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. For those who don’t know, Streets & Trips has a subset of MapPoint functionality, but if you just want offline trip planning software S&T is the way to go. And, for the Aussies, no, there is still no Australian version – just North America and Europe. I know, I know.


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Check out the new ribbon…..
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Here’s a full list of feature enhancements:



  • Improved Live Search integration

    • Over 1.5 million POI embedded in the products

    • Single search box

    • Enhanced POI result set with links to Live Maps yellow page and information details send to mobile integration

  • Send to Mobile

    • SMS messaging via Outlook

    • Location information sent directly to your mobile device

    • Link to Live Mobile

  • Updated/Improved user interface

    • Updated icons throughout the site

    • Toolbar redesign

    • Pane consistency

  • MapPoint Office 12 compatibility

    • Ability to upload Office 2007 Word and Excel file formats

  • Entertainment Online

    • FREE 14 day trial membership for savings in restaurants, hotels, special events, and more

    • Coupons available in U.S. and Canada

    • Search for coupons by area and category

    • Link to Entertainment Online site

  • Additional improvements


    • Updated map data and information on more than 1.5 million locations

    • New, sleek GPS device (puck) for MapPoint North America

    • Streamlined product installation and activation

    • Configurable spoken street names and automatic re-routing

    • 2.5D improvements (zoom to turn, indicator icon, etc)

    • Updated Live Search for Windows Mobile install package included on the DVD

As you can see, jam packed with cool stuff.


2.5D Map….
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MapPoint 2009 has a lot of upside with the software part of Microsoft’s software plus services strategy, but it remains upside. Can someone build me a Virtual Earth com add in please? If not, I’ll do it myself. I mean really, how hard would it be?


And, you gotta love The Matrix Map (read as Night Time Map).


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CP

Comments (11)

  1. Ah yeah. I’m so happy I can talk about this now. Chris Pendleton’s got the scoop here on the upcoming

  2. News says:

    It's official! We're releasing an update to the desktop products MapPoint 2009 (Desktop Business

  3. ericwfrost says:

    Thanks for the screenshots.. pretty exciting! I can’t wait to check out the new data 🙂

    Eric

    http://www.mp2kmag.com

  4. Chris Pendleton says:

    FYI – MapPoint 2009 European Edition will be released into the wild October 22 in a phase approach country by country.

    CP

  5. anony.muos says:

    PLEASE DO A MAPPOINT FOR INDIA. MS HAS INVESTED SO MUCH IN INDIA, CAN’T MS DO IT WORKING TOGETHER WITH THEIR INDIA DEVELOPMENT CENTER? YOU NEED NOT UPDATE IT EVERY YEAR OR EVERY 3 YEARS. WE NEED A DESKTOP MAPPING SOFTWARE FOR INDIA.

  6. Chris Pendleton says:

    Someone,

    Good request, but who’s definition of India’s borders should we use?

    CP

  7. ericwfrost says:

    hmm, well I think Australia would be the next logical target. However, not having 10 years of product marketing (like with the NA and EU versions), I doubt it would ever make business sense to do an AUS / Asian version of MapPoint desktop, better to focus on VE.

  8. Chris Pendleton says:

    I think there’s a good argument there. Australia’s had solid, public map data for a lot longer than India. Plus, it’s pretty clear what the country boundaries are. 🙂 Don’t be surprised to see our Virtual Earth investments be taken advantage of in a future version of MapPoint. I’m not revealing anything, but doesn’t it make sense?

    CP

  9. If you’re excited about the release of MapPoint 2009 today should be a bit more exciting for you because

  10. When will MapPoint 2009 be included in the MSDN downloads?  What level of MSDN subscription is required?