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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Virtual Earth as a Marketing Tool

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Lately we have focused a great deal here on Microsoft Virtual Earth as a key component of vertical search applications, from customer facing real estate sites to internally facing BI applications.  But, there is also a great deal of utility to using Virtual Earth as part of your basic marketing activities, whether in your ads or in your website as a tool for prospective customers.  Location is a key part…
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Virtual Earth Case Studies

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For anyone who wants to know more about the benefits of integrating Microsoft Virtual Earth into your application, we now have a number of case studies exploring the benefits some of our customers have received from integrating the platform into their solutions.  This first set focus on one of the more prominent verticals to have adopted VE thus far, real estate, but the lessons learned will apply to any number of different…
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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,…
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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…
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One good birthday deserves another

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Betsynote: Not to be outdone, Beau realized his officemate Ajay would be having a birthday…but here’s how Ajay tells it…. I’m Ajay, a graduate student from the Masters of Information Systems Management program at Carnegie Mellon; I’m a program manager intern working on Core search feature development.  Apart from getting hands on with real product feature projects, playing with some fantastic technology, and rubbing shoulders with some really smart people,…
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Introducing the new Windows Live Toolbar 3.0

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We’re excited to announce that Windows Live Toolbar is not only out of beta but also packed with new features to help you find precisely what you’re looking for, surf with powerful protection and personalize your experience on the Web. Since the toolbar is an add-in to the browser, these features are ubiquitously accessible from any web page. Our hope is that Windows Live Toolbar gives you a better overall…
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Grubb & Ellis Selects VE

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This might sound lately like it is becoming a real estate blog, but I just got wind of this press release from Grubb & Ellis.  The applications they have built so far are internally facing (VE is a great way to make brokers more productive, among other BI and visualization benefits), but the search on their public site is powered by the LoopNet/Microsoft Virtual Earth solution.