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Virtual Earth Technical Webcast

Virtual Earth Technical Webcast

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My colleague Johannes Kebeck who is the EMEA Virtual Earth technical supremo is presenting a technical session online covering off Virtual Earth in May.  Having seen Johannes present before I can assure you this will be one event that you won't want to miss.

Be sure to sign up here:


I'm liking the new VE site also, particularly the Gallery section where there are some great examples of cool brands using the technology

Live Search Maps, Powered by Virtual Earth

Live Search Maps

Powered by the Virtual Earth platform, Live Search Maps adds custom enhancements to the base feature set to create an immersive user experience. Users have access to driving directions, local search, and traffic overlays (where available) as well as bird's eye, 3-D, and aerial imagery, creating an environment where relevant location information is easily found and shared.

See the site in action

Starbucks Store Locator


The Virtual Earth platform powers the most popular section of the Starbucks Web site – the store locator. Starbucks takes advantage of the platform’s versatility to offer customers three kinds of location-based services: store maps and driving directions; searches based on in-store events and the ability to send an invitation, along with map, for a meeting at a store.

See the site in action

Coldwell Banker's Site, Powered by Virtual Earth, Shows Nearby Amenities

Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker boosts home search map feature usage by 300 percent with their innovative approach to online mapping, including:

  • Intuitive and interactive user interface that uses the Virtual Earth platform
  • Immersive aerial views showing the surrounding amenities in context

See the site in action
Watch the video
Read complete case study

John L. Scott's Site, Powered by Virtual Earth

John L. Scott

Capitalizing on its online presence and robust property information, John L. Scott uses Virtual Earth’s aerial views and mapping technology to create a high-definition home search that yields a high volume of site visits.
See the site in action

Harley-Davidson's Virtual Earth powered Great Roads Feature encourages community participation


The Harley-Davidson “Great Roads Explorer” uses Virtual Earth to showcase dealerships and hotel partners, and to bring customers together within the context of great American motorcycle journeys.

See the site in action

Target's Site Uses the Virtual Earth Store Locator Feature


Target helps drive store traffic and effective connections with customers by pinpointing store locations using Virtual Earth.
See the site in action

British Petroleum uses  Virtual Earth for Risk Management and Business Intelligence


After Hurricane Katrina, BP developed a Hurricane Management System that combines Virtual Earth’s 3D satellite imagery, mapping software, and real-time weather data to help stakeholders visualize company assets.
Watch the video
Read complete case study

U.S. Air Force Site Uses Virtual Earth to Map Recruiting Offices

U.S. Air Force

The United States Air Force uses Virtual Earth's mapping technology worldwide to easily map recruiting offices. By being immersive and flexible, users can query by location and see the results in Bird's Eye imagery, which provides rich views that convey both proximity and locality.
See the site in action

Virtual Earth helps California School Finder compare schools side-by-side

California School Finder

California residents can now compare schools side-by-side with the latest school rankings, course offerings, etc., by searching for schools within a defined radius relative to a zip code, address, or school name.

See a sample search
See the site in action

New York City's Trip Planner uses Virtual Earth to give users point-to-point directions

New York City Trip Planner

Using the Trip Planner's Virtual Earth driven user interface, customers can search and explore city locations and points of interest from all angles and vantage points and retrieve point-to-point routing directions from the comfort of their home, office, or hotel room prior to heading out the door.
Read more about Virtual Earth and the NYC Trip Planner
See the site in action

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