Live Search for iPhone

Microsoft Live Labs recently announced Seadragon for iPhone which indicated Microsoft's interest with the iPhone. Microsoft's Live Search team has now joined that list and has released Live Search for iPhone, though the announcement was made in the MacRumor's forum last week unlike the official announcement of Seadragon.

Live Search for iPhone is not an iPhone app like the Google Mobile App but the Live Search team has tuned their mobile website for iPhone. It's an iPhone-friendly version of the Live Search site which means that the entire search site is now tailored for the iPhone's screen.

Some of the features announced are:

  • iPhone Friendly: The entire search site is tailored for the iPhone's screen
  • Personalization: You can add widgets like a local weather forecast or stock quotes to your Live Search homepage
  • Saved locations: You can now save favourite locations like Home and Work
  • Walking directions: Live Search now supports walking directions as well driving directions
  • Mobile web results: Mobile web results now appear on top of results with a quick description
  • Encarta answers: Encarta answers automatically appear on top of results

As the default search engine cannot be changed in iPhone (other than to Yahoo), the only thing Live Search lovers can do is to set it as their homepage or bookmark it.


Image Courtesy: MacRumors Forums

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What a ridiculous comment! I despise Google myself (although sometimes have to use it for relevancy). Live Search is so much better (especially their Maps and Image searches!)

cJr. said,
What a ridiculous comment! I despise Google myself (although sometimes have to use it for relevancy). Live Search is so much better (especially their Maps and Image searches!)

LOL. Are you serious?

Yeah too bad it is not an app... Live Search for Windows Mobile is one of best apps MS makes, Google's search does not come close.

majortom1981 said,
IF its anything like the comparison to google and live search on windows mobile the live search has better gps positioning.

QFT. Google maps blows compared to microsoft's live maps. thats one thing i miss about my old windows mobile phone.

QuarterSwede said,
Google is the default just like in OS Xs Safari.

You can set it to Yahoo in preferences, but you can't install any other search providers.

suyashs said,
You can set it to Yahoo in preferences, but you can't install any other search providers.

I can understand the bundling of some engines over others but locking down the platform, that's mean.

Glendi said,
As many people who own an iPhone and use Live Search on their computer as well.

And those who find out that using live search on an iPhone is possible.

Intelman said,
How many iPhone users will use this? I can't imagine many.

Been using this for about a month now, often for Traffic Updates since Google's traffic is always horribly, horribly wrong in the Maps App.