Microsoft winds down the Zune brand, Zune HD apps and select features to go on August 31st

Microsoft’s Zune music service is definitely not going to bounce back with a vengeance at all, as Zune Pass subscribers have begun to receive word that the service’s Mixview playback as well as channel playlist features will no longer be in effect from August 31st onwards – leaving you with just slightly more than a day left to enjoy such features. Not only that, you can also bid adieu to […]


Zune HD killed yet again

Last week we’ve had a lot of contradicting reports about the Zune player being killed off – first it was silently announced on the Zune website, then the announcement was removed and @ZuneSupport tweeted that it could have been an error – today we’ve got another update but this time it’s concrete, and the Zune has finally been killed off for good.The Zune website now has the message about Zune […]


Microsoft: Zune players officially dead

We’ve previously written about rumors concerning the Zune’s demise, and then reported about Microsoft refuting such stories. Well now we’ve come to tell you that the Zune is officially dead. Announced on the official Zune support website, Microsoft has stated that “we will no longer be producing Zune players.” Fortunately this doesn’t mean anything for current Zune owners: your device will continue to work with Zune services just like they […]


Zune HD firmware update released

Wait a minute here, let me check my calendar. Are we in 2011? Yes we are, so why the heck is there a firmware update released for the Zune HD from Microsoft? All right, all five of you Zune HD owners out there, chillax! I’m just kidding – the Zune HD is more than a decent portable media player, but somehow it never really picked up its mojo in the […]


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Matchbox Mobile lets your Zune HD send and receive email

While it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the Zune HD that was rumored to have been killed, it looks like developers are still creating apps for Microsoft’s answer to the iPod Touch. Matchbox Mobile, custom software and app developer, has just announced the completion of its email client for the Zune HD media player.In case you’re wondering about Matchbox Mobile, it is the company that was behind the […]


16GB Zune HD slashed to $169

Microsoft’s foray into the portable media player market proved to be a rather sad one, as their Zune device, while decent in terms of hardware as well as software, simply did not work in the eyes of the mass consumer. After all, how else is there to explain the extremely slow uptake and nearly non-existent adoption in the world that is so filled with iPods? It seems that Microsoft wants […]


Microsoft: Zune’s not dead

Yesterday we wrote about a report stating the death of the Zune music player. Turns out it was just a rumor, and Zune is here to stay. According to an announcement from Dave McLauchlan, head of business development for the Zune platform, Zune isn’t going anywhere. While it’s true that they haven’t announced a new Zune player for quite some time now, they’ve decided to focus on pushing out the […]


RIP: Zune music player

Bad news for Zune fans: the Zune music player will no longer be updated, according to reports from Bloomberg. Microsoft has decided to throw the towel in for the music player market and discontinue the Zune line. Not surprising, considering that Apple’s iPod dominates it with 77% of the market share, and it doesn’t look like the iPod will be dying anytime soon either. However, with Zune living on through […]


Windows Live Messenger for the ZuneHD now available

ZuneHD owners, listen up! It seems that Windows Live Messenger for the ZuneHD is now available, albeit for selected users only. This software is a full-featured version, so you don’t have to worry about getting something gimped while lacking any essential features. It will support the Messenger friends list as well as chat, in addition to a social feed which is similar to the desktop client. Of course, it would […]


Microsoft To Bring The Core Of Its Desktop OS To Smartphones Via Menlo?

While there aren’t any official details at the moment it seems that Microsoft is busy working on a project that could bring the core of its desktop OS to smartphones. If that does happen, we’ll see the Windows NT core possibly replace the Windows CE core used in Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 and the Zune HD. Murmurs of a graphics layer known as Experiment 19 will apparently be the […]


Zune HD to receive XviD support

While the Zune HD is an above average portable media player, it somehow failed to take off in the way Microsoft wanted for a myriad of reasons, with it being in the wrong place and the wrong time being one of them. Well, one of the major flaws of the device has been addressed this time round – the lack of XviD format support. Nice to know that Microsoft has […]


3D gaming with Zune HD firmware update (with video!)

The latest Zune HD 4.3 firmware update will now offer support for future 3D games and applications, alongside an auto-suggest feature that ought to make text input less of a pain. Those are the two main additions, while there will be a slew of other minor improvements as well which you probably won’t notice. Among the new games that support 3D gaming with the new firmware update, they include PGR: […]


Zune HD Review

After playing with the Zune HD for some time, here’s the complete review. The first Zune was an interesting device, but it was not sexy and didn’t have any real edge over the iPod, except in two areas: the WIFI sync and more importantly, the Zune Pass: a music rental option that doesn’t exist with Apple. The Zune HD *is* sexy, slim and solidly built. It is actually smaller than […]


Zune HD To Offer 3D Gaming?

There hasn’t been any official confirmation of 3D gaming on the Zune HD just yet, but seeing a 3D game being played on the Zune HD will certainly get many people jumping in excitement, and rightfully so. Of course, we certainly hope that it isn’t just some video being played on the Zune. Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on […]