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  • Blog Post: Come see me @ MIX

    I'll be @ MIX working the midnight mashup camp. If you're going to be around and plan on hitting the camp between 8PM and 2AM Monday night, stop by and chat. You can also code against the lab I wrote for Version 5 due out shortly.
  • Blog Post: Rooftop Geocoding Now Available!

    The era of rooftop geocoding is upon us. Rooftop geocoding is now available in MapPoint Web Service. What is rooftop geocoding? With the popularity of aerial photography interpolation geocoding which has been in use for years is no longer sufficient to accurately pinpoint where a location is. Rooftop...
  • Blog Post: Illustrating Signal Strength on Virtual Earth

    Ironically, I was sent 2 applications using Microsoft mapping today both of which are illustrating coverage maps for the range of their networks. 1 - Cincinnati Bell is using MapPoint Web Service to highlight their wireless coverage on a map .The site highlitghts signal strength with color coding...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Version 3 & 4 Map Controls Compressed

    Versions 3 & 4 of our API were compressed yesterday - they went out with the release of the new version of Windows Live Local/Maps, Live Maps, Live Search Maps or choose your favorite name, but remember Virtual Earth is the platform and not the web site. Anyway, versions 3 & 4 were considerably...
  • Blog Post: Evidence of Virtual Earth's Power in the Enterprise

    We've recently published a case study and video highlighting British Petroleum's use of Virtual Earth - see it here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/mar07/03-07crisisresponse.mspx . Now, I love to demo this application - it's a powerful illustration of what Virtual Earth brings to the...
  • Blog Post: Sweet Home San Diego - You're in 3D!

    Along with a few more cities, plus more bird's eye and our first exposure into the GlobeXplorer library. Also, Chicago you finally get your bird's eye (Germany too). And, Norway? Are you kidding me? Check out Oslo! And how about some International 3D? Britain, you finally can see some 3D. Here are the...
  • Blog Post: InfoNow parts ways with MapQuest for Microsoft

    It's official - InfoNow is now a Microsoft partner and will be pushing the Virtual Earth and MapPoint Web Service platforms for its customers. Why is this significant? Oh, I don't know....maybe because they are one of if not the biggest integrator of MapQuest technology into customer applications......
  • Blog Post: Farallon Geographics Builds Web Based GIS Redevelopment Project Tracking Portal for Boston Redevelopment Authority

    Check the press release here: http://www.fargeo.com/company/press/2007/03/farallon_geogra_2.html . This is a great example of how Virtual Earth can help in government applications. You can see screen shots of the application via the link which illustrates the use of pushpins, vector line and polygon...
  • Blog Post: Plan out your Trips with TripHub.com and Virtual Earth

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news/index_mail.shtml?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/03-26-2007/0004552820&EDATE Check out TripHub.com's use of Virtual Earth - You have to sign up to get access to most of the features, but a sick little site highlighting ways to map out your travel itenerary and the...
  • Blog Post: Going to ETech 2007?

    ETech (Emerging Technology Conference) is in San Diego which is reason enough, but now you have another reason - ME! Ha! I'll be presenting a 45-minute session titled "Virtual Earth in the Enterprise" March 28 @ 5:25 You can read about me and my session on the ETech site. This will be my first trip to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hosting Summit 2007

    If you're coming to the Microsoft Hosting Summit Tuesday, March 20 expect to see a kick ass Virtual Earth demo by none of than yours truly. I'll be presenting an application you've probably seen before, as well as, one you probably haven't. I'll get 4 whole minutes during Andy Lees' presentation. Hope...
  • Blog Post: SuperPages.com - Maps Powered by Virtual Earth

    Superpages.com recently launched their new " map-based searching " using Virtual Earth. The site looks, oh, too familiar - almost as a replica of Windows Live Local ; however, there some more aesthetically pleasing portions of the site. Pros: The site is very clean; great colors for the UI and...
  • Blog Post: Aesthetically Pleasing Uses of Virtual Earth

