Navizon Inc., (formerly Mexens Technology) this week announced that the company has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft under which Microsoft will use Navizon's global location database to provide an enhanced experience to its mobile users. Navizon, a software-only hybrid wireless positioning system, helps users navigate in most major cities across the globe without the need to have a GPS signal. Navizon works by triangulating signals broadcasted from WiFi access points and cellular towers, and the company's software is now embedded in numerous smartphone applications which are fast becoming essential tools for the modern urban lifestyle.
Navizon's diverse user community is spread across various platforms and carriers. Through rapid expansion in numbers, the community of users is able to constantly improve the precision and success rates of its wireless geolocation system.
While neither Microsoft nor Navizon have disclosed any further details, it's expected that Microsoft will use Navizon's GPS-less positioning system for its upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series operating system to improve location and search results.
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