Microsoft and Bing announced their app called “We’re In” today for Windows Phone. The app essentially allows users to log into the app, along with their friends, and see each others location, making meet-ups and traveling infinitely easier. Just add your phone number to the app and add your friends via your contacts in the people hub and viola, you’ll see exactly where they are and they you.
We’re In makes organizing get-together’s, carpooling and trying to find people in a crowd a breeze. Any time you want to see where your friends are—We’re In can help you. 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.
Check out the blog post on Bing for the entire description and a walk-through of the app and its features. “We’re In” is currently exclusive to WIndows Phone, but is promised for other devices very soon. You can find the app by searching for “We’re In” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone.
Microsoft has released another app into the Marketplace called Bing Get Me There. The app is just another nice-looking app in the long list of titles from Microsoft and this one seems to be geared more toward UK users in that it’s essentially a London travels app. Here’s the Marketplace description:
Bing Get Me There is a London travel app that gets you from where you are right now to wherever you want to be. True door-to-door directions using Bing maps and live tube updates to ensure you get the best route for you. Business, home address, or tube station, Bing Get Me There will get you there!
Plan journeys using Bing maps and
the London Underground network
Full tube maps and live service
Live departures and status updates by tube station
stations (with map and walking directions)
Set up favourite journeys with
‘live tile’ alerts on your home screen
Weekend service updates
access to tube maps (great for when you are on the tube)
The app focuses on the Underground and walking for your journey, though trains and buses sections will be included if there are any delays or closures on the tube network.
Search for “Bing” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone to check out this app.
One of the new features coming along in the Mango update for Windows Phone is the inclusion of indoor maps. Indoor maps are pretty self explanatory, but an obvious usage case would be for mall shopping. Say you are in a huge mall and want to know where the nearest cell phone store is located. In todays version of maps, you could see an overhead snapshot of the entire bulding, but finding where each individual store is located is just not possible with the current map application. PocketNow has had some hands-on time with Mango and was able to shoot a brief video of the indoor maps feature. Take a look for yourself: