Massive updates to Virtual Earth

Microsoft just announced a ton of new updates for Virtual Earth.  This includes:

  • Updated road/hybrid map styling for the entire world
  • Hillshaded roads for the entire world
  • 3Di/Boulder hi-res orthos for 44 cities in 10 states, along with a bit in Canada and some in France.
  • New or expanded 3D models in 47 cities, along with some in France and in the UK.

You really need to just go see the full list, then go check it out for yourself in VE.  Quite impressive.

They already had a substantial lead over Google in their quantity of 3D buildings, and this update has just extended that lead much further.

All of the data in this update has been included in the API as well, so that’s good news for sites that take advantage of it.


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