Microsoft unveils Zune in Canada



    - Zune digital music players available in stores across Canada starting
    June 13, 2008
    - www.zune.ca: Download free Zune software and join the Zune Social
    online community
    - www.zuneoriginals.ca: Customize a Zune with artwork from Canadian
    artists starting June 13, 2008
    - www.zunenews.ca: Get the latest Zune information and high-resolution
    images

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Microsoft Corp. today announced that 4GB, 8GB
and 80GB Zune digital music players and an extensive line-up of accessories
will be available in Canadian stores starting June 13, 2008.
    "We're thrilled to be offering a truly unique way for Canadians to
discover new music and share it with their friends," said Craig Tullett, Group
Manager, Zune Canada. "With a variety of players, customization options and
wireless capabilities Zune offers a mobile social experience."

    Zune players and accessories will be available at the following retail
locations across Canada:
    
    -  Best Buy
    -  Future Shop
    -  Wal-Mart
    -  www.amazon.ca
    -  HMV (select stores)
    -  The Source by Circuit City (select stores)
    

    "We are very excited to launch the Zune music experience at Best Buy and
Future Shop locations across Canada," said Ron Wilson, Senior Vice President
of Merchandising, Best Buy Canada Ltd. "Zune is a great choice for Canadians
looking for new ways to enjoy their music wherever they go."
    Canadians can go online at www.zuneoriginals.ca to customize their Zune
with laser-engraved artwork from six inspiring Canadian artists. All Zune
Originals artwork and engraving will be offered free for three months starting
June 13, 2008. Canadians can also visit www.zune.ca to download free Zune
Software and join the Zune Social online music community.

    Zune Digital Music Players & Accessories

    A variety of players and customization options will make it easy for
Canadians to find the size, colour, design and price of Zune that best suits
them. All Zune players support video, audio and pictures, have built-in FM
tuners and the ability to sync and share songs, playlists and pictures
wirelessly. The Zune player family launching in Canada includes:

    
    -  Zune 80. The Zune 80GB has a bright 3.2-inch screen, includes premium
       in-ear noise-isolating headphones and will be available in black and
       red. (SRP: $249.99 CDN)
    -  Zune 4 & Zune 8. The slim, ultra-portable Zune 4GB and Zune 8GB will
       both be available in black, red and pink. (SRP: $139.99 CDN for 4GB
       and $189.99 CDN for 8GB)
    -  Zune Originals. Canadians will have the option to purchase and
       customize their Zune player with personal text options and laser-
       engraved designs from international artists as well as six Canadian
       artists at www.zuneoriginals.ca. The following Canadian artists have
       been invited to share their inspirations with the Zune Originals
       artist series which will be available to both Canadian and U.S.
       customers:

       -  Andrew Pommier
       -  Derrick Hodgson
       -  Luke Ramsey
       -  Meomi (Vicki Wong & Michael Murphy)
       -  NDEUR (Mathieu Missiaen)
       -  Stephen Crowhurst
    

    Zune will also be offering an extensive line of accessories to help
consumers get the most from their Zune content wherever they are - at home, in
the car or on the go. Nine accessory options are available from Zune:

    
    -  Zune AC Adapter (SRP $29.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Cable Pack. Sync cable, composite AV output cable and audio cable
       (SRP $29.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Car Pack. Redesigned FM transmitter/charger and dashboard grip
       pad (SRP $79.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Dock Pack. Home Dock to accommodate each Zune device and AC
       adapter (SRP $49.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Home AV Pack. Home Dock, wireless remote, AC adapter and
       composite AV output cable (SRP $79.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Leather Cases. Premium leather with headphone clip (4/8 GB - SRP
       $29.99 CDN) & (80 GB - SRP $34.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Premium Headphones (SRP $39.99 CDN)
    -  Zune Sync Cable (SRP $19.99 CDN)
    

    In addition a selection of accessories from the following partners and
more will also be available on June 13, 2008:
    
    -  Altec Lansing
    -  Belkin
    -  Case-mate
    -  Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
    -  Incipio Technologies
    -  KICKER
    -  Monster
    

    More information on Zune and related images are available at
http://www.zunenews.ca.

    About Zune

    Zune is Microsoft's music and entertainment brand that provides an
integrated digital entertainment experience. The Zune platform includes a line
of portable digital media players, the Zune Software and Zune Social, created
to help people discover music. Zune is part of Microsoft's Entertainment and
Devices Division and supports the company's software-based services vision to
help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space. More information can
be found online at http://www.zunenews.ca

    About Microsoft Canada

    Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. Visit Microsoft Canada's web site at www.microsoft.ca.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/




For further information:

For further information: or to request spokesperson interviews and high
resolution artwork, please contact Christine Law for Zune Canada, (416)
644-2284, claw@highroad.com; Coralie Olson for Zune Canada, (416) 644-2275,
colson@highroad.com


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