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02-14-2008, 01:51 PM
In the News

California School Finder Web Site Uses Microsoft Virtual Earth Mapping Platform
On Jan. 8, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the launch of the California School Finder, a Web site that allows citizens to compare California schools side-by-side. The site is powered by Virtual Earth and is a great example of how state and local governments can leverage the platform to better serve communities through innovative technology. To experience the Web site, please visit the California School Finder at California School Finder (http://www.schoolfinder.ca.gov).

SpatialPoint Launches Virtual Earth-Based FollowTheGame.com
On Jan. 17, SpatialPoint, a Microsoft Certified Partner, announced the launch of FollowTheGame.com, a free service to help people find radio stations that will be carrying the Super Bowl game on football’s biggest night, wherever they may be located. FollowTheGame.com uses Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Virtual Earth and SpatialPoint Atlas to enable users to enter a location where they will be for the game, or an origin and destination for a route on which they’ll be traveling, and get a map with a list of the AM and FM radio stations where they will be able to listen to the game. For more information, please visit Press Releases - Directions Magazine (http://www.directionsmag.com/press.releases/index.php?duty=Show&id=20662&trv=1) or visit the Virtual Earth team blog at
Virtual Earth For Government: Virtual Earth for Superbowl Fans (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!645.entry).

Microsoft Virtual Earth Supports Local News
All over the U.S., Virtual Earth is used to support local TV news outlets. At KOMO in Seattle, the station uses Virtual Earth maps to demonstrate presidential primary locations. At WBTV out of Charlotte, N.C., Virtual Earth maps are used to highlight the location component of the station’s general news stories. WMAQ in Chicago uses Virtual Earth with Weather Central’s online application to power NBC’s Weather, and KSPR in Springfield, Mo., uses Virtual Earth to demonstrate weather conditions and patterns. For more information on how Virtual Earth is used to support local news, please visit
Virtual Earth For Government: Microsoft Virtual Earth Supporting Local News (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!641.entry).

Yellowpages.com and Loopnet Migrate to Virtual Earth 6.0
Yellowpages.com, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc., and Loopnet Inc., a leader in online commercial real estate, have both added Virtual Earth 6.0 technology to their Web sites. The migration to Virtual Earth 6.0 delivers multipoint trip routing, enhanced geocoding that combines results for multiple geocoders, rooftop geocoding, which provides more precise geocoding results, and map control support for Safari 2.0. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth / Live Maps: Migration Week (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2BBC66E99FDCDB98!10710.entry).

Big Partner Wins in Q2!
The Virtual Earth team successfully established numerous relationships and alliances in the past quarter. Virtual Earth established agreements with MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., a global leader in the production of energy from diversified fuel sources, and HomeServices of America Inc., a provider of real estate applications primarily for consumer real estate brands. Virtual Earth also established an agreement with Hotel.de, a leading travel portal site in Germany (and central Europe). In addition, Virtual Earth established alliances with Sealy and Rockwell Collins.

Ohio Department of Transportation Uses Virtual Earth
The traffic Web site Buckeye Traffic provides Ohio travelers with up-to-date information on road conditions, traffic, construction and other activity affecting roadways managed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The Web site uses Virtual Earth to provide citizens with a look at road closures, scheduled construction, traffic cams and more. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth / Live Maps: Migration Week (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2BBC66E99FDCDB98!10710.entry).

MyWeather.net Uses Virtual Earth
MyWeather.net, a company that provides software and services to hundreds of newspapers, Web sites and TV stations, recently began using the Virtual Earth platform for all its geographic visualization needs including 2-D and 3-D mapping. For more information, please visit MyWeather LLC, The World's Most Precise Weather (http://www.myweather.net/mywx/index.asp).

The Weather Network and MeteoMedia Deliver Highway Conditions With Microsoft Virtual Earth
On Jan. 21, The Weather Network and MeteoMedia, two of Canada’s leading providers of weather information, announced that they will provide consumers with integrated highway maps of the latest road conditions, in conjunction with Virtual Earth mapping software. Consumers can now view the latest and most up-to-date highway road conditions on an interactive map, on a satellite image or on a combination of both. Within the new platform, consumers can zoom in to street level or zoom out to view conditions across the entire country. Accessing highway conditions will be more visual, user-friendly and interactive. For more information, please visit The Weather Network and MeteoMedia Deliver Highway Conditions with Microsoft Virtual Earth (http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=812504).

Yellow Pages Group Delivers Rich Web Experience With Virtual Earth
On Jan. 22, Microsoft Canada Co. and Yellow Pages Group announced that the innovative imaging and location capabilities of Virtual Earth mapping software are available on YellowPages.ca, Canada's leading and most-visited online directory. The addition provides visitors with highly interactive maps featuring up-to-date location data, driving directions, high-resolution satellite and aerial images, as well as the ability to view map results in photo-realistic 3-D views.* For more information, please visit Yellow Pages Group Strengthens Connection Between Buyers and Sellers With Microsoft Virtual Earth (http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=812833).