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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features Virtual Earth

    I recently posted a little teaser entry about Virtual Earth and Windows 7 - Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth? Well, now today there’s more to talk about (and you can expect news to continue to roll out as time goes on). Today, the Windows Team announced the Microsoft Touch...
  • Blog Post: MSN City Guides Re-launches….and Leverages Virtual Earth

    MSN just launched a new version of their local offering dubbed, MSN City Guides (read the press release ). Okay, just another local listing site with maps, right? Oh, no…this one is the beginning of something pretty great and very community driven and it has Microsoft Virtual Earth . Fine, I’m skewed...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth?

    With the release of Windows 7 RC to the world which you can now freely download from the Microsoft Windows web site , I figured I would at least let you know where Microsoft Virtual Earth fits into the equation. First off, there’s a location API built into the operating system. This means that from within...
  • Blog Post: Happy Earth Day, 2009

    Happy Earth Day, my fellow Virtual Earthlings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight a couple Virtual Earth applications? Ok, I could think of a few ways, but since we’re all stuck inside on Earth Day….wait, maybe I should go work outside today….I’ll give you some relevant sites that...
  • 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: Virtual Earth + SharePoint = Business (Location) Intelligence

    In many of my discussions with customers I talk about the value Virtual Earth plays in data visualization, especially around business intelligence and visualizing that information on maps for analysis. Now, even the iPhone is making its way into enterprise applications hosted by SharePoint with IDV Solution...
  • Blog Post: GeoLife 2.0: A Location-Based Social Network

    GeoLife was shown at TechFest in Redmond this week by Yu Zheng (Microsoft Researcher). I figured it was applicable and you might be interested. What is GeoLife? GeoLife is a GPS-data-driven social network on Microsoft Virtual Earth . It is not only a Website where individuals can manage, visualize, and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Earth on Windows Azure

    I reserved a part of my day to explore Windows Azure and how it can work with the Microsoft Virtual Earth Web Service . In my investigation I found out that what I was really interested in is The Azure Services Platform (to clarify any branding issues). In fact, “ Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 3D Install Issue with Windows 7

    If you’ve tried installing Virtual Earth 3D on Windows 7 you may have see a little problem with the installer crashing during setup stating, “Virtual Earth 3D Install has stopped working.” CP to the rescue! As it turns out there’s an issue with the Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in Windows 7 that it...
  • Blog Post: Live Search for Mobile Updated

    The Live Search team has published a significant update to their Live Search Mobile client application which leverages Microsoft Virtual Earth quite heavily. The new release has some exciting features including Walking Directions, Collection import and Bird’s Eye photography! Location is so critical...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps Netherlands…Geboren

    In the footsteps of the Live Search Maps Finland site launch, Live Search Maps Netherlands is now live on the web. Explore The Netherlands like never before with a localized experience including business search powered by our partner De Telefoongids, 43 cities in Birds-Eye view, 3D, Collections and directions...
  • Blog Post: Live Maps Finland Hits the Web

    The team in Finland has take advantage of recent improvements Virtual Earth and to create Live Maps Finland . How about an Finnish language lesson while we go over features, hmm? Katu (Road {Maps}) The route coverage for Finland is excellent in Virtual Earth, so you’ll see tons of roads throughout the...
  • 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 Via Seadragon on iPhone

    Perhaps you’ve heard that the Live Labs team launched a free version of the Seadragon browser for iPhone …perhaps not. While the viewer is awesome and provides a killer photo viewer (arguably better than what comes with the iPhone) it also has Microsoft Virtual Earth included natively in the application...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and XNA Game Development

    Here’s some sickness. I’m sure the first time you saw Microsoft Virtual Earth you were thinking, “Wow, is this going to integrate with Microsoft Flight Simulator ?” Then, if you’ve ever seen me or one of my colleagues demonstrate Virtual Earth 3D you’ve probably seen us show off our Xbox controller support...
  • Blog Post: Finding Haunted Houses with Virtual Earth

    Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday, so I find it only appropriate to publish a little something to help spread the holiday fear. A few years ago we published a Halloween Map (aka The Haunted Map), but we’re not doing it this year (and haven’t in 3 years). This year, I’m simply going to show you...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and Microsoft’s Single View Platform

    There’s a new initiative at Microsoft to bring together different parts of the company under a single umbrella to prove the whole is greater than the sum of all it’s parts. The Public Sector initiative, dubbed “ The Single View Platform ” brings several different Microsoft products together to form a...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope - New Release!

    The Microsoft Research Team has released an updated version of WorldWide Telescope for free download. The new release is jammed packed with features including my favorite, 3D Solar System and Universe View (plug in your X-Box controller prior to running WWT for fully immersive 3D tranquility). If there...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Software Pirates Beware

    Microsoft Virtual Earth will find you…. A week ago, The Microsoft Anti-Piracy Group launched Global Anti-Piracy Day (Oct. 21). Okay, I’m a week late AND, to be clear, this has nothing to do with Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) - it is quite the antithesis, in fact. Seriously, though, the team works...
  • Blog Post: Live Image Search Adds Virtual Earth

    Microsoft Virtual Earth just crossed into another Live Search domain - Image Search . Live Image Search just added a Virtual Earth map to image results for certain major cities and landmarks. For points of interest such as Space Needle , Statue of Liberty or Pacific Beach , you'll get a Bird's Eye image...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps China - New Features!

    The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide. Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai ) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird's Nest in Beijing ) directions Multi-point...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps Argentina is Live!

    Argentina now has it's own Live Search Maps beta site. I'm a little late getting this on the blog, but better late than never. Plus, since I'm a little late to the game there's a good chance you didn't know about it either, so let's dig in.  This site comes with geocoding places and addresses, road...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Stars in Virtual Earth

    I haven't talked about WorldWide Telescope since it launched; but, since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data...
  • 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: Adding Live Search Maps As An Internet Explorer Search Provider

    If you have Internet Explorer 7, you may be aware of the ability to add custom search providers to your browser. This allows you to add not just Live, Google and Yahoo!, but the likes of specific web site searches such as ESPN, Facebook or Target (yes, the retailer)! I figured there's enough map lovers...
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