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Maps Blog — May 2009

  • May
    29

    Channel 9: The Knowledge Chamber: Virtual...

    I recently was graced with the opportunity to sit in with Robert Hess the host of the Channel 9 online show, The Knowledge Chamber for an episode focused exclusively on Virtual Earth. During the Virtual Earth episode , I focus on the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control which is currently in community technology preview (CTP) form and available for download from Microsoft Connect . This episode is a result of my MIX Session earlier this year and covers the control at a high level, given we only had about 15 minutes! So, if you missed my MIX session, it’s worth a look-see to get the VESL 101 version of my presentation from Vegas.   From The Knowledge Chamber site… Virtual Earth continues to evolve and support a very robust programming model which allows developers to create unique and interesting mapping applications. One of the most recent developments is that there is a brand new Virtual Earth Mapping control which uses Silverlight for rendering. This provides for a far richer control which gives the developer almost unlimited potential in what they can do. In this episode I've got Chris Pendleton on hand to help us understand some of the benefits of this new control and show... Read More I recently was graced with the opportunity to sit in with Robert Hess the host of the Channel 9 online show, The Knowledge Chamber for an episode focused exclusively on Virtual Earth. During the Virtual Earth episode , I focus on the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control which is currently in community technology preview (CTP) form and available for download from Microsoft Connect . This episode is a result of my MIX Session earlier this year and covers the control at a high level, given we only had about 15 minutes! So, if you missed my MIX session, it’s worth a look-see to get the VESL 101 version of my presentation from Vegas.   From The Knowledge Chamber site… Virtual Earth continues to evolve and support a very robust programming model which allows developers to create unique and interesting mapping applications. One of the most recent developments is that there is a brand new Virtual Earth Mapping control which uses Silverlight for rendering. This provides for a far richer control which gives the developer almost unlimited potential in what they can do. In this episode I've got Chris Pendleton on hand to help us understand some of the benefits of this new control and show... Read More
  • May
    28

    Rebranding Microsoft Virtual Earth To…

    Microsoft Virtual Earth now has a new name (and it’s not Kumo or Kiev). First, a little background to ensure we’re all on the same page. As of yesterday…. Live Search Maps was our consumer maps offering. This is the web site you go to for maps, aerial photos, directions, searching for points of interest and creating collections of your own personal data to store in the cloud. Live Search Maps is now called Bing Maps. Bing! That’s right, you know you’re going to do it every time you see the name. Bing! I digress. Microsoft Virtual Earth was our enterprise mapping platform. This was the set of APIs you would leverage to embed maps into your web site along with overlay data in the form of pushpins, polygons, polylines, raster overlays, etc. etc. Microsoft Virtual Earth is now called “Bing Maps for Enterprise.” Now, the fun part. What does that mean for all the other properties? MapPoint Web Service will remain MapPoint Web Service. Photosynth will remain Photosynth. Well, this is a lot of work to go through each one, so I took the liberty of interviewing one of our Corporate Vice Presidents in Search, Erik Jorgensen, to discuss this hot topic. Watch this video and all of your questions... Read More Microsoft Virtual Earth now has a new name (and it’s not Kumo or Kiev). First, a little background to ensure we’re all on the same page. As of yesterday…. Live Search Maps was our consumer maps offering. This is the web site you go to for maps, aerial photos, directions, searching for points of interest and creating collections of your own personal data to store in the cloud. Live Search Maps is now called Bing Maps. Bing! That’s right, you know you’re going to do it every time you see the name. Bing! I digress. Microsoft Virtual Earth was our enterprise mapping platform. This was the set of APIs you would leverage to embed maps into your web site along with overlay data in the form of pushpins, polygons, polylines, raster overlays, etc. etc. Microsoft Virtual Earth is now called “Bing Maps for Enterprise.” Now, the fun part. What does that mean for all the other properties? MapPoint Web Service will remain MapPoint Web Service. Photosynth will remain Photosynth. Well, this is a lot of work to go through each one, so I took the liberty of interviewing one of our Corporate Vice Presidents in Search, Erik Jorgensen, to discuss this hot topic. Watch this video and all of your questions... Read More
  • May
    27

    Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features...

