Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Zune HD launch: Windows Live Messenger 2011 and New Games

, posted: 2-Oct-2010 00:50

Today Zune HD users will be pleased to find that Microsoft have added the following free XNA application downloads to the Zune Marketplace:

  • Windows Live Messenger 2011
  • Dr. Optics
  • Castles and Cannons
  • Wordmonger

The Windows Live Messenger is a very full featured application and includes functionality such as facebook chat, video and photo viewing. In many regards this is a bigger and more powerful application Windows Phone 7's email or calendar applications. Does this mean there is a chance that email, calendar, etc will come to the Zune? That's hard to tell, so users will have to wait and see.


These new application releases certainly indicate that Microsoft is committed to supporting the Zune user base - even while most of their mobile team are focussed on Windows Phone 7. This bodes well for the future of the Zune - and increases the likelihood of a Zune 2.0 device being released in 2011. Rumours have suggested a new Zune might be released in that timeframe that would run the full Windows Phone 7 operating system (without the phone specific components). It is anticipated it would be what an iPod Touch is to an iPhone.

The richness of the Windows Live Messenger application also gives some guidance on what depth of applications should be expected on Windows Phone 7 when it is released shortly. Stay tuned to @paulspain on Twitter for further updates.

Photo: Some members of the Zune HD Apps and Games team celebrating the new application launches
Zune Apps and Games team

Image: Windows Live Messenger 2011 for Zune download option in the Zune client

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Comment by robert, on 2-Oct-2010 05:58

Great news ... My Zune HD remains the coolest electronic device I ever purchased.

Comment by Will, on 3-Oct-2010 08:37

The Castles and Cannons game is IMPOSSIBLE to get past level 6.

Comment by Will, on 3-Oct-2010 08:40

On the Castles and Cannons game, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get past level 5. I got it as soon as it came out, and I've spent hours trying to get past.

Comment by Fred smith, on 4-Oct-2010 07:18

On castles and cannons im at level 12

Comment by Fred smith, on 4-Oct-2010 07:20

I got as soon as it came out as well but im at level 12

Comment by piratesmvp04, on 5-Oct-2010 13:19

I'm on level 9 of Castles and Cannons. The secret to win is to fire both cannons as high and far as you can as soon as the enemy sends out their troops. You higher cannon can reach really far, and if you just start firing away as fast as you can, the troops that are still alive will be very weak and can be eliminated in one shot before they get to the wall. Also, sending out knights, swordsman, and bowman all at the same time is highly effective. Another combo is to send out bomb people first, then when they're almost halfway to the enemy send out the knights. The bomb soldiers walk slowly so the knights will catch up to them and pass them and get to the gate before the bomb people do. The enemy will be focused on shooting the knights and your bomb people will have a chance to get close and fire.

Comment by billgates, on 5-Oct-2010 21:27

love the windows live messenger app. it's so clean looking and colorful. pity that facebook chat is not enabled yet for NZ live accounts but that should be sorted out soon.

Comment by asd, on 9-Oct-2010 22:37

bug: messenger 2011 doesn't work on winXP !

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