UPDATE: MS Office team doesn't tease Zune phone launch

— 1:14 PM on May 12, 2009

We saw the new Zune TV ad this morning. Could this be Microsoft setting the stage for the launch of a Zune phone? The folks at Neowin seem to think so, and they have a good reason for it.

You see, Microsoft's Office 2010 development team happens to have a Twitter account. And on that Twitter account, the team recently made a couple of posts teasing the arrival of a new Zune product. The first one reads:

June 2009 will be an important month for Zune lovers.

The second post, which appeared 11 hours later, elaborates with the following:

@Gilly2468 @Chimerica @clubdirthill @serenecloud New product launch, that's all I'm allowed to say. Hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre. :)

Short of a pre-announcement, the message looks clear: we should see some type of Zune phone—either a Microsoft device or a third-party handset running Zune software—launch in June. Either way, in light of the comparison with the iPhone and Palm Pre, you can probably expect a sleek touch-screen device.

Update: The Twitter posts were apparently a hoax.

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