December 20, 2006 10:36 AM PST
Microsoft makes Zune Vista-friendly
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Microsoft on Tuesday released a software update that lets the Zune work with Windows Vista. Although Vista has yet to go on sale to consumers, the software has been available to businesses since last month, and many tech enthusiasts have been running test versions of Vista.
In addition to adding support for the new operating system, Microsoft said on its Zune Insider blog that the update "improves the Zune software installation process."
A Microsoft representative said the new software also includes updates, but Microsoft declined to elaborate on the nature of the security issues involved.
The lack of Vista compatibility has been one of several knocks on Microsoft's would-be iPod rival, which went on sale in November. Sales of the device were strong in its first week, but the device has since seen its place in the sales rankings dip.
Microsoft has said it is considering upping its advertising budget for the Zune.
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