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Microsoft releases Photosynth app for iOS only, WP7 not yet mature enough

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Microsoft releases Photosynth app for iOS only, WP7 not yet mature enough

Microsoft is certainly capable of delivering top-notch software and that's exactly what you should expect from the Photosynth app allowing you to stitch panoramic images in a cool three-dimensional sort of way for “full-sphere panoramas.” Given that the app is free, we can see no reason why it shouldn't become widely popular very soon. But weird as it sounds, the app has been released only for iOS. That's right – no Windows Phone 7 version.

If you were wondering what's the reason for this, Blaise Aguera from the Photosynth team has the answer for you: WP7 is not mature enough and doesn't allow for low-level access to the system, required for building such an app at the moment. Do we sense unintentional friendly fire? Check out an extract of his statement below and judge for yourself:

Photosynth was released for iOS only

Photosynth was released for iOS only

I’m sure over the coming days and weeks we’ll be answering, over and over, the “why didn’t this ship first on Microsoft’s own phone” question. Our approach to the design of the Photosynth app hopefully provides some evidence that we very much think of Windows Phone 7 as brethren and inspiration, not to mention proof that Microsoft can make beautiful things. (Such a joy and a relief, after the previous generation of Windows phones!) If we could have shipped first on these devices, we would have. But the level of camera and low-level algorithmic hacking needed to make Photosynth work meant that, if we wanted to get this out as quickly as possible— and we surely did— we needed to do so on a platform that provided the necessary low-level device access. Windows Phone 7 doesn’t yet allow this for apps. It will soon. It’s worth keeping in mind that the first several generations of iPhone device and OS wouldn’t have allowed us to build this app either. For now, iPhone’s platform maturity— and of course the large number of people with iPhones out there— meant that it made sense for us to go for it.

At Bing we’re always interested in reaching as many people as possible, which means we’ll always develop for multiple platforms. But over time, we’ll be doing more and more of our early innovation on the Windows Phone.

But if you thought that's going to change soon, you might want to rethink as Microsoft has gone with the careful, vague “coming next” wording when speaking about the WP7 release of the app. We wouldn't be overly pessimistic and we're sure that Redmond is hard at work to deliver the next major Mango update, which will supposedly allow this, but rushing an app to iOS meanwhile and stating that its own platform is not yet mature enough leaves us slightly confused.

That's not to complain that we can enjoy a wonderful app at the moment. And when it comes to its functionality, Photosynth also allows easy sharing of the created panoramic images to Facebook, Bing or Photosynth.net. Check it out at the iTunes link below – it'll work on your iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad 2, or iPod Touch.

source: iTunes via WMPoweruser

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posted on 19 Apr 2011, 08:07

1. Mariman (unregistered)

Awesome - busy downloading...going to be nice to play around with this app!

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 14:55 1

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

wow, even Microsoft are Apple fanboys.

Nothing is going to stop Steve jOBS from becoming the world ruler.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 03:08 1

3. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

so stupid... why release a precious home-made software on your very direct competitor. wrong move microsoft.

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 07:19

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Google does the same... its promotion of services

posted on 24 Apr 2011, 20:50

5. Mestiphal (unregistered)

I'm a WP7 owner, and yes, I'm disappointed I do not get to play with this app for buying a Microsoft phone.

However, if you think about it, Microsoft will have it's brand on Microsoft, Apple, Android and every other platform, that's a much wider umbrella.

Besides, if MS doesn't do it on the competitors, they'll just come up with their own thing, creating more of an overall competition.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 14:48

6. safeabz (unregistered)

lets face it its should be for wp7 first im surprised same for msn its not made by microsoft and it looks to me they not paying much attention to the wp7 os ,,i like the wp7 but wish they bring better apps

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