagine if the HD2 was the MS phone, WIth WInMo7 it would be interesting.

MisticRain said,
maybe the mediaplayer of the WM7 will be changed to zune software? that would be nice !!

thats exactly what I thought

MisticRain said,
maybe the mediaplayer of the WM7 will be changed to zune software? that would be nice !!

I'd be glad if media player of desktop Windows was changed to Zune Software.

MisticRain said,
maybe the mediaplayer of the WM7 will be changed to zune software? that would be nice !!

That's what's going to happen, it won't be exactly the same UI as the ZuneHD though, it'll have to match with the rest of the WM7 UI so we'll have to wait and see, but the code under the UI will be the same imo.

MisticRain said,
maybe the mediaplayer of the WM7 will be changed to zune software? that would be nice !!

I would also like this but extra work would have to go on under the zunes hood as it does lack a few features.

MisticRain said,
maybe the mediaplayer of the WM7 will be changed to zune software? that would be nice !!

Makes sense, if you add media functionality to WM7 similar to that in the iPhone, it would give it more consumer appeal, and make WM7 a more direct competitor for the iPhone platform. As soon as I saw the USB ID's I thought it was just so that WM7 phones could be synced with the Zune software.