Adding Live Search Maps As An Internet Explorer Search Provider

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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 out there who may just want to search the Virtual Earth-based consumer site Live Search…

Outlining Postal Delivery Areas On Virtual Earth

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Melissa Data has just published a unique application that highlights postal delivery areas for any given postal code on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. I was thinking WOW this would be an awesome data set of robust polygons and routes to see how hard our tax dollars are being used….but, apparently Newman and crew’s delivery areas aren’t that impressive at all. The application, however, is a great way to visualize this…

Announcing Live Search Maps India

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We’ve just launched the new Live Search Maps India site and for a v1 it is SUPER robust. Check out this list of features: Street Maps for 9 important Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur and National Road Network of India with roughly 20,000 cities/towns/major localities (as points on the map). Political Map of India with important geographical features that includes national roads connecting…

Virtual Earth Imagery Release – September, 2008

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For those of you who follow the imagery releases, there was no release for August. September, however, is now live and contains the following 46TB of imagery and vector updates. Orthos Yakima, WA Springfield, MO Spokane, WA Portland, ME Grand Rapids, MI Billings, MT Minneapolis, MN (UltraCam Refresh) Seattle, WA (UltraCam Refresh) Las Vegas, NV (UltraCam Refresh) Phoenix, AZ (UltraCam Refresh) Tampa, Fl (UltraCam Refresh) Vector Vector overlays for Navteq…

Virtual Earth and Microsoft Commerce Server

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If you’ve visited us at the Microsoft booth at the Shop.org conference, you may have seen the Microsoft Virtual Earth demonstration application illustrating Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 and Virtual Earth working together. The concept for the application is based on inventory data in Commerce Server being used to help end users find the nearest location that carries the item you’re searching for – an advanced store locator and inventory search…

Mapvertising on Virtual Earth with Lat49

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I recently wrote a post discussing the advertising opportunities on Live Search Maps. Well, it turns out there’s a player in town ready to take up the opportunity to provide map-based advertising (aka mapvertising) and make YOU some money for your mapping applications! The guys over at Lat49 have created a mapvertising platform which runs perfectly with Microsoft Virtual Earth allowing you to specify where on the map your ads…

Virtual Sweden

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Virtual Sweden (not related to Virtual Earth) has launched Microsoft Virtual Earth into their web site highlighting different points of interest around the Nordic country. The map interface is pretty straightforward with orange pins representing points of interest on the map. And, greatly enough, we actually have some super high resolution photography in Sweden as a part of the Virtual Earth platform including Bird’s Eye photography (Stockholm below). So, what…

Virtual Earth Webcast For Upcoming Release

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Come listen to me drone on and on about the next version of Virtual Earth. Register for the free webcast today titled, “Momentum Webcast: See More and Do More with Microsoft Virtual Earth (Level 100).” The webcast is focused on Business Decision Makers and will be for 1 hour on Thursday, October 2, 2008 starting at 9AM PDT. Here’s a little snippet about the event: Microsoft is excited to announce…

Virtual Earth and Microsoft Popfly

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I mentioned in yesterday’s post that there was a Microsoft Virtual Earth block in Microsoft Popfly which allows you to create your own mapping applications with a WYSIWYG interface. So, I figured it was time I posted a bit of a walk through on the capabilities. Now, you don’t have to be a developer to understand or use Popfly – what you see is what you get means, you get…

Formula 1 Grand Prix and Virtual Earth

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Gert Van Waelvelde built a nifty little application for racing fans to be able to see all of the Formula 1 Racing locations on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. The application sits in the Live Gallery so it can be added to your Live.com custom homepage, your Live Spaces web page or you Live Events page. Now, apparently this has been updated because it was originally posted in November, 2007…