Windows Live Local

2 Aug

I’ve been meaning to blog about Windows Live Local, Microsoft’s free mapping and directories tool, for a while now. I’m really proud of the work the local team has done in this space. This is an area where Microsoft is showing some leadership, and providing unique features relative to our competitors. Here is a list of some of the things you can do with it:

  • get driving directions and maps
  • get satellite views of your destination
  • find directory listings that are synched up with Canadian maps
  • view “Bird’s Eye” imagery that shows detailed, 45-degree angle views of most major U.S. cities – and coming soon for Canadian cities
  • annotate maps, mark points of interest with pushpins, and share your customized maps with friends.
  • group your customized maps into “collections” you can share with the world or keep private
  • create custom “pushpins” that let you notate specific locations
  • use the scratch pad to make notes and share your discoveries
  • cruise around and zoom in on areas of the Canada you want to explore in detail
  • get results that display both Web sites and physical locations
  • auto-refresh your search results – updated as you move around the map
  • find yourself using the “Locate Me” feature that can show you where you are on a map

One of my favourite features is collections. Collections are groups of locations that you create and can share with your friends online. Here’s a collection of some Canadian landmarks for you to check out. Check out the satellite imagery. We recently update our image database for many Canadian cities so you can zoom right in on these sites. Also, check out the Bird’s eye views of Niagara falls. Very cool.

As always, tell us what you think.

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