Monday, July 25, 2005

Microsoft Virtual Earth Beta

With Google Maps and Google Earth becoming hugely popular, Microsoft has now published Virtual Earth Beta ( or and it is now live. (From Right away, it doesn't seem to have the same smoothness of Google Maps, but it looks promising. One feature I like is the zoom-in, zoom-out with the mouse wheel (for those Microsoft Streets and Trips/MapPoint users, you'll find this feature familiar). Another thing I noticed is that the aerial photo data appears to be very old and only of mediocre quality.

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