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Educational Software Thread, Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!! in Technical; I'm sure many of you have already played with this, but just wanted to say I was impressed with the ...
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    Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    I'm sure many of you have already played with this, but just wanted to say I was impressed with the level of detail for Carlise and most areas of the UK as opposed to what's available on Google Earth. I can see my house!!! (And the two sheds in the back yard, one of which I recently took down so the cavity wall insulators could do there stuff on the back wall, only to find out that the house has no cavities afterall even though the company inspecter said it did!!!)

    Anyway here is the URL for those who haven't seen it.

    http://local.live.com

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Slow and doesn't work right in firefox here.
    BTW. Google updated their imagery over the summer for many locations. Have you looked for your house recently?

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Pah! Still can't see my house :cry: .... ahhh hold on, yes I can!! and here is Bishop Barrington School

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Gosh, just how slow IS local.live.com?? Also, its maps are at least three years out of date, the same as Google Earth's pictures are for Milton Keynes:

    Google Earth still haven't updated where I live. I don't mind, as it's only been in place for a year.

    But, if you look at MK10 9LD, which is near where my sister lives, it's just a field.

    There's been houses there for 3 years (it's three years next month since she moved in), so I know that my local map is at least three years out of date :-D

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    I figured out why it didn't work in Firefox here. Adblock was blocking some of the javascript.

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Yes, the images are old, but at least I can see my house! Still nothing on google earth for the whole of Cumbria!!! Shame, there's some stunning scenery amongst the fells and lakes.

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    got me thinking...have microsoft ever done anything original, or is it just lately everything is a copy of someone elses work ?

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    CyberNerd: No, they haven't

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Microsoft have never done anything original full stop.

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Oh I don't know. I found some of Steve Balmer's work to be quite original.

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    He scares me :shock:

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Live local is far more detailed than GE for out locality. On GE we are still a blob from 2000ft!

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Oh I don't know. I found some of Steve Balmer's work to be quite original.
    You mean Steve BALMY!!! It doesn't surpise me that Microsoft use a nut case to promote their less than innovative software.

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    The video deserves a caption along the lines of "This is who Microsoft have working on their software, which explains how it's got as bad as it is. Be afraid; be very afraid."

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    Re: Microsoft Rival to Google Earth!!!

    Hope you have all seen Flash Earth then. Can flick between Google and Live maps at a click of a button and all the functionality of Google Earth from a web browser.

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