History is offering History Here, a location-based mobile application for Windows Phone 7. It aims to bring history to life in thousands of locations across the United States.
Available to Windows Phone 7 customers in conjunction with the phone’s US launch on Nov. 8, History Here is the first mobile app to combine GPS with History’s content and resources to create a mobile guide that lets users experience the historical context of their surroundings.
With a host of fun features, including music and games, integrated into the new devices, Microsoft – with its partners – had introduced nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets last month, Oct.
The new phones, according to Microsoft, are distinguished by their design and integrated experiences built from Microsoft’s portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more. (Read: New Windows Phone 7: Phone for Fun)
History Here, a featured application in the Windows Phone Marketplace, is available for purchase for $2.99.
History Here currently has information on over 7,000 locations and will add more historical points of interest in the coming months. Each location is supplemented with exclusive video, audio of famous speeches, narratives from key moments in history, written content, pictures and maps to create a dynamic visitor’s guide to each location.
“Teaming up with Microsoft Corp for History reinforces the History brand’s 360-degree approach of aggressively reaching and connecting with our viewers across all platforms,” said Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager, History and Lifetime Networks.
“Windows Phone 7 is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games that take advantage of the phone’s unique features and design,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp.
“History Here is a great example of the kind of rich applications that people will find on Windows Phone Marketplace to get the most out of their phone.”
History Here acts like an interactive travel guide for all things history-related. Upon launching the application, users can either select their current location using the phone’s GPS capabilities or type in a specific location of their choosing.
Users will be able to filter and display their results based on a variety of preferences.