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September 9, 2005

Speaking of Microsoft and Web 2.0

Posted by David Hunter at 10:48 AM ET.

It was just yesterday that CNET reported that Microsoft was going to open up API’s at some of its public web sites in a move to get into the Web 2.0 game. Today, Chando Thota reveals that Virtual Earth APIs available for commercial use (and they are FREE!):

Here is the good news folks: We are now offering the MSN Virtual Earth API for commercial applications free of charge to developers. This APIs include the JavaScript map control and local search service (exposed via the What/Where search boxes on Virtual Earth site today).

Hit the link for various (not particularly onerous) T’s and C’s and:

There you have it – now you have what you are waiting for: the opportunity to integrate maps into your applications at free of cost (as long as you use the What/Where search boxes). I will be writing more about how to integrate maps and the What/Where search boxes into your web applications on this blog in my future posts. In the mean time, don’t forget to check out ViaVirtualEarth to learn how to build applications using Virtual Earth Map control (and to win $1000!)



Filed under MSN, Technologies, Virtual Earth, Web 2.0

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2 Responses to “Speaking of Microsoft and Web 2.0”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » More Microsoft Web 2.0 Buzz Says:

    [...] Nate Mook at BetaNews reports that besides today’s Virtual Earth API announcement Microsoft will be revealing MSN Search and Start.com API’s at next week’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC). And related, Nate also reports that Microsoft will also release the first beta of the “Atlas” tooling for developing AJAX (or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) web applications.   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » MSN Web 2.0 Announcements at PDC Says:

    [...] He also points to the Chando Thota post on Virtual Earth mentioned here previously and one from Leah Pearlmann on the MSN Messenger Activity API: After September 12th, no more complaining. MSN Messenger is opening up. [...]

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