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  • Blog Post: Mapping Earthquakes in China

    The Live Search Maps team in China has created a collection rendering all of the earthquakes in China . We hope this collection of information will provide some additional information about events that are taking place, so those of you who are interested can follow along using a map-based interface....
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Includes Virtual Earth

    Yesterday we (Microsoft) launched the second beta for Internet Explorer - you can download the new web browser from the Windows IE8 web site . As you're browsing the web, you select the text on any page, right click (or just hover) and get a map using the "Map with Live Maps" link which will...
  • Blog Post: MapCruncher Beta for Virtual Earth

    It's official - MapCruncher is now a supported beta product by the Virtual Earth team! This is big. This means that MapCruncher has graduated out of Microsoft Research as a pet project with really cool implications to a fully supported application by our team. If you've never heard of MapCruncher I've...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Mobile - Shipped

    Live Search for Mobile Browse (point your mobile browser http://m.live.com ) If you’ve used this product before, then you’ll definitely notice the improvements. If not, we think it’ll earn a spot on your bookmark list.  A Single Search Box: Tell us what and where, if applicable and you’ll get...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and XNA Game Development

    Here’s some sickness. I’m sure the first time you saw Microsoft Virtual Earth you were thinking, “Wow, is this going to integrate with Microsoft Flight Simulator ?” Then, if you’ve ever seen me or one of my colleagues demonstrate Virtual Earth 3D you’ve probably seen us show off our Xbox controller support...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 3D Install Issue with Windows 7

    If you’ve tried installing Virtual Earth 3D on Windows 7 you may have see a little problem with the installer crashing during setup stating, “Virtual Earth 3D Install has stopped working.” CP to the rescue! As it turns out there’s an issue with the Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in Windows 7 that it...
  • Blog Post: New Location Browser on Bing Search

    Bing Search continues to innovate and the latest and greatest little tidbit involves a location browser for mapping out places in Bing Search reference results. If you do a Bing Search query for “The Hurt Locker” you’ll be presented with a listing of Wikipedia articles. If you select...
  • Blog Post: Live Search for Mobile Updated

    The Live Search team has published a significant update to their Live Search Mobile client application which leverages Microsoft Virtual Earth quite heavily. The new release has some exciting features including Walking Directions, Collection import and Bird’s Eye photography! Location is so critical...
  • Blog Post: Happy Earth Day, 2009

    Happy Earth Day, my fellow Virtual Earthlings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight a couple Virtual Earth applications? Ok, I could think of a few ways, but since we’re all stuck inside on Earth Day….wait, maybe I should go work outside today….I’ll give...
  • Blog Post: Advertising Opportunities on Live Search Maps

    If you've ever been on Live Search Maps , there's a good chance you've seen some of the advertisements we display on the site. I figured it was time to dive a little deeper into the opportunities that are available to you as a Virtual Earth platform customer (or if you'd like to be one) to increase your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features Virtual Earth

    I recently posted a little teaser entry about Virtual Earth and Windows 7 - Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth? Well, now today there’s more to talk about (and you can expect news to continue to roll out as time goes on). Today, the Windows Team announced the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Live Search Maps India

    We've just launched the new Live Search Maps India site and for a v1 it is SUPER robust. Check out this list of features: Street Maps for 9 important Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur and National Road Network of India with roughly 20,000...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps China - New Features!

    The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide. Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai ) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird's Nest in Beijing ) directions Multi-point...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Technology Preview: Street-side Imagery

    Today, the Virtual Earth team released a new Technology Preview of street-side imagery. Take a look: http://preview.local.live.com/ This release is not a final product, and is being released early in the development process so we can engage with the community and gather feedback on the feature...
  • Blog Post: Add Listings to Live Search Maps via The New Live Search Local Listings Center

    We've just released the ability to add your listings to Live Search Maps via the Live Search Local Listings Center (US only). Actually, the service had been in place for a while, but not many people knew about it and functionality was, well, rudimentary. Live Search Local (and Live Search Maps) lets...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008....Finally

    I've been hanging out with Ed Katibah in San Diego at the ESRI User Conference and not in the whole two days we stood in our circular booth did he mention this was going down tonight, but whatever Ed! Actually, the booth was so busy, we spent all of about 5 minutes catching up. I digress. After waiting...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth?

    With the release of Windows 7 RC to the world which you can now freely download from the Microsoft Windows web site , I figured I would at least let you know where Microsoft Virtual Earth fits into the equation. First off, there’s a location API built into the operating system. This means that...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Publishes Haitian Post-Earthquake Imagery

    For those of you wanting to see the devastation in Haiti resulting from the recent Earthquake, Bing Maps has published the new imagery online. Visit the Bing Maps web site to view the imagery first hand. The imagery Is 50 cm color imagery taken from Digital Globe’s new Worldview 2 satellite. While...
  • Blog Post: A Few Virtual Earth / Silverlight Demo Applications

    A few months back I posted about Lots of Virtual Earth and Silverlight Development Outside of Microsoft and things haven't quite slowed down, now have they? I found a couple interesting applications with Silverlight and Microsoft Virtual Earth that I figured I'd share with the rest of you in case you...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth JavaScript Intellisense Helper

    Creating Microsoft Virtual Earth mashups and applications just got a whole lot easier. A group of 11 developers in the Code Plex community teamed up and in just 4 days produced a JavaScript library that generates Intellisense for the Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0 AJAX library . This new library is being...
  • Blog Post: Studying Climate Change in Alaska

    The Microsoft Environment Team published a case study called " Studying Climate Change With a SEAMONSTER " which leverages many Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Research personnel, but most importantly Virtual Earth . If you've ever seen The Day After Tomorrow , you might be reminded...
  • Blog Post: Vampires + Bing Maps + Silverlight = So Hot Right Now

    With the impending release of the much anticipated teen vampire romance, Twilight: New Moon , the Bing team has put together The Virtual Twilight Tour , a blood-sucking fun application for you to view an exclusive Twilight video tour brings Forks, La Push, Port Angeles, and Volterra right to your computer...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Via Seadragon on iPhone

    Perhaps you’ve heard that the Live Labs team launched a free version of the Seadragon browser for iPhone …perhaps not. While the viewer is awesome and provides a killer photo viewer (arguably better than what comes with the iPhone) it also has Microsoft Virtual Earth included natively in the application...