updated 09:35 am EDT, Fri October 3, 2008
MS Porting Zune to Win Mob
Microsoft is still committed to including aspects of the Zune interface to Windows Mobile devices, company chief Steve Ballmer said in an interview with CIO published late Thursday. The company co-founder supports the public company position and makes no mention of a rumored, internally developed Zune phone but instead says some form of the Zune shell will eventually be ported to Windows Mobile to give the device a better media experience than today's smartphones.
"What you’ll see more and more over time is that the Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices," Ballmer says.
The Redmond, Washington-based developer has never issued a formal timetable for adding the components but is known to be planning a major overhaul for Windows Mobile 7, which is due later in 2009 and is commonly understood to be bringing a much more touchscreen-friendly interface as well as other upgrades to aging components that have largely gone unchanged since Windows Mobile 5, such as the portable version of Windows Media Player.
Microsoft is also believed to have purchased Danger with the intention of improving the friendliness of its cellphone platform for home users, though whether this includes any Zune-style integration has never been discussed.