Zune HD apps being ported to Windows Phone

Those who spent money on a Zune HD which was originally released back in September 2009, may remember the small market for applications that was available on the device. As Windows Phone 7 became the next big thing for Microsoft's portable media efforts, some expected the applications they had become used to on their Zune HD to be readily available on WP7. This was not originally the case, however Microsoft have stated that they are currently working on porting over the company's officially created applications.

While the total amount of applications is too lengthy to list, Microsoft will most likely spend its time porting over several games such as Checkers and Snowball as well as several productivity apps such as Windows Live Messenger, MSN Weather and MSN Money. Several may remember other applications such as Twitter and Facebook, however given that there's already content available on the marketplace to do similar tasks it is unlikely Microsoft will invest the time to port those over.

The news came originally from Dave McLauchlan, who was speaking on behalf of Microsoft on the Zune Insider podcast. Specifically in regard to this news story, he stated "The apps that we have built internally for Zune, we’re actually looking at porting those over to Windows Phone. I can’t tell you when or what the exact dates are. But that’s something we’re definitely looking at".

While the amount of applications on the Windows Phone marketplace has grown significantly since its launch, some take the viewpoint that Microsoft's experimentation with applications came with the Zune HD, which invested a notable amount of resources to kick start developer interest in the Zune platform.

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So looks like Zune HD's apps are also done now. Last app released was on April 1st and the regular stream of apps has stopped completely. Wish they had given it at least a YouTube app and a better browser like IE9 Mobile.

KingCrimson said,
Why did MSFT cancel the Zune HD? There is room in the market for a Music player/apps with WiFi to compete with the iPod Touch.

They didn't cancel it. It's still available & sold both by retailers & MS directly.

KingCrimson said,
Why did MSFT cancel the Zune HD? There is room in the market for a Music player/apps with WiFi to compete with the iPod Touch.

They don't compete and never did.

ramonsjc said,
Man my zune just collects dust. Would like to see those games for free on WP7 thats for sure

I understand this feeling, but I just put my Zune in one of cars, and it is semi-mounted there full time. So when I pull into the driveway, it automatically connects to the WiFi and updates itself and makes it really easy to load movies and music to my car without having to move around a device.

**** yeah, I just got my HTC Trophy. Can't wait to see the Zune HD apps on WP7. I love some of the games - Audiosurf, PGR, Beanstalk tale, and others

tsupersonic said,
**** yeah, I just got my HTC Trophy. Can't wait to see the Zune HD apps on WP7. I love some of the games - Audiosurf, PGR, Beanstalk tale, and others

Beanstalk Tale is already on WP7

Meh... its 15 apps they should have done from the beginning but, some good games just hope they are free.

> Zune HD apps being ported to Windows Phone

All three of them?!

(And I'm saying that as a Zune owner).

Also agreeing with dagamer34 above.

zikalify said,
zune ?

I can assure you Zune HD is not WP7 without a phone. The apps don't run cross-platform and UI is different.

dagamer34 said,
They need to build a "Windows Phone without the phone" device already.

I agree look at the itouch and ipod. The iphone wouldn't be nearly as big without them.

FMH said,

I can assure you Zune HD is not WP7 without a phone. The apps don't run cross-platform and UI is different.

Zune HD2?

Gaffney said,
Windows Live Messenger should have really been there from the start.

whats the point of wasting the time when they are going to integrate it anyway.. I would rather them integrate it then to come out with a messenger app and put off the integration for a few more months..

also in my opinion I believe windows live messenger needed to be upgraded to be more mobile friendly and reliable. I think that is what they are really working on at the moment.

Edited by Lachlan, Jun 20 2011, 9:36pm :

Gaffney said,
Windows Live Messenger should have really been there from the start.

And if you would have been paying attention, it was, but developed by a 3rd party, just like the ZuneHD version.

Microsoft did not devote internal resources to Messenger as the design of the messaging hub in the phone was ALWAYS to integrate all messaging services without the need for 'apps' or the concept of 'apps' to send messages.

Seamless messaging whether friends are using facebook, messenger, SMS, or etc is far easier than separate apps for every type of messaging, especially when others can also integrate into the upcoming messaging hub to be seamless as well.

So I like Microsoft's original plans and like that they devoted the resources to building messaging hub as they wanted it to be designed, even though it couldn't be rolled out on the phone originally because of server and other connection/integration things that had to change for this be seamless.

The Mango update brings this integrated messaging, as was part of the original phone's design.