Posted by: kurtsh | August 28, 2008

RELEASE: Microsoft MapPoint 2009 RTMs

imageWe’re releasing an update to the desktop products MapPoint 2009 (Desktop Business Intelligence Mapping and Analysis Tool) and Streets & Trips 2009 (Desktop Consumer Trip Planning).

Contrary to the release of MapPoint 2006, there are quite a few more features and a whole new interface. MapPoint 2009 will be available September 1, 2008. Streets & Trips will be available in early October at your favorite retailer.

For those who don’t know, Streets & Trips has a subset of MapPoint functionality, but if you just want offline trip planning software S&T is the way to go.

What’s New in Mappoint 2009
Here’s a full list of feature enhancements:

  • Improved Live Search integration
    • Over 1.5 million POI embedded in the products
    • Single search box
    • Enhanced POI result set with links to Live Maps yellow page and information details send to mobile integration
  • Send to Mobile
    • SMS messaging via Outlook
    • Location information sent directly to your mobile device
    • Link to Live Mobile
  • imageUpdated/Improved user interface
    • Updated icons throughout the site
    • Toolbar redesign
    • Pane consistency
  • MapPoint Office 12 compatibility
    • Ability to upload Office 2007 Word and Excel file formats
  • Entertainment Online
    • FREE 14 day trial membership for savings in restaurants, hotels, special events, and more
    • Coupons available in U.S. and Canada
    • Search for coupons by area and category
    • Link to Entertainment Online site
  • Additional improvements
    • Updated map data and information on more than 1.5 million locations
    • New, sleek GPS device (puck) for MapPoint North America
    • Streamlined product installation and activation
    • Configurable spoken street names and automatic re-routing
    • 2.5D improvements (zoom to turn, indicator icon, etc)
    • Updated Live Search for Windows Mobile install package included on the DVD

(Taken from http://www.mapforums.com/whats-new-mappoint-2009-a-8074.html)

MAPPOINT 2009 FREE TRIAL
[as shamelessly stolen from the Mappoint blog]
If you’re excited about the release of MapPoint 2009 today should be a bit more exciting for you because we released the MapPoint 2009 trial version for free download. I did a whole write up on the MapPoint 2009 release, so if you’re still wondering about the features and highlights you should check that out.

I did want to answer a couple questions / clarifications that have arisen as a result of my post, so I’ll call them out here:

  • imageQ:  Has the MapPoint 2009 programming model or map control changed?
    A:  No. The data has been updated and the UI for the client is drastically different, but the API remains the same.
  • Q:  What are the release dates?
    A:  The North American version will be available for purchase on Sept. 1, 2008. The European Edition will be available Jan. 1, 2009. These are the same dates that the product will be available on MSDN.
  • Q: Do I still need to install the Access DB engine.
    A:  Yes.
  • Q:  Is there still a limit for mapping 10,000 pushpins?
    A:  Yes and no. Make sure you read my write up on "Overcoming Pushpin Limitations in MapPoint 2009" to understand the problem. http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/07/28/overcoming-pushpin-limitations-in-mappoint-2009.aspx

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