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  • Blog Post: Bing Maps

    Microsoft Virtual Earth is now officially known as “ Bing Maps ”. You can see the Bing logo on the Bing Maps website (formerly known as Live Search Maps) and on the Bing Maps Interactive SDK . You can see the SDKs for the Bing Maps Web Services and the Bing Map Control 6.2 . The Virtual Earth Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Sessions on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Available Online

    The session I gave at TechEd 2009 is now available for online viewing for TechEd attendees. Click on the link below to view the session if you missed it or if you want to watch it again: WUX402: Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control The Microsoft Virtual Earth Platform has grown...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 – Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Session – Links and Demo Source Code

    Thanks to all who attended my session at TechEd 2009 today – WUX402: Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control . I had a great time and I hope you enjoyed it! I wanted to post the source code to the samples I demoed and provide some relevant links. You can download the Microsoft Virtual Earth...
  • Blog Post: Learn about Virtual Earth at TechEd this Week!

    Just a reminder that I’ll be out at TechEd this week in LA. Come see the Virtual Earth session on Wednesday at 4:30 PM to learn how to build applications with the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control : WUX402 Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Wed 5/13 | 4:30 PM-5:45 PM ...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP – Spinning Map with Silverlight 3

    The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP is designed to work with Silverlight 2. However, since Silverlight 3 is reverse-compatible with Silverlight 2, you can use it with Silverlight 3 projects also. At MIX09 , Joe Stegman demonstrated a nice Perspective 3D demo where he rotated a DataGrid in...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth at Tech-Ed North America 2009

    Come learn about Virtual Earth and the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control at Microsoft  Tech-Ed North America 2009 , May 11-15 in Los Angeles. I will be presenting a session on Virtual Earth and and the details are below. I hope to see you there! WUX402 Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP – Put Scalable Content on the Map

    In the previous post I showed how to position Silverlight UIElements at a Location to create pushpins with the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP .  You can also position content in a scalable manner using the MapLayer.MapRectangle attached property. For example, the following code will position...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP – How to Create Simple Pushpins

    The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP supports several different ways to position content on the map.  Some of these ways are to: Position a fixed-size element at a Location on the Map, which will act like a pushpin.  Position an element in a scalable manner on the Map by mapping it...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP: Setting the Map Mode and View

    In a previous post , I showed you how to get started and create the simple “Hello World” sample using the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP . Notice in that sample, the map by default shows the “Road” map. The navigation control at the top left of the map lets users manually change the Map to...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP – Building a “Hello World!” Sample From Scratch

    I wanted to start with a simple “Hello World!” sample to show you how to create your first application with the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP . With just a few easy steps, you can get started building applications with the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control and get the rich interactive...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth at MIX09 – Day 3

    Thanks everyone who came to the session and to those who stopped by and visited with us at MIX throughout the week! We enjoyed launching the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP and meeting with you.  Here are some pictures from Day 3:   The Introducing the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP Demo at MIX09!

    Chris Pendleton recorded a video with me, Train Chiou, and Max Artemov at MIX09 yesterday as we demoed the new Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP at 3rd Place. Check out the video : There will be a session on the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control diving deeper into the control capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth at MIX09 – Day 2

    We had a fun time at MIX09 On Day 2! Thanks to everyone who stopped by at 3rd Place. It was fun talking with you and demoing the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP. Don’t forget to come to the Virtual Earth Session today at 12:30 PM in Lando 4201 to come learn more about the Virtual Earth...
  • Blog Post: Learn about the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP at MIX09

    We announced the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP this morning at the MIX09 keynote. We also just announced that the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP Interactive SDK is available online , and the bits will be available for download on Friday If you want to learn more about the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP Interactive SDK Available

    The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP was announced at this morning’s keynote . You can now access the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP Interactive SDK at the Microsoft Connect site! Here is a screenshot of the Interactive SDK: If you are not yet part of the Virtual Earth Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Session at MIX Updated: “Introducing the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control”

    The content of the Virtual Earth session at MIX has now been updated with some more details since the announcement of the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP at the MIX09 keynote this morning. Chris Pendleton will be presenting the session. Here are the updated details: Introducing the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP Announced at MIX!

    The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP was announced at this morning’s MIX09 keynote by Scott Guthrie. Here are some screenshots of the announcement: The CTP bits will be available Friday for download! Come see the Virtual Earth Session on Friday with Chris Pendleton for more details. I...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Pushpin Clustering with Virtual Earth Map Control API

    In a previous blog post I showed you how to cluster pushpins with the Virtual Earth Map Control. Here is a link to that post: Clustering Pushpins with the Virtual Earth Map Control API I wanted to extend on the details of that post and show you some more advanced customizations you can do with...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Platform Deep Dive Session Video from PDC

    In case you missed us at PDC 2008, you can see the Virtual Earth Deep Dive Session on the web: Here's a description of the session: Learn about the next major release of Virtual Earth. See the improvements to our parsing and geo-coding engines, clustering, localization, and routing. Hear how the new...
  • Blog Post: Clustering Pushpins with the Virtual Earth Map Control API

    One of the new features introduced in the Virtual Earth Map Control API is Pushpin Clustering. When there are hundreds of pushpin shapes on the map in a dense area, the map can become very cluttered. The pushpins can overlap each other and obscure the map view and make the map difficult to use. Previously...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth v6.2 Map Control API Released

    The Virtual Earth v6.2 Map Control API was released today!  It is reverse compatible with the v6.1 version of the API.  Here's a list of some of the new enhancements in the v6.2 API: Pushpin Clustering - This feature adds the ability to group pushpins into clusters so you can reduce the number...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth API: Displaying Birdseye Maps With and Without Labels

    One of the features added to the Virtual Earth v6.1 Map Control API is the VEMapStyle.BirdseyeHybrid map style. This map style allows you to show the Birdseye map style with street label overlays. If you use the default navigation control in your Virtual Earth application, you can just use the Labels...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control Released!

    The Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control has been released as part of the Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Community Technical Preview .  Now you can use the Virtual Earth Map Control API's without writing any JavaScript.  You can drag and drop the control in Visual Studio and set properties...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth v6.1 Map Control API Released!

    The Virtual Earth v6.1 Map Control API was released today.  It is reverse compatible with the v6.0 version of the API.  Here's a list of some of the new enhancements: Birdseye Hybrid - a new VEMapStyle.BirdseyeHybrid map style which allows you to switch to Birdseye view with the street overlays...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Intellisense for Virtual Earth Map Control

    Marc Schweigert has put together a CodePlex project to support Intellisense for the Virtual Earth Map Control in Visual Studio 2008. VS2008 JavaScript Intellisense provides an interactive display showing functions and parameters with drop-down lists and documentation as you code. The project is...
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