Is a ZuneHD2 on the way after all

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The future of non-Windows Phone Zune hardware has been in doubt for some time, but at the same time rumours of a follow-up to a the critically acclaimed of not commercially successful ZuneHD has also been brewing for a while.

The above article from the MIX 11 website introduces Joe Bellfiore as being in charge of the design of forthcoming generations of Windows phone AND Zune devices, which to us appear pretty significant.

In fact, according to Microsoft’s Matt Akers in the Zune Insider Podcast (via Digital Trends).

“I guess the meta-point here, bubble-up one level, whatever analogy you want to use: Zune is not dead.” he said. “We still have jobs, right? I still like, get my paycheck.”

Zune is still alive within Microsoft—and “will never die!”

Time to throw put out a completely unsubstantiated rumour – what if Microsoft announce a generation of Zune-branded tablets with a media consumption focus at MIX11? Sounds tasty, doesn’t it?

Thanks Charlie and Michael for the tip.

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