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.

Map Control 3.1 Launched

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Last night, the most recent version of Live Local launched.  Improvements include the ability to draw on top of the maps, highlighting favorite dog parks, cool bike trails, neighborhoods, etc.; white pages/people search, a great compliment to the business search functionality; some UI enhancements, like the ability to widen the search results pane, showing off-map results by default, and much more.  You can find more details on the team’s Live Space….
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Live Search is Live

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The best day to work on a large scale service like Live Search is the day when you launch new improvements.  By that measure, today is one of the best days our team has had in a long time J .   Some folks have had a sneak peak, but for the most part we’ve kept our new Live Search experience under wraps until the time was ripe.  Since March…
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Windows Live QnA beta goes public!

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In addition to the testing we’re doing you may have seen the news we launched Windows Live QnA beta this week! A link to it is also showing up in the search bar on our recent testing. For all of you still new to our question-and-answer service, we will be providing more blog posts here to help guide you through the features, but here’s a quick roundup of what you…
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Windows Live Search – Testing, Testing…

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We have been hard at work on Windows Live Search to create some new features that we hope our customers will love.  As anyone who works on a service knows – the only real way to know if you’re successful is to run a test, and see what people think. Well, that’s just what we’re in the process of doing. Since introducing a beta in March on Windows Live we…
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Windows Live Contacts control

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Danny Thorpe, from the Windows Live Contacts team, has a good blog post about the new JScript control for integrating Windows Live Contacts into your web page.  It is a chunk of re-usable script you can embed in your page, much like the Virtual Earth Map Control, for getting access to Windows Live Contacts in your application. So, why on the Virtual Earth developer blog?  Well, a natural integration with contacts…
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Update on Windows Live Search (now inside Windows Live Messenger)

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Betsynote: Joseph didn’t want to leave you hanging from his previous post about Windows Live Search being available in Windows Live Messenger…    The Web Search and News Search are available in 9 top-level markets, and Images Search is available in 3 English markets. Please enjoy it and feel free to give me your feedback. Your kindly feedback is always important and helpful. If you have more feedback than you…
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Windows Live Writer, complete with VE integration

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The maps and imagery from Microsoft Virtual Earth aren’t just good for marketing, business intelligence, and vertical search, they can be an important component of telling a story. The Windows Live Writer team recognized that and has built support for putting a Virtual Earth map (as an image linked to Windows Live Local) into your blog posts as easily as you would add text or an image (they made that even easier than…
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