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  • Blog Post: Windows Live Quick Apps - Mashup apps with source code

    Steve Ballmer announced today two example apps that show off how to put the Live Services we have on offer to use. The apps "Contoso Bicycle Club" and "Contoso University" were developed by two UK Parters, AWS and Conchango in association with Microsoft UK. They incorporate many Live Services some of...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Features Video

    Put the volume to 11 and press play... Via Mark Brown's Blog.
  • Blog Post: Speaking of experiences…

    Sitting here at PDC watching the multi-touch demo on Virtual Earth and remembered a post I’ve seen from Chris P about a huge screen Virtual Earth Experience that the Carlton University has put together. I’m getting one of these for my home :-) Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Monster Virtual Earth Upload

    We just uploaded 69.2 Terabytes of new imagery and data up to Virtual Earth ready for public consumption - yum!.  Chris has the full details but I thought I would mention France has had a big helping of satellite imagery so if you are holidaying over then be sure to check out: Cote d'azure, Toulon...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth at Realcomm

      Today I had the pleasure to talk at the Realcomm Europe conference in London.  Realcomm is the main conference for everyone in the property industry and talks about how you can apply technology in this particular industry.  Talking about mapping - and Virtual Earth - is particularly...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth captures sinking ship

    It really was a case of now you see it, now you don't with the "Cariddi II" - a ship that sunk recently off Sicily . I found this via VirtualGlobeTrotter and wanted to share it with you. The " Bird's Eye View ", unique to Virtual Earth, was able to capture the before and after stages whilst the ship...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Earth Intellisense helper

    Hot on the heels of the open source stuff being talked about of the last couple of days and Microsoft have released an open source Intellisense helper for Virtual Earth on CodePlex (that’s Microsoft’s community for open source software projects. The helper makes it easier to code javascript by providing...
  • Blog Post: Watch the UK Foot and Mouth outbreak spread

    Well hopefully not, but this is how it looks at the moment... Here in the UK, during the great floods of 2007 we were pretty late in getting the situation covered on Virtual Earth and I moaned to the Director of our Online Services Group (MSN and stuff like that) about it. He promised me that they were...
  • Blog Post: "We all do agree the world is not flat, right?"

    At the recent BI conference that my colleague Ben has been shouting about recently , one of the Keynotes featured SQL Server 2008 and Virtual Earth. Why these two products? Well, because SQL Server 2008 will be featuring new types of data - in particular geographic data. Ted Kummert, VP of Data Platforms...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth at Pisces

    Just got off stage in Edinburgh where I delivered a presentation on Virtual Earth.  The topic of conversation was about openness and standards and I was on stage after Gerry Gavigan, the Chairman from the open source consortium .  He talked about free software and how open source was the way...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Live Services and Virtual Earth

    I just finished putting together some info for a partner who was interested in learning how and why to develop their applications incorporating Live Services and Virtual Earth etc. I thought you might be interested, so here it is: Virtual Earth Interactive SDK http://dev.live.com/virtualearth/sdk/ Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Pro Photo Tools

    Chris has details on the recently released Microsoft Pro Photo Tools that provide extra functionality beyond Windows Live Photo Gallery.  The Microsoft Pro Photo Blog provides some more insight on what the tool can do: Microsoft has released the first version of Microsoft Pro Photo Tools with geotagging...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth

    Loving this video.  It captures the essence of Virtual Earth and all you can do on this world leading platform.
  • Blog Post: Live Maps switches to Multimap

    I spoke the the Live Product Manager the other day and he said this was coming, but I didn't realise how quickly! Just goes to show how easy it is to develop on Virtual Earth! This switch is only for the UK, Multimap has the biggest share of Map visitors in the UK so I guess brand familiarisation was...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Technical Webcast

    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: http://msevents...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth ASP.NET Controls Released!

    WOOHOO! Finally we’ve released the Virtual Earth ASP.NET Controls ( Angus , dev.live.com and Live Side have the news).  Virtual Earth ASP.NET Control - CTP Release The control basically makes it much easier to get data from your database onto the map.  Before, it was difficult to do because...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Vision

    This mashup was forwarded to me today which maps on Virtual Earth all the recently updated Live Spaces pages.  Pretty nice example of how you can pull this information together.  In fact you could do something pretty similar with Popfly with hardly any effort at all. Check out Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth UK Partner Day in September in Brighton

    Just heard from the UK VE Team that they are holding another Partner Day in September – here are the details: Virtual Earth New Partner Day Friday 19 th September 2008 Gain a real insight into how map-enabling your clients’ business applications can help them create customer satisfaction and optimise...
  • Blog Post: Loving the new features in Virtual Earth

    I’m preparing this morning for a keynote tomorrow at the Pisces conference in Edinburgh and I’ve had two delightful experiences .  Firstly I arrived at the new Microsoft Scotland offices in the city center of Edinburgh, which I have to say are beautiful, we are really spoiled by amazing views over...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft takes Google, Yahoo et. al to school

    Love this article! Chris will too :-) Microsoft's Live Maps Schools Google, Yahoo, Ask and AOL in Georgia Mapping Go VE – you rock!
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth's new features

    I'm always reading the blogs from Chris Pendelton and Johannes Kebeck because they are rich with information about the latest happenings on the Virtual Earth platform (a part of the Live Services from Microsoft ).  One of the interesting additions that has been unlocked for enterprise customers...
  • Blog Post: Reading gets Birds Eye View on Virtual Earth and use your Wii remote to control Virtual Earth!

    An historic moment happened over Christmas - Reading got Birds Eye View imagery on Virtual Earth!  Here's the Microsoft UK HQ in Reading - looks like a Friday as the car park is quite empty :-)  Building 5 (bottom left) is looking all shiny and new - no one has moved in there yet but the restaurant...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth UK Partner Day

    The Microsoft Virtual Earth EMEA team are holding an event on 6 th February 2008 at the Great House at Sonning to provide you with all the information you require to integrate VE into your business offering. Never before has it been so easy for your clients to track assets, find customers, manage mobile...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live ramping up

    Times certainly are exciting for Scott and the boys over at the community site for all things Live - www.liveside.net . Virtual Earth I've been wanting to blog about the new version of Virtual Earth, for example, and describe some of the excellent new features as well as the improved, much more slick...