Microsoft issued a Zune software update on Tuesday.
The new software is being made available in preparation of the release of new Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” handsets. Zune 4.8 fully supports Mango and brings a number of small changes to the interface and branding within Zune. Michael Gillett reports that Zune Pass has been renamed to Zune Music Pass in the latest software update. The user interface also includes larger margins around certain on-screen elements. “Most of the changes were designed to pave the way for the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango,” said Microsoft’s Matt Akers in a blog post on Tuesday. “Our primary goal with this release was to make the Zune software the best companion for your Mango phone, so the team implemented a few new features and made a bunch of under-the-hood refinements and fixes, including several based on your feedback.” Microsoft also revealed the following changes in Zune 4.8:
- 48-hour movie rentals
- Parental Controls now support M-rated (Mature) content
- Option to hide purchase confirmation dialog for faster app checkout
- See what apps are compatible with the Windows Phone you own
- rogressive updates: In Zune 4.8, you only have to click the update button once for multiple updates. Once an update is finished, the software automatically checks for more and repeats the installation process until your phone is completely up to date.
- Streamlined backup. By synching media separately from other phone content, we’ve lowered the overall time it takes to back up your phone. The backup file is also more compact, so it should take up less space on your computer.
- Skip phone backup: If you don’t have enough room on your computer to store a phone backup file, you’ll now have the option to skip this step so you’re not blocked from updating your phone.
Microsoft is slowly bringing Zune software, Windows Phones and the Zune Marketplace to a number of new countries. Zune 4.8 now supports 22 display languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (US and UK), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish. Zune 4.8 is also available in these countries or regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The software company also updated a location list (see below) on Monday to detail the availability of all Zune related services and products.
Zune 4.8 is available to download at Microsoft’s Download Center.