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Microsoft hiring hardware designer for possible Zune HD 2

updated 01:10 am EDT, Sun September 12, 2010

Microsoft wants hardware engineer for Zune HD 2

A Microsoft job listing discovered today suggests that the company may be committing to the design of a Zune HD sequel. The Senior Mechanical Engineer is ostensibly under the phone division but would be working with the Portable Entertainment Group to build "cutting edge mobile devices." Few clues exist as to the nature of the hardware, but the team is the same that made the original Zune HD.

The company has been silent on the prospect of a Zune hardware refresh this year and is rumored to be developing one last model of the dedicated MP3 player before it merges completely into Windows Phone and other platforms. It may use some or all of Windows Phone 7's elements and would be closer to an iPod touch as a general-purpose device. If it uses a complete form of WP7, it may address a lack of app support that has been a common criticism of the Zune HD and put it closer on par.

Other possible candidates include a Microsoft-influenced smartphone design or even a portable Xbox, though neither is considered likely. The company has publicly remained wedded to its concept of licensing its mobile OS to others rather than building its own, and no leaks have emerged of a gaming system. [via WMPowerUser]

By Electronista Staff


  1. MyRightEye

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    Oh Microsoft...

    I would say "quit while you're ahead...", but you're not.

  1. iphonerulez

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    It would seem like they're flogging a dead horse

    since analysts are always calling even the iPod line as something that's struggling to survive in a world of smartphones. iPod's steady decrease in yearly sales numbers indicates a waning PMP market. So for Microsoft to jump in with another Zune HD which hasn't been selling well at all, seems like it would be a wasted effort in the long run. I suppose Microsoft can afford to take losses, but that hardly makes sense. A Zune HD2 going up against an established game and content iOS ecosystem that the Touch offers would be rather tough. I doubt if pure hardware would cut it.

  1. jpellino

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    I love this part

    "cutting edge mobile devices."

    Best laugh of the day and it's not even 9 AM...

  1. kerryb

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    I don't get it.

    Microsoft and their "also ran" product Zune cannot possibly worth all the money and trouble they put into it. The Zune is more a place holder than a real contender to the MP3 market. It has been many years since the launch of the original iPod and one would think if Microsoft was able to make truly realized product with a great easy to use music store attached they would have done it by now. Move on Softies it's time to let it go.

  1. juraiprince

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    ...there they go again. Throwing away another boatload of money. When will they learn that just throwing money at a thing doesn't always work. What a wasteful company. But the thing that makes me most sad is that Bill Gates, for the big philanthropist that he is, even allows this to continue.


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    Don't Count Them Out

    I would not count MS out as yet.

    They are very very stupid. And having lots of money makes them dangerous.

    They could give the whole planet a free Zune HD. Not that anyone would use it but still having so much money and so little brains and innovation can be dangerous.

  1. coffeetime

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    It's an ego thing. MS is not going to loose their face easily as long as they got the money. An ambition that is not based on the interest of consumer but rather winning the mobile device war among Android and iOS. It will be the "Empire Strike Back" episode. The saga continues....

  1. JeffHarris

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    MS: More for the sake of more

    Unlike Apple, Microsoft has ZERO interest in creating the best possible products with the best possible user experience.

    Microsoft simply wants to own every market they see regardless of whether or not it's a good fit for the company, or in their best interest or if there's even a need for it.

    Here's an oldie and still goodie:

    Windows OS: n. 32-bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16-bit patch to an 8-bit operating system, originally coded for a 4-bit microprocessor, written by a 2-bit company that can't stand for 1 bit of competition.

  1. Herod

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    no no no

    they arent making a zune hd 2, they are making a "zune pad" to take on the ipad.

  1. Fast iBook

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    I feel......

    I feel a shipment of fail forthcoming.

    - A

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