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Microsoft Starts Windows Live Local:Beta

 2:06 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Microsoft on Thursday will release Windows Live Local, a new online service that combines local search with the company's Virtual Earth aerial image service.

Windows Live Local [informationweek.com]


[edited by: engine at 6:35 pm (utc) on Dec. 8, 2005]



 4:31 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

The birds' eye view of New York is impressive! They are using planes rather than satellites for greater detail, but only in certain cities.

Pretty cool! Google has a new competitor!

I am glad to report it works in Opera 9 too, bar an error message which doesn't affect it.

There's a part that requires ActiveX, but you can choose to use your IP address instead to get round this, at least on first glance.


 6:43 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

you can see the MS superiority in GUI.

well done!


 7:44 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

yup, this is pretty nice stuff.


 9:20 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google Maps lets you scroll infinitely. This one seems to have an edge. But I do like the new angle view.


 10:55 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Mouse wheel can be used for zooming in and out - sweet! Although looking look kinda washed out, the aerial images seem to be more up to date.


 11:14 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

yes but google maps has old data.

Example: I looked at my address and it has been a new housing development and it still has last years data.



 4:47 pm on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am seeing Google has updated maps for my area rather than MS.


 5:12 pm on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can see my house! Ok, once the technorati have tried this out how will the average search consumer benefit by it?

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