Although you could always use the Zune for basic podcasting functionality, Zune Thoughts found some recent developments that could increase podcast support for Microsoft’s digital audio/video player. Some of the evidence out there:
There’s still no official word on subscribing to audio or video podcasts directly within the Zune software, but incremental steps are better than no steps at all. Make no mistake, there’s a long way to go here as most of the Zune buttons I’ve seen simply pull individual bits of content. I feel that the Zune software should have supported podcasting support and subscription from launch, but hopefully we’ll see an easier way to get our content in the coming months.