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February 12, 2007

Microsoft fills out mobile Windows Live hand

Posted by David Hunter at 2:12 PM ET.

Microsoft today formally announced at 3GSM07 a full fledged Windows Live for Windows Mobile (that certainly trips off the tongue) client as well as two separate Windows Live Search options for mobile phones:

Today at 3GSM World Congress 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced three new Windows Live™ for mobile services that provide search and communications capabilities to help people access their world of relationships, information and interests from their mobile device. Now available in the United States and the United Kingdom, Live Search for Windows Mobile® and Live Search for Java provide customers with advanced local search and mapping capabilities on their mobile device. In conjunction with the availability of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft also introduced Windows Live for Windows Mobile — a rich set of Windows Live services including e-mail, instant messaging and search — uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile powered devices.

Live Search for Windows Mobile and Live Search for Java

Live Search is now available as a software client application on Windows Mobile and Java devices. These Live Search applications represent the latest innovation in mobile search from Microsoft, providing customers with fast, easy-way access to local listings and maps. New capabilities include a unique, category-based search, which virtually eliminates the need to type text into the phone; an option to “map all results” so several listings appear on the same map; aerial imagery; and local traffic status in selected U.S. cities. Live Search for Windows Mobile provides additional new capabilities including satellite imagery, GPS integration and the ability to send search results to a friend.

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.

Customers interested in the Live Search for Windows Mobile and Live Search for Java applications can go to http://mobile.search.live.com to view a complete list of device availability and download the software for their device at no cost. Users can easily download the Live Search client directly to their mobile phone by going to http://wls.live.com on their phone’s browser.

Windows Live for Windows Mobile

Windows Live for Windows Mobile will provide customers with a rich set of Windows Live services, including Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces, uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile software. Windows Mobile powered devices, with their advanced software, processing power and memory, make ideal platforms for the delivery of Windows Live services. Windows Live for Windows Mobile offers one of the first industry examples of a single integrated and presence-enabled contact list on a mobile device. One consolidated list provides customers with easy access to all their Windows Live, Microsoft Office Outlook® and other contacts, as well as relevant presence information.

The Windows Live Developer Program for Mobile now supports the development tools for independent software vendors (ISVs) to create applications such as Windows Live for Windows Mobile. The developer program provides software development kits, testing guidelines and support to ISVs to develop Windows Live for mobile solutions for Windows Mobile, Java, Symbian and Palm devices, and deploy them with mobile operators. Developers who are interested in joining the Windows Live Developer Program for Mobile should contact bizdesk@microsoft.com.

More details by following the link, but except for the Java variant these seem like predictable mappings of Windows Live services to the Windows Mobile form factor and infrastructure. The outreach to other platforms including actually building a Java version of Live Search is reasonably prompted by the desire to not exclude any possible ciustomers and after all that is the point of a Web based service.



Filed under 3GSM07, Conferences, Coopetition, General Business, Live Search, Marketing, Microsoft, Online Services, Palm, PalmSource, Symbian, Windows Live, Windows Live Mail Desktop, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Search for Java, Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile, Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live for Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6

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3 Responses to “Microsoft fills out mobile Windows Live hand”

  1. Google and Microsoft up, Yahoo down in February US search stats -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The search experience is the selling point and if you hit the “Dare to Compare” button on the oneSearch website you’ll see a graphic and flattering comparison to Google for various searches. (Apparently they didn’t feel Microsoft was worth swatting.) Yahoo’s search results are certainly prettier than Google’s, but I’m not entirely sure that all the bling is beneficial and Information Week’s Eric Zeman kicks the oneSearch tires and similarly suggests that the services are comparable. However, the winner won’t be determined by reviews – do what everybody else will do and try them both (and any applicable mobile version of Windows Live Search too) and decide on your personal favorite. Later we’ll count the votes. Filed under Coopetition, Google, Yahoo, Windows Live, Windows Live Search, Microsoft, Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile, Windows Live Search for Java [...]

  2. Live Search for Mobile v2.0 released -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] When version 1 was released in February the Windows Mobile and Java versions were respectively named Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile and Windows Live Search for Java, but the branding has apparently now been fuzzed with all variants now going under the name of “Live Search for Mobile” or permutations thereof. There are more details on the rich client versions at the FAQ and downloads page (USA and UK only) and the mobile browser version is at http://m.live.com/.   Filed under General Business, Windows Live, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile, Windows Live Search for Java   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

  3. Nokia kicks the tires on Windows Live -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] This isn’t the Windows Live for Windows Mobile suite Microsoft announced in February since the Nokia phones use a Symbian operating system instead of Windows Mobile 6, but it is at least a kissing cousin created with the developer tools announced then. [...]

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