Virtual Earth Site for Business Decision Makers

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A few months ago we launched our new marketing site @ www.microsoft.com/virtualearth. This site is a great place for a business decision maker to read up on Virtual Earth. The site is packed with information about the platform including News, Events, Case Studies and Product Sheets to name a few features. The News page is new and contains some of our latest developments announcements and aggregates some of the blog…

Marriott "Go Board"

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Virtual Earth has a multitude of uses on the web, but now you can see it moving into the hotel lobby. Marriott is rolling out their “Go Board” which is a large screen in their hotel lobbies highlighting weather, news, events and other local information, but more importantly maps! Virtual Earth maps no less.  The Go Board has a touch screen interface allowing users to view maps and get directions…

New Imagery – March 2008

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42.85 TB make up our March release of Virtual Earth data. Insane. Plus, we’re hosting a whole new tile set that is out of this world! Orthos USA § Las Vegas, NV § Denver, CO § Phoenix DT, AZ § San Luis Obispo, CA Austria/Switzerland Orthos: § Vienna, Austria § Bern, Switzerland § Basel, Switzerland § Innsbruck, Austria § Salzburg, Austria § Klagenfurt, Austria § Zurich, Switzerland § Geneva, Switzerland…

ESRI Developer Summit – SIG Presentation Tonight!

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As a part of the Special Interest Group, I’m presenting Virtual Earth at the ESRI Developer Summit tonight @ 6PM along with Ed Katibah (SQL Server 2008) and Kevin Ramsaur (. NET). If you are here at the conference in Palm Springs, come to Oasis 2 & 3. I’ll show Virtual Earth, code level walkthroughs, plus Virtual Earth integration with ESRI ArcGIS. Free food, beer and wine! Don’t miss it.

Life 2.0 & Virtual Earth

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Yesterday, I did a Virtual Earth presentation in Second Life as a part of the Dr. Dobbs Life 2.0 Conference “inworld.” What a trip. First off, I was asked to do this last week and having never even been in Second Life I had some work to do. About a year ago, I tried downloading Second Life and my video card wasn’t strong enough to run it. So, I bought…

Destroy All Invaders

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Perhaps you saw my MIX presentation of Virtual Earth in Silverlight. If not, check it out. In the meantime, you can check out Virtual Earth in Silverlight as the backdrop and interface respectively for the game Destroy All Invaders, by Andy Beaulieu. I found this link off of the Public Sector Developer Weblog. It’s classic. Using your mouse to direct a helicopter and the CTRL button to accelerate it, you…

Developing Virtual Earth with Java

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Last October we released a version of Virtual Earth which included the ability to track and report on transactions (Version 6). While the Virtual Earth interface has thus far been AJAX, we introduced a component that required a non-scripting language such as .Net or Java. And, while we provided an article on how to use the transaction reporting system it was in ASP .Net. Well, I’m happy to announce to…

BBC News: School Report News

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The BBC is expanding their use of Virtual Earth. They released their School Report which brings in the news from all of the local schools from the UK and puts them on a map for easy navigation and exploration.  I love this. When I was a kid reporting the news in my monthly class newsletter (or even as a writer for the SDSU Daily Aztec!), I think it would’ve been…

Case Study: Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions (Cyberhomes)

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We posted a new case study about Microsoft and Cyberhomes which highlights some of the work Fidelity did with Virtual Earth. I worked with Marty Frame and team on their roll out of Cyberhomes.com which features maps and imagery from Virtual Earth. The site was an overnight hit (and makes things interesting for Zillow). Cyberhomes (and Fidelity, in general) made such a compelling using of Virtual Earth that we went…

City of Miami

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I’m going to Miami this summer. I’ll be attending the TeleAtlas Conference in June; however, that’s not the point of this. I wanted to highlight what The City of Miami has done with Virtual Earth. There are actually several applications built atop of Virtual Earth, the latest being the zoning application. The zoning application allows for users to see what parcels of land are dedicated to the different types of…