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MSN Virtual Earth is a free online virtual globe mapping platform within MSN. It provides access to satellite imagery and aerial photography of the Earth. Google Earth, a highly detailed virtual globe that comes with atmosphere effects, seabed and even a simplified planetarium A virtual globe is a 3D software model of the earth. ... A map of the world by Johannes Kepler A map is a simplified depiction of a space, a navigational aid which highlights relations between objects within that space. ... MSN (or The Microsoft Network) a collection of internet services provided by Microsoft. ... Satellite imagery consists of photographs of Earth or other planets made from artificial satellites. ... Aerial photography is the taking of photographs from above with a camera mounted on an aircraft, balloon, rocket, kite or similar vehicle. ... Earth is the third planet from the Sun. ...


Virtual Earth is based on existing Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft MapPoint and TerraServer. While originally Virtual Earth was also the name of the client web experience, with the introduction of Windows Live, the web site was re-launched in December 2005 as Windows Live Local. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKEx: 4338) is the worlds largest software company, with 2005 global annual sales of almost $40 billion USD and nearly 60,000 employees in 85 countries and regions. ... A screenshot of MapPoint in action Microsoft MapPoint is both a technology and a specific piece of software created by Microsoft yearly that allows users to view, edit and intergrate maps. ... TerraServer-USA web site TerraServer-USA is a free online repository[1] of public domain aerial imagery and satellite imagery, formerly known as Microsoft TerraServer. ... Screenshot of Windows Live Beta homepage Microsoft Windows Live[1] is an online applications services suite which presents tools such as Microsoft Office via a web browser interface. ... Windows Live Local is a web map server similar to Google Maps, Google Earth, Mapquest, or Yahoo! Maps. ...


See also

World Wind is a virtual globe developed by NASA for use on personal computers running Microsoft Windows. ... Google Earth is a free virtual globe formerly known as Earth Viewer. ... Screenshot of Google Maps showing a route from Toronto to Ottawa Penang island and Province Wellesley on the mainland as seen on Google Maps [1] Google Maps is the conventional name of a free, web map server application and technology provided by Google at http://maps. ... TerraServer-USA web site TerraServer-USA is a free online repository[1] of public domain aerial imagery and satellite imagery, formerly known as Microsoft TerraServer. ... A screenshot of MapPoint in action Microsoft MapPoint is both a technology and a specific piece of software created by Microsoft yearly that allows users to view, edit and intergrate maps. ... Mobile GMaps running on a Nokia 6600 phone Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth maps and satellite imagery on Java-enabled mobile phones, PDAs or other devices. ...

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Virtual Earth: Frequently Asked Questions — July 2005 - MapPoint Articles - MP2K Magazine (1262 words)
MSN Virtual Earth is an exciting new component of Microsoft's Search vision that gives consumers a deeply immersive search experience where they see what it's like to be in a location and explore what they can do there.
o The vision of MSN Virtual Earth is to not only provide the best and most immersive local search experience possible, but also to provide a platform for consumers to extend their communities into an online world.
As MSN Virtual Earth becomes a more rich and content-filled environment, we envision there being many opportunities for advertising and branding, similar to those in the real world.
PCWorld.com - Gates Unveils MSN Virtual Earth (423 words)
MSN Virtual Earth was demonstrated for the first time today at an event hosted by Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates.
MSN Virtual Earth will also be integrated with users' preferred e-mail application and, with a single click, will place links in e-mail messages to maps and images, says Steve Lombardi, a MapPoint program manager.
MSN Virtual Earth also will let users view aerial images not only straight down but also from an angle, so that they will be able to view, say, buildings from the sides as well as from the top, the officials say.
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