View Full Version : Microsoft launches their 3d map....can u say google what?

Dec 13, 2006, 12:07 AM
Since Sea town is home to Microsoft i figured id show a sample image.

Here is the link to start exploreing your city...post your favorite picks!

Dec 13, 2006, 12:08 AM

Dec 13, 2006, 1:06 AM
I say MAPS LIVE WHAT??? This shitty Microsoft Service only has US cities, while on GoogleEarth (or Googlemaps) I can check out the Palm Jumeirah and the construction of Burj Dubai in Dubai, then decide to check out Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, then see the new port in Buenos Aires and the size of Mumbai in India!!

Dec 13, 2006, 2:19 AM
Hey, ah, this feature has been around for a while. Plus you can do the same satellite view as google earth in other places across the globe. And I know they have their 3d software in place in cities like Rome and London. Its pretty cool.

Dec 13, 2006, 2:23 AM
I can't get it to bring up maps... all it does is loop me back to the search bars when I try to look at one.

Dec 13, 2006, 2:26 AM
yea but seems like google is all from directly above or bad angels...plus u can zoom more on this one and is more recent photos than google

Dec 13, 2006, 2:40 AM
but if it isn't international it's mostly useless.

Dec 13, 2006, 3:29 AM
I checked out NY in 3D, it was neat. For Canada, you can't zoom in anywhere near as close as you can in Google Earth. I found live to be very slow and jerky as well, so other than the 3D of major American cities, Microsoft has some catching up to do. At least Microsoft made it compatible cross-platform (I use Firefox and Linux).

Dec 13, 2006, 3:33 AM
Well, Google Earth (formerly Keyhole) did start out being basically exclusively US based in their coverage, but now it has quite good international coverage. Microsoft local is good for limited uses, but i find the navigation very clumsy, and it doesnt seem to work very well for me in firefox (big surprise) I still use Google Maps/ Google Earth more.

Dec 13, 2006, 5:09 AM
The interface is cumbersome, at best. This won't take me away from Google.

Dec 13, 2006, 5:14 AM
That's a nice shot captured there. I honestly was presuming it was San Francisco till I focused a little more. :)

Dec 13, 2006, 5:53 AM
The real active ads throughout the cities are too much...I can see now that the richer you become the greetier you are.

Dec 13, 2006, 7:09 AM

Dec 13, 2006, 7:19 AM
Heh, this feature (Birds eye view Aerial Images) was introduced by Microsoft about a year ago.

Dec 13, 2006, 7:57 AM
i get the feeling most of you guys haven't seen the virtual earth 3d portion. the image i see above is just their bird's eye, which as dave said is kinda old... the awesome new addition is when you switch to 3d and go to aerial mode. here's a sampling.

i didn't think to wait for the higher-res textures to load for this first one

google earth doesn't have anything outside the downtown core...behold, the fisher (and new center)

house of michi/ex-house of myself

(uh, where's the westin)

(pretty detailed, eh? lame angle but i was tired of screwing with it)

buckhead. same goes for atlanta - practically everything in the city over a few stories is modeled and textured

the system i'm currently on is my friend's sempron 3200/512mb/geforce 6200. just enough power to make the cut... could really use more ram and a more powerful graphics card. i can't wait to give the program a try once it gets it's 1gb addition. (christmas present from his parents)

Dec 13, 2006, 10:31 AM
Those are cool!

Dec 13, 2006, 1:29 PM
Holy sweet goddess of the sun those are fucking amazing. What is the website for those cabasse? I guess they are missing a few key buildings, but it is still mindblowing nonetheless!@!

Dec 13, 2006, 2:08 PM
Now that is cool.

Dec 13, 2006, 2:42 PM
well, GoogleEarth also has 3D buildings, but I am not sure if any of them are texturized.

Dec 13, 2006, 2:56 PM
I didn't see the true 3d, which is very neat. I'll have to live without it though, because it's not compatible cross platform, you need Internet Explorer.

