For those of you that mourned the death of the Zune, with the last of its hardware being the Zune HD, be consoled that its spirit will soon be transferred over to the Windows Phone. In a recent Zune Insider podcast, Zune senior business development manager Dave McLauchlan revealed that the company is currently working to port existing Zune HD apps over to their mobile platform.
When we last heard insider sources claim the death knell for the Zune, it was said that Microsoft would focus on the Zune software for the Windows Phone and the Xbox while letting the Zune hardware die out. The recent podcast confirmed that Microsoft is definitely porting over at least the native Zune apps over to WP7. The porting over of third-party Zune apps will depend on the developers.
Some of the apps that will get ported include games such as Animalgrams, BBQ Battle, Castles and Cannons, Dr. Optics Light Lab, Goo Splat, and Space Battle 2. All in all, there are about 26 apps. They're not exactly exciting enough to get you springing for a Windows Phone 7 device, but it does ease the minds of Zune HD owners that all is not lost.
“Number one, we actually have some developers that have developed titles for Zune [HD] that aren’t Microsoft employees or aren’t on the Zune team. And those guys are very welcome to go and create apps for Windows Phone any time they like. The apps that we have built internally for Zune [HD], we’re actually looking at porting those over to Windows Phone. Right now, our focus for the app team is, more apps for Zune [HD]. Zune [HD] owners would like to hear that there’s more stuff coming. So that’s definitely the case," said McLauchlan.