Every few months, Microsoft surprises Zune HD owners with a few new apps. A few hours ago, our good friend Travis Pope noticed two new apps in the Zune Marketplace: Email and BBQ Battle. While the former title is somewhat bland, the utility itself is extremely useful. The game, essentially a picnic-themed tower defense title, is fun too.
Interestingly, the design of the Email app is very similar to Windows Phone 7. In fact, the utility appears to reuse many of the elements found in its Windows Phone counterpart. Pivot interface? Check. Application bar? Check. Reused WP7 icons? Check. And, of course, as one would expect, the app adheres to the Metro UI style.
The utility supports Windows Live, Exchange, and Gmail accounts, and it allows the user to configure the standard settings like send/receive frequency. It even has the option to append “Sent from my Zune HD” to the end of email messages. Unfortunately, there is no
contact or calendar support , so users have to manually type in the recipients email address. There’s also no support for HTML in the body of the email. That being said, it’s pretty good for a free app.
Update: One of our readers, Frazell Thomas, let us know that Exchange appears to support contacts. It didn’t work with Windows Live when we tried it, but we’re glad to hear that Exchange supports contacts. Of course, your mileage may vary.
BBQ Battle, according to the official Marketplace description, “is a fast paced game where your goal is to protect your delicious food from waves of hungry insects. Use spray cans and bug zappers to keep the bugs from ruining your BBQ.” This is done in a tower defense-like fashion.
The playing field (i.e. grass) is divided into a grid, upon which insects travel and objects are placed. Traps can slow down the insects, or even kill them. Can you save your picnic before it’s too late?
Microsoft should be commended for continuing to release free apps more than a year and a half after the Zune HD was originally released.
Thanks again to fellow Zune MVP Travis Pope for noticing this. Make sure to check out his brand new website, EntertainmentConnected.