Zune services expand in North America, Europe, Asia

Microsoft has finally updated their available services in a BIG way today as they announced the new version of the Zune software 4.8 in preparation for Mango. Zune HD player is still only available in Canada and the United States but the Zune Marketplace made a large leap forward into more markets across the globe.

In addition to that news, there have been new features added or tweaked in Zune 4.8 which Matt Akers posted on the Windows Phone blog Tuesday:

  • 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

In addition to the features, a few minor tweaks to the interface (larger margins), as well as the “Zune Pass” being renamed to the “Zune Music Pass.” Could this be our hint towards a Zune Movie Pass later on?

So while the latter news may eclipse the former for non-US residents, I’m sure everyone is glad to see an update to the Zune software. So go ahead, enjoy!