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02-14-2008, 10:46 AM
In the News

MarketLinx Launches MLXchange 4.0 Featuring Microsoft Virtual Earth
On Nov. 7, MarketLinx Inc., a leading provider of information technology to the residential real estate industry, announced the launch of the latest version of its popular Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system, MLXchange 4.0, which supports Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping software. Through Virtual Earth, MLXchange 4.0 offers an improved user interface with map dragging and scroll-wheel zooming, rooftop-level address positioning for better accuracy, high-resolution aerial photography with street map overlays, oblique bird’s-eye views, and three-dimensional maps for a growing number of areas. For more information, please visit the MarketLinx pressroom at MarketLinx MLS Solutions (http://www.firstamericanmls.com/about/news/news_071107_MLX4_MSVE.asp) or review the written case study at Microsoft Case Studies: MarketLinx (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000001124).

Tarasoft Sets New Standard With Microsoft Virtual Earth
On Dec. 11, Microsoft Canada Co. announced that real estate agents across North America who use Tarasoft Matrix created by Tarasoft Corp. can now take advantage of Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping service. Real estate agents using Tarasoft Matrix can offer potential home buyers a more visual and immersive Web experience based on an advanced integrated mapping, imaging, search and location platform. Virtual Earth mapping adds considerable functionality to Tarasoft Matrix with its ability to combine location information and high-resolution imagery. For more information, please visit the Tarasoft pressroom at Tarasoft: Announcements (http://www.tarasoft.com/announcements/default.aspx#announcement).

Microsoft Acquires Multimap
On Dec. 12, Microsoft acquired Multimap, one of the United Kingdom’s top 100 technology companies and one of the leading online mapping services in the world. The acquisition gives Microsoft a powerful new location and mapping technology to complement existing offerings such as Virtual Earth, Live Search, Windows Live services, MSN and the aQuantive advertising platform, with future integration potential for a range of other Microsoft products and platforms. For more information, please visit Microsoft PressPass at Microsoft Acquires One of Europe’s Top Online Map Services: Acquisition of Multimap will help Microsoft deliver new, expanded services on the Web. (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/dec07/12-12MultimapPR.mspx).

iFly 3-D Flight Tracker Powered by Virtual Earth
iFly.com, a provider of detailed online information about air travel across North America, has chosen Virtual Earth to power its 3-D flight tracker. The flight tracker, the first commercial implementation of Virtual Earth 3D, delivers a rich, tailored experience for air travelers seeking real-time flight information. Users can see a real-time visual image of an aircraft’s location relative to its flight plan. Users can also choose from several perspectives of the aircraft and the landscape and can zoom in to get a 3-D view of the city where the aircraft will land, complete with street names. For more information, please visit iFly.com: Your Guide to Airport & Flight Info (Arrivals, Parking, Flights) (http://www.ifly.com) or review the written case study at Microsoft Case Studies: iFly (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000001076).

Virtual Earth-Based Master Address Database
Farallon Geographics Inc. has developed a Virtual Earth-based master address database (MAD) to be used as a central authoritative service by business and residential locations for all San Mateo, Calif., city departments. The MAD, deployed over an intranet using the city’s SQL Server database, integrated with existing GeoMedia geodatabase and using Microsoft Virtual Earth for presentation, offers increased data availability along with reduced errors, maintenance and instances of duplicate data. The site’s Web mapping functionality uses Virtual Earth, which allows high-performance viewing as regular maps, orthographic and oblique aerial images, or in 3-D. Virtual Earth also permits display of other nonaddress data, such as ownership name or environmental planning data. For more information, please visit Demos on Enterprise GIS, Spatial Information Management, Location Services, Mapping (http://www.fargeo.com/start/demos) or review the written case study at
Case Study: (http://www.fargeo.com/casestudies/detail/city-of-san-mateo-master-address-database1).

Virtual Earth to Power Miami Maps
Virtual Earth partner IS Consulting has been working with the city of Miami to redevelop its mapping Web site. The site, not yet live, will leverage the Virtual Earth platform to provide the visual component to the city’s Geographic Information System. For more information, please visit City of Miami (http://www.miamigov.com/GISWebPortal/pages/default.asp).

