Tuesday, 10 April 2007

War of the worlds

Somehow it feels... wrong... to be writing about Microsoft here. Maybe I hang around with geeks too much, I've picked up their ritual disgust at anything M$.

But Microsoft's answer to Google Earth is just amazing. Virtual Earth has a "bird's eye view" that uses spectacular aerial photography rather than satellite images.

Unlike Google Earth, which has quite poor images for England, Virtual Earth is doing well at mapping it. One of the places that's been fully mapped is my home town. There are great views of the pier, the town center, my old school... you can even see the reservoir for the new fountain in progress.

They seem to have tried to keep people out of view by photographing early, but the east view seems later, with more people around than the other views.


Credit: TDO