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APPLICATION: Access MSN Virtual Earth from Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 06.09.05 - 20:56:41 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 14473x
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Well, that's too cool. As most of us (I think) I'm a big fan of both, Google Earth and Microsoft's MSN Virtual Earth and MSN Virtual Earth also provides a handy API which has become increasingly popular amongst developers. Thanks to so many Windows Mobile developers it was just a matter of time before a Windows Mobile-based client would be developed. Now, Pocket Earth for Pocket PCs is available indeed, a fast and easy-to-use client for the Pocket PC designed to access the MSN Virtual Earth service (but better use a WiFi connection instead of a cheap GPRS or UMTS connection).

However, today Mike Temporale from Smartphone Thoughts reported, that the same application, which was initially designed for Pocket PCs also works great with Smartphones:

Microsoft's Virtual Earth has gathered a lot of attention since it's launch. In fact, if you haven't already done so, I suggest you take it for a spin. Better yet, why not take it for a spin on your Smartphone? It appears that you can install Pocket Earth on your Smartphone, and it works just fine! I haven't had a chance to snap any screenshots yet.

Way too cool and maybe handy for your next trip also? At least it's fun, you should give it a try!

Pocket Earth is available as a free downloaded from the Virtual Earth Gallery.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by user on 07.09.05 - 12:05:05

is there anything in the world that microsoft has not copied?

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.09.05 - 22:32:18

No, not that I'm aware of. Yes, wait - the iPod...? wink

Posted by user on 09.09.05 - 23:21:21

Well the iPod is not innovative in any possible way (excluding the innnovation of seeing Apple go back to black figures!!) so I guess Microsoft didn't think it was worth copying.

Posted by Marduk on 12.09.05 - 15:13:29

Actually, Microsoft research led the way on this with TerraServer before Google was even a company.

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