MSDN Article: Use GPS & Web Maps For Location-Aware Apps

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Christopher Mitchell authored the article "Use GPS And Web Maps For Location-Aware Apps" for MSDN Magazine and it’s now published on the site. The focus of the application is for Windows Mobile devices, their onboard GPS and mapping out location information using MapPoint Web Service. I wanted to ensure Virtual Earth readers were alerted to the article (a great read), but also realized that what is being discussed in this…

Petco

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Petco has moved their store locator to Microsoft Virtual Earth. Petco has over 850 stores in the United States which you can search through using a city/state combo or a postal code. Additionally, Petco offers services at some of their stores, but not all of them. This led to building a filtered query when submitting user input in the form of checkboxes for Dog Training, Vaccinations, Pet Photography, Full-service Grooming,…

MapPoint Web Service 4.7 SDK Released

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Friday we released an updated version of the MapPoint Web Service SDK 4.7. There’s nothing new in terms of functionality for the SOAP XML APIs, but we did update the docs to include a new version of the road network coverage. So, now you get a better idea of what the MapPoint Web Service Geographic Coverage is. You will now see the country and instead of a percentage (like what…

Additional Virtual Earth Blog

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Johannes Kebeck is a Technology Specialist on the Virtual Earth Sales Team. Besides being an all around studd, he now has a very developer-focused blog about building applications with Virtual Earth. Johannes has been helping our enterprise customers build out custom applications using MapPoint 200x, MapPoint Web Service and Virtual Earth for a few years and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for almost two of them. You’ll…

Virtual Earth @ Tech Ed ’07

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Thanks to everyone who attended my Virtual Earth / Live.com Search speaking session and visited me at the Live.com booth @ Tech Ed this year. During my discussion I had promised I would post my app code for converting SOAP XML to JavaScript, so you’ll find step-by-step instructions below. I had originally written this on the B2B blog and have since updated it for Version 5 of the API. Specifically,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…