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ORBIMAGE to Supply Satellite Images for Virtual Earth

Microsoft and ORBIMAGE announced plans to deliver expanded international satellite coverage for MSN Virtual Earth at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.

Under the terms of the 5-year agreement, Microsoft and ORBIMAGE will enable access to satellite images to give customers current, high-resolution imagery for nearly any place in the world. ORBIMAGE collects data from several satellites, including one that orbits the earth every 94 minutes.

MSN Virtual Earth is an evolution of Local Search that gives consumers a deeper search experience and provides a combination of street maps, satellite maps and a unique 45-degree-angle “Birds Eye” view of buildings and neighborhoods where users can actually see what it’s like to be in a specific location and explore what they can do there. The first release of MSN Virtual Earth is expected to be available this summer including features such as:

Imagery ~ Through partnerships with Pictometry and ORBIMAGE MSN Virtual Earth provides an immersive 45-degree angle view of major cities and areas of interest providing a unique view of buildings and neighborhoods.

Hybrid Maps ~ Displays the satellite images with an overlay of road networks and POI that is correctly georeferenced on the Satellite image.

- Full-bleed Map Views ~ The map view is continuous and occupies the entire screen view in IE including underneath all navigation, results panes and other features.

- Scratch Pad ~ An online clipboard for customers to perform multiple searches enabling users to create itineraries, plan activities and store favorite places and locations.

MP2Kmag's full summary of news and information about Virtual Earth.

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