The beta version of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth has gone live at http://virtualearth.msn.com/
So far, it doesn’t have the bells and whistles that Google Earth can boast, and I think that the black and white imagery doesn’t match up to Google’s color imagery. It may be that Microsoft is working on some additional unique functionality, but so far, it isn’t that impressive, given what’s already out there.
The beta is up and Microsoft has NOT caught up to Google. My three largest issues with this are, in no particualr order:
-Pulling B&W imagery
-Vector overlays on imagery are weak…i.e. too transparent
-No API (at least yet)
One nice thing might be the scratchpad if they take in the right direction.
That is it, hopefully Sue will give more thought to her description…
This episode is generally an introduction of things to come. We will be focusing on Geography and geospatial technologies, with an eye to bring a discussion of Geography to a broader audience. With the ever broadening use of geospatial technologies such as internet mapping and GPS this clearly a good time to try to share how these technologies have grown out of geographic traditions. Read More
The premier episode of VSP. A general intro to the podcast, topics, and upcoming events.
Microsoft’s Virtual Earth http://virtualearth.msn.com will begin its Beta on Monday. As according to the following blog it was up for a short while over the weekend, but is back down. So for those of you who hear me rambling on the podcast about this, it was being recorded during this sneak peek.
We are approaching the inaugural episode of the VerySpatial Podcast. In order to get a little experience with the microphone we decided to make a promo for distribution prior to release.
You would think that this is a blog dedicated to Google Maps with all of the entries for it. But no, it is just that the hybrid option is pretty cool. As usual, take a look at Google Maps
As with most of the things in the world, there are Wikipedia entries for many spatial subjects from tech to concepts. Here is our frst pointing out of something on Wikipedia…I am sure it will not be the last.
This, of course, continues the general focus on all things virtual and globish that I have had going on this week. Take a gander at the entry on Virtual globe – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is nicely tied to the upcoming moon rover that will be catching satellite imagery and elevations (along with other sensors) of the moon. I can’t wait to be able to play with lunar data 🙂
“In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.”