What does the ZuneHD mean for Windows Mobile

black-zune-hd-rm-eng Now that the ZuneHD is official, its important of course (on this website at least) to ask what it means for Windows Mobile.

The first point of course is that Microsoft can design an attractive and desirable user interface, which should increase our expectations of Windows Mobile 7 being at least as slick.

Secondly, we now know Microsoft is not afraid of multi-touch.  With Apple claiming many patents on the technology there has been a concern Microsoft would not implement it in their devices, like Google has not on Android. Of note however is that Microsoft talks about tap to zoom in the ZuneHD browser, suggesting that the pinch gesture will not make it across to the device.

Thirdly, as we can see from the press release there is a push by Microsoft to integrate and leverage their services. Of course Microsoft is forbidden from leveraging their desktop dominance due to anti-trust issues, but this has not stopped them from using other successful ventures like the X-box 360 to promote less performing ones like the Zune. We should see a lot more of this type of cross promoting happening over the next year or so involving other products and services, with Windows Mobile promoting the Zune service and vice versa.

Lastly, we should see much of the Zune services coming to Windows Mobile, and we have a time frame (no earlier than next year) which will finally bring a bigger consumer element to Windows Mobile.

Is the ZuneHD important for Windows Mobile?  Let us know in the comments.

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