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    Evacuation Planning using Virtual Earth

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    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...
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    Virtual Earth can prevent Speeding Tickets....

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    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...
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    Turning on Inertia in Virtual Earth 3D

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    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...
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    W00T, MapPoint 2009 and Streets & Trips 2009

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    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...
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    Find the Best Gas Prices Using Mobile Live Search

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    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...
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    Behind The Maps - Processing Framework

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    Hey everyone. I just published our third episode in our video series, Behind the Maps. In this episode I follow the imagery to Boulder, CO where I meet David Simons from our Vexcel Division and Tom Barclay who is from Microsoft Research. They walk us...
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    Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper 6.2 is Released

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    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...
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    Tech Ed Interview with Carl Franklin

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    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...
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    Press Release: Virtual Earth to be offered with ESRI ArcGIS

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    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...
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    Virtual Earth Solves Crimes on CSI: NY

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    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...
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    New Funky Virtual Earth Video

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    You ever seen those videos we make with the crazy funky techno music, vertigo inducing rapid fire edits, quick pans, etc. that we show at launches? You know, the videos that make you feel like writing software is always done in a hip-hop office space...
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    Mesh Announcement at Web 2.0

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    Web 2.0 is really a great conference. I have never been at this event before but I'm glad I'm here now. Been seeing lots of folks I recognize. Robert Scoble is out and about doing interviews and otherwise looking like he's having a great time. We had...
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    Virtual Earth & Silverlight Together on Windows Mobile

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    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...
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    Showing Miami & Virtual Earth at GeoWeb

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    The nice folks at GeoWeb stopped by my booth at GeoWeb on Thursday asking, how the geoweb can contribute to better planning and management of our cities. Well in fact, there are lots of great examples of State and Local Governments who use Virtual Earth...
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    TV Stations using Virtual Earth

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    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...
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    Scoble interviews Microsoft Search Executive Brad Goldberg

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    This sometimes rankles a few people when I say this, but I have a lot of respect for Robert Scoble . I was a huge fan of the work he did here at Microsoft when he worked for Jeff Sandquist over on Channel 9 and the both of them led something of a revolution...
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    Ed Katibah is Blogging Again

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    Over the last few months since I’ve been on the Virtual Earth team I become friends with Ed Katibah . Ed works on the SQL Spatial team and is one of those guys who lives and breathes what he loves and what he loves is Spatial Databases. He also loves...
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    Call 411 for Maps

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    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...
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    Purchase UltraCam Images for Offline Use

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    We’ve recently opened a reseller channel to offer our high-resolution UltraCam imagery for offline applications. Why is VE licensing imagery for offline use? Our hi-resolution UltraCam ortho imagery is prized for GIS, urban planning, engineering and other...
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    BAH, What a Wasted Day

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    Today’s been a tough one for me. To begin I was having issues with my normal laptop, a severely underpowered Sony VAIO that I’ve had for about three years. It’s never liked Vista and to be sure Vista has hated it right back. Still it is small, weighing...
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    Where is Matt Lauer?

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    Chris Pendleton has the scoop that once again NBC likes to send Matt Lauer to the far flung corners on the planet with the latest installment of its, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" segment. I wonder how many frequent flyer miles he's earned in all...
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    Update on Myanmar

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    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...
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    Virtual Earth Presence at PDC

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    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...
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    Virtual Earth - Powered by Wind

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    I know that Microsoft explores alternative renewable energy sources to power its data centers around the world but I didn't know that our Virtual Earth data center in Boulder, CO is pretty much completely powered by wind energy. In fact we just fired...
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    This wasn't in the Brochure when I moved here

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    So I've lived here in Seattle for a little over 8 years now having moved here when I joined Microsoft back in 2000. You know before I moved here I'd hear something like this: "Oh, the Winters here are really mild" or "It hardly ever snows here, maybe...
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