Steve Ballmer talks Microsoft phones, sparks Zunephone rumor

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This quote from a recent Steve Ballmer memo is being flung around gadget blogdom as potentially hinting at the reality of the long-rumored Zune Phone:

We’re changing the way we work with hardware vendors to ensure that we can provide complete experiences with absolutely no compromises. We’ll do the same with phones–providing choice as we work to create great end-to-end experiences.

I’m not really buying it. The theme of Ballmer’s email is the difference between Microsoft (choice) and Apple (end-to-end). Microsoft certainly does do things end-to-end with the Zune and 360, but this email was ostensibly about choice, and the preceding sentence makes clear that he’s talking about how they work with hardware vendors. This seems to be nothing more than a vague promise about continued improvement to Windows Mobile on many different hardware platforms, but has been bizarrely catapulted to Zunish zeitgeist by yesterday’s blog meme of mszunefan lasering off his corporate branding tattoos.

Or one, at least, hopes so… Microsoft must, at least, have the sense not to infect a possible iPhone competitor with the disastrous Zune branding.

Update: unwired has another Zunephone rumor, filled with unremarkable predictions like “It will run on Windows Mobile 7.”

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5 Responses to Steve Ballmer talks Microsoft phones, sparks Zunephone rumor

  1. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft needs to develop a new mobile OS targeted towards the consumer market. Windows Mobile is great and full featured, but non-business users don’t need all the bells and whistles. MS just needs to offer core features that are useful for the average Joe/Jane.

    I like the Zune interface. I’ve played around with it at the store and it’s pretty easy to use. So I’d consider a Zune phone. But the main thing that would hold be back would be crappy bloatware. I installed the Zune software on my computer once, and it was dog slow. Almost as bad as itunes. Sheesh.

  2. Halloween Jack says:

    Zune: Because you’re not part of the herd. The other herd, that is.

  3. strider_mt2k says:

    Welcome to the…hello?

    Hello?

  4. cayton says:

    I love my Zune. I used to have really big issues with the PC software, but Microsoft has slowly fixed my irritations.

  5. bardfinn says:

    … Do contact records passed to you by others disappear after three phone calls?

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