Posted by: kurtsh | July 27, 2005

COMMENTARY: Why MSN Virtual Earth over Google Maps?

First of all, I want to thank the news pundits for advertising MSN Virtual Earth for us.  By crying wolf over the "disappearance of Apple", and providing us with tons of free advertising, they’ve managed to do all the marketing we need to announce the product.  And we never even had to spend a dime.  And for the record, the imagery for that area is from 1991 and a TAD OLD, but it’s just placeholder imagery until we get some new images.  That’s why they call it a BETA.
 
Now, there’s been such a ridiculous amount discussion comparing Google’s Maps product with our that I think it behooves a quick comment about, "What makes Virtual Earth cool".
 
IMAGE RESOLUTION:
For my tastes, MSN Virtual Earth has great image resolution.  Look at the resolution of Google’s campus on MSN Virtual Earth here:
…and now look at the maximum resolution of the same geographical imagery on Google Maps here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1600+Amphitheatre+Parkway%3B+Mountain+View%3B+CA+94043&spn=0.004687,0.006778&t=h&hl=en

 
VIRTUAL EARTH TEAM’S BLOG:
Here is where you can read about the Virtual Earth philosophy and why they chose not to just "make a bunch of cool features".  Virtual Earth is much more than what Google Maps has in many very powerful cases.

http://spaces.msn.com/members/virtualEarth/Blog/cns!1p1jUqsfPsDJ0sEPuZ997-OA!134.entry

 
ENSIGHT’S REVIEW:
Here’s a positive review that details what’s better about Virtual Earth: http://www.ensight.org/archives/2005/07/25/review-msn-virtual-earth/
 
BLOG REVIEW:
Here’s a blog that talks about MSN Virtual Earth’s cool points for developer’s in particular:

http://blogs.msdn.com/jgalla/default.aspx

 
COMMENTARY ON THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY:
And here’s some commentary on all the negative comments being made about Virtual Earth:

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