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05-29-2009, 09:09 AM
In the News

Caterpillar Leverages Virtual Earth for Global Dealer Locator
In April, Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, released its new global dealer locator Web site, leveraging the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform to provide customers with an easier way to find Caterpillar dealers and equipment. The new application allows Caterpillar customers to search for dealers by address, name or geographic coordinates, and offers filters to help customers home in on the exact location and type of dealer they are looking for. Customers can specifically search for equipment to purchase, service or rent, with the information presented on a Virtual Earth map with custom Caterpillar icons. The service also takes advantage of Virtual Earth routing algorithms to provide driving directions to any given dealer location directly to the customer. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Caterpillar Launches on Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/04/09/caterpillar-launches-on-virtual-earth.aspx).

Virtual Earth Powers New Child Locator Service From AT&T
On April 17, AT&T announced the release of its new child locator service, FamilyMap, that leverages the Virtual Earth platform to provide parents with a useful tool to track a child’s whereabouts. The Virtual Earth platform allows AT&T to note a child’s location on a rich Virtual Earth map that includes surrounding landmarks, with the added capability to label frequently visited areas and note child-safe locations. Virtual Earth allows FamilyMap customers to easily identify landmarks, and switch between satellite, street map views, and Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye* imagery to really assess any given area with detailed, angled views for additional context. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : AT&T Launches Child Locator Service with Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/04/17/at-t-launches-child-locator-service-with-virtual-earth.aspx).

City of Los Angeles Uses Virtual Earth for Solar Map and Power Reliability Projects
In April, the city of Los Angeles announced two power-related projects that leverage the Virtual Earth platform to provide a better experience to customers. The Los Angeles County Solar Map project leverages Virtual Earth to enable homeowners and businesses to quickly assess whether a given property is a good candidate for solar power by providing information on roof size and sun exposure. In addition, Bird’s Eye* and aerial imagery provide customers with a clear image of their location and the surrounding area. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is also leveraging the Virtual Earth platform for its Power Reliability Program. Using Virtual Earth allows the department to track related events and assess how well the department is doing in meeting objectives. The interactive maps also allow customers outside the LADWP to quickly see what is happening in their local neighborhoods. For more information, please visit Los Angeles County Launches Solar Map on Microsoft Virtual Earth - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3288.entry) and Microsoft Virtual Earth Visualizing Power Reliability for Los Angeles - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3295.entry).

BBC Uses Virtual Earth to Track Swine Flu Outbreak
To help audiences track and visualize the current swine flu outbreak, the BBC is leveraging Virtual Earth to provide an interactive resource for swine flu information. Site visitors can access Virtual Earth interactive maps that not only mark outbreak locations but also provide swine flu-related news, including text, video and audio content. Audiences can also access directly from the map eyewitness accounts provided by BBC readers, adding an additional level of context. For more information, please visit BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Swine flu: Your experiences (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/8018428.stm).

May 2009 Virtual Earth Webcasts
In May, Virtual Earth will present two new webcasts as part of the ongoing Virtual Earth webcast series. On Tuesday, May 12, Virtual Earth presents “Visualize Data Across the Enterprise With Virtual Earth,” exploring how to use the Virtual Earth platform as a data visualization tool for your organization. For those interested in integrating the Virtual Earth platform with multiple technologies such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007, on Wednesday, May 20, Virtual Earth presents “Developers Can Build Solutions Across the Enterprise With Virtual Earth.” For more information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth/webcasts/learnmore.aspx.

Frotcom International Integrates Virtual Earth Into Tracking Solution
Frotcom International, a global provider of Web-based vehicle tracking solutions, has signed a deal with Microsoft Corp. to integrate Virtual Earth into its vehicle-tracking solution. This enables the addition of new features to the solution and improved map data manipulation. With Frotcom expanding its network of certified partners to countries in different continents, the enhanced Virtual Earth coverage provides further benefits to users. For more information, please visit Vehicle Tracking System | GPS Tracking | Fleet Tracking (http://www.frotcom.com).

Seattle Department of Planning and Development Releases Web Applications With Virtual Earth
In mid-April, the city of Seattle launched two new Web applications powered by Virtual Earth for the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The Virtual Earth-powered DPD Activity Locator provides DPD customers with the ability to visually check the status of open permits for construction, land use, demolition and billboards directly from an interactive Virtual Earth map. The DPD GIS application provides additional information into zoning, parcels, building outlines, addresses and more. It also helps customers narrow in on one particular location for additional information. Virtual Earth aerial imagery adds context in exploring locations. For more information, please visit Microsoft Virtual Earth Aides Seattle Planning & Development - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3231.entry).

Inca X Adds Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control to Its Web Site
Inca X, creator of the Live Media GPS mobile application that allows you to transform your GPS-enabled mobile phone into a “geocasting” device, has improved its offering by implementing Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control. This addition enhances the geocast playback experience on the Inca X Web site, which plays video alongside a Virtual Earth map. For more information, please visit Live Media GPS (http://www.ix-m.com/LiveMediaGPS.aspx).

Los Angeles Housing Department Uses Virtual Earth for Neighborhood Stabilization Web Site
On March 31, the Los Angeles Housing Department released its Neighborhood Stabilization Program Web site, which uses Virtual Earth to help customers search for foreclosure properties in their area. Leveraging Virtual Earth, the Los Angeles Housing Department provides customers with interactive maps that help prospective buyers find and see foreclosed properties in their area. Virtual Earth interactive maps not only provide detailed location information but also help visitors quickly assess whether the property qualifies for purchase assistance. For more information, please visit Visualizing Foreclosures in Los Angeles with Microsoft Virtual Earth - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3219.entry).

Virtual Earth Improves the View for LonRes
LonRes, a subscription-only service for estate agents, relocation agents, valuers and surveyors for properties in London, has implemented Earthware Property, running on Virtual Earth, to further develop its successful London property portal. With the Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye imagery*, potential occupiers and subscribers are able to understand the location of a property without needing to physically visit it. For more information, please visit http://www.lonres.com/welcome.php.

Recent Updates — Microsoft Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps

April 2009 Virtual Earth API Updates
On April 9, Virtual Earth released the latest series of updates to the Virtual Earth API for Virtual Earth AJAX and Virtual Earth 3D map controls, including performance updates for both AJAX and 3D. Updates for April include native support for Windows Internet Explorer 8, new AJAX control methods and new 3-D control features. For a full list of new features and updates, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/04/09/virtual-earth-api-release-information-april-2009.aspx.

April 2009 Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery Release
On April 28, the Microsoft Virtual Earth team announced the April 2009 imagery release, including more than 9 TB of new data covering more than 1 million square kilometers. The release includes new ortho imagery in cities in multiple countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico and more. For a full list of the cities and countries where new imagery is available, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth Imagery Release, April 2009 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/04/28/virtual-earth-imagery-release-april-2009.aspx).

Multimap Add-In for Outlook 2007
Multimap is pleased to announce the launch of a new mapping add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. The add-in allows fast and simple insertion of maps to meetings, contacts and e-mail messages. The tool enables people to add maps and Bird’s Eye* imagery to their meeting requests so their customers, colleagues or friends can easily find the meeting location. All people need to do is simply click on “add map” and a new meeting request window will pop up. For more information or to install the add-in, please visit Worldwide map search, route finder and travel directions - powered by Multimap (http://explore.multimap.com/Toolbox/toolsSpecific_outlookaddin.aspx).