April 2007 Virtual Earth Imagery Release

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We just released tons of new imagery and 3D models. The list is below… New UltraCam Orthos (2D Aerial/Hybrid)USALa Jolla, CALa Mesa, CA Malibu, CAMiramar, CASan Francisco, CAAurora, ILIndianapolis, IN Joiliet, IL Naperville, ILSpeedway, IN Newark, NJ Brooklyn, NY Niagara Falls, NYRoseville, MNBeaverton, ORPortland, OR CanadaLevis-StRomuald (Quebec City)Toronto Bird’s Eye Imagery (Oblique)Riverside County, CADouglas County, COHamilton County, INBernalillo County, NMMinneapolis, MNFranklin County, NYSuffolk County, NYYates County, NYWood County, OHCanadian County,…
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Move.com Now Using Virtual Earth

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Move.com (aka Realtor.com) launched tonight using Virtual Earth for their home property search. Move had previously been using Virtual Earth for their rental property search and now has expanded to include their houses for sale search. It’s a pretty slick implementation with a property search, custom icons, and popup divs for Bird’s Eye view. I do like how the Bird’s Eye is popped into these divs instead of changing their…
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Virtual Earth Version 5 is Now Live!

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Here’s the official release doc for Virtual Earth V5: The new Virtual Earth platform The Virtual Earth platform is an integrated set of services that combines unique bird’s eye, aerial, and 3D imagery with best-of-breed mapping, location and search functionality. With ongoing investments in innovation that are driven by customer feedback, the Virtual Earth platform 5.0 continues to offer new tools, advanced feature enhancements, and robust platform capabilities. In this…
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CP Taking Over…

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This blog is getting stale and needs a new owner, so I’m taking over. I’ve been running the Virtual Earth & MapPoint B2B Blog for a couple years and with my new gig as the Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist it’s probably good to focus on the developer community a bit more. I’ll just combine the two so you can see what Enterprise Customers and Mashup Developers are doing, plus provide…
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Birds Eye Navigation Improvement

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A nice improvement was just released for Virtual Earth’s Birds Eye navigation at http://local.live.com. The Birds Eye navigation thumbnail grid has been replaced with an inset map for easier usability (see screenshot below). Please note, this feature is currently only available at http://local.live.com, but will definitely be added as a feature in the next release of the Virtual Earth Map Control API. For more info on the http://local.live.com release that…
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More Virtual Earth Real Estate – Berkshire Home Services

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Virtual Earth powered real estate search has been a subject of this blog many times in the past few months.   And, again, a number of additional companies have gone online with a Virtual Earth powered real estate search, bringing that same great experience to their customers in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona, and many more areas.  Here are just a few of the sites newly powered by Virtual Earth: Jenny Pruitt…
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Virtual Earth 3D Launches

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The launch of Virtual Earth 3D makes the power of Microsoft’s new online mapping platform available to Web developers as well as Live Search customers. Virtual Earth 3D provides developers with an immersive 3D application environment to implement searching, browsing and organizing local information. At launch, 3D terrain models are available globally, and 15 major U.S. cities boast textured building models. Web developers can implement Virtual Earth 3D applications by…
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Updated! – Service Notice: New Map Control – November 6, 2006

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Please be advised that we will release a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control on Monday, November 6th 2006.  We do not anticipate that this release will impact the service or uptime of the existing Virtual Earth Map Controls (http://dev.virtualearth.net/standard/v2/MapControl.js or http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/v3/MapControl.js). With this release Virtual Earth customers should not need to take any action to ensure that their existing Virtual Earth applications continue to function properly. However, we…
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SLAMming with Virtual Earth

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What happens when you mix mobile, social and maps?  You get Microsoft Research’s new SLAM application, a cool new social networking application that let’s you create and communicate with groups, even viewing the members’ locations (with full privacy controls for individuals to expose their locations as they see fit) on a Virtual Earth map. If you have a WinMo mobile phone, give it a try.  All the info you need…
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More details on new features in v3.1

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Ortho Tile Sets and MapCruncher One of the new features that we shipped in the v3.1 release of the Virtual Earth Map Control is the support for adding ortho tile sets produced using tools like MapCruncher from MSResearch. Jaya, one of the developers who works on the API, has detailed this integration with an article and example. Other Features There is also a new article on Dev.live.com highlighting some of the other new features.