Google Suggests Using Microsoft MapCruncher

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Being the Microsoft Virtual Earth Platform Evangelist, I’m all about getting the word out about Microsoft mapping products. There is a greater good in what I do, however and that is to get people using mapping. Something like 82% of all data in the world has a location component, so what better way to display that data than on a map? All kinds of data are creeping out of those…

New Imagery, January 2008

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27+ TB of imagery have just been added to Virtual Earth. 3D CitiesUSARedding, CAColorado Springs, COFort Collins, CODes Moines, IASioux City, IAWaterloo, IABoise City, IDDecatur, ILAnn Arbor, MIDearborn, MIFlint, MIKalamazoo, MILansing, MILincoln, NEOmaha, NEReno, NVOgden, UTBellingham, WAKenosha-Racine, WI Ortho Aerial Imagery (Microsoft Proprietary)USAAnn Arbor, MIBellingham, WABoise City, IDColorado Springs, CODecatur, ILDes Moines, IAFlint, MIFort Collins, COKalamazoo, MIKenosha-Racine, WILansing, MILincoln, NEOmaha, NERedding, CAReno, NVSioux City, IAWaterloo, IA JapanAdded level 19 tiles…

Come See Me At MIX 2008

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Vegas baby, Vegas! March 5-7. 2008 – MIX 2008 – be there or be square. I’ll be presenting a level 200 how to session called “Developing Applications with Microsoft Virtual Earth.” I’ll talk features, I’ll talk code, I’ll talk business examples and I’ll give you every reason to get cracking on the next killer mapping application after losing all your money at the craps table. Register online and get there…

Yellow Pages Group (Canada)

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The Yellow Pages Group published a press release about their launch with Virtual Earth. Read below. I took a screen shot of Tim Horton’s locations in British Columbia – I’ve heard it’s the best donut in Canada, so maybe someone can send me some. (Chris Pendleton, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052). I actually surprised myself at how good our imagery was in Vancouver – toot, toot! Owe, that was…

Live Search Racing Team

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Virtual Earth is a part of the Live Local Search team which is a part of the Live Search team which is a part of Windows Live which is a part of Microsoft. This helps you understand the brand a bit more and helps me justify posting some exciting news about Microsoft’s contributions to Children’s Hospital. Live Search and Team Seattle are going to the Daytona Motor Speedway this weekend…

KSPR – Springfield, MO

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The list of broadcasters using Virtual Earth continues to grow. KSPR in Springfield, MO is now leveraging Virtual Earth to illustrate their weather news cast. Throughout this broadcast they actually use our aerial imagery (ortho) and 3D (seen below). It’s exciting to see so many broadcasters adopting our mapping technologies in so many different ways. After all, the news is local and it’s all about WHERE you are, so why…

Cleveland Rocks!

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O-HIO! This is pretty awesome. The State of Ohio’s Department of Transportation has rolled out a site for all you Buckeyes (and those of you living in the Ohio who didn’t go to The Ohio State University). Navigate to BuckeyeTraffic.org and you’ll see a huge map (love that) with a number of filters on the left. Now, this is not your basic traffic site…not by a long shot. This site…

VE and the BBC

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The British Broadcast Corporation has agreed to use Virtual Earth. The plane crash at Heathrow was detailed in this article on the BBC News web site. The article included many illustrations about the accident and the plane itself, but also included a map of the area highlighting the points of interest around the effected area. This allows their readers to get a better understanding of exactly where the plane stopped,…

Visualizing Broadcast Areas in Virtual Earth

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Our Microsoft Certified Partners SpatialPoint are at it again. They’ve published a new visualization tool for viewing radio broadcast signal coverage areas by station at FollowTheGame.com. The theme for the application is football, so you can stay tuned to the big game(s) while you’re driving state to state. You’ll know what radio station to tune into depending on where you are; however, you can imaging how useful this might be…

Live Search Maps China Tops Google and Baidu

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I can’t read this article, but some of my cohort here in Redmond can. The folks at ZOL (CNET) have rated Live Search Maps China higher than both Google Maps China and Baidu Maps. ZOL specified that Live Search Maps China was better because of the “superior user interface, integration with local search result, personalization and bus transit.” Okay, I had someone translate that for me. Kudos to the product…