Microsoft adds 3D content to Virtual Earth

by admin November 7, 2006 at 3:50 am

3D models of cities added to Windows Live map system

Microsoft has unveiled a new map component of its Windows Live service which it claims will make the service more visually appealing and intuitive.

The Virtual Earth 3D content will be available as an optional view in Windows Live Local Search, Microsoft’s browser-based mapping and navigation service.

Initially, the 3D content will be available for 15 US cities including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Los Angeles. Microsoft expects to have content for over 100 cities worldwide by September 2007.

One of the main highlights of Virtual Earth is the highly detailed landscapes. Buildings are presented in realistic colours and textures, a process that would normally require large amounts of time and millions of dollars.

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