    The MSN Branded Entertainment and Experiences Team has created several unique mashups using Virtual Earth and I wanted to get them documented in a single blog post. LeBron James Bike-A-Thon - The "King for Kids" Bike-a-thon is a fund-raising event hosted by NBA All-Star LeBron "King" James. The site...
  • Blog Post: ConocoPhilips Finds Gas Stations with Virtual Earth

    ConocoPhilips (COP) replaced their MapPoint Web Service Station Finder and Trip Planner with Virtual Earth. COP brands include Union 76, Conoco and Philips 66. Go to their site and click on "station finder" to enter your address and search radius. You'll get a list of the nearest stations including the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth - A Great Waste of Time...

    Or, so says PC Magazine. Apparently, our browser-based 3D environement is so addicting (and apparently time-wasting if you're on our consumer site) that it made PC Mag's " The web's 15 best time wasters. " If it's so addicting, we must be doing something right! Did you know 3D is part of the API? Included...
  • Blog Post: Hotels.com International Launches on Virtual Earth

    If you're traveling to Ireland or Germany, you can now use Hotels.com's localized sites with Virtual Earth maps. The integration is rather simple showing maps of the hotel locations - just click one of the hotels and click on the panel to view the map. Hotels.com did include some custom map navigation...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth in the Public Sector

    Check out the RecruitMAP video used for recruiting people into military branches. The video shows how Virtual Earth can integrate with MS CRM & Dynamics to make geospatial decision-making easy. If you want additional information on how to integrate VE into your agency applications, you can send mail...
  • Blog Post: Inside Virtual Earth 3D

    Duncan Lawler, Principle Development Lead for Virtual Earth 3D, (also has the glorious esteem of sitting across the hall from me) has posted an article on MSDN explaining how VE3D works in more detail. If you're interested in VE3D you should definately read this. The article goes into detail about how...
  • Blog Post: SAP and Virtual Earth

    How about some SAP and Virtual Earth integration? Check out this video explaining how mapping provides better business intelligence combining SAP and Virtual Earth: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/businesses/partners/demos/sap/index.html . The zone optimization application takes business data with...
  • Blog Post: Harley-Davidson Great Roads Now Live with Virtual Earth

    http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Great_Roads/hdEarth.jsp?locale=en_US Harley-Davison just launched its Great Roads application using Virtual Earth and it is sick! If you're a rider and want to find killer routes to drive on you should check out the new H-D site. Check out these features...
  • Blog Post: Try Local Searching via SMS

    The mobile team at Microsoft has released an SMS application that lets you perform quick searches by sending a text message to 95483 (WLIVE or OTRIE for those of us with PPC). It's actually pretty slick. I sent a text for "sergios 92123" and I received 2 SMS messages back (2 pages worth since apparently...
  • Blog Post: Weather.com now using Virtual Earth

    The biggest weather site on the web just lauched with Virtual Earth as their mapping platform of choice. Here's a sample: http://www.weather.com/weather/local/92123 . The site using a Flash interface to overlay weather data atop of VE. You can see different types of overlays such as radar, clouds...
  • Blog Post: MapPoint Web Service v5.2

    MWS 5.2 is scheduled to release to the web on March 15. Most of the changes are backend hardware and architecture, so you won't be affected; however, there is one significant change you should be aware of and that is authentication. We're moving our authentication away from Microsoft Extranet (requiring...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade from MWS to VE

    Did you know upgrading from MWS to VE from a contract perspective is SOOOOO easy? It has recently come to my attention that many of our current customers didn't even know Microsoft owns BOTH MapPoint Web Service AND Virtual Earth. Soooo, just talk to your local licensing rep. You get everything that...
  • Blog Post: eCityGov.net Maps our Parks and Recreation

    The cCityGov.net alliance is a group of cities with in Washington State that have committed to partner together to provide on-line services and information to our customers. Their objectives are simple: • Provide convenient service and information for residents, businesses and visitors. (read: Service...
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