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Locate. Integrate. Innovate.

What’s New in the latest VE Platform and VE

Data Visualization Specialization

Chris Pendleton, Roger Mall, Elizabeth Loy

High-quality geospatial data and imagery

platform designed for enterprise organizations
Virtual Earth is a platform of integrated

services providing
• Quality geospatial data
• Rich imagery
• Cutting-edge technology
• Integration with business systems for
 Business insight through data visualization
 Enriched end-user experiences

owerful APIs and developer tools


• Why Microsoft Virtual Earth

• The Virtual Earth Platform
• What’s New in v6
• APIs and Development
• Solution Scenarios and Demos
• Data Visualization Competency and Exam
• Next Steps
• Q and A
Why Microsoft Virtual Earth?
• Long-term investment by Microsoft in mapping and geospatial technologies

• Widespread adoption of the Virtual Earth platform—1000+
enterprise customers can’t be wrong

• Exclusive contracts with imagery providers to gain access to unique
geospatial imagery

Development Platform
• Track record for creating true platform software that supports rich, scalable
customer applications
• Comprehensive development tools and unparalleled enterprise-level support
• Rapid proof of concepts
Virtual Earth Overview

Virtual Earth

End User Servers/

Data Sources
IE, Firefox, Safari browsers

Clients and Devices Your Web/Database

Virtual Earth Platform

Microsoft’s Apps Your Applications

Virtual Earth JS APIs


Map Data/ Imagery/ DEMs/ Geo- Yellow Traffic Search/ Routing/ Data

Tiles Tiles Buildings coding/ Pages/ Proximity Directions Services/

Rooftop POIs Reporting

Virtual Earth Platform

Virtual Earth API Features
User Interface
• Navigation tools: zoom box, mouse wheel, and navigation panel
• Other: mini-map, pushpins, pop-ups, polygons, and layers

Data and Imagery

• Ortho imagery
• Oblique (bird’s-eye) imagery
• Maps for 70+ countries from NAVTEQ and other providers
• Real-time traffic incident and flow information from

• Places and addresses (geo-coding)
• Points of interest
• Yellow Pages listings

• Multipoint routing
• Driving directions
Virtual Earth API Features
• Vector data for:
 GeoRSS
 Live Search Maps collections
 Points, lines, and polygons
• Raster data for:
 Tile overlays
 MapCruncher

• JavaScript API features for 3D (same data and APIs as 2D)
• Rich .NET managed APIs (coming soon)

Other Features
• Events and callbacks
• Get map information (latitude and longitude)
• Transaction reporting
What’s New in V6?
What’s New in V6?
What’s New in V6?
Virtual Earth, v6 New Features
• Client Tokens/Authentication
• Customer ID
• Transaction Reporting
• Multipoint Routing
• MapCruncher
• Hillside Shading
• Traffic Tile Overlays
• VEShape
• Z-Index
• Bulk Addition
Client Tokens/Authentication

Multipoint Routing


Add custom maps and layers to your applications using data from sources

such as vector and raster images, PDFs, and GIS exports

Enables developers to:
• Create map data overlays registered to Virtual Earth’s global coordinate
• Warp data (re-projection) to fit the Mercator projection in VE.
• Generate a set of tiles that overlay on the Virtual Earth map.

MapCruncher Beta benefits and features:

• More robust disk usage, RAM, and rendering improvements
• Integrated with Virtual Earth API
• Straightforward method of setting transparency
• Support for zoom level up to 32x (.03 mm/pixel)
• Command-line support
• Layer, re-order, and preview

• For more information about MapCruncher, visit:

• Download MapCruncher Beta for Virtual Earth (includes SDK) here:
Key Solution Scenarios

Locators/Portals Business Data GIS and other

Analysis location information
Provide easy access to public location information and other

enhanced customer services

• Finding real estate
• Finding store locations
• Finding government locations and public records
• Travel and trip planning

• Improved customer service
• Increased sales
Data Visualization
Business Data Analysis
Provides location context and visualization of business

information, people, assets, trends and external factors

• Emergency management
• Fleet management and asset tracking
• Business insight and sales analysis

• Improved data analysis with new location dimension
• Enhanced field operations and productivity
GIS & Other Location
Provides integration with existing data and layers, and enables

organizations to leverage existing investments

• Accessing shape files and boundary information
• Creating map overlays
• Performing rich spatial queries

• Superior performance for data visualization
• Leveraging existing GIS and data investments
Information Worker Competency
Data Visualization Specialization
The Information Worker competency now include a

Information WorkerData
DataVisualization specialization
Visualization specialization benefits:
• Software licenses for internal use
• Free online training
• Use of the Information Worker competency logo
• Partner solutions highlighted in the Virtual Earth Solutions Showcase and the Office
Systems Solutions Showcase
• 30–50 points toward Certified or Gold Certified level of MSPP membership

Data Visualization specialization requirements:

• Organization must employ or contract with 2 individuals who have passed the Data
Visualization specialization exam (passing the Virtual Earth beta exam fulfills this
• You must submit 3 customer references meeting the Specialization criteria
Learn more about the IWS Data Visualization specialization:
Data Visualization Specialization
Virtual Earth Platform Training & Exam
Virtual Earth Platform Training
• Free, online training available in January via the Partner Learning Center
• Comprehensive content and assessments to prepare you for the Virtual Earth Platform
Data Visualization specialization exam

Virtual Earth Platform Exam

• Available at Prometric testing centers worldwide starting in January

Virtual Earth Platform Beta Exam

• Available until November 14
• Fulfills Data Visualization specialization exam requirement

• Register at least 24 hours prior to the exam time
• Register for: Beta Exam 71-544: TS: Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0, Application
Development, Beta Code = VE08
• Restrictions: the beta exam is not available in India, China, or Pakistan
• US/Canada registration: call Prometric at 800-755-3926
• Non-US/Canada registration: visit
Data Visualization

What Our Customers Are Saying about Data


“This data visualization solution is changing the way we

do business. When the data is presented through a map-
based interface, it’s amazing. It gives you a richer, bigger,
more intelligent picture of what’s going on. And that
picture is one to which you can respond more effectively.”

–Steve Fortune, Information Management Director, Gulf of Mexico

Strategic Performance Unit, BP

Next Steps
• Download the Virtual Earth Platform SDK:
• Sign up for a Virtual Earth Platform Development account and build the
authentication system into your Virtual Earth applications
• Register to take the Data Visualization specialization Virtual Earth Platform beta
• Access the Virtual Earth Platform training in early January at the Partner Learning
• Register to take the Virtual Earth exam in January if you are unable to take the
Virtual Earth beta exam
• For more information and to see how other organizations are leveraging the Virtual
Earth platform, visit the Virtual Earth home page:
Visit the Virtual Earth customer portal at:

Information & Training Resources

•Information Worker competency in Data Visualization:
•Training and resources available via the Partner Learning Center:

Virtual Earth Community Resources

•Virtual Earth Community Forums:
•Virtual Earth Blog:
•Virtual Earth Developer Blog:
•Virtual Earth for Government Blog:
•Virtual Earth Team Members Blog:
•Photosynth Blog:

Developer Resources
•Browsable SDK:
•Virtual Earth Developer Center:
•Virtual Earth Developer Center on MSDN:
•Interactive SDK:
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