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Photosynth is a fantastic app that allows you combine multiple shots when one capture is simply not enough, perfect when requiring to take a landscape photo beyond the capabilities of the mobile device and engineer some cool panoramas with a 360 degrees effect.

Using the latest computer vision technology, the Photosynth app makes capturing panoramas fun and engaging, while creating sharp, high-resolution results. With the app, you can process, view, and store your panoramas directly on your device. Then, share them in a variety of ways, including to Facebook as images or as interactive panoramas (hosted for free) on Photosynth.net

It has been readily available for download on PC, but has now made the leap to the iPhone line of devices - no sign of a WP7 offering though. While slightly confusing as to why Microsoft would offer their app to iPhone users before their own platform, it's understandable to an extent with iOS and OS X (arguably) being home to designers, photographers etc.

The app will enable iPhone users to upload their panoramas to Bing Maps, which will then become publicly viewable on Microsoft's Photosynth "map app", further enhancing a continuous viewable image of the world. Are you looking forward to the tool coming to WP7, and do you believe it's a smart move to go to iOS first?

Source: Malaysian Insider

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Microsoft brings Photosynth to iOS but not WP7

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You would think Microsoft would give its own developers special access to API so they could make programs like this. How many times are we going to see lame Microsoft excuses and apologies regarding WP7? What is this number 5...

Though I think it's a stupid move to make their apps available for other platforms first or even better than their own, at the end of the day I guess it's a good business move making their brand available to more people. At least MS isn't pulling a google. *caugh* youtube *caugh*

MS needs to get their a$$es in gear. Total PR fail giving this to iOS first.Saying after Mango does not give the early adopters a warm fuzzy. Doubt Mango will see the light of day until 2012.

Probably not true but the people who made this aren't the people working on WP7 in the end. If you're not part of the same group there's nothing saying you'll get access even if you're part of the same company. Not that I think this is the case, I figure they just DON'T have the WP7 APIs ready yet and the iOS version was done.

What they probably mean is they don't have access to the new APIs because we, the end users, don't have phones that support the new APIs (we don't have Mango).

So LG (with ScanSearch) or Samsung have access to WP7 low-level API but the Bing team doesn't ?Don't get me wrong, I like WP7, but what a nice message they're sending to early adopters. First the iPhone Bing app, now this. It feels like "don't bother with WP7, iOS is a better platform for now. Come back in 2012". Maybe i left iOS too early...

From what I understand MS has a iOS dev team and a WP7 dev team. I'm guessing the WP7 team is busy with Mango and the iOS team is solely focused on capturing iOS search marketshare. I don't like it but it makes sense from a business standpoint. Getting iOS users to choose Bing over Google only makes things better for MS in the long run. But don't be selfish iOS devs, port the love. =)

Different development teams obviously. MS is a big company so they have different teams for different platforms. I am sure they have an android team focusing on their android applications. All this shows is that their IOS team is better than their WP7 team, or the IOS platform is easier to develop for, or the IOS app was approved before the wp7 version

Microsoft is a software company after all. Why the hate that they are writing software for other platforms? Once Mango hits WP7, we will be getting some amazing apps from Microsoft. I can wait a few months.

You really think Mango is going to release on time and provide all the features they'd talked about "without" requiring a new phone? Yes, MS is a software company but they're missing the point they (MS) hasn't provide any unique apps to WP7. All those "xbox live" games are not designed by Microsoft. So what has Microsoft been doing all this time except trying to push out NoDo which most people still do not have. Mango will probably not be out till 2012

Mango won't require a new phone, unless you expect to recieve it on time. I easily see the update being blocked until next year, so that new wp7 users(the few) will taste Mango when they buy a new phone.Early adopters will be left in the cold with No donuts (pun intended)