Is Microsoft Planning a Zune Phone for June?

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-05-12 Print this article Print

Microsoft has denied having a Zune-specific phone in the works, but attention-grabbing Tweets from a Microsoft account are saying otherwise, suggesting to users that they hold off buying a new Apple iPhone or Palm Pre just yet.

Is Microsoft planning to release a Zune smartphone for this June?
In April, Microsoft's John Starkweather, director of social marketing and mobile experiences, responded to reports that it was developing a touch-screen, multimedia phone, code-named "Pink," with Verizon Wireless by saying:
"Microsoft is not building a Zune-specific phone."
However, May 12 Tweets coming from a Microsoft Twitter account, promoting Microsoft's Office 2010 launch, have said:
"June 2009 will be an important month for Zune lovers."
Which was followed by yet another cryptic line: "New product launch, that's all I'm allowed to say. Hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre."
June is slated to be an excellent month for smartphone shopping. Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone or two at its World Wide Developers Conference, which opens on June 8 in San Francisco.
And Palm will launch what it hopes will be its "iPhone killer," the somewhat iPhone-like Palm Pre.
If the Tweets ring true, prospective buyers may have a third big contender to browse before buying. 

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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