Windows Live Local Version 3 Launches


Here's the low down from Alex Daley (VE Product Manager):


Tonight, we launched the new version of Windows Live Local, introducing features like user collections and integration with Windows Live Favorites, real-time traffic in 35 US metros, expansion into UK and Canada, and loads of other new features that our user have been asking for.  Check it out:  http://local.live.com


User Collections


Collections are a major evolutionary step for our scratchpad.  They allow users to not only add business listings or custom pushpins to their scratchpad, but to save multiple different collections to the cloud using their Windows Live ID and share those collections with friends, family, colleagues, or the internet community as a whole.  Try it out—create a collection of your favorite places to eat when on the road, historic theaters where you grew up, strange oddities like giant yarn balls and frying pans in the Midwest, or whatever else strikes your fancy.  Share the links with your IM buddies, over email, or blog them to Spaces.  


And when you do try out collections, make sure to upload a few to www.PassThePOI.com


Traffic


With support for about three dozen metro areas in the US, our partnership with Traffic.com provides our users with additional tools to enhance the mapping and directions experience.  Flow data shows a quick visual representation of current traffic conditions across a wide area, making it easy to spot and avoid trouble spots.  Incident and construction information adds more detail, giving users a better idea what might be causing a delay so they can judge how long it might last.


International Support


In this release, we have added support for Canada and the UK with maps, routing, address find support, local search, and more.  We have expanded bird’s eye for the first time outside the US by adding a variety of locations in the UK.  We will continue to add bird’s eye with the goal of covering at minimum 80% of the US and western European populations within 2 years, plus much more I am sure.


With this release, we also added support for city to city routing across most of western Europe, Australia and other regions.


New APIs


With this release, we have also updated the Virtual Earth Map Control with support for driving directions, geo-coding, instant mashups with Windows Live Local collections, and more. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/VEMapControl/HTML/Introduction.asp for more info on the API.


Comments (4)
  1. bigbrains says:

    Very cool.  I like the link to the Beverly Hillbillies’ mansion.  The whole site is soooo AJAXy.   The collections rock.  We are looking to move to Seattle, and my wife now lives on Local.Live.com.  

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    Thanks. AJAX does kick ass. Now if I can only get Apple to get their Safari browser in compliance with W3C . . . or have all these Mac Whacks stop complaining about how WLL doesn’t work with Safari I’d be set. As for moving to Seattle, the rain is a myth to keep our traffic infrastructure in line with the population. If you can keep from crossing the 520 or 90 bridges to get to work, you’re set; otherwise, get Sirius satellite radio for your 90 minute, 20 mile commute.

    CP

  2. Dave Smith says:

    I’m working with some folks that do realtime traffic data collection – It’s currently all XML-based streams.  I had already been starting to look at a few different mapping platforms.  

    How can I best work with the VE team toward also being able to provide realtime data for VE? – Contact: dsmith@synergist-tech.com

    Thanks

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    I’ve forwarded your blog post to our business development team. We’ll contact you if interested. Thanks for the inquiry.

    CP

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