Virtual Earth Survey

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Got an opinion about Virtual Earth? Yeah, I know you do…I read the comments you guys post! Anyway, well, now there’s a good way to report your thoughts, feelings, kudos and aggravations about Virtual Earth. Filling out this form will help us gather information for the product and marketing teams to make Virtual Earth even better than it already is. So, give us a shout by filling out the survey….
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New Partnership with Maporama

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We’ve partnered with Maporama out of France to expand our services through a joint offering to the European market. Maporama brings a wealth of knowledge and deep local customer understanding to enable their customer applications. Now, their customers win because they have the power to leverage the Virtual Earth platform for their geographically enabled web applications. Read more about the partnership. CP

You want MORE, BETTER, NEWER imagery?

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How’s this for a Virtual Earth imagery, cartographic map and 3D model update? Yes, the API is updated too. 😀   1.)    Updated road/hybrid map styling for the entire world. o   Includes… §  New road map data for North America. §  New Japanese road data tiles for Japan. §  New European map style 2.)    Hillshaded roads for the entire world o   Provides shading for elevated areas our on road map styles….
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Find Money with Virtual Earth

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Bank of America is the latest customer to adopt Virtual Earth for their retail locator application. Enter your street, city and state for the most accurate results or just put in a postal code. You can preselect the type of outlet you want – banking centers, ATMs or talking ATMs; as wel, you can specify if you want just results or a map with results. Results will be produced in…
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Virtual Earth SDK Version 5 Now Live!

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The SDK for Version 5 is now live and available for online browsing or download. Start taking advantage of the following new features: A completely new, advanced set of features for Pushpins, Polylines and Polygons Support for Popup Info Boxes with a custom look and feel A way to group shapes using Shape Layers Complete control over Mouse and Keyboard Events The same Bird’s Eye Panning and mini map that…
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Drawing Tools for Virtual Earth

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I get asked by developers a lot about how they can leverage the nifty drawing tools that are on Live Search Maps. Well, Johannes Kebeck (Virtual Earth, Technology Specialist) took it upon himself to write the code and document it for you. You can reference the code on the ViaVirtualEarth.com site here: http://www.viavirtualearth.com/Wiki/Drawing-Tool+for+VE+v5.ashx. CP

HomePages.com Leveraging Virtual Earth

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Homepages.com has launched their map based search using Virtual Earth. The solution leverages our local search API included within Virtual Earth to show home buyers not only where available properties are, but what local amenities are in the area. The best way to see the full value of Virtual Earth on Homepages.com is to do a search for a home based on a postal code. Once you get results, click…
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Polygonally Search for Real Estate

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John L. Scott does it again. JLS has rolled out their “neighborhood wizard” to help users more precisely locate a home on their consumer web site. JLS was the first to roll out a residential real estate site that featured auto-refreshing, draggable maps. Now you can still have that same functionality, but specify a polygonal shape on the map and only results based on your selected ammenity types will appear…
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Canadians, Find Harry Potter with Virtual Earth

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Chapters Book Stores is leveraging Virtual Earth to help Harry Potter fans find their bookstores in order to get their hands on a copy of the final novel in the series. As a personal fan of both VE and HP, I’m excited for the final novel so any way to get it is a good one. You can check out the solution here: http://harrypotter.sympatico.msn.ca/StoreLocatorEvents/. CP

Dig for Gold within Virtual Earth

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In Australia the NineMSN team has just launched Goldrush – a big initiative to propel search usage.  You can access the game from www.ninemsn.com.au or go direct to www.goldrushgame.com.au The Goldrush game was developed to drive Live Search queries by engaging users in a fun interactive activity that rewarded interaction with big prizes.  There are 3,500 prizes up for grabs worth over $250 000!  Gamers answer trivia questions, with help…
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