Congrats to Windows Live Local team

It used to be a big deal when you got a great review in one of the computer magazines. It used to be that was the only way you could get people to try your products, but now that we have blogs and a much more efficient word-of-mouth network getting one review is a lot less interesting. That said, it still is very cool when PC Magazine says your stuff is best-of-breed like it did today with the Windows Local Live team.

Mapping is one area where the big three companies are really fighting it out. This year is going to be interesting to watch in this space. I wonder who will do the best at letting bloggers put their reviews right on top of the maps? That’s the next area that’ll get people to switch map services.

The Live Local team has a blog too. Can’t wait to see what they do.

Aside: we need a better name for this service than Windows Live Local. That sure doesn’t make my heart go “pitter patter.” I hate our naming for these things. Think one word. Think easily sayable. Think memeorable. Think unique.

On the other hand, since our team (Seattle Seahawks) are in the Superbowl the Local Live team created a Superbowl map mashup. Try the bird’s eye photography. Really makes using map mashups a lot nicer than the other services that just have a satellite view.

22 thoughts on “Congrats to Windows Live Local team

  1. Martin – The MapPoint Web Service has had Street level coverage of all of Australia and New Zealand for a while now. We’ll be adding these maps to Windows Live Local soon, but for now you can certainly get a lot of mileage from using MWS in your application. For a preview of the maps:

    http://mappoint.msn.com and select Australia in the dropdown country list.

    for info on developing with MWS SOAP api go to msdn.microsoft.com

    If you don’t want to use the soap API today, just hang in there a short while until we add the AU maps to Virtual Earth and WLL. Drop me a mail if any questions (address below)

    regards,

    Steve Lombardi
    Virtual Earth Program Manager
    stevelom@microsoft.com

  2. Martin – The MapPoint Web Service has had Street level coverage of all of Australia and New Zealand for a while now. We’ll be adding these maps to Windows Live Local soon, but for now you can certainly get a lot of mileage from using MWS in your application. For a preview of the maps:

    http://mappoint.msn.com and select Australia in the dropdown country list.

    for info on developing with MWS SOAP api go to msdn.microsoft.com

    If you don’t want to use the soap API today, just hang in there a short while until we add the AU maps to Virtual Earth and WLL. Drop me a mail if any questions (address below)

    regards,

    Steve Lombardi
    Virtual Earth Program Manager
    stevelom@microsoft.com

  3. I agree with Miles Archer -
    I was playing with google maps and created a mashup that displays Australian Weather forecasts (sourced from http://www.bom.gov.au . The problem is that the resolution is crap – click on map to compare the sateliite v map resolution

    I looked at map-point, vritual earth etc, but all have similar (i.e. crap) resolution.

    Ties into this whole ‘digital life’ mem that was doing the rounds a few weeks ago – funny but none of those flight checking sites worked with qf553 (FWIW, thats my weekly sydney brisbane commute).

    So much of this whole web 2.0 is pointless outside Seattle, Meadowview, the valley and a few bits of the east coast of the USA.

  4. I agree with Miles Archer -
    I was playing with google maps and created a mashup that displays Australian Weather forecasts (sourced from http://www.bom.gov.au . The problem is that the resolution is crap – click on map to compare the sateliite v map resolution

    I looked at map-point, vritual earth etc, but all have similar (i.e. crap) resolution.

    Ties into this whole ‘digital life’ mem that was doing the rounds a few weeks ago – funny but none of those flight checking sites worked with qf553 (FWIW, thats my weekly sydney brisbane commute).

    So much of this whole web 2.0 is pointless outside Seattle, Meadowview, the valley and a few bits of the east coast of the USA.

  5. When Live Local gets past New York, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco, let me know.
    All the services attempting to do local just peter out once they get much past the big four, let along the top 100 cities in the US.
    Gee, NY is covered by Live Local and PC Magazine is in NY. What a surprise to see them gush over Live Local!
    Yawn.

  6. When Live Local gets past New York, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco, let me know.
    All the services attempting to do local just peter out once they get much past the big four, let along the top 100 cities in the US.
    Gee, NY is covered by Live Local and PC Magazine is in NY. What a surprise to see them gush over Live Local!
    Yawn.

  7. Windows Live Local rocks. I just want them to show cycle routes now :) [http://appa.wordpress.com/2006/01/31/cycling-perfect-twisted-logic-a-quibble-about-search/]

  8. Windows Live Local rocks. I just want them to show cycle routes now :) [http://appa.wordpress.com/2006/01/31/cycling-perfect-twisted-logic-a-quibble-about-search/]

  9. And one more thing – When is there going to be more coverage of the rest of the world? I’m on my way to Melborne, Australia and there are no decent online maps. Google just has an outline of the continent, while you guys at least have the major city names. I’d like to see real global coverage. You can skip places like N Korea and Iran if you’d like.

  10. And one more thing – When is there going to be more coverage of the rest of the world? I’m on my way to Melborne, Australia and there are no decent online maps. Google just has an outline of the continent, while you guys at least have the major city names. I’d like to see real global coverage. You can skip places like N Korea and Iran if you’d like.

  11. When can I get MS’s mapping stuff (wasn’t it Virtual Earth? whatever, I don’t care what you call it) on my Blackberry? Google maps are awesome on it.

  12. When can I get MS’s mapping stuff (wasn’t it Virtual Earth? whatever, I don’t care what you call it) on my Blackberry? Google maps are awesome on it.

  13. I think the whole “Windows Live” naming convention should be rethought. It strikes me as an attempt to extend the Windows franchise, or at least its branding and mindshare, into the new world of web-based services. If users are adopting these so-called Web 2.0 services in part to escape the deficiencies of the dominant desktop apps (e.g., MS Office) then the Windows name is an albatross. It’s misplaced at best since the services have little to do with the Windows OS. When something named Flickr can achieve stratospheric popularity it shows that there is no need for the service’s name to be anchored in the past. Why not just brand all of the “Live” strategy as Start.com?

    -Scott Magoon

  14. I think the whole “Windows Live” naming convention should be rethought. It strikes me as an attempt to extend the Windows franchise, or at least its branding and mindshare, into the new world of web-based services. If users are adopting these so-called Web 2.0 services in part to escape the deficiencies of the dominant desktop apps (e.g., MS Office) then the Windows name is an albatross. It’s misplaced at best since the services have little to do with the Windows OS. When something named Flickr can achieve stratospheric popularity it shows that there is no need for the service’s name to be anchored in the past. Why not just brand all of the “Live” strategy as Start.com?

    -Scott Magoon

  15. Retranslation: Magazines suck, like who reads them anymore, not sure, no longer a big deal. Blogs made Live better, ‘word-o-mouth’ like rules and stuff, like yeah, but still way totally kewl that Live winning neato awards for people who read those non-blog things, but bad Live branding, bad doggie, bad, bad (swat with rolled-up newspaper), but oh they have a blog, so THERE, and online maps are like so totally cool, so krad, and yay, check out these totally most-excellent righteous Super Bowl Photo Mashups, wheeeee.

    Man, a better example of ADD, I know not.

  16. Retranslation: Magazines suck, like who reads them anymore, not sure, no longer a big deal. Blogs made Live better, ‘word-o-mouth’ like rules and stuff, like yeah, but still way totally kewl that Live winning neato awards for people who read those non-blog things, but bad Live branding, bad doggie, bad, bad (swat with rolled-up newspaper), but oh they have a blog, so THERE, and online maps are like so totally cool, so krad, and yay, check out these totally most-excellent righteous Super Bowl Photo Mashups, wheeeee.

    Man, a better example of ADD, I know not.

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