Dec 13, 2006, 3:55 PM
The program is rediculous, it forces you to install windows imaging and the .NET framework 2.0. Why on gods green earth would you need that framework to load some textures and models?

By the way, whats "live local" actually mean? Does it mean that the buildings and textures are all streaming live, or that the texture server is local in my city? No, it doesn't mean anything. Live local, great way to dissociate your company with what you actually make.

Dec 13, 2006, 4:11 PM
well i hope you dont use firefox then cause it was voted the weakest protection from any browser...firefox is scrambling to rewrite a whole new program now cause theirs is unfixable.

Dec 13, 2006, 8:44 PM
Overall I still think Google Maps/Google Earth is better.

Dec 14, 2006, 9:06 AM
Holy sweet goddess of the sun those are fucking amazing. What is the website for those cabasse? I guess they are missing a few key buildings, but it is still mindblowing nonetheless!@!

it only runs in ie7, and like gr2ny said it requires one to install a bunch of bullshit... but once it's on, it's pretty damn sweet! once it's above a city, one can just click the 3d button and choose aerial mode. (in the drop down windowshade box, which i have hidden in my screencaps)

well i hope you dont use firefox then cause it was voted the weakest protection from any browser...firefox is scrambling to rewrite a whole new program now cause theirs is unfixable.

dude, ie7 blows. i can't believe how slow it runs! (on the aforementioned system) if you don't care for firefox, fine; opera still runs circles around ie.

Dec 14, 2006, 1:48 PM
Wow, this is amazing! I'm curious what will be Google's response to this!

Dec 14, 2006, 3:34 PM
Flight simulator still has the best 3d renderings though! lol

Dec 23, 2006, 12:39 PM
The 3D mapping is certainly intriguing, but it's beginning to turn into a race producing results with limited utility. If you consider for a moment that most people use mapping software to get directions, Google Maps and Google Earth are far behind in this front. I wouldn't know about Live Local because their cross platform support is non-existant. MapQuest is currently testing a beta system that allows multiple waypoints to be added to your trip, and Yahoo! Maps already has this implemented with their new system. Yahoo! Maps is also competes well with Google as it includes the same hybrid and satellite photos as Google (though I think they might not be as up to date), but offers more utility to the user. Their interface is also at least as good as Google's is. That said, I still use Google Maps more often, probably out of habit as much as anything. They don't really seem to whole an advantage over bandwidth which is a major concern from this computer.

The problem I have with Microsoft is that they can't seem to work within set boundaries. It says a lot that Microsoft needs to install a whole host of software to get their web applications to work, while Google and Yahoo! and MapQuest use existant standards or commonly available software like Flash to implement their solutions. That said, the direction of Microsoft's new interfaces seem to be a huge improvement over the stuff they produced in the past.

Dec 23, 2006, 4:12 PM
I am sorry but I both dislike them, very amateuristic.
They are trying to be interesting but details are not visible, there is nothing better than a good old fashion 3D map

Dec 23, 2006, 6:42 PM
Local Live or whatever does not work on my computer and it's the biggest POS ever. I am running firefox on a mac but I've also tried Safari and IE and Opera and Camino. When I go to the website I just want to see a MAP--is that so hard, just the MAP--but instead I get this stupid box asking me "What" and "Where." When I type something in, it brings up a list of search results and a tiny .gif map. Not to mention, sometimes I don't WANT a "What", I just want to look at a "Where." Am I crazy?

By the way, I used to be able to look at maps, aerial images and birds-eye view much like above on my mac. One day they just disappeared for me. What's going on?

Dec 23, 2006, 9:33 PM
I agree - I downloaded the software it told me to, and it F'd up my computer!
PLUS you can only view American cities - what about Canada?

Sorry, but Microsoft 3D sucks!!

Dec 24, 2006, 2:17 AM
IE 7 screwed up my computer also.

Dec 25, 2006, 10:23 PM
Why did you black out the links in your browser?