From the blog post on the Windows Live Search team's blog entitled Search on the Go with Live Search for Mobile Beta we learn

we’re proud to announce three new ways to search on the go:

Mobile Software Download an application to your phone for local search, maps, driving directions, and live traffic information in a faster, richer and more interactive user interface. It's the best way to search from your phone.



Mobile Browsing - Access maps and directions directly on your phone’s browser. Simply enter into your phone’s address bar and select Map. Choose from the scopes of Local, Web, Map, News and Spaces and get Live Search from your mobile device.

Text Messages (SMS) - If you don’t have a data plan, you can simply send a text message to 95483 (WLIVE) with a query like “Toys Chicago, IL” or “Coffee 90210” and you’ll immediately receive a text message reply with the nearest business listings with address and phone numbers.

This is a pretty sweet release and I can't wait to get it on my AudioVox SMT 5600. So far, the release has been favorably reviewed by those that have tried it including Gizmodo which has an article entitled Windows Live Search For Mobile vs. Google Maps Mobile which ends on the following note

If you're using a Windows Mobile phone, we'd definitely recommend you try out Windows Live Search. The Java-based Google Maps is just too buggy and slow, not to mention clunky, to be useful to us.

Not bad, eh? I thought Google was the king of innovative search products. :) Speaking of innovation and Microsoft, there is a debate between Robert Scoble and Dave Winer in a recent Wall Street Journal article Is Microsoft Driving Innovation Or Playing Catch-Up With Rivals? which has both bloggers going head to head on whether Microsoft is innovative or not. Interesting read.


Friday, December 1, 2006 4:08:46 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I'll reiterate my comment from Scoble's blog here, in hopes you can pass it off to someone who knows what to do:

"They say it supports J2ME phones, yet it doesn�t work on my BlackBerry, which is indeed a J2ME phone. The application downloads and installs fine. When I launch the app, I can type information into the search bar, but that�s about it.

I can�t navigate to the �GO� or �MENU� buttons and the only option in the menu when I click the jog-wheel is �Close�. Additionally, deleting entered text doesn�t work. In a nutshell, the app is completely unusable for me.

Makes me wonder, did they even bother testing this app on a variety of J2ME phones? I mean, BlackBerry is a pretty big brand for them to miss."
Friday, December 1, 2006 4:26:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I've passed your feedback along to the Live Search folks. Thanks for taking the time to report this issue.
Friday, December 1, 2006 7:37:35 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
This issue was discussed yesterday on the feedback mailing list.

HI Steve,

We have to apologize for this. Blackberries weren�t one of the supported devices for the beta and this was supposed to be described clearly on the web sites; as you can tell it�s not right now. RIM users are a critical set of users for us and we�re working hard now to get a build specifically for RIM but it will still be a bit. We�re trying to update the web sites to explain the device support so more people don�t hit the same problem you did.

As soon as we have something that�s ready to be looked at externally, we�ll definitely update the site and send you a copy to get your thoughts. We definitely appreciate you trying out the beta, and hopefully we can get you excited about again it as soon as the RIM build is available.

Mark Gilbert
Group Program Manager
Windows Live Search for mobile
Mobile: +1 425 533 4201

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