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MSN Virtual Earth Beta

MSN SearchMSN could not stay behind longer so they released their own Google Maps called MSN Virtual Earth. Both can display maps and/or satellite imagery. Both offer ‘local search’. Both use somewhat of the same navigation tools. But IMHO it’s not the ‘Google killer’ yet, but see for yourself.

Pizza in Redmond: Virtual Earth vs. Google Maps
Pubs in Baltimore: Virtual Earth vs. Google Maps

Notice that Virtual Earth does not automatically center itself on search results. It’s quite annoying, having to pan & zoom manually and in the process having your resultset re-updated.

BTW: They both use NAVTEQ maps. Although, MSN’s has a copyright of 2004. Are they using older maps than Google?
Oh and Europe is still ‘Terra Incognito’ …

Thanks Webdrain as I completely missed the news yesterday. ;-)

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2 Responses to “MSN Virtual Earth Beta”

  1. TechCrunch Says:
    July 26th, 2005 at 2:08 am

    Profile – MSN Virtual Earth

    Service: MSN Virtual Earth

    Launched: July 23, 2005
    What is it?
    MSN Virtual Earth is an excellent mapping/satellite imagery application. Much like Google Earth (profile), it is fascinating to look at, and very useful as well. There is no download …

  2. TechCrunch » Profile - MSN Virtual Earth Says:
    January 22nd, 2006 at 6:52 am

    [...] Makeyougohmm, ThinkLemon, PostMoneyValue, Fusion94.org, sinceretheory, Ben Barren, Chris Pirillo, Jeff Nolan (“actually make that well over 3 years old for the images, I just recognized a car in the street that my neighbor used to drive”), SurfersSurf [...]

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