    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 Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 . Why should my fellow Virtual Earthlings care? Because there’s a Virtual Earth application included with the Touch Pack called Microsoft Surface Globe… Microsoft Surface Globe pretty much puts the whole world in your hands (well, kind of!). It uses the Virtual Earth 3D engine to display a 3D version of the world. Using multi-touch, you can navigate to different regions, get local information, and “pin” your favorite locations. You can even “fly” around 3D models of buildings in some cities. The Microsoft Surface Globe was one of the apps Julie Larson-Green demoed at last year’s D: All Things Digital conference. To see the Microsoft Surface Globe app in action – take a look at this video . Okay, so what does the Microsoft Surface Globe application do? It’s a WPF application that integrates... Read More 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 Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 . Why should my fellow Virtual Earthlings care? Because there’s a Virtual Earth application included with the Touch Pack called Microsoft Surface Globe… Microsoft Surface Globe pretty much puts the whole world in your hands (well, kind of!). It uses the Virtual Earth 3D engine to display a 3D version of the world. Using multi-touch, you can navigate to different regions, get local information, and “pin” your favorite locations. You can even “fly” around 3D models of buildings in some cities. The Microsoft Surface Globe was one of the apps Julie Larson-Green demoed at last year’s D: All Things Digital conference. To see the Microsoft Surface Globe app in action – take a look at this video . Okay, so what does the Microsoft Surface Globe application do? It’s a WPF application that integrates... Read More
  • May
    21

    Virtual Earth Web Cast Playback – May 2009

    Another month of web casts done. This month we focused on business intelligence applications using Microsoft Virtual Earth across the enterprise. The first web cast had tons of information thrown at you about the different scenarios for which you would need different BI applications across different verticals within the enterprise. In the second web cast, we focused on more architecture and the actual technologies behind bringing the applications to life. If you missed either of the web casts for May, you can watch them on demand via the Momentum web site. Using Virtual Earth Across the Enterprise (Level 100) - in-depth exploration of how to use the Virtual Earth platform as a data visualization tool in line-of-business solutions throughout your organization. From supply chain management and emergency response to market analysis, e-commerce, and more, Virtual Earth helps provide easier, more intuitive access to data in solutions that are key to an organization’s success. Developers Can Build Solutions Across the Enterprise with Virtual Earth (Level 200) - a technical exploration of how the Virtual Earth platform can be used across the enterprise as a data visualization... Read More Another month of web casts done. This month we focused on business intelligence applications using Microsoft Virtual Earth across the enterprise. The first web cast had tons of information thrown at you about the different scenarios for which you would need different BI applications across different verticals within the enterprise. In the second web cast, we focused on more architecture and the actual technologies behind bringing the applications to life. If you missed either of the web casts for May, you can watch them on demand via the Momentum web site. Using Virtual Earth Across the Enterprise (Level 100) - in-depth exploration of how to use the Virtual Earth platform as a data visualization tool in line-of-business solutions throughout your organization. From supply chain management and emergency response to market analysis, e-commerce, and more, Virtual Earth helps provide easier, more intuitive access to data in solutions that are key to an organization’s success. Developers Can Build Solutions Across the Enterprise with Virtual Earth (Level 200) - a technical exploration of how the Virtual Earth platform can be used across the enterprise as a data visualization... Read More
  • May
    20

    Virtual Earth on the Edge (Computing Network...

