CEO of Microsoft confirms Zune phone

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, writes in an email:

In the competition between PCs and Macs, we outsell Apple 30-to-1. But there is no doubt that Apple is thriving. Why? Because they are good at providing an experience that is narrow but complete, while our commitment to choice often comes with some compromises to the end-to-end experience. Today, 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.

… what in other words confirms that Microsoft will either release their own Zune phone (with music service built-in) or Microsoft will put Zune’s marketplace for music inside of Windows Mobile.

There were many rumors about Zune phone but now we are approaching situation where all users expect music service built-in into mobile phones and Microsoft must react. We only hope that Microsoft will offer Zune phone as platform and not as Microsoft hardware because it would cannibalize Windows Mobile and Windows Mobile manufacturers would start abandoning Windows Mobile…

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