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August
18

Introducing the “We’re In” app from Bing

Today we're happy to announce the release of the "We're In" app for Windows Phone. 

We’re In makes organizing get- together’s, carpooling and trying to find people in a crowd a breeze. Any time you want to see where your friends are—We're In can help you. It's simple, invite your friends, and when they join, they'll see your location and you'll see theirs. When the invite expires, so does the shared location – no complicated process to worry about.

We’re In is a great way to save time and frustration when planning your roadtrip or meeting your friend at the mall – helping you connect with your friend faster. Let’s take a closer look at the new We’re In product features and how they work.

We’ve made We’re In super simple to use – all you need is your phone number to sign up. Simply invite your friends (via your contacts) to start sharing location info with each other including who, why, and how long:

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Pick your friends from the contact list or enter their phone number, tell them what the plan is. At this point you can choose how long you want to share location info.

Your friends receive a text message with these details. They can use the app to join you or, for friends that don't have a Windows Phone, they can join from the mobile website via the invite.

Seeing your friends on the map

As each of your friends joins you, their locations appear on the map. If you need to you can pan, pinch and stretch the map to see more or fewer of them. Everyone that joins can see everyone else's location.

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You can also update your status message to let your friends know what's going on (you're on your way, you're going to be late, the first round has just arrived, important stuff they need to know). To see someone's most recent status message, just tap their user tile on the map. To see status messages for everyone that's joined, go to the People tab.

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To stop sharing your location info at any time, just tap "leave" on the People tab. If you want, you can send them a status message to let them know that you're leaving.

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And when the time is up, the invite expires and location sharing stops. You don't need to do anything.

“We’re In” is available as a Windows Phone application.   We’re working on bringing this app to more devices, so stay tuned!

Philomena Lobo – Product Manager, Bing Maps & Bing Mobile

Shira Weinberg – Program Manager,  Bing Mobile

Comments

  • US only again..  Thanks Bing team!   You guys do know that this phone is being sold outside the US right?

    - Windows Phone user in Canada

  • It is a little bit gutting that so many of Bing's features aren't made available outside of the US.  Especially concerning the phone...  I switched my Windows Phone (Mango beta) to US (I'm in the UK) and was able to have a perfect experience with Bing Vision, movie searches, etc, etc. so I don't know why stuff like this is restricted to the US when it could be rolled out elsewhere with, apparently, little or no changes.  This app also seems to fall into that category...  I can't think of any reason why this wouldn't work in other English language markets....

    We just want to use your cool stuff :)... It's so easy to get excited about what you're doing, and kind of a bummer that we, outside the US, just can't get our hands on it.

    Looks great though!!! :)

  • I'm so excited for yet another US-only Bing feature - NOT!

    Is there any actual reason for this app to be US only or you guys just can't be arsed to support any other country?

  • US Only? Excellent!

    Well, I suppose we should be grateful its not another iPhone exclusive

  • We're in ... a state of confusion. I can't think of any practical reason why this shouldn't be available outside the US :(

  • @eddy_grubb how is this any better than it being iPhone exclusive because right now it is Windows phone exclusive. While this app is location specific it is also hard to see why it couldn't be used outside the US.

  • Awesome app, just port this to Android and iOS and it will be golden, thanks for starting with WP7 for once.

  • http://www.glympse.com/ - You even copied the tag line? Pathetic.

  • @mxa Thank you for the interest.  Regulations covering the use of a location data vary by geography, which prevented us from releasing this worldwide.

    We appreciate the feedback and hope to roll out more broadly in the future.

  • *YAWN* More USA Only stuff from Bing..

    As an avid Windows Phone user (and Microsoft fan in general) in Australia, I'm getting so sick and tired (frustrated a LOT) of the likes of Bing and Zune being for no one but US Citizens..  I can't afford to move to the USA to get the good stuff.

    How about you get with it and bring get it out of the American borders. Yes I understand some restrictions BUT.......

    The big question though is - If Google and Apple can do it WHY CAN'T Microsoft?

  • it is look like Apple apps

  • US only. urgh...

    Does Bing (Microsoft) actually know that there is also something called Europe (and no, it's not called the UK).

  • 1-starred until international support arrives. I'm once again left incredulous as to the Bing team's level of xenophobia. Why is it so difficult to release these features outside of the US? You have literally no idea how much ill-feeling stunts like this cause around the rest of the world. I love Bing, it's a great search engine etc, but this breeds such animosity towards Bing and MS as a whole because the rest of the world is treated like second-class citizens. At least try to explain to us when we might see this sort of thing, and if it's not going to happen, why we can't get it.

    Thanks. For what it's worth, I actually really like the idea.

  • I think this application will help bing users a lot. However, it should be also made available for Europe audiences as well.

  • It doesn't look like it runs under lock (please correct me if I am wrong).  Doesn't that mean you no longer broadcast your presence when the screen locks?  If so, big, big thumbs down, especially when comparable apps like Glympse do it so well.