Tracking Virtual Earth Tile Usage

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For those of you who are accessing the Virtual Earth tile system directly for integration into a Silverlight, WPF or Flash interface we now have a way for you to legitimize yourselves. First off, we recognize that without a Flash control for the Flex development environment or a Silverlight control we have a bit of a shortcoming for you creating some extremely innovative and scalable sites; however, we’ve worked to…

New Virtual Earth 3D Techno Movie

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2 Unlimited need not show for this party. Check out the latest video showcase the V2 Virtual Earth 3D building models. V2 of our building models are available in Las Vegas, Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. There are still another 250+ cities with photo-textured, scaled building models published in V1 that will get updated in the upcoming months. Watch the video and crank up your speakers. Video: Microsoft Virtual Earth –…

Where in the World is Matt Lauer?

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Today, NBC launched there “Where in the world is Matt Lauer” campaign and this morning I saw that he was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wow – the ultimate boondoggle. What a stud. Anyway, as a part of this campaign, Live Search Club (free online games) has released the game “Discover the World with Matt Lauer.“ The game is pretty straight forward and uses Virtual Earth and Live Search to add…

Location Intelligence – VE + SQL Server 2008 Spatial

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Ed Katibah (Spatial Ed) and I are doing a workshop Monday, April 28 morning at The Location Intelligence Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The workshop will focus on integration points between Virtual Earth and SQL Server. The workshop starts at 9AM. We provided the following description: Title: Microsoft SpatialCompany: Microsoft Presenter: Chris Pendleton and Ed KatibahRoom: Ballroom CDescription:: This workshop provides an in-depth look at both Microsoft SQL Server Spatial…

BC Hydro

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  More on the utilities front – BC Hydro is using Virtual Earth to show their customers outages that they are aware of in British Columbia. First off – I love this. I lost power in my house in Woodinville, WA when the wind storms 16 months ago knocked out power for most of the eastside of Seattle. Puget Sound Energy had posted a PDF of outages they were aware…

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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The French MSN Entertainment team did a sweet mashup for the release of the new Indian Jones movie – Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The application highlights different scenes in the movie, specifically where they take place across the globe. Yes, it’s in French since the movie debuted in France at the Cannes Film Festival. The application uses our raster overlay capabilities. You can take your…

Happy Earth Day, 2008

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It’s been a crazy travel schedule and I’m just now getting a chance to do some blogging (and not for long). NAB in Vegas was awesome – I had no idea how much cool stuff the media guys get to play with. Virtual Earth has been added to a lot of the editing software, so I’m expecting to see some cool broadcast, shows, movies, etc. using Virtual Earth. So, it’s…

Virtual Earth Technical Briefing

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Johannes Kebeck of our EMEA Virtual Earth Team is giving a technical briefing for Virtual Earth on May 8, 2008 @ 10 GMT, London. If you’re available and interested you can tune into this free web cast to hear the latest and greatest about VE and a heavy dose of Version 6.1 and probably a peppering of SQL Server 2008 Spatial. You can register for the event on the Microsoft…

Walking Directions Sample in VE 6.1

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I love the big city. I spend a fair amount of time in downtown areas like New York, Seattle and San Francisco, so something like walking directions is a very valuable feature for me. I spend a lot of time in LA too, but who walks in LA?? You remember the MIssing Persons song, Walking in LA, “Nobody walks in LA.” I digress. So, check out this new “routing” feature.…