MSN Virtual Earth Goes to Beta
MSN released a first beta of its MSN Virtual Earth technology over the weekend.
The beta integrates MSN local search results with satellite imagery provided by TerraServer-USA, which was developed by Microsoft Research, along with MSNs MapPoint functionality.
Interested testers can access the beta version of the service at virtualearth.msn.com.
MSN Virtual Earth features include:
MSNs Virtual Earth technology is a direct competitor to Google Inc.s Google Earth, a desktop client slated to replace Googles current Keyhole software.
To use MSN Virtual Earth, which currently shows U.S.-based satellite images only, users must first download the Microsoft Location Finder client application. It is this piece of software that turns Wi-Fi-enabled PCs into "location-determining devices" without the addition of any separate hardware.
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