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 Tuesday - April 4, 2006
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Microsoft Virtual EarthWelcome to another edition of the MP2Kmag Update. Since the last issue, quite a lot has happened. The MapPoint Business Unit was renamed to the Microsoft Virtual Earth Business Unit and just yesterday the team launched a new web site at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth. Microsoft is reportedly in the process of acquiring Vexcel, a remote sensing company that supplies cameras, software, and services. Windows Live Local has started to show a preview of "Street-side" photos. MWS 4.1 was released, and more.

MP2K Magazine is your source for independent news and information about MapPoint technologies and products and is home to the popular web forum for MapPoint users and developers. In this issue we feature new articles from Wilfried Mestdagh and Richard Marsden. We also have an interview with Fresh Logic Studios regarding their Atlas application. There are several screenshots from the latest Global Gaming Almanac which produces a MapPoint .ptm file to accompany the report. We also have a photo of Marvin Hlavac's new Maltese puppy with the Large MapPoint mug.

There are a LOT of news items and links, you could spend some hours reading all the articles to catch up with things. I would especially encourage you to check out the Virtual Earth news section.

This Issue's Contents at a Glance
 - features: Interview with Fresh Logic Studios, Global Gaming Almanac Screenshots
 - articles: Snap to a Road, Using MapPoint with Python, Part I
 - news: Virtual Earth Business Unit, TourSolver, Vexcel Acquisition, New Bird's Eye Imagery, Geoweb 2006, Where 2.0, Pushpin Tool Author Solicits Feature Requests
 - forum: Forum Highlights, Over 13,000 posts and more than 2,600 Registered Users

Happy Mapping and please forward this newsletter to anyone who would be interested!

Eric Frost, Editor
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