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Virtual Earth API Available for Commercial Use Free

Link – 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).”

There are some limitations, but this is the first free web map API I’ve seen available. I can only assume Google will follow suit.

Also of note, Microsoft will introduce MapPoint Web Service 4.0 at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) next week. It will be interesting to see how this will affect Google and ESRI’s plans for web mapping.

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Virtual Earth API Available for Commercial Use Free

Link – 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).”

There are some limitations, but this is the first free web map API I’ve seen available. I can only assume Google will follow suit.

Also of note, Microsoft will introduce MapPoint Web Service 4.0 at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) next week. It will be interesting to see how this will affect Google and ESRI’s plans for web mapping.

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Using MSN Virtual Earth on commercial sites

Link – Updated FAQ: Can I use Virtual Earth on my commercial website? RSS

I have asked Microsoft about this and the short answer is no. If you read the MSN Terms of Use (http://privacy.msn.com/tou/) it clearly states: “The MSN Web Sites are only for your personal use. You will not use the MSN Web Sites for commercial purposes”.

Guess that is another reason to use ArcWeb huh?

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Using MSN Virtual Earth on commercial sites

Link – Updated FAQ: Can I use Virtual Earth on my commercial website? RSS

I have asked Microsoft about this and the short answer is no. If you read the MSN Terms of Use (http://privacy.msn.com/tou/) it clearly states: “The MSN Web Sites are only for your personal use. You will not use the MSN Web Sites for commercial purposes”.

Guess that is another reason to use ArcWeb huh?

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Via Virtual Earth adds Test Methods Page

Link – VE MapControl Test

Via Virtual Earth has added a test page that shows methods on the MapControl and how to use them. I like the concept of this page and how easy it is to visualize how you want your code to work.

map_methods.jpg

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Virtual Earth – Lessons Learned Posted

Link – Virtual Earth is one week old – What we’ve learned

We launched Virtual Earth Beta a week ago yesterday, and the response has been overwhelming to say the least. We’ve received a ton of feedback and suggestions from users via email, reviews, and blogs (Check out Jeremy Wright’s review, Austin Pauls’ comments, Search Engine Watch, or this fun thread at /. for a sampling) Work is well underway on the next release of Virtual Earth and your feedback is super important to insure it rocks. Here is a quick summary of the most asked about areas of this beta release:

An interesting look at what the Virtual Earth team has learned over the past week with the launch of MSN Virtual Earth.

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Virtual Earth – Lessons Learned Posted

Link – Virtual Earth is one week old – What we’ve learned

We launched Virtual Earth Beta a week ago yesterday, and the response has been overwhelming to say the least. We’ve received a ton of feedback and suggestions from users via email, reviews, and blogs (Check out Jeremy Wright’s review, Austin Pauls’ comments, Search Engine Watch, or this fun thread at /. for a sampling) Work is well underway on the next release of Virtual Earth and your feedback is super important to insure it rocks. Here is a quick summary of the most asked about areas of this beta release:

An interesting look at what the Virtual Earth team has learned over the past week with the launch of MSN Virtual Earth.

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Virtual Earth – Lessons Learned Posted

Link – Virtual Earth is one week old – What we’ve learned

We launched Virtual Earth Beta a week ago yesterday, and the response has been overwhelming to say the least. We’ve received a ton of feedback and suggestions from users via email, reviews, and blogs (Check out Jeremy Wright’s review, Austin Pauls’ comments, Search Engine Watch, or this fun thread at /. for a sampling) Work is well underway on the next release of Virtual Earth and your feedback is super important to insure it rocks. Here is a quick summary of the most asked about areas of this beta release:

An interesting look at what the Virtual Earth team has learned over the past week with the launch of MSN Virtual Earth.

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Quick Guide to Getting Started with MSN Virtual Earth

Link – Getting Started with the Virtual Earth Map Control – via Via Virtual Earth

Eric shares a very bare-bones example of adding the Virtual Earth control to a web page leaving it to the reader who can hack away with Javascript and html to create a more fully-fledged implementation.

Frankly, MSN Virtual Earth doesn’t interest me too much but if you are interested in getting started this little guide might just help.

Is there a similar guide on ESRI’s site for Public AWS? I see the code samples, but how about the 10 second guide to getting a Public AWS map on your webpage?

Update – Ray Carnes correctly points out in my comments that there is a quick start guide for AWS. Someone should link that right from this page. Thanks for the pointer Ray!

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Lame Attempt at Creating a Virtual Earth Map

I’m stuck at home waiting for our new kitchen table to arrive so I figured why not create a Virtual Earth control on a web page. I created the simple page below.

Check out my place of work in all its B&W satellite glory except the image is too old and it doesn’t show up even though the building has been around for almost 5 years

I was going to do something in AWS but I didn’t realize that my web hosting company doesn’t allow JSP on the level of service I’m paying for (el cheap level). I might have to upgrade because I’d really like to give it a shot. An even bigger question is why does a .NET programmer not use a hosting company that has IIS?