April, 2006

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About Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog


Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog,  is intended to provide you with updated information on building solutions on the Virtual Earth platform, which includes the Map Control and the MapPoint Web Service.  The platform enables you to build any number of location-aware applications with components for visualization, location,

While there are a number of updates, articles, etc. here, it is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of al VE developer resources.  Resources to help you get started with Virtual Earth development:

To start, try out Live Search Maps if you haven't already.  Live Search Maps is built on Virtual Earth and can provide some great inspiration for the types of things the platform makes possible.  On top of that, it is a great local search site and very useful for all those non-developer activities, like finding Pizza parlors so you can work late, finding gifts so you can apologize for working late so often, or getting directions to your next MSDN event.

Our official SDKs, articles, and more are posted on the Virtual Earth SDK.

For Virtual Earth development resources see the great community site: Via Virtual Earth.

There are a number of other people blogging about Virtual Earth for you to check out as well:


  • Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog

    Solution Highlight: Zillow

    Zillow.com, one of the web's premier sites for residential real estate, including finding the unique Zestimate™ price for a home, has recently added bird's eye imagery from the Virtual Earth platform. Today, they are only using bird's eye in a few of...
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    Solution Highlight: LoopNet

    LoopNet, the #1 commercial real estate service online, recently launched a new map search service built on Virtual Earth. The LoopNet solution utilizes Virtual Earth to provide an autorefreshing query for commercial real estate based on the VE Map Control...
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    Solution Highlights

    Often I find developers asking questions about what kinds of applications have been built on Virtual Earth, other than the generally mashup oriented stuff on www.ViaVirtualEarth.com . Basically, what commercial reference implementations exist. So, I am...
  • Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog

    Feedback on the "Commercial Control"

    The folks over at Via Virtual Earth have started up a forum thread on the free-to-use, ad supported "commercial control", trying to get feedback on what you think microsoft should do different or the same as we prepare for future versions. If you have...
  • Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog

    What's in a name (change)?

    As you may have noticed already, as I have gotten a few comments, URLs that used to lead to MapPoint Web Service information on www.microsoft.com now redirect to a site branded as Virtual Earth . What's up? Did we change the name of the MapPoint Web Service...
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