Microsoft Debuts Mapping Web Service
Microsoft will host its new MapPoint.Net, a SOAP/XML-based Web service that allows software vendors to embed maps, driving directions, distance calculations, proximity searches and other location functionality.NEW ORLEANS Microsoft Corp. as expected today launched its first commercially available Web service, MapPoint .Net, a programmable platform for mapping and location-based services. The company will host and maintain this SOAP/XML-based Web service, which allows independent software vendors, solution providers, carriers, portals and enterprises to embed maps, driving directions, distance calculations, proximity searches and other location functionality. In an interview at Microsofts TechEd conference here on Wednesday, Stephen Lawler, a product unit manager for Microsofts geography platform team, told eWeek that MapPoint .Net will be marketed as a transactional and a subscription-based model.
Under the transactional model, the lowest amount a customer would pay would be an annual fee of $15,000 that would give it 2 million transactions. Payment for usage on top of that would be determined according to a volume discount, Lawler said. While payment details for the subscription-based model had been determined, they were not immediately available.