We had a chance to sit down with the Windows Live for Mobile team this morning, and chat about life, love, and the pursuit of all things mobile. As you may remember, one of the new features of Windows Mobile 6 was the Windows Live integration, bringing with it improvements to contact synchronization, search, and instant messaging. And we should expect to see more integration of core applications in the near future, according to Matt Champagne, director of mobile product management for Microsoft. Already the team has released a local search client for the U.S. and U.K. markets so you can conduct searches for a variety of categories (hotels, restaurants, etc.) based on your location. From there, you can call directly to the business, view 2D and aerial maps, get driving directions, and view local traffic conditions. The company also has recommitted itself to the MSN Mobile portal and released a beta version featuring optimized pages with full graphics and deeper channel integration. While the new features are key, Champagne said it's just as important to bring these changes to the market faster, rather than keep it within Microsoft R&D department, and we couldn't agree more.
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