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December 14, 2008

Microsoft Live Labs releases Seadragon Mobile iPhone app

Posted by David Hunter at 6:46 PM ET.

Per a post on the Microsoft Live Labs blog, Microsoft has released a free demonstration application for the iPhone that uses the image viewing technology they acquired with Seadragon Software.

Want to see giga-pixel images on your iPhone?   Now you can–with Seadragon Mobile.

Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.  Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen.  You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else’s).

There’s also a slick demo video in the same post.

I’ve seen some commentary that wonders at part of Microsoft trafficking with the "enemy" at Apple, but Microsoft is large enough and with fingers in enough pies that such discontinuities are bound to occur. Todd Bishop observes that more are likely on the way:

There are signs that more Microsoft groups may also be interested in iPhone app development, with David Geller of Eyejot commenting yesterday on TechFlash about the "large number" of Microsofties attending a recent Seattle-area iPhone developers group meeting.

Filed under Acquisitions, Apple, Coopetition, Microsoft, Windows Live

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