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Windows Live Launches Powerful Mobile Application

The Windows Live folks have released a really cool application for mobile phones, one that makes it easier to check out maps and find driving directions and traffic conditions. The application is available by pointing your mobile browser at wls.live.com, and comes in two version: one for J2ME platforms, and one for Windows Mobile devices.

While you can get maps and directions by going to live.com on most mobile devices, this dedicated application allows for speed and a much richer experience. The maps come in both road and hybrid aerial view, giving the satellite photos that are so popular these days in web maps, and are draggable just by putting your stylus on the touch screen.

Gizmodo has a comparison between this app and Google Maps’ app, and it looks like in their view, the two just don’t compare. Google’s is J2ME only, and a pretty buggy and unstable version at that, with a painful user experience. Windows Live’s maps are smoother, scroll faster, and zoom better, while Google’s were sluggish.

They’ve also released an updated version of their web search for mobiles, at mobile.live.com/search. It allows searching the web, local search, maps, news, and Windows Live Spaces, even seeing the top result in each category on one screen. You can test drive the new features and the SMS search feature by going to mobile.search.live.com.

LiveSide reports that they’ve also released a browser-based version of Windows Live Messenger for mobile phones, available at mobile.live.com/wlm/imsi.aspx (and eventually on the live.com mobile portal). It’s simple and text based, so it should work in any mobile browser, and lets you do IM easier than almost every mobile AOL Instant Messenger I’ve tried. You can run it in your regular web browser, so give it a shot.

December 5th, 2006 Posted by | General, Live, Local, Search, Windows, Windows Mobile | 6 comments



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  1. One minor difference…
    Google Maps, as crappy as it is on a Windows Mobile phone, is usable for 5 billion people. Windows Live only by 300 million.

    – Michael

    Comment by Michael Schaap | December 5, 2006

  2. [...] Nathan at Inside Microsoft has the links to some new Windows Live mobile app goodness with some tasty screenshots too."The Windows Live folks have released a really cool application for mobile phones, one that makes it easier to check out maps and find driving directions and traffic conditions. The application is available by pointing your mobile browser at wls.live.com, and comes in two version: one for J2ME platforms, and one for Windows Mobile devices." Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:48 AM by alexbarnett Filed under: Microsoft [...]

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  3. [...] In other news, Microsoft released a local search app for mobile devices. Google has a similar product, with less platform support and stability issues. Microsoft’s is an excellent bit of software, and Google should know that the competition just set the bar. More at InsideMicrosoft. Posted: December 5, 2006 by Nathan Weinberg in: [...]

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  4. I love the interface. And it has turned me into a mobile internet user. Rarely did I use the data services on my phone before.

    Comment by kandarp | December 5, 2006

  5. Very informative website (minus understandable MS-pro bios ;-) ). I am sick of standard news format, so I made this page a default in my browser.
    Back to the applications: I am truly delighted with Live Search, and J2ME is not “native” to my MDA, so no wonder, I’ll stick with it for some time now… Web-based IM needs further validation, but looks nice on the first look.

    Comment by VSAT Solutions | December 5, 2006

  6. [...] I headed to Google’s mobile site on my T-Mobile MDA over the weekend, and was presented with a new, non-Java version of Google Maps for Windows Mobile. Naturally, I was excited, but as with most of Google’s mobile offerings, it comes with its own issues, but is a much better product than those we’ve seen in the past. I’m going to run down the features and problems, comparing them with Microsoft’s Windows Live applet for Windows Mobile devices. [...]

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