Sometimes it takes a little bit longer and this time it feels like it took forever but finally, Microsoft showed its hart for its own mobile OS and released Photosynth for Windows Phone. Available since last year for iOS, Photosynth is a pretty popular panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of places, people and events. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is said to be the only app available on any mobile platform that allows users to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect "sphere".
Once a Photosynth was created, users can share it as an interactive panorama experience on Facebook and Twitter (using Microsoft's free Photosynth.net service) or as a simple image. Furthermore, Photosynths can be publish to Bing where millions of people will see the panoramas, on Bing Maps and in Bing search results for the places where it was captured.
Photosynth for Windows Phone required Windows Phone 7.5/Mango which every Windows Phone should have received by now. It took Microsoft a little bit longer to release it due to the pretty restrictive APIs in Windows Phone 7 which were only opened a little in Windows Phone 7.5, allowing third party apps to do cool stuff with Windows Phone cameras. However, since Photosynth requires significant memory for stitching the photos, it's only available for phones with at least 512 MB of RAM.
Cheers ~ Arne