Bing for Windows Mobile Gains Spoken Turn-By-Turn Directions

Windows Phone 7 is due out by the holiday season, but Microsoft (s msft) isn’t allowing Windows Mobile 6.x to wither away like a raisin in the sun. Today, the Bing team announced new turn-by-turn directions courtesy of Microsoft’s Tellme unit. The new feature is available on Windows Mobile handsets for T-Mobile, Sprint (s s) and AT&T (s t) — but not Verizon (s vz), which both surprises and disappoints me. I recognize the carrier needs to sell their own services of course, but the Motorola Droid (s mot) on Verizon sports that nifty, free Google Navigation (s goog). Go figure.

Folks with a supported handset and carrier will find the Bing application update available today or can hit up for the new feature. Older Windows Mobile handsets gain a slight interface update too — the new UI provides faster access to more common searches, such as Movies and Traffic. Since I no longer have a Windows Mobile device, I have to ask: has anyone used the new navigation yet, and if so, how does it compare to Google’s free solution? I’m also wondering on the timing of this addition to Bing — is it coincidental that it was launched the same day that Google added biking directions and sharing to Google Maps for Android?

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