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Microsoft Starts Windows Live Local:Beta

     
2:06 pm on Dec 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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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]

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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.

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you can see the MS superiority in GUI.

well done!

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yup, this is pretty nice stuff.
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Google Maps lets you scroll infinitely. This one seems to have an edge. But I do like the new angle view.
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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.
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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.

?

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I am seeing Google has updated maps for my area rather than MS.
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I can see my house! Ok, once the technorati have tried this out how will the average search consumer benefit by it?