Thursday, March 02, 2006

Windows Live Local "Street-Side" Preview

Good morning! I think I have actually caught up on some sleep. Vacation can really wear you out sometimes. It's back to the grind with meetings and preparation for more meetings.

Windows Live Local has provided a preview into their new "street-side" views. "Technology Preview demonstrates their work-in-progress thinking about a rich immersive experience in mapping that also explores local information. Historically, maps give you a perspective of geographical information about a place. In Windows Live™ Local, powered by Virtual Earth™, you’ve seen road, aerial, and hybrid maps. Then, we introduced bird's eye views to give you a perspective from above. Now, we want you to be there, right in front of the pizza shop you are searching for, in the street-side views offered by Windows Live Local. Even though you haven’t left the comfort of your computer chair, you’ll feel like you’re actually there. Street-side views enables you to view imagery as if you were driving or walking along the street. There are a number of ways to explore street-side views. You can explore street-side views by "driving" (with your mouse or with the arrow keys on your keyboard) our "Sports Car" or "Race Car" along streets in the map or you can also "Walk" along the street. When the car is on a street that has street-side images, the car headlights turn on and you can view the front, right, and left views through the car windows above." So far the preview only includes Seattle and San Francisco. Check it out at

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