Microsoft Rolls Out New Search Features For Its Mobile & Internet Users

Oct 20, 2007 | 3,821 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Microsoft introduced new search features for its mobile & Internet customers, announces a press release.

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Satya Nadella, corporate vice president of the Search & Advertising Platform Group at Microsoft said, “Microsoft is building on several years of innovation in imagery and 3-D visualization, adding some of the most significant innovations to driving directions technology in the last several years and expanding how our current 185 million customers can experience the improvements to the core of Live Search to include access from a wider variety of clients, platforms and devices. Collectively, these improvements build on the work we did in core relevance and differentiated vertical experiences, and are an important milestone in our efforts in delivering a comprehensive, innovative search offering that includes mobile, mapping, Web and local services for customers to find what they need, when they need it, on any device.”

These new features include:

  • Voice input and gas prices in Live Search for Windows Mobile,
  • A new beta for BlackBerry devices, and
  • Improved mapping and directions in browser-based search for any mobile phone

Voice Input and Gas Prices Now in Live Search for Windows Mobile

Live Search has been a hit with Windows Mobile enthusiasts for awhile now. It's a great way to get local search, mapping and navigation and today we're making it even better. You can now speak your query instead of typing it! Just press the lower left soft-key and say what you want, for example, "Anthony's Pizza" or "Hardware Stores". We use advanced voice recognition technology to understand what you're asking for and give you results. This feature is currently in beta so let us know how well it works for you! If it doesn't recognize something you say, of course you can still type it in like you used to.

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Another new feature is the ability to find nearby gas stations with the best prices. Enter your location, select the Gas Prices icon, and you'll see gas stations sorted by recent prices for regular unleaded gas. Hours of operation are now included for many restaurants as well.

You can download the latest version from your phone at wls.live.com or read more information from your PC.

New – Live Search for BlackBerry® devices (Beta)

We're also releasing a beta version of Live Search for our friends with BlackBerry devices. It runs on BlackBerry version 4.0.2 and higher and provides the main benefits** of Live Search in an experience custom-designed for the BlackBerry.

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You can download it now from your BlackBerry browser at wls.live.com or learn more on your PC.

** The BlackBerry version provides local business search, mapping location, getting movie showtimes and traffic information. It does not include voice input, gas prices, business ratings and hours of operation at this time.

Improved Mapping and Directions in Live Search via mobile browser

Our browser based mobile search at m.live.com is the core of our mobile search products. It's available on any mobile phone with Internet access and searches the broadest types of information-including websites, images, and news, as well as local businesses, maps, directions, and more.

We've made a number of improvements to it-especially in mapping and navigation.

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We're using new map styles throughout this product that make the maps even more readable on small screens. Our directions now also take into account current traffic conditions-and if traffic is especially bad you can choose to have the system reroute you to avoid traffic backups.

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We're also using the same driving direction hints as on the desktop version of Live Search Maps. These hints give you the final cross streets in your route so you don't drive too far.

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Frequently accessed information like weather, stock quotes, and movie times will automatically appear on the main results page when you search for them.

To try it, go to m.live.com from your mobile phone's Web browser to try it for yourself, or learn more from your PC.

More information available in the Live Search blog.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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