WorldWide Telescope - New Release!

The Microsoft Research Team has released an updated version of WorldWide Telescope for free download. The new release is jammed packed with features including my favorite, 3D Solar System and Universe View (plug in your X-Box controller prior to running WWT for fully immersive 3D tranquility). If there was ever a way to grasp how little we really are, this will certainly help put things in perspective. You thought flying around in Virtual Earth 3D...
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Microsoft Software Pirates Beware

Microsoft Virtual Earth will find you…. A week ago, The Microsoft Anti-Piracy Group launched Global Anti-Piracy Day (Oct. 21). Okay, I’m a week late AND, to be clear, this has nothing to do with Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) – it is quite the antithesis, in fact. Seriously, though, the team works relentlessly to prevent software piracy which affects both software vendors (such as Microsoft) as it does consumers who buy...
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Live Image Search Adds Virtual Earth

Microsoft Virtual Earth just crossed into another Live Search domain – Image Search. Live Image Search just added a Virtual Earth map to image results for certain major cities and landmarks. For points of interest such as Space Needle, Statue of Liberty or Pacific Beach, you’ll get a Bird’s Eye image of the respective location. If you don’t see a Bird’s Eye image and you’re searching through a major city you...
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Live Search Maps China - New Features!

The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide. Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird’s Nest in Beijing) directions Multi-point directions (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird’s Nest to MS office) New data pipeline for China driving data Transit Direction Improved...
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Live Search Maps Argentina is Live!

Argentina now has it’s own Live Search Maps beta site. I’m a little late getting this on the blog, but better late than never. Plus, since I’m a little late to the game there’s a good chance you didn’t know about it either, so let’s dig in.  This site comes with geocoding places and addresses, road maps, satellite imagery and photography and traffic incident and flow information. In terms of content, this...
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WorldWide Telescope Stars in Virtual Earth

I haven’t talked about WorldWide Telescope since it launched; but, since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data centers host all of the data for WWT and that the actual Earth in WWT are Virtual Earth tiles? Well, now you do. So, what did we take from WWT?...
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New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!

We’ve just made updates to our consumer site, Live Search Maps which are tied back to some of the updates in the Virtual Earth platform – there’s a slough of posts coming from me today! For the release we’ve included some AWESOME new features for users to enjoy, so please…enjoy! Communities  Community submitted collections are now indexed immediately after upload and can be searched seconds after they are created...
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Adding Live Search Maps As An Internet Explorer Search Provider

If you have Internet Explorer 7, you may be aware of the ability to add custom search providers to your browser. This allows you to add not just Live, Google and Yahoo!, but the likes of specific web site searches such as ESPN, Facebook or Target (yes, the retailer)! I figured there’s enough map lovers out there who may just want to search the Virtual Earth-based consumer site Live Search Maps right from the comfort of their own browser. So,...
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Announcing Live Search Maps India

We’ve just launched the new Live Search Maps India site and for a v1 it is SUPER robust. Check out this list of features: Street Maps for 9 important Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur and National Road Network of India with roughly 20,000 cities/towns/major localities (as points on the map). Political Map of India with important geographical features that includes national roads...
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Virtual Earth and Microsoft Commerce Server

If you’ve visited us at the Microsoft booth at the Shop.org conference, you may have seen the Microsoft Virtual Earth demonstration application illustrating Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 and Virtual Earth working together. The concept for the application is based on inventory data in Commerce Server being used to help end users find the nearest location that carries the item you’re searching for – an advanced store locator and...
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