September 25, 2008

Update to Microsoft Virtual Earth, VE Web Services and Maps for Mobile Devices

Good news from the VE Blog about release 6.2... it's here along with version 1.0 of the Virtual Earth Web Services. The following features come in this release:
- Maps for Mobile Devices... (WOOHOO) Develop mobile applications with rich imagery optimized specifically for mobile devices, including the iPhone. The new mobile-optimized features are supported in the new Virtual Earth Web Services.
- Bird’s Eye Views and Bird’s Eye Hybrid. Exclusive to Microsoft, these unique views of real-world locations provide insight into “what it’s like there.” Bird’s eye hybrid adds street names to the bird’s eye maps to provide end users better visual context and orientation.
- Aerial Imagery. Leverage the impact of high-resolution aerial images from leading imagery providers.
- 3D Imagery. Create more realistic 3D views of buildings and landscapes, featuring denser city models.
- Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding. Get the most accurate locations around the world through integration of multiple geocoders and datasets with MapView, Reverse IP, and Culture to provide the most relevant and accurate results. And find the closest street address based only on latitude and longitude coordinates from a GPS or other geospatial device.
- International Geocoding. Your customers can now find international addresses with reverse geocoding, available anywhere Virtual Earth has routing.
- Localized Directions. Get localized driving or walking directions in 15 languages.
- Localized Maps.
- Extended International Parsing Capabilities.
- Expanded Number of Rooftop Views.
- Near-Matching Capabilities. using alternate and similar spellings, resulting in a more relevant search experience.
- Imagery Metadata.
- New Virtual Earth Web Services.
- One-Click Directions.
- Shapes and Shape Layers.
- Pushpin Clustering.
- Landmark-Based Routing.
- Driving Directions with Traffic-Based Routing.
- Walking Directions.
- Multipoint Routing.
- Traffic Reports.
- GeoRSS Feeds.
- Weather Integration.

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