Sometime last week, MS released Windows Live Search for Mobile (beta). I’m down here in DC for a few days, so I gave it a try on my Cingular 8125. I had Google’s Java application for Google Maps installed before. Sorry, Google. This one clearly goes to Microsoft.
First, the Windows application is an application. Instead of a beasty Java midlet which runs painfully slow, it’s a stand-alone application that can be launched like any other and it only takes about 300K of space.
Once installed, the interface is well done.
Like the desktop browser version, when you drag a map around it redraws on the fly. Zooming is smooth, even on my underpowered phone connecting to the Internet via GPRS/EDGE.
Last night, I went to my sister-in-law’s home for dinner. I got out of the Metro stop and I completely forgot which direction I was supposed to walk. I pulled out my phone and launched the Windows Live app. I entered the address of the building in front of me as the start point, my SIL’s address as the end point and easily found my way. Google Maps was nice in theory, but the execution is nowhere near as good.