    Today we’re announcing the rollout of Virtual Earth to the Content Delivery Network (a part of Microsoft's Edge Computing Network). What does this mean? Well, Virtual Earth has historically been in a single data center serving up all these billions of tile images (and the AJAX map control) which service our mapping platforms including the AJAX map control, Silverlight Map Control, Virtual Earth Web Service and 3D Managed Control. Now, we’ve deployed the Virtual Earth map tiles and AJAX control to geographically dispersed data centers that provide global load balancing which means you’ll get your Virtual Earth tiles and AJAX control from the data center that is closest to you – no more waiting for tiles to come from Virginia. Here’s official communication that went to our customers and developers today: Get Virtual Earth Content Faster through the New Content Delivery Network Today, Microsoft® is pleased to introduce a new performance improvement for the Virtual Earth platform – the Content Delivery Network (CDN). Microsoft CDN is a key pillar of the Microsoft cloud computing strategy and is one of the primary investments the Virtual... Read More Today we’re announcing the rollout of Virtual Earth to the Content Delivery Network (a part of Microsoft's Edge Computing Network). What does this mean? Well, Virtual Earth has historically been in a single data center serving up all these billions of tile images (and the AJAX map control) which service our mapping platforms including the AJAX map control, Silverlight Map Control, Virtual Earth Web Service and 3D Managed Control. Now, we’ve deployed the Virtual Earth map tiles and AJAX control to geographically dispersed data centers that provide global load balancing which means you’ll get your Virtual Earth tiles and AJAX control from the data center that is closest to you – no more waiting for tiles to come from Virginia. Here’s official communication that went to our customers and developers today: Get Virtual Earth Content Faster through the New Content Delivery Network Today, Microsoft® is pleased to introduce a new performance improvement for the Virtual Earth platform – the Content Delivery Network (CDN). Microsoft CDN is a key pillar of the Microsoft cloud computing strategy and is one of the primary investments the Virtual... Read More
  • May
    19

    REMIX Australia – CP’s Coming to Oz

    As a follow up to my presentation at MIX this year, I’ll be flying down under to attend REMIX – a sort of worldwide syndication of MIX. REMIX Australia will be held on Thursday, June 11 at the Star City Hotel in the Grand Harbour Ballroom at 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW . My session, currently titled, “ Introducing the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP ” will cover the basics constructs of the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control, how to integrate it into your applications and I’ll provide some demonstrations of applications that have been built using the control since the launch in March at MIX in Las Vegas . Of course, I have some tricks up my sleeve to make it worth your time, so make it if you can. Today’s to do list (for you): Book a ticket to Australia Register for REMIX Australia Construct your agenda to include my session Be there CP As a follow up to my presentation at MIX this year, I’ll be flying down under to attend REMIX – a sort of worldwide syndication of MIX. REMIX Australia will be held on Thursday, June 11 at the Star City Hotel in the Grand Harbour Ballroom at 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW . My session, currently titled, “ Introducing the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP ” will cover the basics constructs of the Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control, how to integrate it into your applications and I’ll provide some demonstrations of applications that have been built using the control since the launch in March at MIX in Las Vegas . Of course, I have some tricks up my sleeve to make it worth your time, so make it if you can. Today’s to do list (for you): Book a ticket to Australia Register for REMIX Australia Construct your agenda to include my session Be there CP
  • May
    13

    OnStar Enhances Emergency Response with...

    OnStar (a part of General Motors) today announced their new application to integrate Microsoft Virtual Earth into their emergency response system as a data visualization function to better serve their customers. And, do you blame them? What a huge value add this will be for helping them sell their service! With our super, high resolution photography and high fidelity road network information, wouldn’t you feel better knowing that in the case of an emergency the customer service representative can actually see a high resolution photo of where you, that’s relatively recently taken with up to date road data to help you get on your way? And, OnStar could tie into our local search listings to find the nearest (or preferred) tow trucks, auto mechanics or even hotels. Maybe you want a little Starbucks to ease the pain – that’s in their too! Okay, that would be just me. They could also provide directions using our routing algorithms to provide users with directions based on slowest, fastest, multi-point, traffic-based and in some cases – walking. Let’s hope not in this situation! What’s even better is OnStar is using Virtual Earth 3D to give them a... Read More OnStar (a part of General Motors) today announced their new application to integrate Microsoft Virtual Earth into their emergency response system as a data visualization function to better serve their customers. And, do you blame them? What a huge value add this will be for helping them sell their service! With our super, high resolution photography and high fidelity road network information, wouldn’t you feel better knowing that in the case of an emergency the customer service representative can actually see a high resolution photo of where you, that’s relatively recently taken with up to date road data to help you get on your way? And, OnStar could tie into our local search listings to find the nearest (or preferred) tow trucks, auto mechanics or even hotels. Maybe you want a little Starbucks to ease the pain – that’s in their too! Okay, that would be just me. They could also provide directions using our routing algorithms to provide users with directions based on slowest, fastest, multi-point, traffic-based and in some cases – walking. Let’s hope not in this situation! What’s even better is OnStar is using Virtual Earth 3D to give them a... Read More
  • May
    12

    Shall We Play A Game? UMapper’s Virtual...

