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COMMUNITY: Microsoft Research released Slam 1.0 for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 12.10.06 - 17:47:46 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11403x
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The Microsoft Slam team on Monday announced the release of Slam 1.0: a Windows Mobile social software client and service. Slam allows users to make and manage social groups right from their phone for group-based messaging and photo sharing. You can also use Slam through the SMS and/or web interfaces.
Slam is a Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group research project, developed in conjunction with the Microsoft Photo and Imaging eXperience (PIX) team. It is a (Windows) mobile device-based application that enables lightweight, group-centric real-time communication, location awareness and photo-sharing.

The core concept behind Slam is a "Slam", a group of people with whom you can exchange messages and photos. When you send a message in Slam, it is automatically sent to everyone in the group to which you sent it. For smartphone users that have the Slam client installed, their phone will buzz and they will have an indication on their phone's home screen that there is a new message. For SMS users, they will receive the message as an SMS from the Slam server. Like smartphone users, SMS users can be members of multiple slam groups. SMS users will send/receive messages to a different phone number for each slam group they a member of.

Slam users can also see where other people in their groups are on a map. The Slam client will periodically let the server know where it is, then, when someone in a group requests it, the server generates a map using MSN's Virtual Earth with everybody's location marked. Of course, this only works from slam smartphone clients, not SMS users. However, this feature does not require a GPS device, as it attempts to determine location based on the cellular towers your phone detects.

That said, you have to know that SLAM is only available for U.S. users at the moment since it requires a U.S. phone number. Other MSISDNs are not allow yet for registration. Also only Windows Mobile Smartphones are supported at the moment; no word yet if and when Pocket PCs might follow.

Cheers ~ Arne

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