Earthly Delights: Chandu Thota’s Latest

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Chandu, Virtual Earth developer and author of Programming MapPoint in .NET, has an article coming int he next edition of MSDN magazine you may want to check out.  The article is available on the web now and will be one of the cover stories for the upcoming print version for September 06.

Virtual Earth as a Marketing Tool

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Lately we have focused a great deal here on Microsoft Virtual Earth as a key component of vertical search applications, from customer facing real estate sites to internally facing BI applications.  But, there is also a great deal of utility to using Virtual Earth as part of your basic marketing activities, whether in your ads or in your website as a tool for prospective customers.  Location is a key part…
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Virtual Earth Case Studies

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For anyone who wants to know more about the benefits of integrating Microsoft Virtual Earth into your application, we now have a number of case studies exploring the benefits some of our customers have received from integrating the platform into their solutions.  This first set focus on one of the more prominent verticals to have adopted VE thus far, real estate, but the lessons learned will apply to any number of different…
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Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Attention developers currently using or evaluating Virtual Earth Map Control or MapPoint Web Service; we’re conducting a satisfaction survey and would like you to evaluate the level and quality of services you’re receiving from Microsoft. This information will be used to identify areas where we are doing well and where we need to make improvements. This survey is being conducted by MarketTools, an independent research firm. Unless you choose otherwise,…
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Australia in Windows Live Local and Virtual Earth

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The news is out, here, there and everywhere.  Microsoft Virtual Earth and Windows Live Local are live with support for Australia. The developer features include: Geo-coding and parsing for Australian addresses Aerial imagery for major Australian cities (more coverage to come) Maps and routing for major cities and highways/freeways across the country Local search results for Australia and more… The new coverage and features are available immediately for use with the Virtual Earth…
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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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