Microsoft relaunches UK Virtual Earth

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Microsoft relaunches UK Virtual Earth

UK - Update delivers more accurate 3D imaging.

Microsoft has relaunched its Virtual Earth offering in the UK with improved 3D mapping.

The enhanced site features 3D viewing technology based on elevation data for the whole of the UK supplied by Intermap Technologies.

The mapping firm's digital terrain model serves as the foundation for the placement and alignment of aerial photography and other geospatial images.

These images are then layered on the 3D foundation to better align and place objects without distortion or undulation, thus creating a superior end product, according to the companies.

Intermap is also creating similar maps for all of Western Europe and the continental US.

"Microsoft is committed to delivering the highest-accuracy and highest-quality product for our Live Search Maps customers, and this enhancement is another step towards meeting this commitment," said Aric Weiker, director of product management for the Virtual Earth platform at Microsoft.
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