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NAVIGATION: Microsoft released Pocket Streets for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 24.03.04 - 11:58:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8549x
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Take a map with you wherever you go with Microsoft Pocket Streets for Smartphone, the street-level mapping guide for your Windows Mobile-based Smartphone.

Pocket Streets for Smartphone offers great map guide functionality right on your Smartphone. Locate addresses, intersections and points of interest or customize locations by inserting your own pushpins. Download maps of cities in the US, Canada and Western Europe from the Pocket Streets web site, or create your own maps using Microsoft desktop applications MapPoint, Streets & Trips or AutoRoute. Once your maps have been synced to your Smartphone you can access them when you need them most, when you are on the go.

Once you have copied a map to your Smartphone, search the map quickly by using the Find Address or Find Place functions. If you don't know the entire address, Pocket Streets accepts a partial address or company name and returns a list of possible options. You can also visually roam around the map and look for the "Points of Interest" icons. Pocket Streets maps contain many types of points of interest including ATMs, restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions, even shopping centers and auto service centers, that can be located visually or by using the Find Place feature.

If you're having trouble deciding where to eat, select Menu -> Find Place and type in whatever you're craving. Entering "Italian" will return a list of restaurants with "Italian" in their name, and entering "pizza" will return a list of pizza places in the neighborhood.

Pocket Streets for Smartphone is commercially available from Handango for US$ 24.95 but unfortunately there no trial version available. However, if you already used Pocket Streets with your Pocket PC before, you know what you will get; if not it's worth to buy - as long as you already own MapPoint, Streets & Trips or AutoRoute.

Cheers ~ Arne

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