Zune integration into Windows Mobile has been rumored for some time. Some people even believed that a Zune phone was in the works at Microsoft. Today, all the rumors are put in place, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed to Engadget that Zune integration is coming to the next release of Windows Mobile.
With Zune features in tow, Windows Phones can finally level the playing field with the iPhone and its AppStore. Of course, time will tell if Windows Mobile has what it takes, from a user experience perspective, to take the iPhone blow-for-blow.
It’s not clear whether we’ll see Zune features in Windows Mobile 6.5.1 or in Windows Mobile 7 proper. We’ve already seen hints of Zune integration coming to WM7, but there’s the possibility that WM6.5.1 will be blessed with the new feature. Either way, it’s exciting to hear the confirmation come from Ballmer.