Microsoft announces Live Call 411, Live Maps 3D improvements, more

In a press release issued today, Microsoft announced the “final updates to the fall release of its Live Search service” (most of which was at least mentioned at Searchification).  The new stuff, condensed from the press release:

Maps and directions:

  • dynamic re-routing based on real time traffic info
  • one click directions (no starting point needed)
  • in line hints based on local landmarks
  • 3D imagery combined with Bird’s Eye imagery
  • Announcing 3DVia, in a licensing agreement with Dassault Systemes, a new set of tools to allow users to create and share 3D models of buildings built on top of Live Maps 3D


  • broad access to user-generated content from Live Search and from across the entire web, through searchable user-created collections and KML support.
  • Updates in version 6.0 of Virtual Earth include
    • multipoint trip routing
    • enhanced geocoding combining results for multiple geocoders
    • rooftop geocoding resulting in more precise geocoding results
    • map control support for Safari 2.0
    • and the release of MapCruncher Beta making it easier to publish maps overlaid in an application using the Virtual Earth map control


  • Live Search for Windows Mobile with Voice Input. The updated Live Search for Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0 will be available for download for free on Tuesday and now includes voice input (beta), gas prices, and hours of operation for businesses. The service can also utilize global positioning system (GPS) data on GPS-enabled phones to provide location-aware local search for customers.
  • Live Search 411:  Jointly developed with Tellme, acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, a new toll-free number will be available for anyone using any kind of phone to access the power of Live Search. Simply dial 1-800-CALL-411 and say the city and state, then ask for the business or business category to hear a list of options. Say “Connect Me,” to instantly connect to the business, or if using a cell phone, ask for a text message, and a link to a map of the business will be sent to your phone.


  • Live Search for BlackBerry.  Live Search for BlackBerry is in beta and will be available for download for free on Tuesday.  It is a new offering designed for the unique hardware and interaction of BlackBerry OS 4.0.2 or later phones, and customers with GPS-enabled phones can use location awareness to enhance their searches

We’ll have more on the new features as they come online.