Microsoft announces Bing "We're In" app for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is teaming up two of its big divisions, the Bing search service and the Windows Phone 7 operating system, to create a new app for the OS called, "We're In." As described on Microsoft's Bing blog site, the app will allow its users to organize groups of friends and invite them to come to a specific location. According to the blog, "It's simple, invite your friends, and when they join, they'll see your location and you'll see theirs. When the invite expires, so does the shared location – no complicated process to worry about." While the app is just for Windows Phone 7 users, the Bing team is working to bring the same app to other devices.

The app works by signing in using your Windows Phone 7 phone number and then adding in all of your phone's contacts. When you want to invite them to a specific location, you add in the contacts that you want to bring in to your event. The friends are notified of your invite via a text message. If they own a Windows Phone 7 based smartphone, they can use their own 'We're In' app to join your invite. People who don't own a Windows Phone 7 device can still join by clicking on the text message and joining via a link to a mobile web site. The app even shows where your friends are in relation to you and the location of the event you invited them to attend. Users can also update their status that can be seen by the other people invited to the event.

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MS what about releasing something as simple as an app backing up SMS?!?!?!?!?!?
I had it for years..... with WM 6.XXXXX

Or, perhaps MS realizes that their Bing coverage is not as good outside of US than inside, so they do not want to release a product that would provide a possibly less than optimal experience.

Or, maybe rules for "mobile tracking" (even if temporary) outside of US vary greatly, and it will take time to sort this out in those markets?

But yeah - I am sure that your "Microsoft seems to think the universe exists only within the US borders" is infinitely more accurate...

BigBoy said,
Or, perhaps MS realizes that their Bing coverage is not as good outside of US than inside, so they do not want to release a product that would provide a possibly less than optimal experience.

Or, maybe rules for "mobile tracking" (even if temporary) outside of US vary greatly, and it will take time to sort this out in those markets?

But yeah - I am sure that your "Microsoft seems to think the universe exists only within the US borders" is infinitely more accurate...

Are you Ron Dennis lol? Just kidding :-p

BigBoy said,
Or, perhaps MS realizes that their Bing coverage is not as good outside of US than inside, so they do not want to release a product that would provide a possibly less than optimal experience.

This.

BigBoy said,
Or, perhaps MS realizes that their Bing coverage is not as good outside of US than inside, so they do not want to release a product that would provide a possibly less than optimal experience.

Or, maybe rules for "mobile tracking" (even if temporary) outside of US vary greatly, and it will take time to sort this out in those markets?

But yeah - I am sure that your "Microsoft seems to think the universe exists only within the US borders" is infinitely more accurate...

What about make Bing "Worldwide useful"? it does not seem o me that MS did not have the resources and the time to do it?
Besides it seems that MS has some issues going Worldwide: Zune hardware, Zune music market etc... BTW other companies do not appear to have the same "difficulties" accomplishing it.

awesome.. now give it to me in canada..

does anyone have an explanation why these are taking so long to get outside of the US? Just asking a general question.. is it marketing purposes or following apples model of getting americans to love it so the world will follow? anyone know if they are planning a worldwide push anytime soon?

Lachlan said,
awesome.. now give it to me in canada..

does anyone have an explanation why these are taking so long to get outside of the US? Just asking a general question.. is it marketing purposes or following apples model of getting americans to love it so the world will follow? anyone know if they are planning a worldwide push anytime soon?

Microsoft's stupid country policies and Microsoft seems to think the universe exists only within the US borders.

dhavalhirdhav said,

Microsoft's stupid country policies and Microsoft seems to think the universe exists only within the US borders.


Here's an idea: if you hate their policies so much, don't use their products. No one is forcing you!