MapPoint 2009 / Streets & Trips 2009

It’s official! We’re releasing an update to the desktop products MapPoint 2009 (Desktop Business Intelligence Mapping and Analysis Tool) and Streets & Trips 2009 (Desktop Consumer Trip Planning). Contrary to the release of MapPoint 2006, there are quite a few more features and a whole new interface. MapPoint 2009 will be available September 1, 2008. Streets & Trips will be available in early October at your favorite retailer. For those who don’t know, Streets & Trips has a subset of MapPoint functionality, but if you just want offline trip planning software S&T is the way to go. And, for the Aussies, no, there is still no Australian version – just North America and Europe. I know, I know.

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Check out the new ribbon…..
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Here’s a full list of feature enhancements:

  • Improved Live Search integration

    • Over 1.5 million POI embedded in the products
    • Single search box
    • Enhanced POI result set with links to Live Maps yellow page and information details send to mobile integration
  • Send to Mobile
    • SMS messaging via Outlook
    • Location information sent directly to your mobile device
    • Link to Live Mobile
  • Updated/Improved user interface
    • Updated icons throughout the site
    • Toolbar redesign
    • Pane consistency
  • MapPoint Office 12 compatibility
    • Ability to upload Office 2007 Word and Excel file formats
  • Entertainment Online
    • FREE 14 day trial membership for savings in restaurants, hotels, special events, and more
    • Coupons available in U.S. and Canada
    • Search for coupons by area and category
    • Link to Entertainment Online site
  • Additional improvements
    • Updated map data and information on more than 1.5 million locations
    • New, sleek GPS device (puck) for MapPoint North America
    • Streamlined product installation and activation
    • Configurable spoken street names and automatic re-routing
    • 2.5D improvements (zoom to turn, indicator icon, etc)
    • Updated Live Search for Windows Mobile install package included on the DVD

As you can see, jam packed with cool stuff.

2.5D Map….
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MapPoint 2009 has a lot of upside with the software part of Microsoft’s software plus services strategy, but it remains upside. Can someone build me a Virtual Earth com add in please? If not, I’ll do it myself. I mean really, how hard would it be?

And, you gotta love The Matrix Map (read as Night Time Map).

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CP

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9 comments
  1. Chris Pendleton

    @gregory.browning3 – technically, yes. There's an MapPoint addin for Office that you can optionally install that will add some mapping capabilities. There is Bing Maps integration with Outlook 2010 natively. Get the beta!

    CP

  2. gregory.browning3

    Can MapPoint be linked to outlook calendars to display events or appointments?

  3. Anonymous

    When will MapPoint 2009 be included in the MSDN downloads?  What level of MSDN subscription is required?

  4. Chris Pendleton

    I think there’s a good argument there. Australia’s had solid, public map data for a lot longer than India. Plus, it’s pretty clear what the country boundaries are. :) Don’t be surprised to see our Virtual Earth investments be taken advantage of in a future version of MapPoint. I’m not revealing anything, but doesn’t it make sense?

    CP

  5. Anonymous

    hmm, well I think Australia would be the next logical target. However, not having 10 years of product marketing (like with the NA and EU versions), I doubt it would ever make business sense to do an AUS / Asian version of MapPoint desktop, better to focus on VE.

  6. Chris Pendleton

    Someone,

    Good request, but who’s definition of India’s borders should we use?

    CP

  7. Anonymous

    PLEASE DO A MAPPOINT FOR INDIA. MS HAS INVESTED SO MUCH IN INDIA, CAN’T MS DO IT WORKING TOGETHER WITH THEIR INDIA DEVELOPMENT CENTER? YOU NEED NOT UPDATE IT EVERY YEAR OR EVERY 3 YEARS. WE NEED A DESKTOP MAPPING SOFTWARE FOR INDIA.

  8. Chris Pendleton

    FYI – MapPoint 2009 European Edition will be released into the wild October 22 in a phase approach country by country.

    CP

  9. Anonymous

    Thanks for the screenshots.. pretty exciting! I can’t wait to check out the new data :-)

    Eric

    http://www.mp2kmag.com

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