A Zune software update made available after Microsoft carried out maintenance work on the Zune website appears to suggest the arrival of a Zune phone, which could even make an appearance in Europe.
Tucked away in the Zune.inf file included in the Zune PC software 4.2 driver update (which can be see here), three Product IDs mention the word ‘phone’ and ‘device’, causing many to believe that next month’s Mobile World Congress could be a perfect opportunity to see Microsoft’s first ever phone.
When the guys at Ars Technica installed the new Zune software, they noticed folders that had German and Italian languages added to it. The folders also appear to include all that was needed to change the User Interface to a different localization, alluding to a possible European release.
Microsoft who have previously stood firm on its stance towards entering the phone market denied the rumours with a spokesman from the company telling Ars Technica, "There are no plans to create a Zune Phone."
The spokesman then added, "It makes sense that someday Zune could be part of a phone experience, but there have been no announcements about how or if that will happen."
There is also the suggestion that the update which includes Windows 7 libraries, could point to Windows Mobile 7-powered phones having Zune integration.
The sound of a Zune HD-looking handset powered by Windows Mobile 7 sounds a lot more tantalizing to us though.
Link: Ars Technica