Australia in Windows Live Local and Virtual Earth

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...
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MindManager and Microsoft Virtual Earth

Michael Scherotter over at MindJet just posted a great description of how he integrated Virtual Earth with the MindManager tool to plan a trip.  Pretty interesting concept of how different tools can come together to provide a flexible interface for this kind of activity.
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One good birthday deserves another

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...
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Introducing the new Windows Live Toolbar 3.0

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 Web search experience, so try...
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Grubb & Ellis Selects VE

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.
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Microsoft Dev Day @ Inman Real Estate Connect

Next week, at the Inman Real Estate Connect conference, where you will find Microsoft’s Virtual Earth team in presentations, our booth, and around the conference, developers may want to check out the Microsoft Developer Day.  Steve Lombardi, PM for the Map Control and Windows Live Local’s collections feature, among many other things, and Chandu Thota, Virtual Earth developer/author/blogger, will be among a great list of...
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Expecting a Package?

I feel like I’m always expecting packages.  In fact, I have been receiving a steady stream of packages for the last five months because my husband and I are remodeling our 1930 house we recently purchased. At first it was fun, kind of like having a birthday everyday — but then it got challenging to keep track of everything that we had ordered.  Using the package tracking features on the various shipping companies&rsquo...
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Another year, another 99 cans of Cherry Coke

  My name is Beau Hollis.  I’m a grad student at the University of Florida, and as of today, I’m 23 years old.  I’m a Program Manager Intern for Windows Live Search.  I help define the user experience for the Windows Live Search page.  I really love my job and my team, and of course, all the great friends I have made out here.  Speaking of my friends, they all collaborated to create the ultimate...
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Sunny in Seattle

Betsynote: As I type this in for Jamie, it is hot. Darn hot. Too sunny-must-go-kayak-on-the-lake-hot….This is not the Seattle I know! ———————————————————————– Around this time of year, a lot of us here in Redmond like to spend our spare time outside.  Summers are beautiful in Washington State...
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Need Secure Content?

When we launched our search engine for the first time in 2005, we knew we’d be doing a bunch of catch-up. One thing customers really wanted from us that Google and Yahoo! had was HTTPS search – that is, the ability to expose non-secure areas of Web sites which were largely secure.  FirstGov.gov and sicher-im-netz.de (a campaign for secure internet usage in Germany) lead the way in requesting this feature. Once we had the...
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