Microsoft announce a Zune phone release via Twitter?

With chatter about the much–hyped Microsoft Zune phone being crushed by the Big M's top brass, we've been left to ponder when the already–

With chatter about the much–hyped Microsoft Zune phone being crushed by the Big M's top brass, we've been left to ponder when the already–spied Zune HD, or maybe something a bit more special, will be landing.

Well, it seems insiders at Redmond just can't wait to get the news out there, confirming via Twitter that "June 2009 will be an important month for Zune lovers."

A follow–up tweet goes on to say it's a, "New product launch, that's all I'm allowed to say. Hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre."

So, does that mean we're looking at a Zune phone after all? Surely you can't go up against either the iPhone or Pre without packing some mobile goodies?

The Twitter account, Officethemovie, is a bona fide Microsoft account, although run by a team promoting Office 2010. Has an over-enthusiastic marketing bod let slip something they shouldn't have?

The timing is also significant. Microsoft clearly wants to steal Apple's thunder in the run–up to WWDC. So expect to see this before the developers gather to talk all things iPhone on 8 June.

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