SMS searching, the Windows way.

20-11-2006 by Dylan Tweney

Not one to be left behind by Google, 4INFO, and Yahoo, Microsoft has just launched its own SMS search service. It works a lot like the others do: You create a text message with your query, then send it to a special short code — in this case, 95483 (which corresponds to “WLIVE” — for “Windows Live” — on your cell phone’s keypad).

Here are some of the queries you can use with Windows Live Mobile SMS Search:

  • Business searches by location: “florist san mateo ca”
  • Reverse phone number lookups: Just enter the phone number
  • For stock quotes, use the letter Q plus a ticker symbol: Q AAPL
  • For instant answers from Encarta and other reference sources, start your query with a question mark: “? war of 1812”
  • For definitions, start with the letter D: “D ennui”

For all the details, check out the Windows Mobile SMS web site.

And here’s a blog entry announcing the service: Windows Live Mobile launches SMS Search Beta

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