New at MP2K Magazine - July, 2003
There have beens lots of
questions and buzz in the forum regarding MapPoint 2004
and different release dates have been tossed around, here is the latest
we have heard:
In my understanding, some months ago the MapPoint team had been unofficially
targeting August. As of today in fact, some major on-line retailers list August
4th as the availability date. Sources now tell us the product is scheduled
to be released in mid-September. You can't blame the retailers - we talked
to a major distributor just last week who estimated that they expect to ship
before the end of July.
What should you believe? I think if the product was going to become available
next week or the one thereafter (Aug. 4th) you would have heard a lot more
from Microsoft about it before now, I think the mid-September date is probably
In other news, a reader spotted some openings in the MapPoint Team on Microsoft's
Careers site. Go to www.microsoft.com/careers
for more information.
In this issue we are featuring an exclusive
interview with Rik Temmink who until recently managed the MapPoint marketing
team and now manages the MapPoint business in Europe,
the Middle East and Africa.
Working with pushpins in MapPoint?
Get the MapPoint 2002 Pushpin Tool for just $75. The latest features include
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Interview with Rik Temmink
MP2K Magazine recently conducted an in-depth interview with
Rik Temmink. Rik managed the MapPoint marketing team from early 2001 until
January of this year, and now manages the MapPoint business in Europe, the
Middle East and Africa.
MP2Kmag: A lot has changed since we first made contact around the time MapPoint
2002 shipped in April 2001. What are the most memorable developments from
RT: You’re right; the world of MapPoint looks quite different now compared
to two years ago. First of all, the release of MapPoint 2002 with its extensive
programming interfaces and more powerful functionality elevated the product
to a new level. The MapPoint 2002 desktop application business has grown
and is now several times larger than it was in 2001 and there’s no sign of
Read the full interview, only on MP2K
GIS Grows More Accessible
"Microsoft Corp.'s MapPoint
Web Service is an XML/Simple Object Access Protocol programmable system that
allows developers to add location-based services to enterprise-class applications.
Hosted by Microsoft, MapPoint Web Service could be used to enhance applications
such as CRM."
| MapPoint Apps in Web Mapping Contest
MapPoint Web Services
applications took 1st and 2nd place in the Miscellaneous category in Direction
Magazine's recent Web Mapping Contest. One of the applications uses the Lunar
data that was recently added to MapPoint Web Services and the other is a
personal locator using a mobile phone for input. Both applications were prepared
by Microsoft employees.
2002 U.S. Estimates Data has been Released by the US Census
MapPoint Reads Data from TracWise GPS Datalogger Free data for the state,
county and incorporated places can be downloaded, with a demo copy of "PCensus
for MapPoint" from Tetrad.
| MapPoint 2004 Release Schedule
There was some discussion
recently in the forum regarding the upcoming release of MapPoint 2004. One
reader spotted an "Estimated Delivery Date" of September, 2003 for the availability
of the MapPoint 2004 North American and European maps on Microsoft's Volume
There is a new GPS system that has extensive data
logging functions called TracWise I. The unit is mainly intended for commercial
and fleet vehicles and trucks, but it might also be useful in other fields.
Panorama Software Extends Business Intelligence Capabilities
Panorama Software recently
announced the company is enhancing the business intelligence capabilities
of Microsoft Office System by integrating Panorama's advanced analytics into
Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, providing users with up-to-date, dynamic
views of vital business information, which they use to make the best decisions
that produce the best results.
MapPoint ActiveX Wrapper for Delphi 5/7
GK Consulting recently released
version 2 of their VCL component for Delphi 5 & 7. It is a wrapper component
for the ActiveX that ships with MapPoint, allowing it to work under Delphi
and exposing many of the more useful properties and methods.
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