Microsoft Updates Live Maps and Virtual Earth 3D

Microsoft has announced an update to their Live Maps and Virtual Earth 3D. There are 11 major updates including:

1. Export your Collection to Your Navigation/GPS device.
2. Improved 3D cities.
3. 3D modeling with 3DVIA
4. Labels for Birds Eye imagery
5. 1-Click Directions (Party Maps)
6. MapCruncher Integration (MapCruncher is a raster map mashup tool.)
7. Enhanced Explore of Map Content from across the web contributed by other People
8. Neighborhood Subscribe via GeoRSS
9. Tour Enhancements including Hi-Def Movies.
10. Directions and Traffic Enhancements
11. Improved display of KML files including Google MyMaps links

According to the Virtual Earth Team blog, the update involved a bigger release than originally planned. They are also upgrading Map Control, an SDK for developers, to version 6.1.

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