Zune and Windows 8

Now, I’ve written and tweeted quite a bit about Zune and the future of the brand. I see Microsoft not talking about it as a sign of them phasing out the brand rather than “killing” it. Today, Steven Sinofsky showed the much-anticipated Metro UI in Windows 8 targeted towards tablets and other than the Store tile that I spotted, the Video and Music tiles are separate, unlike on the phone where there is a Music+Video tile. Looking more closely, the Music tile does not have the Zune logo which is present on the Windows Phone 7’s Music+Video tile. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Music tile on the phone & that shown at D9:

You’re free to derive your own conclusions. I’m just pointing it out.