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  • Blog Post: Messenger now on Zune HD

    My main man andy_faz reminded me yesterday that Messenger is now available for Zune HD. The navigation takes a bit of getting used to and it’s not as full featured as it’s iPhone cousin but nonetheless, good to see it on Zune. The Metro UI looks as delicious as ever, Facebook integration, and social...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 is pulling in to the platform

    [updated to resolve errors in my original post, thanks for comments] I’ve read a few interesting blogs today that got me thinking about the platform nature of Microsoft’s business and in particular Windows Phone 7. First up was Paul Thurrot’s post titled Windows Phone's Real Secret Weapon: Developers...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD in device manager

    Sweet…I hadn’t noticed that Zune HD now has its own icon in device manager in Windows 7. Maybe it’s always been there but perhaps it was part of the 4.2 update?
  • Blog Post: Zune HD 64GB Coming & Zune 4.5 is here

    Last week we announced that a 64gb Zune HD will be available (yes, US and Canada only, I know, I know…) from Zune Originals . Ahead of that, the Zune 4.5 firmware was announced today with the Smart DJ feature from the desktop software now built in to your device. Also is 4.5 is expanded video codec support...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD gets Facebook

    I can’t remember a time at Microsoft when I had so much to blog about. It’s keeping me up late at night to keep you abreast of everything (well, not everything ) that is going on. Windows Phone, Natal, Cloud, Surface…..and now Zune HD with a funky new Facebook app. Okay so we’re not in the iPhone apps...
  • Blog Post: Twitter comes to Zune

    will be loading it up tonight and will review.
  • Blog Post: PGR Ferrari Edition on Zune HD

    This is how PGR: Ferrari Edition looks on my Zune HD. In fact, it looks a LOT better than that and the gameplay, once you get used to the sensitivity of the accelerometer, is excellent. If you have a Zune HD, it’s a free download from the apps tab within the desktop software. Now looking forward to the...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD 4.3 firmware released

    Though I’m not seeing it yet (must be a staged rollout) the 4.3 firmware for Zune HD has just been released. I’m going to change my region to US to see if that jolts it. UPDATE: I forced the update using the following instructions from charms55 on the Zune forums. 1. Press POWER/MEDIA (side) buttons...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD. If you can, you must

    I’ve held off blogging about my Zune HD for a few weeks so I could get a feel for it and offer a considered opinion. Thankfully for me, my opinion hasn’t changed since I took it out of the box – it’s stunningly good. The hardware is a impressive and much like an iPhone when you first see one, hard to...
  • Blog Post: Zuneify your Twitter avatar

      Not something I personally want to do but as I’m pretty happy with my Zune avatar (Banksy’s Flying Copper) but nice to see the attention to detail from the Zune team
  • Blog Post: Zune HD commercial

  • Blog Post: Zune HD video

      Gordon reminded me that it’s been well over a week since I got my Zune HD and I haven’t posted anything about it. I plan to address that this week but in the meantime, savour this video hat tip to Long Zheng
  • Blog Post: Zune HD Day

    I got the email I wanted from Amazon yesterday to confirm that my Zune HD is en route and should be arriving at my hotel in Seattle any moment now. Wooohooooo…..there goes my day :) I’m quite exccited about this new device, so much so that during a meeting yesterday when one was handed around I resisted...
  • Blog Post: Stainless Steel Shuffle

    For me, the Stainless Steel Shuffle is by far the coolest thing that Apple announced during their event this week. Nano’s with cameras? I’m not feeling it….but a Jonathan Ive classic design, that’s more like it. Still, I wont be buying one as I just pre-ordered my Zune HD with guaranteed delivery on...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD pre-order

      The Zune HD website got an update last night and it’s now available for pre-order. The 32gb model comes in platinum an the 16gb model in black. They’re $289.99 and $219.99 respectively though I couldn’t get any of the pre-order links to work this morning. Also from Sept 15th www.ZuneOriginals...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD hands-on

      (Credit: Donald Bell/CNET Networks) The Zune HD must be getting close now with such a thorough hands on review from by Donald Bell at C|Net . It sounds like a beautifully engineered device and though it’s different from an iPod Touch that’s what it’ll obviously be compared to. I have a Touch and...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD Industrial Design

        [udpate] Bonus – Steve Ballmer demos the Zune HD at the D Conference. Kudos to Engadget I’m a student of industrial design and detailing (albeit not a very good one) so I thought it may be worth taking a closer look at some of the detailing on the new Zune HD. Upper Rear I like the brushed...
  • Blog Post: Zune HD Lands – with OLED and multitouch web browser

      [update] the ZuneHD site wasn’t working when I checked this morning but it’s up now. Not much more there but a nice looking page :) It’s been rumoured for a while but today we announced the US availability of Zune HD , the next iteration of the Zune device line. It looks terrific though it’s a...
  • Blog Post: Zune Pass Takes it to Apple’s Wallet

    Now Zune is going after Apple where it hurts most right now – in the wallet. the Zune pass is sadly not available for my imported Zune but it if was I’d be using it. $15 a month for as much music as you like. Check out the video of Wes Moss Video: Zune-Capacity   hat tip to Liveside
  • Blog Post: New Zune?

    I wouldn’t normally comment on rumours around our own products but this looks VERY promising. an HD Zune? I don’t really watch much video on my Zune but it looks beautiful. You may think working at Microsoft would give me some inside knowledge but not with Zune (or XBOX)…these guys are like the CIA....
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile 6.5 and Zune

    I didn’t manage to catch the Windows Mobile 6.5 session at MIX09 but after looking watching the video I’m inclined to agree with Long that it’s beginning to look like a more than adequate stop on the way to Windows Mobile 7. The UI looks pretty polished and in particular I like the home screen above...
  • Blog Post: New Zune.net Features

    As blogged by Brandon last week, Zune.net quietly introduced some very cool new features on their site recently. Sadly the features are only available to those in the US right now and I hope they go wider as they’re pretty cool   entire podcast catalog is now available to be browsed via Zune.net...
  • Blog Post: Zunegate closed by PennyArcade

    Move along folks, nothing to see here .
  • Blog Post: Obama: I’m A PC…doh, I Mean, I’m An iPod

    Polydee keeps the Zunegate saga running be informing me that it appeared in one of the free London papers today. Quality headline there :) Apparently Obama's office has come out saying the man is an iPod through and through which is to be fair exactly what I’d say if I’d asked Steve Jobs for a free iPhone...
  • Blog Post: Is This Obama’s Zune?

      The commentary continues over at techflash and elsewhere but who knows, maybe Obama was just using his DNC as reported in gizmodo.com earlier this year. Simple, smart move in the economic times to use your free schwag :)
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