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Microsoft’s Photosynth app has been a success on Apple’s iPhone, with more than 7 million downloads and strong ratings from reviewers and users.

Today, at long last, the Redmond company released Photosynth for its own Windows Phone operating system.

Photosynth lets users take many pictures of a scene from different perspectives. The app then automatically stitches the pictures together into an immersive three-dimensional panorama for quickly navigating the scene, switching smoothly from one picture to another and keeping nearby pieces of the scene in view for context.

The app, which runs on Windows Phone 7.5 devices, is available now in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Users can share their panoramas on Twitter, Facebook and, with the option to also publish them to Microsoft Bing for inclusion in search results.

Photosynth combines work from Microsoft Research and the company’s engineering teams, leveraging bits of technology developed at the University of Washington and Seadragon, the Seattle startup acquired by Microsoft back in 2006.

More in this Microsoft blog post. No word on any plans for an Android version of the app.


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