Microsoft unveils bird’s-eye view map service for US cities

Microsoft unveils bird’s-eye view map service for US cities

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Recently Microsoft unveiled the map service for bird’s-eye view of cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco,, Boston, Seattle and Las Vegas in India. The bird’s-eye images, captured by Pictometry International using low-flying planes, are integrated with road and satellite maps to simulate 360-degree panoramas that can be viewed from any of the four different compass directions. The new service enables users to create customized maps by adding user-created pushpins, as well as annotate maps and share maps and local search information with others via e-mail by posting them as blogs on MSN Spaces or through MSN Messenger. Microsoft plans to expand the bird’s-eye view coverage with its exclusive partnership with Pictometry to cover as much as 90 percent of the U.S.