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Microsoft releases Seadragon iPhone app

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apple_iphone_3g.jpgIt would seem that some people
at Microsoft don’t eat their own dog food and have gone and released an
app for the iPhone rather than something on Windows Mobile.

Seadragon Mobile
is a program developed by engineers at the company’s Live Labs that
allows users to browse images on the Apple iPhone and then "deep zoom"
into them. The application is intended to demonstrate what can be done
on a smartphone.

The application is part of a group of apps called Photosynth that can
take a bunch of photos and stitch them together to form a 3-D
environment. The app comes with a collection of around 50
sample images, some as detailed as 10 gigapixels, including satellite
imagery, art and pictures of space

Microsoft is reportly working on a number of other apps for the iPhone
including voice-activated search from Microsoft’s TellMe unit. The app
should go live in a matter of months.

But A Windows Mobile version of Seadragon could be on the cards if a
suitable manufacturer came out with a powerful-enough phone running the
Redmond mobile OS.

"The iPhone is the most widely distributed phone with a (graphics
processing unit)," Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live
Labs, toldSeattle-based tech website TechFlash.
"Most phones out today don’t have accelerated graphics in them. The
iPhone does and so it enabled us to do something that has been
previously difficult to do."

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