    Okay, it’s been a long day, so let’s find today’s time waster to blow off some steam…ah, UMapper has a new Flash-based, Microsoft Virtual Earth game called “GeoDart .” The object? Click the aerial photo closest to location specified to identify where it is. The closer you are and the faster you respond, the more points you accumulate. Get a high score and you get bragging rights for the rest of the week. Enjoy, and apologize to your managers for me as productivity is about to go through the floor. There are currently two versions of the game UMapper game: States Countries and Capitals However, if you don’t like the current versions of the games, well, make your own! UMapper is providing the ability to make your own version of the game . Also, you can see what games other people have made as a part of the community. I like the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World , because, well, there are only 7. I even made my own little game so you can see what conferences I’ll be at and when…aptly named, Where is CP, When ? Play my game, then go make your own. CP Okay, it’s been a long day, so let’s find today’s time waster to blow off some steam…ah, UMapper has a new Flash-based, Microsoft Virtual Earth game called “GeoDart .” The object? Click the aerial photo closest to location specified to identify where it is. The closer you are and the faster you respond, the more points you accumulate. Get a high score and you get bragging rights for the rest of the week. Enjoy, and apologize to your managers for me as productivity is about to go through the floor. There are currently two versions of the game UMapper game: States Countries and Capitals However, if you don’t like the current versions of the games, well, make your own! UMapper is providing the ability to make your own version of the game . Also, you can see what games other people have made as a part of the community. I like the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World , because, well, there are only 7. I even made my own little game so you can see what conferences I’ll be at and when…aptly named, Where is CP, When ? Play my game, then go make your own. CP
  • May
    12

    IDV Solutions Releases Visual Fusion 4...

    I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual Fusion (4.0) . After just a few clicks, I am re-inspired to take on the mapping world – which is good because I have a web cast here in 30 minutes! Visual Fusion is an enterprise mashup platform for creating interactive, visual applications utilizing the power of SharePoint. Integrate enterprise information, Web services, and unstructured workgroup files into a single interactive picture, and present them in the context of location, time, or other visualization. Communicate the big picture immediately, and allow users to discover, contribute, collaborate, and act. Test drive Visual Fusion 4.0 as seen above . Now, what you see above is a fairly robust demonstration of the visualization capabilities provided by Visual Fusion 4.0. The demonstration integrates all kinds of great data such as US County Demographics, US Market Population (Bars and Radius), Population by County... Read More I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual Fusion (4.0) . After just a few clicks, I am re-inspired to take on the mapping world – which is good because I have a web cast here in 30 minutes! Visual Fusion is an enterprise mashup platform for creating interactive, visual applications utilizing the power of SharePoint. Integrate enterprise information, Web services, and unstructured workgroup files into a single interactive picture, and present them in the context of location, time, or other visualization. Communicate the big picture immediately, and allow users to discover, contribute, collaborate, and act. Test drive Visual Fusion 4.0 as seen above . Now, what you see above is a fairly robust demonstration of the visualization capabilities provided by Visual Fusion 4.0. The demonstration integrates all kinds of great data such as US County Demographics, US Market Population (Bars and Radius), Population by County... Read More
  • May
    11

    MSN City Guides Re-launches….and Leverages...

