It seems that the rumours of a Zune phone debuting at CES 2009 are false, after Microsoft came out and laughed them off like a jolly old uncle at Christmas dinner.
Speaking to Gizmodo, Brian Seitz, Group Manager of Zune said: "No Zune phone at CES." And he should know.
The rumours came about after analysts were quoted in Barrons as saying that a phone with Zune software embedded was set to be announced by Steve Ballmer on 7 January next year.
In the pink
Called Project Pink, the rumoured development that has been floating around for a number of months, it was meant to be the rival to the iPhone from Microsoft that many expected.
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But all is not lost, apparently. The Project Pink idea could still be unveiled, but in the guise of a set of Zune-like features on a number of different hardware sets. Who knows... but it seems Microsoft have a long way to go before the Zune can be even remotely called a success.