I want to use mappoint / virtual earth – can you help?

I reckon I get a mail like this every day - developers who are interested in using the Microsoft mapping technology.

I send out the same information every time.

It goes a little like this:

Dear [insert name here]

Thanks for you interest in Mappoint/Virtual Earth. It is really cool isn't it?

The Mappoint business is managed out of the UK.

There is no local Australia support for the business.

You need to deal with the Sales team based on the other side of the world.

I know that doesn't make sense, but it's the way that it is.

Some online resources regarding Mappoint / Virtual Earth

There is also a vibrant community site - http://www.viavirtualearth.com/  - which is run out of Sydney by a bunch of passionate mapping dudes. It's a good place to go and get hints, tips and learn from the experts

Good luck and Godspeed

Everytime I send that email, I am sure a kitten dies somewhere in the world.

[ Current Listening to : Christmas Trumpets/We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas [#] by Ray Anthony from Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails ]

Comments (7)
  1. John says:


    Maybe my experence can help:


    After reading your entry I conclude that we need the local sales team to be able to make decisions on this product for Australians and we need Microsoft partners to be able to get reseller pricing so we can bid on projects.

    Thanks for your help btw.


  2. Tim Kremer says:

    Hi Frank,

    Oooh! we want to save kittens!

    At SSW have a strong team that can help with Virtual Earth projects.

    Experience? well look at <a href="http://www.spyk.com&gt; spyk.com</a>

    We would love a VE Partner program in place to promote our expertise in this area.

    Merry Christmas!

    Tim Kremer


  3. Ian Thomas says:

    Contacts in South  America are similarly frustrated and in the dark about "how to buy".

    Doesn’t Microsoft want to "grow a presence" in this field?

  4. Grant Cause says:

    Hi Frank,

    I don’t know about saving kittens but I have certainly had a few in my time. 🙂

    We are a MapPoint reseller in Australia and have been dealing with Microsoft UK since the product was first released and have experience in both MapPoint and Virtual Earth.

    Have very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.


    Grant Cause


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  7. Anonymous says:

    Like Frank i have been getting a quite few requests lately on how to get started with Virtual Earth.

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