Windows Mobile Enhancements: Windows Live, Skype, and Google Street View
Article by George Norman
On 12 Dec 2008
Windows Mobile, the Microsoft developed operating system for smartphones, has recently received a few updates: the Windows Live team has announced the release of “new and updated mobile web services”, the recently released Skype for Windows Mobile 2.5 Beta is properly good, and Google has announced the availability of Street View for Window Mobile powered phones and for the Nokia S60 device.

With Windows Live Wave 3 for Windows Mobile, developers say the user experience will get a boost in the right direction; it will surpass even the Beta version in terms of user enjoyment. Alongside the existing Hotmail and Messenger services, the updated Windows Live also brings Home, Photos, Profile, People, and Spaces to the table. An in-depth presentation of all these services is provided by Keith Senzel and Martin Krupicka from the Windows Live Mobile team here.


Earlier this week, the company founded five years ago by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, released Skype for Windows Mobile 2.5 Beta. What this software version does is it brings the desktop VoIP Skype client to the smartphone platform (as well as Windows Pocket PC). If you are the kind of person that appreciates a software application that can boast about its intuitiveness, long list of features, and compact display, then perhaps you might consider using Skype for Windows 2.5 Beta on your device.

Until now, there was no way of enjoying the great imagery that Google Street View has to offer on a Windows Mobile powered device. According to the Street View team, it was not enough to increase this service’s coverage, the team also wanted to make this imagery available on Windows Mobile powered smartphones and on the Nokia S60 device as well. “We're excited to announce the availability of Google Maps for mobile version 2.3 with Street View on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile. Street View was previously released on Google Maps for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone,” says the Google Mobile Blog.

Tags: Windows Mobile, Skype, Google Maps, Street View
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