Monitor Power Outages with Virtual Earth

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Progress Energy has the right idea. With the help of iFactor Consulting and Virtual Earth, they are able to illustrate to their customers where outages are in areas they are servicing in Florida. They’re using the line drawing to show their coverage areas. They’re using custom pushpins to plot out where outages are happening and the magnitude of the outage (large, medium, small, very small). They’re use a clustering pushpin…
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Starbucks.com Powered by Virtual Earth…v6 no less!

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The folks at Starbucks just made it a whole lot easier to find their stores. They’ve added some new ways to find their stores as well as filters to find different types of stores and ammenities at those stores using Virtual Earth version 6 no less than 2 weeks after the release. Okay, they had some inside help….:-)  Go to Starbucks.com and click “Our Stores” to see the new functionality powered…
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New Virtual Earth Case Study – Coldwell Banker

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We recently launched a new case study (and yes, I’m a little slow getting this out) describing how Coldwell Banker was struggling with the lack of technological innovation around mapping and found Virtual Earth as an answer to their problems. I’ve plagiarized a bit of the excerpt below to whet your appetite. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Leader Boosts Customer Appeal with Enhanced Online Mapping Technology. In 2005, Coldwell Banker, a…
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Virtual Earth – Authenticate and Track Usage

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So, you want to know what kind of traffic your Virtual Earth application is getting? You want to start licensing Virtual Earth per user? Well, from a technical perspective we’ve got you covered. Virtual Earth now supports token-based authentication and usage tracking. We’ve published an article on MSDN explaining how to integrate authentication into your application. You’ll need a bit of behind the scenes code. Sorry, we can’t have usernames…
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Drive for show, Putt for Dough – 10 Reasons to Love the New Live Search Maps

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Software engineers tend to spend a lot more time working out at the driving range than they do the putting green. Left on our own we’d all be working on stuff like 3D Birds Eye navigation or robotic building modeling; doing a local search for a coffee shop would require first getting strapped up like this Microsoft Researcher to the right so that we could predict where you wanted to…
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“Do what I mean, not what I say!” [Part 2 of 2]

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Continuing on with our “Do what I mean, not what I say”, blog post from last time, here are some additional categories we tackled with this initiative. Equivalencies “We do really badly on the query ca chp” a coworker complained in one email.  “Ca chp?” I thought.  “What the heck does that mean?”  It turned out it was pretty simple: “ca” was short for California and “chp” was short for…
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“Do what I mean, not what I say!” [Part 1 of 2]

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Yes, that’s an odd title, let me explain.   We’ve been working on returning the very best search results for your intent, not just for the particular search terms that you happen to have chosen as a vehicle to transmit that intent.  There’s an important difference there and it’s been our focus for quite some time. For example, let’s suppose that you’ve decided to move to the state of Arizona.  You’d…
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Virtual Earth Web Casts

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I have a few web casts that may be of interest if you want to get more information about Virtual Earth. You should register for the web cast that lines up with your respective role – partner, business decision maker or developer. I’ll have just come back from Rwanda (like, the day prior), so at the very least I could be comically disoriented from Malaria. We’ll see. Virtual Earth Briefing:…
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OGC – We’re Back!

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Microsoft has rejoined the Open Geospatial Consortium as a Principal Member! And, we’re pretty excited about it too. Wayland, MA and San Antonio, TX, October 23, 2007 – Today, at the annual Geoint 2007 Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation has joined the consortium as a Principal Member. Government agencies worldwide are realizing the power of geospatial applications to meet their missions in ways that are…
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