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Voice Activated Search 411

Microsoft Live Search

This week Microsoft launched their voice activated local search service named Live Search 411. It is used together with the technology behind Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Tellme to deliver local, maps, directions and web results to mobile phone users with the ease of a telephone call.

Phones are basically made to speak into, not for typing, so voice activated search makes perfect sense. Both Microsoft and Google now have their respected voice activated search engine – Google’s 1-800-GOOG-411 and Microsoft’s 1-800-CALL-411.
Yahoo on the other hand is still behind on voice search. They are still working on their Yahoo OneSearch mobile search offering, but have not gone public with the voice input option as yet.

Live Search 411 features include (from the LiveSearch blog):

• Connect to any business listing you find-for free
• Receive SMS links to maps, driving directions and traffic conditions (just say “text me the info”)
• Get movie showtimes and even buy tickets over the phone (via our partnership with Fandango)
• Share text messages of business details with friends so they can easily meet you there
• 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.

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