From the Virtual Earth team's blog post entitled Mobile Search V2 released - Improved Navigation, Cache, Movie Searching, GPS, Traffic reporting and more! we learn

The Mobile Search team has released V2 of the rich client application for Windows Mobile, as well as a major update to the browser based interface. Whether you have a J2ME (Java) phone, Windows Mobile phone, or any other device with a mobile browser, Live Search has you covered with maps, directions and business search.
  • Movie Showtimes:  Want to see a movie but don’t know what’s playing?   Get Movie Showtimes near you and be on your way! 
  • More Local Data with Reviews:  Want to go out for dinner but not sure which restaurant to pick?  Let your fellow restaurant goers help you out – make a decision based on user ratings.
  • Maps:  View Mobile Virtual Earth maps wherever you are.  For improved performance, pop in your storage card to enable the large cache option. Street maps, Aerial and Hybrid are supported.
  • Directions: Lost?  Get found with better support for GPS integration and improved turn-by-turn navigation.  We’ll even prompt you to auto-reroute if you get lost! 
I use this all the time and it is now my favorite Windows Live application. It's a sign that we've come a long way that I now consider printing out driving directions from the Web to be "old school".

I've been using Yahoo's mobile service for movie times but now it looks like I be needing it any more. Sweet. What are you waiting for? Head over to and install it on your phone today.


Friday, July 13, 2007 5:46:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Typical Microsoft -- requires a client install. Guess I won't be using it from my iPhone.
Friday, July 13, 2007 7:01:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Blah, blah, blah. I guess the Google Maps on the iPhone is a Web app and not a native iPhone app. Native phone apps all the way. Let me know when someone implements solitaire for the iPhone as a Web app. ;)

Not only do client apps offer a significantly better user experience than Web apps, you can navigate to mobile versions of Windows Live or MSN if that's what you prefer.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 8:38:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The addition of movie times to WLS is awesome! Keep up the good work guys. I'm sticking by my PPC-6700's side for a while longer until I go over to the iPhone dark-side.
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