Bing for Windows Mobile update brings turn by turn voice directions

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Bing for Windows Mobile has just received an update to version 5.1, which brings one excellent feature – Live turn by turn voice navigation.

The feature takes advantage of the Microsoft Tellme team’s expertise in voice applications to deliver a lifelike voice experience for the turn-by-turn navigation.

bingupdate1Now when getting directions with Bing, you’ll see a new “Navigate” button. By selecting it, Bing will calculate your route, and guide you as you drive. You can select the fastest or shortest route, choose to avoid traffic and/or tolls, get a map or a list of directions, and see arrows and hear alerts to know which way to turn next. 

Free voice guidance has become a major feature on the Android and Symbian platform, and its arrival on Windows Mobile (and presumable Windows Phone) finally brings some parity on that feature between the platforms.

Other improvements are a redesigned home page, which makes it easier to search for standards such as traffic and movies,

If you’ve got the Bing Beta on your device already, you can upgrade via the Update menu or by visiting m.bing.com/download in your phone’s browser.

Read more about the update, which may not work for all phones, at Microsoft here.

Thanks bkwmiata for the tip.



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