Following today's scheduled Zune.net maintenance, Microsoft has also updated its Zune player which is used on Windows PCs. While there aren't any major improvements from the consumer perspective, even more interesting are the changes under the hood. As "istartedsomething" found out, Microsoft's new Zune player features an updated Zune.inf file which is an essential component of Zune's driver package - responsible for identifying the driver and associating it with compatible USB hardware IDs. However, in addition to today's known device identification for the Zune and Zune HD media players, the new Zune.inf file also features information about a so called "Phone.Device".
While this "phone device" isn't called "Zune.Phone", it could be an indication that the long-time rumored Zune phone might become true, even if it's not clear if it might be a "Zune Phone" of it's own, if Microsoft's ominous "Project Pink" might be the Zune phone or if it's just an indication that Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 might be compatible with the Zune player (for instance for media synchronization) - as expected.
However, also interesting - as istartedsomething highlights - is the fact that just as how the current three generation Zune players are represented by three different IDs, there are three unique IDs and specifically Product IDs (PID) which might represent three potential Zune phones.
At the end of the day it could mean that Microsoft is indeed working on its own Zune Phone, in addition to Project Pink, in addition to Windows Mobile 7?
Cheers ~ Arne