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Zune HD is dead confirms Microsoft

Zune HD is dead confirms Microsoft

Microsoft has officially confirmed that its Zune PMPs - including the Zune HD - have been axed, despite having denied yesterday that such a decision about the media players had been made. "We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy," Microsoft's Zune Player support page claims, "and that we will no longer be producing Zune players"

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Microsoft restores Zune HD page, not axed yet

Microsoft restores Zune HD page, not axed yet

When Microsoft unveiled its Zune Pass price drop with a new splash page showing the service working for PCs, Windows Phones, and the Xbox, the company appeared to have pulled any reference to its Zune HD mp3 player. This quickly sparked reports that it was the end of the road for the device. But not so, says Microsoft, clarifying today that the whole thing was a publishing mistake.

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Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Microsoft Zune Pass price drops, 10 songs a month along with it

Starting on the 3rd of October, those hoping for a lower price point for the Zune Pass unlimited music service will be jumping for joy as $14.99 turns into $9.99. With this price cut comes a few other cuts as well, including the option to download 10 songs per month that you can keep for your own forever. This price cut will take place on October 3rd, 2011, and will be available to Canadian Zune users as well. Will this cut finally convince you to jump in on the Zune revolution*?

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Microsoft To Port Zune HD Apps To Windows Phone

Microsoft To Port Zune HD Apps To Windows Phone

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.

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Bill Gates speaks: Yes to Zune, No to Microsoft CEO job

Bill Gates speaks: Yes to Zune, No to Microsoft CEO job

Dr. Evil impressions, Zune defensiveness and a willingness to give away $28bn dollars: can you blame us for liking Bill Gates? The Microsoft chairman has been talking to UK paper the Daily Mail, and while the focus is the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization which kicks off today, there's still plenty of time for gadget anecdotes and singing Travie McCoy's Billionaire.

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Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

An outspoken and influential hedge fund manager made waves at an investor conference yesterday by calling for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down. Suggesting Ballmer's "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn insisted it was time to "give someone else a chance" at the helm. The investor - whose fund currently holds approximately 9m Microsoft shares, or around 0.11-percent of the outstanding shares - blamed Ballmer for wasting time and money on poorly considered mergers and acquisitions, as well as short-sightedly mishandling the smartphone, PMP and tablet segments.

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Microsoft May Finally Kill Zune?

Microsoft May Finally Kill Zune?

According to a Bloomberg source, Microsoft will discontinue production of its Zune media player. Instead, the company will shift its focus to other devices and concentrate on developing the Zune software for mobile phones.

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Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Works with Zune HD

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Works with Zune HD

When Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7, and unveiled that the device would sync with Zune Software, there were a lot of Mac owners out there trying to figure out how, exactly, they'd be able to utilize a Windows Phone 7 device, considering that Zune Software doesn't work for Apple-branded computers. That's where Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac comes in. A tool to sync your device, and bring your media from iTunes (that's not still protected) onto your Windows Phone 7 device.

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The Daily Slash: October 1st 2010

The Daily Slash: October 1st 2010

It was the first day of October, so hopefully it went well for you. In other news, it's also Friday, which means the weekend is upon us, and we've all survived another week. Welcome to The Daily Slash. Tonight, we've got the strangest piece of iPhone accessory we've ever seen, and that could either be a good or bad thing. And then, as we wrap it up, we'll take a look at what's been happening around the R3 Media Network.

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Microsoft’s Zune HD Gets Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft’s Zune HD Gets Windows Live Messenger

While the Zune HD may still be missing the applications store that many would have liked to see, that's not stopping Microsoft from releasing an important option. If you're a fan of Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger service, and you still know a few people out there that use it, then hopefully you've got a Zune HD to enjoy the application that Microsoft just unveiled. The app brings a lot of the same functionality as the desktop version, so it isn't a scaled down, disappointing version.

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Zune spreads: Zune Pass in Europe, v4.7 syncs Windows Phone 7 devices

Zune spreads: Zune Pass in Europe, v4.7 syncs Windows Phone 7 devices

Microsoft has announced the next phase of expansion for its Zune multimedia platform, and it means that the Zune Pass subscription download service is finally spreading outside of North America.  As of v4.7, the Zune software will also be the tool for managing Windows Phone 7 devices; Microsoft will roll it out in over 20 countries, together with bringing Zune Pass access to the UK, France, Italy and Spain.

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Microsoft Zune HD’s Future to be Revealed in October, Insider Claims

Microsoft Zune HD’s Future to be Revealed in October, Insider Claims

We've already heard that Microsoft's working on the HD 2. And, there's probably plenty of people who are eagerly anticipating its announcement, or at least some spy shots. And while we wish we could provide those for you today, that's just not the case. Instead, we're hearing murmurs from an insider that the official unveiling of the future of the Zune HD, whatever that may be, is set to go public come this October. Right along side the official debut of Windows Phone 7.

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