    MSN just launched a new version of their local offering dubbed, MSN City Guides (read the press release ). Okay, just another local listing site with maps, right? Oh, no…this one is the beginning of something pretty great and very community driven and it has Microsoft Virtual Earth . Fine, I’m skewed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a shiny new toy. I set my location to Louisville, KY – I’m heading out there this week for the Pendleton Golf Invitational – a little view into my world for you. Anyway, by default, Louisville, KY is now my home location so when I return to City Guides it automagically suggests results related to Louisville. Now, let’s explore the feature set…. I did a search for “Covered Bridge” near Louisville, KY. Covered Bridge is Fuzzy Zoeller’s course and it’s actually in Indiana. Anyway, my search produced a few results one of which was “Covered Bridge Golf Course.” Nice. I click it and get a results page with a Virtual Earth map and a pin that contains additional information in the roll over. But you know, that’s pretty basic stuff. Now, you should know that... Read More MSN just launched a new version of their local offering dubbed, MSN City Guides (read the press release ). Okay, just another local listing site with maps, right? Oh, no…this one is the beginning of something pretty great and very community driven and it has Microsoft Virtual Earth . Fine, I’m skewed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a shiny new toy. I set my location to Louisville, KY – I’m heading out there this week for the Pendleton Golf Invitational – a little view into my world for you. Anyway, by default, Louisville, KY is now my home location so when I return to City Guides it automagically suggests results related to Louisville. Now, let’s explore the feature set…. I did a search for “Covered Bridge” near Louisville, KY. Covered Bridge is Fuzzy Zoeller’s course and it’s actually in Indiana. Anyway, my search produced a few results one of which was “Covered Bridge Golf Course.” Nice. I click it and get a results page with a Virtual Earth map and a pin that contains additional information in the roll over. But you know, that’s pretty basic stuff. Now, you should know that... Read More
  • May
    11

    REonomy’s Innovative Launch with Virtual...

    The Knowledge of Real Estate – REonomy – launched May 1 leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth as the first online information provider to integrated parcel data and comprehensive property research tools with a MLS and advanced marketing tools in one location ( press release ). REonomy.com serves the needs of real estate professionals industry-wide, including brokers, agents, development/management companies, lenders, third-party analysts, and private equity firms, among others. The REonomy site is locked down for registered users, but they gave me special access and permission to share what’s on the inside with you. I’ll focus on the mapping components, since that’s what I care about, but it should be known that this site is jam-packed full of features for agents, brokers and the like so it should be interesting for those of us not in real estate to get a look on the other side of the proverbial fence. Once you get to the map-based listings page you get a plethora of information about properties (specific to New York and New Jersey). First, they’ve implemented their own custom navigation bar and moved it to the upper right. It includes links... Read More The Knowledge of Real Estate – REonomy – launched May 1 leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth as the first online information provider to integrated parcel data and comprehensive property research tools with a MLS and advanced marketing tools in one location ( press release ). REonomy.com serves the needs of real estate professionals industry-wide, including brokers, agents, development/management companies, lenders, third-party analysts, and private equity firms, among others. The REonomy site is locked down for registered users, but they gave me special access and permission to share what’s on the inside with you. I’ll focus on the mapping components, since that’s what I care about, but it should be known that this site is jam-packed full of features for agents, brokers and the like so it should be interesting for those of us not in real estate to get a look on the other side of the proverbial fence. Once you get to the map-based listings page you get a plethora of information about properties (specific to New York and New Jersey). First, they’ve implemented their own custom navigation bar and moved it to the upper right. It includes links... Read More
  • May
    07

