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New at MP2K Magazine - 02/11/2004
Version 3.5 of the MapPoint Web Service was announced yesterday. Everything was upgraded to 3.5 this past weekend and existing customers were already using the service on Monday.

In this issue we highlight some of the news and articles that were released pertaining to the 3.5 release yesterday and will cover more in an issue to come out later this month. Elsewhere in this issue, there is an article from Chandu Thota of Microsoft on programming MapPoint 2004 with the .NET Framework.

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Programming with MapPoint 2004 using the .NET Framework
MapPoint 2004 provides a rich object model to build powerful business intelligence and location based applications. However, the MapPoint 2004 object model was originally designed for COM based programming and if you are currently programming using the .NET Framework, you need build MapPoint 2004 applications using the interoperable assemblies generated from the COM type libraries. This article outlines the step by step approach to build MapPoint 2004 applications, by developing an Address Finder application, using the .NET Framework. This article also discusses a couple of tricky conditions and resolutions that you may face while developing with MapPoint 2004 using the .NET Framework.

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Chandu Thota

MapPoint Web Service 3.5 Roundup
Official press release - Microsoft Releases MapPoint Web Service 3.5
From TechWeb News - Microsoft Maps Web Service Update

From CRN - Microsoft Enhances MapPoint Web Service 3.5

Microsoft  - MapPoint Web Service Product Page
Microsoft - Microsoft MapPoint Web Service Press Materials
Microsoft - New Features in Version 3.5

I've started to play around with the new version and sample code and like what I see so far. We will be releasing another issue later this month to focus more on the MapPoint Web Service.

MapPoint Web Service

Pushpin Tool

Working with pushpins in MapPoint? Get the MapPoint 2002 Pushpin Tool for just $75. The latest features include the ability to export lat/lon coordinates of pushpins to Excel and advanced find Pushpin functionality. Read more and purchase the tool here or go directly to paypal.

News is using the MapPoint web service to help direct voters to their nearest polling station. MP2Kmag hears that additional applications are in the works.

Football Player Producing States
A feature article on a sports web site uses MapPoint to visually display locations from which football players originate with greater frequency. Six maps created with MapPoint 2002 images help to tell the story. 

Football Player Producing States

Microsoft Unveils the "Connected Car"
Microsoft has announced its first Connected Concept Cars -- using a Hummer H2, Cadillac CTS and BMW X5 -- at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show in the USA

MapPoint Gets a New Marketing Director
Tom Bailey replaces Andrew Mackles as Director of Marketing for the MapPoint Business Unit effective today. Tom Bailey was formerly a FrontPage product manager and lead product manager for Office.

MapPoint Partner Tracking "Mad Cows"
Digital Angel Corporation stated that its proprietary, microchip meat safety systems are specifically designed to completely fulfill the livestock tracking and tracing needs necessary to minimize the human and animal health effects of “mad cow” disease.

MapPoint A Platinum Sponsor of Mobile DevCon
Microsoft Mobile DevCon to be held March 23 - 27 in San Francisco is billed as the premier developer event for building and bringing to market mobile applications, content and services for the Windows Mobile and Windows platforms.
MapPoint Web Service

Warflyers Seek Out Vulnerabilities with MapPoint
Kallahar writes "We went warflying over Los Angeles and Orange counties yesterday. Flying in a small plane at 1400 feet we detected 2013 802.11b APs in 75 minutes, 71% had no WEP encryption. A map and some pretty pictures are up at my writeup."


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