Microsoft uses AND Mapping Data for Windows Live™ Local and MapPoint Web Service
The 2006 versions of Windows Live™ Local and MapPoint Web Service include expanded map coverage delivered by AND Automotive Navigation Data. With these maps worldwide city-to-city routing and mapping are available.
For both solutions Microsoft not only uses the major road network, but also street-level coverage for major cities world wide for the following countries and regions:
• Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and the Ukraine
• Central and South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico
• North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya), Morocco and Tunisia
Windows Live™ Local
Windows Live™ Local represents an exciting component of Microsoft Corp.'s Local Search vision, which gives users a deeply immersive local experience in which they can easily find, discover, plan and share relevant location information that is important to them on the Web. It takes information consumers want (e.g., neighbourhoods, parks, hotels, restaurants and entertainment) and brings it together with imagery in ways that enable people to answer the question, "What's it like there?"
Windows Live Local is powered by Virtual Earth™, delivering a core set of functionality that combines maps and directions, immersive bird's-eye and aerial imagery, and local search. Microsoft's product road map includes a community approach in which people can create their own location-specific view and share it with others. Read more about or try Windows Live™ Local at http://local.live.com/.
MapPoint Web Service
The MapPoint Web Service is a programmable web service hosted by Microsoft and used by enterprises and independent software developers to integrate location-based services, such as maps, driving directions and proximity searches, into software applications and business processes. The MapPoint Web Service also provides an extensive set of mapping-related content such as business listings and points of interest (POI) that can be used within applications. By using the MapPoint Web Service in their business solutions, companies will improve business results through better discoverability of store locations and business assets. The MapPoint Web Service currently supports more than 15 million transactions daily. Read more.