Ballmer: Zune Software Coming to Phones
Microsoft CEO Ballmer gave the strongest indication yet that Zune software will come to Windows Mobile Phones. During and interview with CIO Ballmer indicated:
"Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc."
The statement comes as no surprise, tech followers have long expected Zune software to appear on one of the largest cell phone platforms in the world. In fact there are five WinMo phones out there for every one iPhone. Advanced features such as email, GPS, Bluetooth, and a variety of software are what distinguish smartphones from simpler consumer phones. Several phone makers such as HTC (shown above) and Samsung have a variety of smartphones with standard qwerty keyboards and/or touch sensitive screens. Chances are good that the Zune Mobile Phone software can be implemented on all makes.
Zune Software is free and does not require the purchase of a Zune to use and enjoy. The same could be true of any upcoming Zune software for phones. Another point of speculation is the spreading of Zune to the XBOX platform. Imagine surfing the Zune marketplace with an XBOX controller. Clearly there has always been more to the Zune platform than the known Zune applications.