Sandeep Joshi

NEW DELHI: Microsoft India on Monday launched its map services – Live Search Maps – that will initially offer detailed listings and street maps for nine cities, business listings across 29 cities and access to highway networks to 20,000 cities and towns.

Addressing a press conference here, Microsoft India Consumer and Online Marketing Operations Head Rishi Srivastava said: “Live Search Maps for India will allow users to search for geographical information, places of general interest and business listings both on the PC and mobile phones.”

Informing that the first version of the local mapping service for India has been developed by the company’s India Development Centre (IDC) in Hyderabad, Mr. Srivastava said Live Search Maps has detailed listings and street maps of the four metros besides Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

The service will also allow the user see business listings across 29 major cities like Pune, Agra, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kanpur, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Nagpur, Nasik, Patiala, Patna, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara and Vishakapatnam.

The service is available free for consumers. “We will generate revenues through advertisements but that will be later. Currently, we are focusing on generating unique consumer experience to have people using the service,” he said. Microsoft India is planning to add new features such as landmark-based driving directions and satellite imagery for India.

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