We've officially released MapPoint 2009 European English Edition into the wild. Now our friends across the pond can experience the greatness of our desktop mapping application with data updates and a new user interface.

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MapPoint 2009 European Edition is available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Here are a list of the features (I snatched from the MapPoint 2009 Marketing web site):

Microsoft® MapPoint® 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data, communicate insights with instant impact, and integrate maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office. MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locator adds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy for organizations to visualize their business in a whole new way:

  • Map business data.
    Create and view sales territories, analyze trends, and evaluate performance by geography.
  • Identify new business opportunities.
    Combine business data with included demographics to target potential customers and focus decisions.

MapPoint 2009 helps you streamline your travel:

  • Arrive on time.
    Detailed directions—voice* and text-prompted—make it easy to follow your route.
  • Optimize your trip.
    Quickly calculate mileage, drive time, and expenses in advance.
  • Easy-to-see navigation.
    Track your route in real-time in Full Screen display. Change to the special Night Map display with a single click.

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I always wanted to see Paris at night.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy to use maps in combination with your Microsoft Office documents:

  • Tell a story, visually.
    Insert maps into Word documents and PowerPoint presentations to illustrate everything from sales performance and customer locations to new business opportunities.
  • Tap into existing data sources
    Create maps from data stored in current versions of Office Excel®, Office Access®, Office Outlook®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or other database sources.
  • Extend your business.
    Take advantage of the extensible MapPoint object model to build custom business solutions such as fleet tracking and business intelligence.
  • Map business data.
    Create and view sales territories, analyze trends, and evaluate performance by geography.

I also ripped this from the product sheet:

European Map and Demographics

Microsoft MapPoint 2009 with European maps will provide detailed street-level maps and address find capability for Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

In addition, MapPoint European edition will provide some street-level coverage, but does not support address find, for Andorra, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Vatican City.

Demographic data

MapPoint 2009 European maps contains the following demographic data for the following 8 European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and Great Britain/UK.

Coverage Chart

Country/Region

% of Pop. with Street Coverage

Find Address

Routing

Austria

100%

Yes

Yes

Benelux

100%

Yes

Yes

Bulgaria

24%

No

Yes

Croatia

12.6%

No

Yes

Czech Republic

71%

No

Yes

Denmark

100%

Yes

Yes

Estonia

29%

No

Yes

Finland

30%

Yes

Yes

France

100%

Yes

Yes

Germany

100%

Yes

Yes

Greece

35%

Yes

Yes

Hungary

21%

No

Yes

Italy

61.3%

Yes

Yes

Latvia

32%

No

Yes

Lithuania

3%

No

Yes

You can purchase MapPoint 2009 through your volume licensing agreement, your local retailer or your favorite online e-tailer.

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