Virtual Earth Web Casts – Virtual Earth in Retail Recordings

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I just wrapped up the first Virtual Earth web casts as a part of our new ongoing series to keep people informed about opportunities for leveraging Virtual Earth and to keep you abreast of what’s new in the Virtual Earth product group and what’s storming in my brain that just needs to get out. In February, I focused on the Retail industry and how location plays well with many of…

AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

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I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize data like I’ve never seen before. Read the official press release on…

Virtual Earth + SharePoint = Business (Location) Intelligence

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In many of my discussions with customers I talk about the value Virtual Earth plays in data visualization, especially around business intelligence and visualizing that information on maps for analysis. Now, even the iPhone is making its way into enterprise applications hosted by SharePoint with IDV Solution’s new Visual Fusion Contribute application (see below). We have a whole partner ecosystem that can help our customers build out this kind of…

MapPoint 2010, 2011 or 2012?

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Do you want to see a new version of MapPoint? If so, do you want to determine what features go in and what features get out? Do you love MapPoint and just want more, more, more? Do you post threads on Channel 9 spitting on MapPoint because you think "it sucks," but don’t really provide details so your ranting turns out to be worth nothing but a good chuckle? Well,…

GeoLife 2.0: A Location-Based Social Network

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GeoLife was shown at TechFest in Redmond this week by Yu Zheng (Microsoft Researcher). I figured it was applicable and you might be interested. What is GeoLife? GeoLife is a GPS-data-driven social network on Microsoft Virtual Earth. It is not only a Website where individuals can manage, visualize, and understand their life experience using their own GPS trajectories; it’s also a social networking service that enables people to build connections…

Hyatt and Virtual Earth

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Hyatt just launched their new hotel finder application with Microsoft Virtual Earth. The application is accessible from their home page by searching for Hyatt hotel locations around the world. Now, this is in NO WAY anything but a coincidence that one of the March, 2009 Virtual Earth web casts is focused on hospitality, so now is as good a time as any to drop a shameless reference to it (more…

Virtual Earth at MIX ‘09!

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It’s official – we have confirmed our Virtual Earth session for MIX 2009 and we will be there in star-studded fashion. The session is titled, "The Next Generation of Microsoft Virtual Earth – More Experiences, More Places, and Exciting New Capabilities" and it’s abstract is as follows, "Come see and experience new and exciting offerings from Virtual Earth.  We cannot release specific details about this session until after the MIX…

Microsoft Virtual Earth on Windows Azure

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I reserved a part of my day to explore Windows Azure and how it can work with the Microsoft Virtual Earth Web Service. In my investigation I found out that what I was really interested in is The Azure Services Platform (to clarify any branding issues). In fact, "Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure…

Developing Mobile Applications with Virtual Earth Web Services

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Richard Brundritt and Robert McGovern from Infusion Development just got their "Developing a Mobile Application Using Virtual Earth Web Services" technical article published on MSDN and it’s available for your reading and plagiarizing pleasure. Excerpt: "The constraints of mobile device applications are very different than the traditional web or desktop applications. Unlike a desktop or web application, the screen real estate is very compact and the controls are limited in…

Utilities Leveraging Virtual Earth for Data Visualization

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A couple weeks ago I presented at the EUCI (Electrical Utility Consultants Inc.) GIS 2.0 Conference in San Antonio, TX. As a result of this conference and the work of our partners and field sales folks, we’ve seen a significant uptake in utility companies adopting Microsoft Virtual Earth for their applications. In previous posts, I’ve written about Entergy and BC Hydro which were some of the first go live using…