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.