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Microsoft pick ad agency for Pink phone

Microsoft pick ad agency for Pink phone

According to AdWeek, Microsoft have awarded the marketing contract for its upcoming Pink phone to McCann Erikson, the company also responsible for its Windows Mobile advertising.  While Microsoft themselves continue to deny that they have their own cellphone in the works, the news - which neither they nor McCann would comment on - lends further weight to the ongoing rumors.

Zune HD 16/32GB from $249 with 720p movie downloads?

Zune HD 16/32GB from $249 with 720p movie downloads?

According to an internal Microsoft tipster, the upcoming Zune HD will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and be priced from $249 to $280 for the entry-level model.  The company is considering a 64GB Zune HD later on in the model year, but the first of the PMPs will arrive in September; that tallies with previous rumors that fingered September 5th.

Zune HD landing September 5th?

Zune HD landing September 5th?

Microsoft will launch the Zune HD PMP on September 5th, according to Paul Thurrott.  The Windows expert claims to "have been told" the date previously, but gives no indication of a specific source. 

Zune HD gets hands-on

Zune HD gets hands-on

Gizmodo got their hands on Microsoft's answer to the iPod Touch: the Zune HD. So far, they've only had a few minutes to play with the device, but their impressions are favorable. Giz claims that the UI is nicer than the iPod Touch (and the iPhone) and the overall design and "beauty" of the device is much nicer than that iPod Touch.

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Zune HD Announced Today

Zune HD Announced Today

Those mock up photos leaked earlier in the month turned out to be the real deal. Microsoft announced the Zune HD today. The device is meant to compete with Apple's iPod Touch. The HD comes from the device's support of HD Radio and 720P HD video (through the optional docking station) and will feature a 3.3" 16:9 multi-touch OLED display. This makes it the first portable media player to include HD radio, giving it a higher quality sound than standard definition radio.

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Microsoft Zune Upgrade Program planned?

Microsoft Zune Upgrade Program planned?

It's not quite as exciting as a new Zune HD, but if you fancy upgrading your old Zune 30GB or would like to help Microsoft shift some more of their current-gen stock, then the Zune Upgrade Program might be for you.  According to unnamed sources, Microsoft are preparing to launch a discount scheme whereby cuts of up to $70 will be on offer to existing owners looking to switch to a more recent model.

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Zune HD is Digital Entertainment Handheld say sources

Zune HD is Digital Entertainment Handheld say sources

The Zune HD is actually a "digital entertainment handheld" that will allow Microsoft to take on Apple, Sony, Nintendo and Google, claim the latest leaks.  In fact, according to TeamXbox.com, rumors regarding the Zune HD actually started filtering in all the way back in August 2008; their sources tell them that the Microsoft device - codenamed "xYz", to suggest the bridge between Xbox and Zune - will be a converged device but not a phone, and have a large WVGA touchscreen display together with "hardware features not found on any handheld on the market".

Microsoft Zune HD tweet rumor was fake

Microsoft Zune HD tweet rumor was fake

It now looks like June will not see a new Microsoft Zune HD launch, as the company admits it accidentally linked to a fake Twitter account.  Rumors started earlier this week, after a tweet from account "officethemovie" suggested that a new Zune would land next month; however, the account Microsoft's Office 2010 Movie site intended to link to is "Office2010Movie".

Microsoft tip new Zune in June: “hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre”

Microsoft tip new Zune in June: “hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre”

More Microsoft Zune news today, as the company's own developers tip a new product set to launch in June.  The Office 2010 team are mainly intending to twitter about their software, but they've also suggested that "June 2009 will be an important month for Zune lovers"; a second tweet advised would-be iPhone and Palm Pre buyers to hold off in anticipation of a new Microsoft product launch.

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More Zune HD details emerge

More Zune HD details emerge

After artwork images leaked online of the new Zune HD, more details are now coming out about the next generation MP3 player from Microsoft. The Zune HD is rumored to feature an AMOLED capacitive touch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and HDMI out. It will coming in 16GB and 32GB flavors, and will be poised to compete directly with Apple's iPod Touch.

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4th Gen Zune coming to compete with iPod Touch?

4th Gen Zune coming to compete with iPod Touch?

Engadget got a hold of some artwork of the new Zune HD. At first it was believed to simply be a concept, but there are rumors coming from "sources close to Zune" that this is indeed the next Zune. The Zune 4th Generation will be a bit smaller than the iPod Touch, and have competitive features.

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Microsoft confirm new Zune hardware in 2009

Microsoft confirm new Zune hardware in 2009

Short and, if you're a Microsoft PMP lover, sweet: Zune team member Brian Seitz at Microsoft has confirmed that the company will release new Zune hardware this year via his Twitter account.  No specific details for the new model - or models - have been revealed.

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