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.
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:
If you have been paying attention to the news recently, you have probably heard about the not-so-recent discovery that Apple devices track your every move for some non-apparent reason. The issue with the iPhone tracking it’s users every move is said to be a glitch in the OS software and may be fixed with the next update, although, Apple has not officially commented on the issue.
Android users may also be in the same boat, although, their phones are said to track users in a different way. This may be okay for some users, but others may still find the idea of tracking to be too intrusive.
If you are a Windows Phone user, you need not worry about this tracking business, because PCMagazine reached out to Microsoft and their response was that Windows Phone does not track users in any way:
“Microsoft told PCMag unequivocally that phones running Windows Phone 7 do not store location history. Like most other phones, the platform offers plenty of location-based apps, and those apps require user consent before they begin tracking. Windows Phones also offer the common feature of a “global switch” that lets the user disable all location services, and Microsoft says its “Find My Phone” service keeps only the phone’s most recent location.”
Windows Phone is new to market and sometimes receives flak for some missing features, but in the area of security and user privacy, Windows Phone seems to be on the right track.