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May 1, 2006

Microsoft product announce roundup

Posted by David Hunter at 8:56 PM ET.

Microsoft releases MapPoint 2006:

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of MapPoint® 2006, an industry leader in business mapping software. MapPoint 2006 can help customers improve decision-making capabilities and increase new business opportunities through the use of maps and geographical information, enabling better analysis, visualization and communication of business information. It also enhances its usefulness for mobile information workers by adding rich new Global Positioning System (GPS) integration and driver guidance capabilities so that users can make the most out of time spent away from the office. MapPoint 2006 is available today, and comes in two offerings: a stand-alone software package as well as one that includes both the MapPoint 2006 software and a new GPS locator hardware kit.

If you aren’t familiar with it, MapPoint is a standalone mapping application intended for businesses. There’s a Web service version as well. Streets and Trips is its consumer cousin.

Microsoft releases new “software as a service” (SaaS) application hosting solution:

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Solution for Windows®-based Hosting for Applications Version 1.0. The new solution provides independent software vendors (ISVs) and hosting service providers with the platform, tools and best practices to deliver software as a service, an area in which leading IT market research and advisory firm IDC estimates spending will reach $10.7 billion (U.S.) worldwide by 2009.

One of the little publicized Microsoft hosting solutions. Admittedly, it’s a specialized market.

Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 released:

Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 includes:

  • Intel Virtualization Technology compatibility
  • Host Clustering technical white paper and the VB script
  • Beta 2 includes the features of Beta 1 plus:

  • AMD Virtualization compatibility
  • Active Directory integration and management features
  • Volume Shadow Service (VSS)
  • Expanded guest and host OS support
  • Download Beta 1 here. Beta 2 is planned for Q4 and final release in 1Q2007.

    ‘Mendicino’ Version 1.0 Ready to Roll. Mary Jo Foley reports that Mendocino, the SAP/Microsoft joint project linking Office to the SAP back-end will be announced tomorrow.

    Windows Live ID has been rolled out in place of Passport for the Windows Live sites. Passport login information still works, of course. More details here.

    Filed under Beta and CTP, Coopetition, Hosting for Applications, MSN, MapPoint, Mendocino, Microsoft, Passport, SAP, Service Providers, Technologies, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Web Services, Windows Live, Windows Live ID

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    January 4, 2006

    Microsoft turns to Pitney Bowes for geocoding

    Posted by David Hunter at 9:28 AM ET.

    Press release:

    Group 1 Software, Inc., a Pitney Bowes Company (NYSE: PBI), today announced that Microsoft Corp. has chosen to incorporate Group 1′s GeoStan™ geocoding software and data into its online offerings, MapPoint Web Service and Windows Live Local, for real-time geocode assignment. Group 1′s GeoStan will enable Microsoft to improve the accuracy of the address location on its online mapping systems.

    “Group 1 Software provides broad experience and a successful track record for precise location accuracy,” said Stephen Lawler, general manager for Windows Live Local and MSN. “The combination of Group 1 Software’s geospatial expertise and Microsoft’s commitment to the search and mapping industries delivers new business opportunities and access to data that will benefit our industry partners and customers alike.”

    GeoStan, a component of the company’s comprehensive Customer Communication Management (CCM) solution, corrects, standardizes, and geocodes North American address information at successive levels of precision, including parcel, street segment, ZIP+4®, ZIP+2 and ZIP Code®. GeoStan provides a more comprehensive set of parcel and address-level geocodes by combining USPS® and CPC postal data with spatial data files from the world’s leading data providers. Precisely defining the location of an address with latitude and longitude coordinates, the location is then displayed on the MapPoint Web Service map or Windows Live Local photo.

    I’m always amazed that mapping software works as well as it does, although to be perfectly honest, I have run into oddities with all the different offerings I have tried.

    Filed under Live Search Maps, MSN, MapPoint, Windows Live

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    September 17, 2005

    MSN Developer Center Launched at PDC05

    Posted by David Hunter at 11:30 AM ET.

    While it was rather old news by the time of the PDC, Microsoft did announce on Wednesday that they were releasing API’s for MSN Web Search, Windows Desktop Search, MSN Virtual Earth, and MSN Messenger as well as announcing MapPoint Web Service 4.0 in hopes of attracting developers. There’s also a new MSN Developer Center to serve the developer community. Note that there is a long standing MapPoint Developer Center.

    Update: Dare Obasanjo says API’s for MSN Spaces are coming.

    Filed under Conferences, MSN, MSN Messenger, MSN Search, MSN Spaces, MapPoint, PDC05, Virtual Earth

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