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  • Blog Post: Rebranding Microsoft Virtual Earth To…

    Microsoft Virtual Earth now has a new name (and it’s not Kumo or Kiev). First, a little background to ensure we’re all on the same page. As of yesterday…. Live Search Maps was our consumer maps offering. This is the web site you go to for maps, aerial photos, directions, searching for points of interest...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth on the Edge (Computing Network)

    Today we’re announcing the rollout of Virtual Earth to the Content Delivery Network (a part of Microsoft's Edge Computing Network). What does this mean? Well, Virtual Earth has historically been in a single data center serving up all these billions of tile images (and the AJAX map control) which service...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth in Hospitality Web Cast Playback

    As a follow up to my hospitality focused web cast last week “ Hospitality Businesses Create Strong Guest Connections with Virtual Earth (Level 100) ” or in the case that you missed the web cast (shame on you), the recording is now available for download on the Momentum web site . I talked about some...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Program Changes Virtual Earth Licensing for Startups

    In an immediate step to adjust our licensing in support for small, start up business, I present to you The BizSpark Program with Virtual Earth . The BizSpark Program is a means of helping small software companies get off the ground with discounted or free software and services from Microsoft. This is...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control

    Welcome to MIX! Following suit with many Microsoft web technologies, here’s our product announcement…..It’s been a long time coming – a year, in fact, since I presented a sneak peak of the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight (VESL) Map Control at MIX 2008 . Now, here we are a year later at MIX 2009 releasing...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth – The Webcast Series

      We’re starting a new webcast series focused entirely on Microsoft Virtual Earth . Hosted by yours truly, the Webcast series will be hosted on the Momentum web site and is part of a new bi-monthly routine. Every month we’ll have a Virtual Earth 100 level overview of an industry, a technology or...
  • Blog Post: Auto-Upgrade of Virtual Earth 6.1 to 6.2

    A little announcement for those of you NOT signed up with any kind of account and thus not receiving our communications… We’re pleased to announce that your Virtual Earth v6.1 applications will be automatically upgraded to v6.2 on March 5 th , 2009. This automatic upgrade will save you the time and effort...
  • Blog Post: Season’s Greetings from Microsoft Maps

    A little token of our nod to the holidays. Check out the site built with a Silverlight interface with post cards highlighting our imagery from our the world. Click on any of them to be redirected to Multimap’s implementation of Virtual Earth imagery on Multimap.com. If you don’t like Multmap, you can...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Survey, November 2008

    We’re putting out another survey to get your feedback on Microsoft Virtual Earth. Tell us how you REALLY feel. The first 500 respondents get a $10 Visa gift card. If you don’t have time now and don’t care about the $10, but still want to send us your feedback the survey will be up through Dec. 1. Access...
  • Blog Post: Multimap Launches Free API (And It Includes Virtual Earth)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth & DigitalGlobe - Worldwide Imagery Improvement

    Well, well, well what have we here? We now have access to one of the highest resolution global satellite imagery and aerial photography collections (460 million sq. km. + 1 million sq. km. per day moving forward) through a deal we've just struck with DigitalGlobe. We'll finally be able to backfill areas...
  • Blog Post: Announcing The Virtual Earth Web Service and Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2

    If you follow Microsoft Virtual Earth I'm sure you've picked up some blog posts that posted some of the features for this release, but those posts mysteriously disappeared. Information leaked out and you wondered, "Was that real?" Well, finally the definitive source on the new Virtual Earth Web Service...
  • Blog Post: New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!

    We've just made updates to our consumer site, Live Search Maps which are tied back to some of the updates in the Virtual Earth platform - there's a slough of posts coming from me today! For the release we've included some AWESOME new features for users to enjoy, so please...enjoy! Communities Community...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Webcast For Upcoming Release

    Come listen to me drone on and on about the next version of Virtual Earth. Register for the free webcast today titled, " Momentum Webcast: See More and Do More with Microsoft Virtual Earth (Level 100). " The webcast is focused on Business Decision Makers and will be for 1 hour on Thursday,...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 6.0 Auto-Upgrade Date Now Locked - September 10, 2008

    Per my previous posts on the topic of the Virtual Earth auto-grade from v 6.0 to 6.1 and the deprecation plans for v 3, 4 and 5 we've officially locked down a date to begin upgrading users on 6.0 to 6.1. On September 10, 2008, if you're running on v 6.0 of the Virtual Earth AJAX map control and you've...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 6.0 Auto-Upgrade Postponed

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner.... Dear Virtual Earth Customer, As has been communicated periodically over the last several months, we’d like to provide you another friendly reminder and an update regarding the planned deprecation schedule for older versions of Virtual Earth.  Specifically...
  • Blog Post: Purchase Standalone Microsoft Virtual Earth Photography

    If you've ever had the need to acquire Virtual Earth aerial photography for uses outside of the Virtual Earth platform , your day has come. Starting today you can license Virtual Earth UltraCam (proprietary) aerial photography without having to license the Virtual Earth platform. This is great for offline...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Earth Partner Program

    Do you love Virtual Earth? Do you want to participate in generating revenue from Virtual Earth ? Do you run a development shop that is building some crazy, sexy applications that push the limits of geospatial and Virtual Earth? Then, you need to be a Microsoft Virtual Earth Partner! I'm out there sweating...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Released - Now, Let's Mash it with Virtual Earth

    Feel free to bypass my blog and download Photosynther now . Photosynther is the client software to create your own Photosynth's viewable in the browser. Some of this post may look familiar to you folks who leverage search engine cache, but I've added some Virtual Earth integration to the post so get...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Earth Deprecation Reminder

    Just another friendly reminder that we're going to deprecate a couple older version of Virtual Earth - specifically, v3 and v4 are going down August 31, 2008 September 22, 2008. Don't say I didn't tell you so, because I've warned you a couple times now. Yes, the dates keep moving back, but now we're...
  • Blog Post: ESRI ArcGIS 9.3 Desktop Now Features Microsoft Virtual Earth

    Today, we're announcing a closer and much deeper relationship with ESRI by integrating Virtual Earth into their ArcGIS Desktop product. As a part of the version 9.3 release, Virtual Earth will natively be a premium content layer so you can simply select to view your data on our roads, high resolution...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control

    Don't like JavaScript? You want your managed code with the new wave of AJAX maps? Well, the long awaited Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control is now available for download as a part of the Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio . Here are some of the features and benefits of the control: Toolbox...
  • Blog Post: Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

    Today is a big day. BIG DAY. As you'll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset - trueSpace (among other assets). I've always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware, so starting today trueSpace 7.6 is now available for download.....FOR FREE ! And, there is a...
  • Blog Post: Publish Your Aerial Photography to Virtual Earth

    We're just starting a new program called "GoVE" which enables municipalities, state and local governments, aerial photographers, carrier pigeons, whoever, to share your imagery with Microsoft for publishing onto Virtual Earth the platform that powers thousands of enterprise applications, not...
  • Blog Post: MapPoint Web Service 4.7 SDK Released

    Friday we released an updated version of the MapPoint Web Service SDK 4.7 . There's nothing new in terms of functionality for the SOAP XML APIs, but we did update the docs to include a new version of the road network coverage. So, now you get a better idea of what the MapPoint Web Service Geographic...
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