    Photosynth Goes Commercial with New Features

    A few months ago, Photosynth became a part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth team and shortly thereafter launched the availability for all users to create and upload Synths into our cloud storage. Of course, I had to take it a step further and integrate it with Virtual Earth - Photosynth Released - Now, Let's Mash it with Virtual Earth . Well, we’ve just announced some new capabilities and support for our commercial customers which make Photosynth enterprise ready and scaled out for the world to start taking advantage of. So, in true CP style, let me break this down for you (the full press release is below), but simply put here’s what you get with the updated, commercially viable version of Photosynth: Synths are now produced in Silverlight (you’re welcome Mac users). The “Highlights” feature allows you to select certain photos in the synth to highlight. When users select a highlighted synth, the Silverlight interface will walk through each photo between the current photo and the selected photo. Easier to use navigation moved to the bottom of the synth; and, an improved 3D navigation when applicable. Ability to make synths non-indexed... Read More A few months ago, Photosynth became a part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth team and shortly thereafter launched the availability for all users to create and upload Synths into our cloud storage. Of course, I had to take it a step further and integrate it with Virtual Earth - Photosynth Released - Now, Let's Mash it with Virtual Earth . Well, we’ve just announced some new capabilities and support for our commercial customers which make Photosynth enterprise ready and scaled out for the world to start taking advantage of. So, in true CP style, let me break this down for you (the full press release is below), but simply put here’s what you get with the updated, commercially viable version of Photosynth: Synths are now produced in Silverlight (you’re welcome Mac users). The “Highlights” feature allows you to select certain photos in the synth to highlight. When users select a highlighted synth, the Silverlight interface will walk through each photo between the current photo and the selected photo. Easier to use navigation moved to the bottom of the synth; and, an improved 3D navigation when applicable. Ability to make synths non-indexed... Read More
  • May
    06

    Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where...

    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 from within Windows your applications can access a single API that will tell you where the user is. Well, any time you have location information it’s pretty much a given that you’ll want to see it on a map. So, as you start diving into the Windows 7 API I’m going to expect some killer Virtual Earth apps, so send them my way. In the meantime, I thought I’d point out at least one Virtual Earth application that you can expect to have some fun with. Actually, it’s a gadget for reading GeoRSS feeds from your desktop. The folks at The Carbon Project have released a gadget on behalf of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) as an open source desktop dashboard for Geodata.gov , the federal government service for maps and data providing an “at-a-glance” visualization of geospatial assets and monitoring of... Read More 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 from within Windows your applications can access a single API that will tell you where the user is. Well, any time you have location information it’s pretty much a given that you’ll want to see it on a map. So, as you start diving into the Windows 7 API I’m going to expect some killer Virtual Earth apps, so send them my way. In the meantime, I thought I’d point out at least one Virtual Earth application that you can expect to have some fun with. Actually, it’s a gadget for reading GeoRSS feeds from your desktop. The folks at The Carbon Project have released a gadget on behalf of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) as an open source desktop dashboard for Geodata.gov , the federal government service for maps and data providing an “at-a-glance” visualization of geospatial assets and monitoring of... Read More
  • May
    05

    Virtual Earth at Tech Ed 2009

    Keith Kinnan will be on site presenting at Tech Ed this year in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 13 in a session titled “Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control (session ID: WUX402).” Ok, so I did a deep dive talk at MIX which you can watch online , BTW. “Well, Chris,” you may ask, “why would I want to go see Keith’s presentation if I already saw yours?” Um, because Keith is the lead developer of the Silverlight Map Control (and the AJAX Map Control). So, he’s kind of important and knows everything there is to know about both controls. Yeaaaah, you might want to talk with him if you’re at Tech Ed and care about online mapping technologies; but at the very least you should attend his presentation. Here’s the description of Keith’s presentation: The Microsoft Virtual Earth Platform has grown immensely over the past year from our Virtual Earth AJAX Map Control to our new Virtual Earth Web Services and now our Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control which is now available as a public beta to developers. Come and join us as we take you on a tour of all the features and dig deep into the code to show you how to build... Read More Keith Kinnan will be on site presenting at Tech Ed this year in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 13 in a session titled “Deep Dive on Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control (session ID: WUX402).” Ok, so I did a deep dive talk at MIX which you can watch online , BTW. “Well, Chris,” you may ask, “why would I want to go see Keith’s presentation if I already saw yours?” Um, because Keith is the lead developer of the Silverlight Map Control (and the AJAX Map Control). So, he’s kind of important and knows everything there is to know about both controls. Yeaaaah, you might want to talk with him if you’re at Tech Ed and care about online mapping technologies; but at the very least you should attend his presentation. Here’s the description of Keith’s presentation: The Microsoft Virtual Earth Platform has grown immensely over the past year from our Virtual Earth AJAX Map Control to our new Virtual Earth Web Services and now our Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control which is now available as a public beta to developers. Come and join us as we take you on a tour of all the features and dig deep into the code to show you how to build... Read More