Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

Summary: On May 11, Microsoft's Bing team announced it was introducing tweaks to the Bing application on legacy Windows Phone devices running Windows Mobile 6.x, as well as new turn-by-turn navigation that builds on Bing Maps and Tellme voice technologies.

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As Microsoft inches closer to finalizing the Windows Phone 7 operating system, it is continuing to roll out applications of interest to the existing Windows Mobile 6.x user base.

On May 11, Microsoft's Bing team announced it was introducing tweaks to the Bing application on legacy Windows Phone devices, as well as new turn-by-turn navigation that builds on Bing Maps and Tellme voice technologies.

The Bing home page for Windows Mobile 6.x phone users has gotten a face-lift, as well as improved navigation "to give people faster access to common searches, such as Movies and Traffic," according to a Bing Community blog post.

When Microsoft rolled out its Bing application for the iPhone late last year, a number of Windows Phone customers complained that the iPhone app was far nicer looking and more useful than the Bing for Windows Phone one.

Microsoft is going to continue to support Windows Phone customers running Windows Mobile 6.x for a few years to come. (I've asked for a more precise date; stay tuned.)  But the Mobile team is putting almost all of its backing behind Windows Phone 7 and its successors, which run a different and incompatible (though still Windows Compact-based) operating system.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Telcos, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

    I am guessing they will support it till the middle of 2012 if not end of 2012.
    --ram--
    Ram U
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

      There's a fair amount of buzz (by Windows Mobile standards) on the Microsoft Answers forums from folks who are confused about the apparent crippling of the years-old Bing (formerly Live Search) application for Windows Mobile 6.x.
      raimu koyo asu
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        There are no very big cuts per model, but the scale ? across the portfolio ? has not been seen for a very, very long time.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        Nokia has no comment on specific price cuts, but did say that price changes were part of normal business.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        It?s not all bad news for Nokia - Rumor has it that the company is getting $11.50 from Apple for each iPhone sold thanks to a lucrative patent deal.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        There?s never been a better time to pick up a Nokia smartphone.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        Lasso allows users to search outside the search box, the Softies said, by circling a desired term and
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        otherwise could take them nine (if they rely on the iOS operating system?s cut-and-paste functionality).
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        What you?re seeing today is only the beginning. Lasso moves Bing beyond the search box.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        Although it will only be available in Bing for iPad to begin with, we?re already thinking about how to take Lasso
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        @raimu koyo asu Microsoft is going to roll out the final version of at least some of its Windows Live Wave 4 services (though not its Essentials suite), based on what Microsoft officials said ipad bag blog of best sutudeg community the modern education news and yesterday.
        Arabalar
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        @raimu koyo asu That is really a big question. Google's servers are the heart of Google's business. And it has long been a FEATURE, a FEATURE, not a LOOPHOLE, that one could privately modify the GPL code they use to run their business. Of course web applications are obviously SaaS. But where does one draw the line between those applications and the servers that host them? For example, take an insurance company running open source on their back end servers. At some point they decide to put a customer facing front end on those servers so that customers can access their accounts over the Net. Does that suddenly make that whole kaboodle Saas? If so, I am not sure I am comfortable with AGPL. In fact, I am not sure I am comfortable with this concept anyway since it undercuts one of the few provisions that make GPL software highly attractive to businesses that are not engaged in reselling the software itself. It really compromises the spirit of the GPL in some ways
        arabaoyunlari@...
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

    Mary Jo,

    Has Microsoft given you any indication of their plans for non-phone mobile PDA type devices that currently run the Windows Mobile 6.5. Basically the old PocketPC market. I work in an industry that uses a lot of these for high-end GPS work. Seems like FedEx, UPS, etc use these along with many vertical markets.
    bevcat
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

    MJ, I can't believe you didn't mention about the great feature here - Turn by turn navigation!! Bing update has given turn-by-turn voice navigation to 6.x devices!! I actually tested it in my hd2 and it just amazing for a first build. And also it finds location faster than before. :)
    winux_sap
    • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

      @winux_sap Yeah, the free text-to-speech turn by turn GPS navigation features with free live traffic avoidance is a HUGE new feature. Here's a video of it: http://pocketnow.com/software-1/video-bing-navigation-in-action

      If this was something Google did, it would be all over the news.

      The implications for having this integrated with Windows Phone 7 are also VERY exciting.
      AdamzP
      • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

        @AdamzP : I know! I mean, no major tech-site did anything more than just mentioning it(and some shockingly didn't even mention it). Only pocketnow did a video review of it. But then, even MS didn't make a big fanfare for it - so it's kinda sad. Remember when Google introduced, turn-by-turn navigation for Android devices - boy, the techblogs went nuts - predicting the demise of GPS devices. Simply sad.
        winux_sap
  • RE: Microsoft delivers new Bing updates for Windows Mobile 6.x phones

    Looks like that time is July 1, 2010. The bing application no longer works on my HTC Touch Pro. It displays the message<br><br>"Sorry, the bing application isn't supported on this device. Go to m.bing.com in your browser instead?"<br><br>See the <a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/The-Watering-Can-of-Enterprise/Lack-of-Backward-Compatibility-Lost-Market-Share-bing-for/ba-p/81712">HP blog</a> for more information and a labor intensive workaround.
    scottrudy
  • Microsoft disables Bing application for most Windows Mobile 6.x users

    There's a fair amount of buzz (by Windows Mobile standards) on the Microsoft Answers forums from folks who are confused about the apparent crippling of the years-old Bing (formerly Live Search) application for Windows Mobile 6.x.

    Microsoft's announcement of new functionality on certain phone models was a euphemism for their actual intent to entirely limit the program's usage to those phones. Previous versions are effectively disabled when they phone home, displaying a message that the user should instead use the web application with their browser (eliminating the possibility that their GPS will be used) before they shut down.

    It's quite difficult to imagine how Microsoft came to this decision with any sort of logical reasoning.

    Ms. Foley, can you get to the bottom of this?
    bvolt