Virtual Earth & JEPRS Assist Recovery Efforts in Southern California
Microsoft partner Infusion Development recently deployed a Damage Assessment Collaboration Portal (DACP) with the county of San Diego. The application is a customized deployment of Infusion Development’s Joint Emergency Planning & Response System (JEPRS), and leverages the Virtual Earth mapping platform to help the county accurately track and monitor resource recovery following the recent fires. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth For Government: Virtual Earth & JEPRS for Disaster Recovery (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!606.entry).

Microsoft Homeland Security and Public Safety Technology Symposium
On Dec. 4–6, the Microsoft Homeland Security and Public Safety Technology Symposium, hosted by Microsoft and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, brought together U.S. Department of Homeland Security agencies and fire and police departments to discuss technology for mission-critical line-of-business applications throughout government. Several of the vendors in the Partner Pavilion showcased Virtual Earth solutions to augment the capability of agencies to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency scenarios. They include Convergence Communications with its E-Sponder, E-Sponder Express and E-Sponder Alerts solutions; IDV Solutions demonstrated its Avian Influenza Mapping System (AIMS) and other solutions built on its Visual Fusion Suite tools and Infusion Development. For more information, please visit the team blog at Virtual Earth For Government: Virtual Earth for Public Safety (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!589.entry).

Consumer Electronics Show
The 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will be held Jan. 7–10, 2008, in Las Vegas. CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. Virtual Earth will be at the show, hosting a pod within the Live Search booth. For more information on CES, please visit http://www.cesweb.org.

Real Estate Connect NYC
Real Estate Connect NYC will be held Jan. 9–11 in New York. The conference brings together leaders in real estate and mortgage with top technology executives to promote change and innovation within the industry. At the conference, Virtual Earth, a platinum sponsor, will host a booth and present three workshops. For more information on Real Estate Connect NYC, please visit Real Estate Connect NYC 2008 - HOME (http://www.realestateconnect.com/ny08/index.aspx).

National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo
The National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo will be held Jan. 13–16 in New York. The Virtual Earth team will participate in the Microsoft Retail Industry Solution Organization’s booth, as the Virtual Earth platform will be showcased as part of the organization’s Innovation Alley. For more information on the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo, please visit
NRF Annual 2008 (http://events.nrf.com/annual08/public/enter.aspx).

Recent Updates - Microsoft Virtual Earth

Six Thousand Square Miles of 3-D Cities Added to Virtual Earth
On Dec. 20, Virtual Earth announced the addition of nearly 60 U.S. and international cities in 3-D. The additions include Liverpool, England; Fargo, N.D.; Providence, R.I.; Kansas City (both Kan. and Mo.); and more. A detailed list of the new 3-D cities is located on the team blog at Virtual Earth / Live Maps: 6000 Square miles of 3D cities added to VE. Fargo, Liverpool, Kansas City and many more... (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2BBC66E99FDCDB98!10205.entry).

New and Updated Oblique and Ortho Imagery in Virtual Earth
On Dec. 19, Virtual Earth announced the addition of 36 terabytes of new and updated oblique and ortho imagery in Virtual Earth. The updates include 36 new U.S. areas of Pictometry bird’s-eye oblique scenes, 26 new European Union areas of Blom bird’s-eye scenes, five areas of U.S. orthographic imagery from GlobeXplorer, and more. For more details on the updates, as well as a list of locations for which the updates are available, please visit the team blog at Virtual Earth / Live Maps: VEIPP Drops 36 Terabytes before the Holiday Break (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2BBC66E99FDCDB98!10177.entry).

Recent Updates - Live Search Maps

Live Search Maps Now in China
Live Search Maps is now available in China. The application is focused on features relevant to Chinese-speaking users. Business search, collections and public transit features were emphasized, covering more than 100 cities with 7 million business listings. To use the service, please visit Live Local Search (http://ditu.live.com). For more information on Live Search Maps in China, please visit the team blog at
Virtual Earth / Live Maps: Live Search Maps - Now in China! (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2BBC66E99FDCDB98!10099.entry).