Monday, May 23, 2005

Earth Wars: "MSN Virtual Earth" to take on "Google Earth"

This is getting to be interesting. Several months ago, Google added a search feature to their Google Maps. It was the ability to view satellite photos of the area you were mapping. For instance, if you were searching for a route from the suburbs to downtown Chicago, you could view the result as a map or as a satellite image. Last year Google acquired Keyhole Technologies, a company that produces satellite images. Google recently announced that the Keyhole technology was going to be renamed Google Earth.

Now Microsoft has entered the fray with technology called MSN Virtual Earth. The link shows screenshots which picture satellite images taken at a 45-degree angle. Virtual Earth is set to debut during the summer.