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Monday, October 22, 2007

New Voice Search Microsoft Live Search 411

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Microsoft has launched a voice activated local search service, Live search 411. The service delivers maps, directions, and web results to mobile phone users. Information can also be requested and received by SMS. The Microsoft offering of 1-800-Call-411 joins Google’s 1-800-Goog-411, which was released in April 2007.
Live Search 411 features include (from the LiveSearch blog):

  • Connect to any business listing you find
  • Receive SMS links to maps, driving directions and traffic conditions
  • Get movie show times and even buy tickets over the phone
  • Share text messages of business details with friends so they can easily meet you
  • Hear the current weather conditions and the forecast
  • Quickly access travel resources like airlines, hotels, and rental cars
  • Remember your personalized locations for movie theaters, weather, and traffic, and your preferences for receiving text messages.
  • Unlike traditional call assistance services like the yellow pages, the service is free for searchers, with businesses being charged per lead. For the SMS service there is an option of placing a locally targeted advertisement next to the message. Yahoo! has not indicated whether it will join Microsoft and Google in voice search.



    ineedhits Team You can click on any of the circles to get more information about the business they represent, essentially giving many more local businesses first page exposure on Google maps. It should be noted that the top 10 listings will still appear as pins on the left hand side of the map.

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