Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D

The online mapping applications war of Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth gets another component to it with Microsoft launching 3D city views for select areas. Here's a quip from their press release:
  • "Microsoft Corp. today announced U.S. availability of Virtual Earth™ 3D, a new online mapping interface that is part of the Live Search offering, providing consumers with a three-dimensional experience to search, browse and explore the real world online.
  • When people visit Live Search (http://live.com), type a query into the search box and click the “Maps” tab, they get their search results in a map context that offers the option to explore the area using two-dimensional views (aerial and bird’s-eye) or three dimensional models with Virtual Earth 3D. This new technology compiles photographic images of cities and terrain to generate textured, photorealistic 3-D models with engineering level accuracy.

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