The news is out, here, there and everywhere.  Microsoft Virtual Earth and Windows Live Local are live with support for Australia.

The developer features include:

  • Geo-coding and parsing for Australian addresses
  • Aerial imagery for major Australian cities (more coverage to come)
  • Maps and routing for major cities and highways/freeways across the country
  • Local search results for Australia
  • and more...

The new coverage and features are available immediately for use with the Virtual Earth Map Control in your application.  Give it a try, no changes should be needed...

The same base map and geo-code data for Australia is live in MapPoint Web Service as well, so customers with hybrid solutions or pure MWS solutions can also take advantage of the coverage.