Microsoft Zune HD

Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 recently, many people are starting to wonder why Zune hasn't been mentioned at all. It seems logical that Zune software would be a part of a Windows phone, since Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Windows Phone Program Management said in 2010's keynote at Mobile World Congress “Every Windows Phone will be a Zune”. But now, nobody is talking about Zune. Is Microsoft getting ready to kill it off? Or are they just going to re-brand it?

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Zune HD to get XviD support, smarter playlists come Spring

Zune HD to get XviD support, smarter playlists come Spring

In a somewhat inconspicuous update Microsoft has revealed that the Zune HD will receive a firmware update adding native support for the MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP codec, including the long-awaited format of choice for many netizens, XviD video support.  Microsoft has assured that files in this format should play both on the Zune HD itself, as well as when sent out to an external TV display via the HD’s AV Dock.

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Microsoft Zune HD finally gets Twitter app [Updated]

Microsoft Zune HD finally gets Twitter app [Updated]

Right from the start, most of the talk regarding the Zune HD's unveiling circled around whether or not the future of the Zune line-up would include applications. Would there be an application store, akin to its greatest rival? There wasn't much surprise when Microsoft finally admitted that there would indeed be apps, and even less surprise from the fact that Facebook and Twitter were mentioned in there as well. It took a few months, but we have finally got Twitter on our Tegra-powered device.

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Zune HD hands-on and unboxing video

Zune HD hands-on and unboxing video

It feels like a long time from the early rumors to devices on shelves, but Microsoft's latest PMP, the Zune HD, is finally here.  Packing WiFi along with a touch-sensitive OLED display, the Zune HD is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 720p-capable chipset and promises not only music and high-definition video but also Internet access and gaming.

Video unboxing and demo, plus gallery, after the cut

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