Grubb & Ellis Selects VE

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This might sound lately like it is becoming a real estate blog, but I just got wind of this press release from Grubb & Ellis.  The applications they have built so far are internally facing (VE is a great way to make brokers more productive, among other BI and visualization benefits), but the search on their public site is powered by the LoopNet/Microsoft Virtual Earth solution.

Microsoft Dev Day @ Inman Real Estate Connect

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Next week, at the Inman Real Estate Connect conference, where you will find Microsoft’s Virtual Earth team in presentations, our booth, and around the conference, developers may want to check out the Microsoft Developer Day.  Steve Lombardi, PM for the Map Control and Windows Live Local’s collections feature, among many other things, and Chandu Thota, Virtual Earth developer/author/blogger, will be among a great list of folks to connect with about your real…
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Coldwell Banker Bain – Solution Highlight

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Another residential real estate broker has launched a new VE powered site. Coldwell Banker Bain, a popular North West realtor, has launched an interactive home search which you can find linked from their home page. It looks like the real estate bar has been raised with large numbers of commercial and residential real estate providers moving to Virtual Earth, including: Zillow, Fidelity’s FNIS, John L Scott, RE3W, LoopNet, MRIS, and…
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Virtual Earth Map Control v3 – Great new features!

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We are happy to announce the availability of version 3 of the Virtual Earth Map Control.  This exciting new control comes with dozens of enhancements, including new features not available in any of the previous versions, simpler integration, better compatibility, and much much more. New Features Like using maps, aerial imagery, and bird’s eye? Then you’ll love doing it with support for : Place/Address lookups (Geocoding) – With a simple…
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MSR MapCruncher Released

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Microsoft Research has been working with Virtual Earth to develop a cool new application for overlaying information in the Map Control. Chris explains it better than I can: “The basic idea is that you can take any map in PDF format and overlay onto a Virtual Earth map. The benefit being that you can have your own specific map with the cool Virtual Earth draggable functionality, double click to zoom…
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Virtual Earth and the NGA

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Microsoft and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency recently announced a partnership to build better disaster response systems, powered by Virtual Earth.  From the presspass article: “The NGA will use the Microsoft® Virtual Earthâ„¢ platform to provide geospatial support for humanitarian, peacekeeping and national-security efforts… Currently, the two organizations believe they will both benefit from collaboratively implementing the latest technology and software applications and identifying best practices for the Virtual Earth and…
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Eastern Europe Web Service Data Additions

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To clarify on my previous post, we are adding some additional data in Eastern Europe (vintage Q305) to the MapPoint.EU dataset.  In addition to improved overall coverage of our existing European map, Finland and Greece are now much more complete sets of street level data. We are adding 9 new countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia.  Coverage in these new countries is for routing only, not yet include…
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Web Service Customer Service Update: MWS 4.1 CSR2

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As Chris points out, we are coming up on our next Customer Service Release for MapPoint Web Service.  There are some great updates you have been asking for included in this CSR2 release, including: Improvements to geocoding in the US – With a new geocoding engine for the US, we are seeing substantially better performance for address find requests in the US in our testing.  Improvements in stability, speed and flexibility with…
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John L. Scott Real Estate and Virtual Earth – Solution Highlight

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John L. Scott, one of the premier residential real estate companies in the US, has updated their website to include a great new search serice powered by Virtual Earth.  Their implementation really makes great use of VE to provide better search through the use of the interactive map and road, aerial and bird’s eye views and more useful details with the inclusion of routing/directions on each property details page.  Last year John L….
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