Zune Canada Announces New Devices and Features



    
    Zune devices to include new storage capacities, colours, FM tagging,
    games and audiobooks
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Microsoft Corp. today announced that Zune(R),
the company's all-in-one digital entertainment brand, is introducing new
software-powered features for the device, PC and the web that make it easier
than ever for people to discover and listen to the music they love wherever
they are. Starting September 16, 2008, free, powerful software and firmware
updates will help bring new experiences to every device in the Zune family.
Zune is also expanding its device line-up with new 16GB and 120GB capacities
plus a new blue Zune 8GB.

    Starting September 16, 2008, the following Zune players will be available
in stores across Canada:

    
    - NEW! Zune 120GB (available in a sleek all-black colour scheme)
    - NEW! Zune 16GB (available in a sleek all-black colour scheme)
    - Zune 80 GB: (available in black & red)
    - Zune 8GB (NEW! now available in blue along with black, pink & red)
    - Zune 4 GB: (available in black, pink & red)
    

    "Feedback since the recent launch of Zune in Canada has been tremendous;
now we're excited to add to our launch by offering Canadians even more ways to
enjoy their music and entertainment wherever they go," said Craig Tullett,
Group Manager, Zune Canada. "The availability of these new features and
devices solidifies Zune as a leader in delivering digital entertainment."

    More Ways to Discover Music

    The Zune 3.0 software update uses recommendations from the Zune Social
online music community combined with an owner's play data to help create a
dynamic, digital music experience that makes discovering music easy and
seamless. Available starting September 16, 2008, the updated Zune PC software
is a free download from www.zune.ca that adds rich discovery and media
management capabilities to existing music collections.

    Extending the Digital Media Experience

    In addition to taking the digital music experience a step forward, Zune
is also adding the following new content and features:

    
    -   Tag from FM radio. Instantly tag songs you hear on FM radio stations
        directly from your Zune device.
    -   Games on the go. Two free games - Hexic and Texas Hold 'Em - will
        keep users entertained while on the go.
    -   Audiobooks. To start listening to a favourite book on a Zune, users
        can visit audible.com or overdrive.com to download and sync available
        audiobooks.
    

    More information on Zune and related images are available at
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, elegant software and the Zune Social online
music community, 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 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 http://www.microsoft.ca/.





For further information:

For further information: press only: Christine Law for Zune Canada,
(416) 644-2284, claw@highroad.com; Ian Buck for Zune Canada, (416) 644-2249,
ibuck@highroad.com

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