Announcing the Microsoft Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control

Don’t like JavaScript? You want your managed code with the new wave of AJAX maps? Well, the long awaited Virtual Earth ASP .Net Server Control is now available for download as a part of the Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio. Here are some of the features and benefits of the control: Toolbox – The Virtual Earth Map control is available in your Visual Studio toolbox with the rest of your controls. Just add it to your...
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Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

Today is a big day. BIG DAY. As you’ll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset – trueSpace (among other assets). I’ve always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware, so starting today trueSpace 7.6 is now available for download…..FOR FREE! And, there is a direct connection into Live Search Maps so you can create SUPER high resolution 3D models using trueSpace, then right from the...
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SQL Server 2008 + Virtual Earth = Simple GIS

Marc Schweigert is trying to replace me as the Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist. I kid, I kid! He has bigger fish to fry, but his passion for geospatial solutions is impressive to say the least. He’s just put out ANOTHER TWO how-to videos about Microsoft Virtual Earth. These videos are only the beginning of showing the power of SQL Server and Virtual Earth coming together to bring simple interfaces into geographic information systems. Not...
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Introduction to Spatial Coordinate Systems

Isaac Kunen from the SQL Server team published an outstanding MSDN article entitled, “Introduction to Spatial Coordinate Systems: Flat Maps for a Round Planet.” This is a great article for those of you who are just getting started in GIS, are curious about GIS but intimidated by math and coordinate systems or just plain geeky and like maps. The article will help you get a grasp on different map projections, coordinate systems, why we...
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WorldMaps and Microsoft Virtual Earth

Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve added a little (non-Virtual Earth) map to my blog. Well, as the story goes…I’m always crawling the web for maps. Obviously, I have some kind of passion (read as obsession) with online mapping. So, I come across this little map with dots on it that is appearing on a lot of the blogs. Yes, I’m aware of ClustrMaps. What was most interesting is that as I was discovering this whole...
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Adding Mapping Capabilities to your Applications with Microsoft Virtual Earth and ASP.NET AJAX (Video)

Marc Schweigert, is at it again. Check out his 2 latest videos showing you how to add Virtual Earth to your ASP .Net JAX applications. The video is a code walkthrough showing first, an overview of Microsoft Virtual Earth’s JavaScript model, next integration points for ASP .Net AJAX and Windows Communication Foundation and concludes with integrating Virtual Earth into a desktop application. Good stuff and definitely worth a couple hours of...
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MapPoint 2009 / Streets & Trips 2009

It’s official! We’re releasing an update to the desktop products MapPoint 2009 (Desktop Business Intelligence Mapping and Analysis Tool) and Streets & Trips 2009 (Desktop Consumer Trip Planning). Contrary to the release of MapPoint 2006, there are quite a few more features and a whole new interface. MapPoint 2009 will be available September 1, 2008. Streets & Trips will be available in early October at your favorite retailer...
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Live Search Maps Improves Internationally

Another big day for Virtual Earth in the portal space. Granted, it’s our own search portals but it’s great to see the platform getting more use and exposure worldwide. Live Search Maps China has expanded it’s offering (just in time for the Olympics). Live Search Maps Australia just launched (shortly after we added Bird’s Eye coverage for Australia). The Live Search Maps China site (or DITU) has the following additions and...
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Microsoft Environment Group

“Innovating to Improve the Planet.” That’s the mantra of the Microsoft Environment Group. Did you know about them? Their is sole focus is the environment and what we can do to improve it. In fact, their mission statement is posted on the main Microsoft Environment site: “At Microsoft, we believe in the potential of software and technology to help people and businesses around the world foster environmental sustainability...
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Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps Vintage Educational Videos

Catherine Heller and I did these videos last year for Channel 10 and for some reason I never found out they were published…until today. They’re still valid (for the most part) though much has changed with the Live UI. It can provide you with some Virtual Earth API and Live Search Maps enjoyment…at the very least you can watch us make fools of ourselves trying to be TV personalities. Get some popcorn. No, get Kettle Corn. That...
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