New Delhi, India, December 18, 2008 – Microsoft Virtual Earth will be awarded with a special honour by GIS Development on Popularizing Geospatial Content to Common Man Worldwide during the opening ceremony of Map World Forum on February 10, 2009 at Hyderabad, India. Dr. John C. Curlander, General Manager, Microsoft will accept the award on behalf of Microsoft. As a premier global geospatial media company, GIS Development recognises and honours mapping agencies, professional societies, companies, individuals and programmes for their visionary and outstanding contribution towards development and growth of geographic information tools, products, applications that in turn help in making geographic information a public commodity. These awards are presented once every two years during the biennial conference – Map World Forum. Previously in 2007, this award was conferred on Google Earth.
Microsoft Virtual Earth is a geospatial mapping platform produced by Microsoft. It allows developers to create applications that layer location-relevant data on top of the Virtual Earth map imagery. This includes imagery taken from satellite sensors, aerial cameras (including “Bird’s Eye” aerial imagery taken at 45 degree angle view to show building façades and entrances) as well as 3D city models and terrain. The Virtual Earth platform also provides a comprehensive point-of-interest database and the capability to search by business, person and address. Microsoft uses the Virtual Earth platform to power its Live Search Maps platform.