Microsoft has let its Zune and Windows Phone 7 users know that any content that they've bought on their devices won't be accessible after February next year. Users will have to upgrade to a Windows Phone 8 handset to stay current.
Finnish handset maker plans to release a 4.3-inch Windows Phone 8 device that has design cues reminiscent of Microsoft's ill-fated digital device, sources tell The Verge.
Users will lose many social features on Friday, including the ability to send and receive messages, invite friends, and share songs, albums, and playlists.
The Microsoft Zune, with its intuitive interface and solid playback performance, will please most users. But lukewarm format support and the cool but limited Wi-Fi capability will have advanced users seeking more. The Zune is a very good start, though.
Microsoft is reportedly planning on killing the Windows Live and Zune services when it unveils Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress next week.
The Zune HD delivers one of the best portable music and video experiences money can buy. At a time when many people have shifted their focus to games and applications, providing a killer media experience may not be enough for potential Zune buyers.
Five years ago, Microsoft launched the Zune music player and Zune Marketplace. That event shared many similarities with the Google Music launch last week. But will Google's service suffer a similar fate?
Microsoft pulled its Zune media player from its website, sparking rumours it'd killed it off, only to reinstate it moments later.
The tech giant quietly announces on a support page that it will cease production of the ill-fated digital device.
Microsoft releases version 4.0 of its Zune software client, a necessary counterpart to its Zune HD portable media player hardware.