Recently, Microsoft’s Live labs engineers have released their first ever application for Apple’s popular Smartphone – iPhone. This is different because Microsoft develops this application for iPhone first, even before develop it for their own mobile platform. The application was added to Apple’s Store on Saturday.
The application was called Seadragon Mobile (Microsoft’s Photosynth backbone), which is a free image-browsing application that allows users to zoom images while online. This application also capable to take a group of photographs and combine them together in an artificial 3D environment.
The other iPhone applications are currently in development in Redmond, called Microsoft Tellme. This is the first Microsoft’s iPhone application in the form of a voice-activated search developed for a number of phones types, including BlackBerry and iPhone.
So why Microsoft develop Seadragon for iPhone first?
Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live labs says that the most mobile phones that available today do not have accelerated graphics build on them. As the iPhone do, Microsoft develop iPhone version of Seadragon first.
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