Microsoft has rolled out a major update
to its web-based Windows Live Maps
and it desktop Virtual Earth
applications. Here are just a few of the new features:
- Improved 3D cities with higher resolution textures, rendered trees, and thousands of additional buildings. This feature is only available in a handful of cities for now, but more are coming soon
- Export Collections to GPS devices in KML, GPX, and GeoRSS formats
- Improved modeler for adding your own buildings
- Labels added to Birds Eye imagery, letting you figure out what buildings or landmarks you're looking at
- 1-Click Directions maps can now be edited to add hotspots and popups
- MapCruncher integration
- Subscribe to RSS feeds for any neighborhood to keep up to date on activities in that area
- High definition videos in Tours
- Improved display of web-based KML files, including Google maps links.
This release comes a day after Microsoft added ClearFlow technology
which helps you choose driving directions based on traffic predictions.