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Microsoft launches MapPoint web service for Australia

Microsoft announced the Australian launch of Microsoft MapPoint Web Service 3.5 (MWS) the company’s location and mapping Web service. The MapPoint Web Service is Microsoft’s hosted platform for integrating maps, driving directions, proximity search, geocoding and other location-based functionality into applications and business processes.

With the introduction of MWS 3.5 in Australia, businesses and third-party software developers will be able to easily and cost-effectively deploy location-based solutions and applications that incorporate Australian location data.

As part of its recently announced non-exclusive worldwide partnership, Multimap.com has added Microsoft’s MapPoint Web Service to its service portfolio, providing customers and prospects with a broader range of services. Under the international agreement, Multimap will integrate and resell Microsoft MapPoint Web services with its Storefinder and dealer locator services. The Microsoft-Multimap collaboration also extends to new MapPoint offerings including the recently announced MapPoint Location Server.

With MWS, developers can easily build location-aware applications using familiar development tools and programming models, without needing to make large investments or have high-level expertise in location, mapping or geographic information system (GIS) technologies. The MapPoint Web Service supports industry standards such as Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Extensible Markup Language (XML), making it easier for developers to ensure interoperability of solutions built on the MapPoint platform.