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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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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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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Virtual Earth Map Control Article on XML.com

Dare Obasanjo recently posted a good article to XML.com highlighting how he built a Virtual Earth mashup for finding movies in Seattle.  It is worth a read if you are brushing up on how to bind your data to the Map Control. 
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Virtual Earth Highlight: Windows Live Expo

This afternoon, Windows Live Expo was released as a public beta. It is a great classifieds site with some unique features such as scoping the posts you see to a particular area or to a group close to you like your Messenger buddy list.  Check it out: http://expo.live.com/ So, why is this on the Virtual Earth developer blog?  Well, Expo allows it’s users to map out the results of their search on a Virtual Earth map control. ...
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Virtual Earth Technology Preview: Street-side Imagery

Today, the Virtual Earth team released a new Technology Preview of street-side imagery.  Take a look: http://preview.local.live.com/ This release is not a final product, and is being released early in the development process so we can engage with the community and gather feedback on the feature concept and our implementation.  We plan to integrate a more complete version of the functionality into the Windows Live Local...
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Map Control: Zoom Levels -> Resolution

A common question we get is, “What is the resolution or scale at a particular zoom level in Virtual Earth or Windows Live Local?”  Well, that is actually a little more complex of answer than you might expect.  We use Mercator projection across the maps in the Virtual Earth Map Control so they can be be cut up into image tiles for quick delivery to clients and reliable stitching back together of the images.  But...
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