MWS 4.0 - Frequently Asked Questions
This document lists the new features in MWS 4.0 and answers questions about the licensing model and pricing, the partner program, MapPoint Location Server, and Virtual Earth.
What are the new features
of MapPoint Web Service version 4.0?
What do licensed
customers need to do to take advantage of this release?
The new polygon data source allows MapPoint Web Service customers to
define and render a region on a map. Customers can then use this region
to find relations to other polygons, point data sources, addresses and
specific geographic locations. Common uses of polygons include defining
neighborhoods, delivery areas, cell-phone coverage and territories. The
MapPoint Web Service will offer a polygon-creation tool and several
command-line tools for converting existing ESRI, MapInfo, Autodesk,
Intergraph and GML files to the MWS polygon file format. Microsoft
Corp. is also offering a COM Add-in for MapPoint 2004 that allows
customers to draw their own polygons and save them to the MWS polygon
Extensible Markup Language (XML) file format.
traffic incidents. MapPoint Web Service 4.0 provides
customers with information about real-time traffic incidents
(accidents, congestion or construction) for over 70 major metropolitan
areas in the U.S. Data about the traffic incidents includes the
severity, traffic flow diversion, the expected duration and the
geographical coverage and new languages to support global markets.
MapPoint Web Service 4.0 offers detailed address information for an
additional five countries or regions — Hong Kong, New
Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan — for a total of 26 countries
or regions. Reflecting the increasingly global markets that
today’s businesses serve, MapPoint Web Service 4.0 now
provides language support in Czech, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian
(Bokmål), in addition to Dutch, French, German, Italian,
Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, U.K. English and U.S. English, which were
supported in previous versions.
map styles for consumers. MapPoint Web Service 4.0
supports new map styles to make working with maps even easier:
Drive Maps. Modeled after hand-drawn directions, Line
Drive Maps help customers easily see where they are going on a map
printout by simplifying the map route and removing untraveled roads.
Time Maps. The black background and bright green roads in
this style aid in viewing maps at night on mobile devices. The black
background keeps your eyes from having to readjust between the screen
and the dark.
Inset Maps. These are static maps identifying significant
roads and points of interest in major urban areas. They are often used
to aid travelers.
Customers are not required to do anything to take
advantage of the release except to enjoy the new features.
How can I purchase
MapPoint Web Service?
MapPoint Web Service will be available through a MapPoint
Sales Specialist at email@example.com or (800) 426-9400, ext. 11315.
In addition, as of Sept. 9, 2005, customers can order MapPoint Web
Service through the Microsoft Volume Licensing program.
Will pricing change for
the new version?
No. Prices will remain the same.
What are the licensing
models for MapPoint Web Service?
The MapPoint Web Service licensing model consists of the
Microsoft also offers various developer support packages.
- An annual platform access fee starts at $8,000, including
- Additional transactions will be priced according to volume
discounts for high-volume purchases.
- For applications with “known” users,
such as a fleet management application or a customer relationship
management (CRM) application, a per-user fee (subscriber access
license) is charged at $2 per user per month.
Does MapPoint Web Service
provide hosting services?
Hosting and development services are available from
Microsoft’s technology partners. Microsoft has carefully
selected several technology partners that have successfully provided
these services to customers of the MapPoint Web Service.
What if I need a specific
application? Where can I find a solution or application partner for
MapPoint Web Service?
MapPoint Web Service provides a list of technology
partners on the MapPoint Web Site at
How can I become a
MapPoint technology partner?
Microsoft always welcomes inquiries from potential
MapPoint technology partners. Please visit
http://www.microsoft.com/mappoint/partners/become.aspx to find out how
you can become one.
How secure is access to
the MapPoint Web Service APIs and the Customer Services Site?
Microsoft offers HTTP and HTTPS access to the MapPoint Web
Service APIs and a secure sockets layer (SSL) connection to the
Customer Services Site.
What is MapPoint Location Server? What’s the difference
between MapPoint Location Server and MapPoint Web Service?
What is the difference
between MSN Virtual Earth and the MapPoint Web Service? Which one
should I use in my application?
- MapPoint Location Server is a component of MapPoint Web
Service that allows the integration of real-time location information
into business applications. It supports access to real-time location
data from multiple sources, such as mobile network operators, and acts
as a proxy between applications and the MapPoint Web Service. MapPoint
Location Server can only be used with a valid agreement for MapPoint
- MapPoint Web Service is a programmable XML Web service that
integrates mapping capabilities into business or consumer applications.
It is a location and mapping platform that allows developers to easily
build location-based services into their applications. MapPoint Web
Service supports industry-standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
and XML interfaces, allowing developers to easily build location-based
services into their applications. Solutions that integrate the MapPoint
Web Service can be developed with Microsoft Visual Studio®
.NET, which provides a powerful and optimized environment for
- MSN® Virtual Earth™ is a new component of
Microsoft’s MSN Search vision that gives users a deeply
immersive local search experience in which they can easily find,
discover, plan and share what is important to them on the Web.
Developers can use the MSN Virtual Earth API for free for commercial
and noncommercial applications and take advantage of the
service’s unique features, which are not yet included in any
other Microsoft mapping products. Features include these:
- Multiple map styles (Road, Satellite, and
Hybrid map views)
- Geographical local search capabilities
(“What”/“Where” search boxes)
- Scroll mouse zooming
- Map tiles
- Drag to pan
- Double-click to recenter and zoom
- “Search” button and
“Search” results stack
- Pushpin pop-up
- Zoom bar
- MapPoint Web Service 4.0 is a programmable XML Web service
and will be available at the end of September. It complements MSN
Virtual Earth satellite imagery by providing customers and partners
with more robust mapping capabilities including these:
- Geographic coverage in 26 counties and regions
- Support for 13 languages
- Driving directions
- Ability to upload custom data and create territories
- 99.9 percent uptime service level agreement (SLA)
- New map styles (Line Drive Maps, Night Time Maps and
Urban Inset Maps)
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