Microsoft enters the consumer cellphone-based LBS market



Microsoft enters the consumer cellphone-based LBS market
Microsoft announced at 3 GSM World Congress in Barcelona the availability of its Live Search online service as a software client application on Windows Mobile and Java devices.

Live Search for mobile offers the new option to search for local businesses, points of interest or services right on a mobile device based on its location. Users can browse categories such as restaurants, hotels and accommodations, and shopping.

Global positioning capabilities built into Live Search for mobile also enable users to search and explore routes from their current location. Users can enter virtually any start and end point to retrieve routes with turn-by-turn directions and display maps with road or aerial views.

Real-time traffic data is available for more than 25 U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Traffic conditions are reported on local maps with simple green, red and yellow gradients.

The new Live Search applications will be available in the United States and the United Kingdom to customers using Windows Mobile powered devices, Nokia Series 40 and Series 60 devices, the Motorola RAZR/SLVR family, and assorted LG and Samsung devices


Thursday, February 15th 2007
ludovic Privat

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