It's been almost a year since Microsoft acquired Multimap. We've been pretty quiet integrating them into Microsoft; however, it's time to make a little noise. As part of the first significant announcement the Multimap team has release a new free API which contains lots of robust features which you can leverage in your applications. And, if you're a licensed Virtual Earth customer you can gain access to the Multimap platform via your agreement. So, if you see something you like on the Multimap platform contact your Solution Specialist and get them crackin' to add it to your VE contract!
So, what's the deal with the Multimap Free API? Here are the Marketing facts:
And, to top it off, Multimap just added some additional coverage and localization elements:
New Maps and Parsers
The Multimap API now offers street level mapping for several countries in the Middle East:
Map Control Enhancements
The map control, routing instructions and widgets (POI, map type, zoom/pan) have been updated to support the following languages (in addition to en-US):
The initial payload has been trimmed to just 86k
So, give it a whirl:
There are already a number of sites using this feature. Check out BaconAndEggs.co.uk as a sample. I had a Bacon and Eggs Ravioli in Vegas a month ago - money. Random.
To be clear, we're not splintering our efforts here, just complimenting them. We realize Multimap has an extensive data set and Virtual Earth has benefits that could help Multimap customers. If you see something you like, use the platform that has what you need. And, don't you haters say G**gle! :P