Solution Highlight: YellowPages.com

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...
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FOX Interactive Chooses Virtual Earth platform - Solution Highlight

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...
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Solution Highlight: Zillow

Zillow.com, one of the web’s premier sites for residential real estate, including finding the unique Zestimateâ„¢ price for a home, has recently added bird’s eye imagery from the Virtual Earth platform. Today, they are only using bird’s eye in a few of the supported cities, but they will support additional cities in the near future. The Virtual Earth Map...
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Solution Highlight: LoopNet

LoopNet, the #1 commercial real estate service online, recently launched a new map search service built on Virtual Earth.  The LoopNet solution utilizes Virtual Earth to provide an autorefreshing query for commercial real estate based on the VE Map Control.  That lets their customers use the map as an additional filter in their search, finding only properties in the exact areas they care about.  The unique bird’s eye...
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Solution Highlights

Often I find developers asking questions about what kinds of applications have been built on Virtual Earth, other than the generally mashup oriented stuff on www.ViaVirtualEarth.com.  Basically, what commercial reference implementations exist.  So, I am going to start posting some to this blog to give you an idea of what is out there and inspiration for what can be built.  I have a backlog of them, so stay...
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Shoutout to Robert Scoble and our pals at Webmaster World!

Shoutout from our team to Robert Scoble, who is onstage at Webmaster World Wednesday morning. He will be doing a keynote panel (Morning Coffee Session with The Super Bloggers Of Search (Robert Scoble, Jeremy Zawodny, Matt Cutts ), talking about the cool macros stuff Andy Edmonds showed him last week and of course, the launch of Academic Search. You go, Robert! –Betsy Aoki  4/19 Addendum – the crew wants to send another...
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Feedback on the "Commercial Control"

The folks over at Via Virtual Earth have started up a forum thread on the free-to-use, ad supported “commercial control”, trying to get feedback on what you think microsoft should do different or the same as we prepare for future versions.  If you have an opinion we would love to hear from you, so please chime in. 
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Windows Live Academic search

We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Academic Search (http://academic.live.com).  Academic search helps users to locate information in academic journal content, and allowing them to complete their research and information gathering work more efficiently. At beta, the index focuses on journal content from the subjects of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics – we will be expanding the index to...
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What's in a name (change)?

As you may have noticed already, as I have gotten a few comments, URLs that used to lead to MapPoint Web Service information on www.microsoft.com now redirect to a site branded as Virtual Earth.   What’s up?  Did we change the name of the MapPoint Web Service?  Is this a new version?  It is much more simple than that actually: We are combining our two primary services components, Virtual Earth Map Control...
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Find a date for the holidays

Betsy Aoki’s note: I am using this opportunity to horn in on a blog post with an intriguing subject line and announce my presence on the MSN Search blog. While it seems hard to fill  Brady Forrest’s shoes (because I think he’s at least a men’s size 11 and I’m a women’s size 8) , the search powers that be over here have asked me to take on the running of this  blog. This team blog stuff is different...
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