Windows Phone 7 To Get Zune HD Makeover?

Feb 7th, 2010 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players

The rumormill is abuzz with talk about the Zune Phone, aka Windows Phone 7, which many expect to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress on Feb 15th.

Microsoft is expected to announce:

  • Full Zune Integration
  • The User Interface is based upon codename “METRO”, and will be similar to the Zune HD User Interface.
  • Windows Mobile Device Center will no longer be used. Zune software to take over syncing via PC.
  • Full support for social networking – unfortunately, no details on what this means.
  • Windows Phone 7 will only support application installation through service based delivery. (i.e Marketplace). Application installation via storage card will not be possible.
  • No Multi-Task support.
  • No Flash support.
  • Marketplace will now support “try before you buy” as well as an API
  • No NETCF backwards compatibility. This means the original rumor of no backward compatibility for applications holds to be true. That being said, there are high hopes of porting the NetCF to the newer platform easily.
  • Devices will be ready by September 2010
  • OEM Interfaces will not be allowed to run on the device. Say goodbye to Sense UI / SPB Mobile Shell / Point UI / Infinity, etc.
  • Full XBOX Gaming Integration (Gamer tag, achievements, friends, avatars, merchandising, etc)

If these rumors pan out, the Zune Phone will be Microsoft’s attempt to turn the iPhone into a commodity. It won’t matter who you get your Windows Phone 7 device from, it’s going to look sort of iPhone-like.

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3 Responses to “Windows Phone 7 To Get Zune HD Makeover?”

  1. Quite interesting now in retrospect to see which of these predictions about the Windows phone 7 were accurate, and which not!

  2. Ricky Abadie says:

    Your article will definitely come in handy. Thank you for writing a great post.

  3. This is acquiring a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, permitting you to navigate about exploring by related artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also excellent fun, letting you discover others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist produced based on an amalgamation of what all your pals are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy is going to be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your individual listening habits should you so choose.

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