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  • Blog Post: Vote for my Session at SXSW

    Hey everybody. I am up for Community Voting for the next SXSW Interactive Festival happening next March and I need your votes to get accepted. Here is the session I am presenting. HD Video Streaming Server using PHP and Silverlight A dash of PHP, a pinch of Silverlight and a smidge of IIS and you can...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper 6.2 is Released

    Our Virtual Earth MVP’s rock. Not even a week after we released version 6.2 of the Virtual Earth Map control Chris Pietschmann (update: and Nicolas Boonaert ) went and updated the 6.1 version of the Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper library to support all our new 6.2 features. For those of...
  • Blog Post: Track Hurricane Gustav with Virtual Earth

    For those that want to get the latest track and wind speed data for Hurricane Gustav and for all active hurricanes go check out our Hurricane Tracker out on MSNBC.COM where they’ve linked to it from their home page . When you first visit the link the page will draw out the path of the hurricane and land...
  • Blog Post: Behind the Maps – Flying the UltraCam

    Hey everyone. So I’ve published our second episode in our series, Behind the Maps - The Technology of Virtual Earth , on Virtual Earth out on Channel 9. In this episode, Flying the UltraCam we go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of Keystone Aerial Surveys , one of the companies that flies the UltraCam...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth at Cowes Week

    One of our Microsoft partners Inca X is working with the Pelican Racing Team to track it at the Cowes Week Regatta , August 2-9. Cowes is the longest running Regatta in the world, didn’t ya know. The fun gets started this Saturday, 10:00 GMT. That’s 8am for us here in Seattle. The solution that the Pelican...
  • Blog Post: Add your own 3D models to Virtual Earth

    Well we've finally done it! We now have a way for you to create or import your own models and put them into Virtual Earth using truSpace which comes from Caligari who we brought into Microsoft not too long ago. Not only that but you can get truSpace for FREE . You can also import models you have already...
  • Blog Post: W00T, MapPoint 2009 and Streets & Trips 2009

    Ah yeah. I’m so happy I can talk about this now. Chris Pendleton’s got the scoop here on the upcoming release of our MapPoint 2009 product for businesses and Streets & Trips 2009 for consumers, coming out September 1st. The work they did on this version is AWESOME with a new UI that is really cool...
  • Blog Post: Call 411 for Maps

    It’s kind of funny but things happen in waves don’t they? For instance the subject of Google’s 411 service has been cropping up on me constantly for the last week. People tell me, “Oooo, Google, they are so smart over there with their 411 thing” or “Ahhh, wow that is cool. Those Google guys are real...
  • Blog Post: New Video Series, Behind the Maps – The Technology of Virtual Earth

    Hey everyone so I’ve finally published the first episode of Behind the Maps out on Channel 9. This video series will take you on a journey where we will follow the path the data and imagery in Virtual Earth takes from the manufacture of the camera, to the capturing of imagery in an airplane, to the processing...
  • Blog Post: New Silverlight Wrapper for Virtual Earth

    A couple of guys from Microsoft, Jared Bienz from US-DPE ISV Team and Adam Eversole from Microsoft Research have created a new managed wrapper around the Virtual Earth AJAX control and released it onto Code Plex . From the projects description: The Virtual Earth Wrapper for Silverlight (VIEWS) is a wrapper...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth & Silverlight Together on Windows Mobile

    My friend Sam Chenaur over in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Team (DPE) here at Microsoft posted a blog entry the other day about an interview he did on Channel 10 with the CEO of John L. Scott Realty . If you didn’t know. John L. Scott is an existing user of Virtual Earth and did an amazing job...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth makes golfing more enjoyable

    My friend Jerry over on the Virtual Earth 3D team turned me on to a company called, Terra Imaging who makes a product called, 3D Golf Course . They just finished doing the Torrey Pines course in La Jolla, CA where Tiger just won his 14th major championship. Here’s an interview they did on the local NBC...
  • Blog Post: Find the Best Gas Prices Using Mobile Live Search

    I just came across this feature when I updated the Mobile Live Search client on my Windows Mobile phone. There now is a feature which allows you to find the lowest gas prices in your area. If you have a GPS enabled phone this feature is even easier to use. Currently the Mobile Live Search application...
  • Blog Post: Cool Silverlight Deep Zoom – Virtual Earth Demo

    Our friends from Australia, Soul Solutions, headed up by two of our most creative Virtual Earth MVP’s have built a totally cool Virtual Earth application using Silverlight complete with extensive blog entry and extending the MultiScaleTileSource class originally referenced in a ScottGu blog recently...
  • Blog Post: State & Local Governments Getting Jiggy with Virtual Earth

    State and Local Governments love mapping stuff. They also create really cool looking websites that their citizens find really useful. Here's a list of some State and Local Governments that are using Virtual Earth and what they are doing with it. To quote my spiritual advisor: actor, singer, dancer, spiritual...
  • Blog Post: CNET article on Google Capturing 3D Data

    My friends over on the Virtual Earth 3D Team today wrote a blog entry about a recent article by Stephen Shankland about a Google experiment to capture 3D data with lasers attached to the heads of sharks the Street View cameras used to capture their street level imagery. Actually, they thought it was...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Solves Crimes on CSI: NY

    Wow, Virtual Earth sure is getting a lot of exposure on TV lately. There are a number of news stations that use it for their news stories and for their weather reports. Now CBS is on the map with their latest episode of CSI: NY. In this latest episode they actually use Virtual Earth to locate a killer...
  • Blog Post: Evacuation Planning using Virtual Earth

    Microsoft holds an event every year called Location Summit. It's a two day event where we invite scientists and others who are deep into the mapping technologies to come and share in the research they are doing. I got looped into this thing to cover for a friend of mine who had to present "10 Demos in...
  • Blog Post: TV Stations using Virtual Earth

    One of the uses of Virtual Earth that really surprised me at first was using Virtual Earth in the Media and Entertainment industry. When I was at NAB a month ago I saw quite a few companies actively showing their wares with Virtual Earth. A few of these Viz RT , AccuWeather and Weather Central are absolutely...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth can prevent Speeding Tickets....

    Well not really, at least not as an OOBE, but when you get smart people figuring out cool ways of using Virtual Earth it CAN! Saw an article by Doug Newcomb on Wired.com today about a site called, njection.com created by Shannon Atkinson who created an application called Speed Trap that uses Virtual...
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