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  • Blog Post: Announcing PHP SDK for Windows Azure!

    Hey busy day blogging today about the Microsoft Web Platform today!!!   Check this out, a new SDK for PHP developers to build applications using PHP on Azure. They have 4 sample projects that you can download from CodePlex for you to peruse. http://silverlightphp.codeplex.com/ , http://webslicesandaccelphp...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Presence at PDC

    Hey everybody. Sorry for not posting much lately. I've been on the road nearly non-stop for the past three weeks. And again, here I am on the road, but at least this time it is for the PDC. I've got a bunch in store for any of you coming to PDC this year. First up we have a booth in the Pavilion area...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Virtual Earth 6.2 and Virtual Earth Web Services 1.0

    Well here it is everybody. The next version of Virtual Earth is out. Not only that but we now have our 1.0 version of the Virtual Earth Web Services here live as well. Let’s dig in to some of the features in this release. Maps for Mobile Devices . Develop mobile applications with rich imagery optimized...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 6.2 Technical Webcast

    Hey everybody. Sorry for being so quiet lately. Most of you may know that we’re getting ready to release our next version of Virtual Earth. There’s a ton of AWESOME features we got into this release and to help you all get a good start playing with them on October 3, 2008 I will be delivering a 90 minute...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Interview with Carl Franklin

    Hey everyone. Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. Been a little crazy for me lately getting everything ramped up for our upcoming release of Virtual Earth which is due here very very soon. When we were all at Tech Ed North America in Orlando, FL this past June I sat down with Angus Logan , Dr. Neil and...
  • Blog Post: Press Release: Virtual Earth to be offered with ESRI ArcGIS

    Today we announced that Microsoft Virtual Earth will be offered within ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop product. The ArcGIS Desktop integration gives you another way to leverage the incredible imagery and base maps to visualize your data. To publish using ArcGIS Server you’ll still need a Virtual Earth license...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control (CTP Release)

    At long last it is FINALLY HERE. I’ve been talking about this control for a long time. We’ll we finally have the CTP release of the new Virtual Earth ASP.NET control. ASP.NET developers can now integrate Microsoft Virtual Earth Maps simply by dragging and dropping an ASP.NET Server Control in Visual...
  • 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: Speaking at GeoWeb Tomorrow

    I’m up in Vancouver, BC this week for the GITA GeoWeb conference . I will be presenting with Ed Katibah on all things Virtual Earth and SQL Spatial. A Complete Guide to Geo-Spatial Technology at Microsoft\(SOLD OUT) Ed Katibah, Principal Program Manager - SQL Server Spatial, Mark Brown, Senior Product...
  • 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: Virtual Earth at PDC

    This year’s PDC will have a session on Virtual Earth. We have a big release coming up this Fall and I plan on giving an in depth look at it for those interested in building location aware applications. This session will be ~90% demos and code to give you all a leg up on getting started with all the new...
  • 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: Midwest Floods with Virtual Earth Maps on MSNBC.COM

    Virtual Earth is a great tool to visualize the news. It provides information in new and very actionable ways. Chris Pendleton on the Virtual Earth team has a perfect example here with the top story this past week about the terrible floods in the American Mid-West. Read Chris’ post with more information...
  • 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: Tech Ed is Awesome

    I'm having a great time at Tech Ed this year. There are TONS of developers here and they are really enjoying themselves. I had my session yesterday on Virtual Earth. The room was packed, standing room only with probably close to 200 people in there. Among some of the things I announced yesterday includes...
  • Blog Post: Miami now on Virtual Earth 3D 2.0

    Our Virtual Earth 3D Integration Team Blog has the scoop on Miami released our new 3D technology which is completely automated in a data center completely powered by wind . The area modeled using our new 3D technology covers the entire downtown Miami area with over 46000 buildings and hundreds of thousands...
  • Blog Post: Developers, tell us what you think about Virtual Earth

    Hey everybody, here's your chance to tell us what you love or hate about Virtual Earth. We've just posted an online survey here, http://www.keysurvey.com/survey/204407/e697/ Developers are really important to us and we want your feedback to make Virtual Earth better. From our communication to our customers...
  • 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: Update on Myanmar

    I wrote a couple weeks ago about how Microsoft was working to help the people in Myanmar with corporate help, people, everything we can to help the people there. Well Virtual Earth is helping out with one of our Partners, IDV Solutions who build a wonderful site for the Humanitarian Information Centre...
  • 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: Turning on Inertia in Virtual Earth 3D

    So the other day I was following an email thread on a discussion forum for Virtual Earth internally here at Microsoft and someone says, "if only VE clients had “inertia” like Google Earth..." and someone writes back. "Inertia is there, it's just turned off by default" WHA??? How'd that get in there?...
  • Blog Post: Hanging at Where 2.0 and other stuff

    Just got into my hotel room at Where 2.0 here in Burlingame, CA at the SFO Airport Marriott. Got a nice view of the bay and the SFO runway right on the bay. I requested a bay side room not just because it's nicer to look out over water than a warehouse and a freeway but because I'm a huge aviation nut...
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