MSR MapCruncher Released

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Microsoft Research has been working with Virtual Earth to develop a cool new application for overlaying information in the Map Control. Chris explains it better than I can: “The basic idea is that you can take any map in PDF format and overlay onto a Virtual Earth map. The benefit being that you can have your own specific map with the cool Virtual Earth draggable functionality, double click to zoom…
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MSNBC.com News Search

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On April 19th we released a new version of site search for MSNBC.com built entirely on the MSN Search platform. This is a great improvement from our previous site search solutions and one we think that people will find really useful for searching news. Take a peek at http://msnbc.msn.com and try searching for a few of the topics in the news like E3, gas prices or (my personal favorite) Britney…
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Virtual Earth and the NGA

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Microsoft and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency recently announced a partnership to build better disaster response systems, powered by Virtual Earth.  From the presspass article: “The NGA will use the Microsoft® Virtual Earthâ„¢ platform to provide geospatial support for humanitarian, peacekeeping and national-security efforts… Currently, the two organizations believe they will both benefit from collaboratively implementing the latest technology and software applications and identifying best practices for the Virtual Earth and…
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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…
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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…
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John L. Scott Real Estate and Virtual Earth – Solution Highlight

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John L. Scott, one of the premier residential real estate companies in the US, has updated their website to include a great new search serice powered by Virtual Earth.  Their implementation really makes great use of VE to provide better search through the use of the interactive map and road, aerial and bird’s eye views and more useful details with the inclusion of routing/directions on each property details page.  Last year John L….
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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As you may have heard, we have been working away on a question and answer service for Windows Live Search.  Yesterday a few pages for the beta signup were posted by accident so we decided to get the word out formally and open up the beta invite page at http://ideas.live.com today. You can get a lot more detail on the QnA team blog at http://spaces.msn.com/liveqna, but here is a quick…
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Windows Live Product Search!

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Betsynote: In advance of questions – Yes, this works stuff in Firefox. Yes, I want to go shopping. We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Product Search (http://products.live.com). Product search leverages the latest research from Microsoft Research Asia to find products available on the internet for sale.  At beta, the index contains commercial offers from over 100,000 sellers, which is made possible by integrating new algorithmic…
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Solution Highlight: YellowPages.com

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YELLOWPAGES.COM recently announced the launch of its Virtual Earth powered, next-generation mapping service.  Thanks to the many options for visualization, routing, and other location services in VE, YellowPages.com is able to deliver consumers more options for mapping, viewing and connecting with local businesses. In March 2006, the YellowPages.com network reached more than 27 million unique users. So, check out their new, VE powered, site.

FOX Interactive Chooses Virtual Earth platform – Solution Highlight

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FOX Interactive Media’s new MyFox service recently lit up some new functionality powered by Virtual Earth.  Their new service, currently in Beta (aren’t we all these days), includes local traffic flow and incident reports layered on an easy to use and navigate Virtual Earth Map Control. They are rolling out a bunch of cities as I write this–including New York, Birmingham, LA, DC, Dallas, Boston, and more.  When your area is online, it should…
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