Microsoft Embraces iPhone Platform, Releases Seadragon Application

In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft has launched a new application named Seadragon Mobile for Apple iPhone which allows users to view pictures with near giga-pixel resolutions.

The new application is designed to allow iPhone users to seamlessly “deep zoom” images while they are surfing online and is also an attempt to demonstrate the graphical possibilities that could be explored in a mobile platform.

Explaining the rationale behind launching the application, Alex Daley, from Microsoft Live Labs mentioned to TechFlash that "The iPhone is the most widely distributed phone with a graphics processing unit while most phones out today don't have accelerated graphics in them.

The iPhone does and so it enabled us to do something that has been previously difficult to do.

Incidentally Seadragon forms the backbone of Microsoft's Photosynth technology, which essentially lets users to capture a grouping of images and then effortlessly organize them together in three dimensional environment.

While some analysts may have faulted the logic behind Microsoft launching an app for iPhone, most agree that it makes sense for the company to acknowledge the popularity of iPhone and design offerings tailored to it.

Though Seadragon may be its first iPhone app, it is unlikely to be the last with reports doing rounds that the company may soon launch a voice activated search for iPhone and other smartphones of its ilk.

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