Rumor: Microsoft courting iPhone developers to work on Zune HD

August 14, 2009

Rumor: Microsoft courting iPhone developers to work on Zune HDRumors have begun to circulate that Microsoft may be courting iPhone app developers to work on its new Zune HD.

Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft, once famously jumped around a conference stage repeatedly shouting, “Developers! Developers! Developers!” (here is the techno remix if you prefer), and it seems that he may be set to once again be crying out for their support.

As we reported the other day, Microsoft is preparing to release the Zune HD on Sept. 15, and while it at first just looked like a media player and Web browser, now it seems there may be more waiting in the wings to be announced.  Well-known Mac blog Daring Fireball was contacted by the developer of an iPhone Twitter application about the possibility of porting their app over to an unkwown Microsoft product for “buckets of cash”.  As the developer turned them down they were not made privy to what operating system (OS) or software development kit (SDK) it would be running on.

As Apple has set the world on fire with its immensely popular App Store, it appears that every manufacturer of some sort of mobile device has been hot and heavy on developing its own application base: BlackBerry launched its App World system, Palm is actively encouraging developers to work with its new webOS and so on.  With the recent unhappiness of some iPhone developers over the approval process for the Apple App Store, it may not be very difficult for other platforms to woo them over to their systems.

While support for apps on the Zune HD isn’t a definite fact at this point, it almost seems silly to think that any device such as this would launch in this day and age without some form of application system in place.  While it isn’t 100 percent yet, if I was a betting man, I would be putting money on it.

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