The Matchbox Mobile who previously delievered Facebook and Twitter clients for Zune HD, have now released a new Exchange email client for Zune HD that enables Zune HD owners to send and receive mails from the touch-screen digital portable media player in their hands.
The new software comes with support for Windows Live Hotmail, and for Exchange and Gmail, as well as with the ability to both receive and send emails, and was built using Zune's XNA SDK.
"On the XNA platform there're no standard controls such as lists, buttons or text entry fields which could be utilized in the development. Instead, Matchbox had to create each element,' Matchbox Mobile explains.
"For a user interface-intensive app such as an email client, with its many complex lists and structured views on data, this presented quite a challenge."
Another challenge emerged when it came to the storage space needed for over-the-air specifications and the limited HTTP and HTTPS programming interface.
The company also notes that they first referenced to Windows Phone, and then they mapped the application back to the Zune HD version of Metro, since the Windows Phone's design language was built around it.
"This was a complicated development challenge," said Dave McLauchlan, Senior Business Development Manager Microsoft Zune.
"We knew we needed an expert team whose experience and technical abilities were world class, if we were to succeed in giving Zune HD users email functionality.