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Microsoft boosts mobile services

Live Search comes to Windows Mobile and Java, and Windows Mobile has bundled Lives services.

Microsoft is set to announce on Sunday three new Windows Live services for mobile devices at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. Live Search on Windows Mobile and Live Search on Java allow people to search for local businesses without any typing and to save information to contacts, map directions or make a call with one click. The mapping uses new Virtual Earth imagery technology, and users can get real-time traffic data for more than 25 U.S. cities. The new Windows Live for mobile services are available in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Microsoft also announced Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which bundles Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces, which lets people send photos and videos directly to their blogs from their mobile devices. Microsoft plans to unveil its latest mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6, at the show.