Need Traffic Report? Call Microsoft Live Search 411!

How many people are familiar with Microsoft’s Voice Search tool “Live Search 411?” It’s a powerful yet not well-known way to do local search from any phone (1-800-CALL-411 or 1-800-225-5411). Conceptually, it’s exactly like Goog-411 but has more considerably more content and capabilities. Built on the Tellme infrastructure it can provide:

  • Local business search
  • Driving directions
  • Weather
  • Sports scores
  • Stock quotes
  • Gas prices
  • Movie information
  • Travel and airlines information

Today traffic information, from INRIX, was added to that list.

Live Search 411 will presumably be rebranded in June and become part of a more holistic Microsoft search offering that will include the PC, voice portal (Live Search 411), WAP search and mobile client.

Related Topics: Channel: Mobile | Microsoft: Bing Mobile | Search Engines: Mobile Search Engines

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