Live Search Maps Nominated in CNET Top 100

CNET’s Webware, a tech site about “cool web 2.0 apps for everyone,” has announced its annual Webware 100 Nominees, and Live Search Maps (along with 3 other Live Search offerings – Live Search, Live Search 411, and Live Search Farecast Beta) made the nominee list. Introduced in 2007, the CNET Webware 100 is a round-up…

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BizSpark Program Changes Virtual Earth Licensing for Startups

In an immediate step to adjust our licensing in support for small, start up business, I present to you The BizSpark Program with Virtual Earth. The BizSpark Program is a means of helping small software companies get off the ground with discounted or free software and services from Microsoft. This is a great program to…

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Virtual Earth Imagery Release, March 2009

Another huge addition to the digitization of our planet just hit the web last night – 21TB – all ortho imagery launched into Microsoft Virtual Earth, powering Live Search Maps (and other Live Search properties). Now, this one isn’t huge in terms of terabytes, oh no. This is huge in terms of square kilometers of…


The City of Seattle Traveler’s Information Map

The City of Seattle just added another Microsoft Virtual Earth application to their site – The Traveler’s Information Map features a Virtual Earth canvas illustrated with with lots of useful traveler information (also read as, commuter information). After launching their first Virtual Earth application dubbed the “My Neighborhood Map” which highlights everything you could possibly…

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New ESRI / Microsoft Virtual Earth Partnership Announced

This week during the Environmental Systems Research Institute Developer Conference in Palm Springs, CA, ESRI announced their extended partnership with Microsoft’s Virtual Earth business unit granting native access to Virtual Earth’s imagery and road network map data within ArcGIS Desktop and Server. How’s that for a footprint? At the very least it makes the GIS…

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Yum Brands’ Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Launch on Virtual Earth

Making a run for the border? Hungry for 4th Meal? Thinking outside the bun? How about trying a pan of that new grubbulous looking pasta served up by Pizza Hut? If you choose to find your way to a couple of your favorite eateries there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be using Virtual Earth. Both…

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Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Sample Code

As mentioned previously, I want to ensure the community has lots of code samples for the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control. Well, apparently I wasn’t alone. Many folks have sent me their code samples and links to blogs, so I’ll go ahead and consolidate a few of them here: Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft): Database Connections with…

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MIX 2009 Wrap Up and Virtual Earth Session Replay

Wow – MIX 2009 was truly a blur for many reasons, but mostly because there was just SO MANY exciting sessions and announcements and the show just FLEW by. For those of you who didn’t get to come, there’s always next year; however, if you missed MIX or you were there and missed my session…

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MIX: Day 2 – The Guys Who Make Virtual Earth Light Up Silver

While hanging out at 3rd Place during an unsession at MIX, I busted out the camera and recorded a little video showing off the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control while discussing it with the Lead Developer, Keith Kinnan; Lead Tester, Max Artemov; and Lead Program Manager, Train Chiou. Well, the videos speak for themselves and…

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Introducing The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control

Welcome to MIX! Following suit with many Microsoft web technologies, here’s our product announcement…..It’s been a long time coming – a year, in fact, since I presented a sneak peak of the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight (VESL) Map Control at MIX 2008. Now, here we are a year later at MIX 2009 releasing the Microsoft…

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