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Microsoft GeoSynth to compete with Google Street View

updated 10:00 pm EDT, Sun March 22, 2009

Microsoft's GeoSynth

Microsoft has announced plans to launch a mapping service, GeoSynth, that will take on Google's Street View mapping feature, according to Pocket-lint. The new service will use Photosynth technology to merge high-definition photos taken and submitted by the general public, and then relate the content according to geographic data. The program could also be connected to Virtual Earth, potentially enabling users to browse street-level views of almost any location worldwide.

According to Virtual Earth technology specialist Johannes Kebeck, the system will take the best images from a location to create a single image of a specific landmark. All geo-tagged images submitted by users will be uploaded into a central database that combines them into a larger detailed picture of the area.

Microsoft also made an announcement that Virtual Earth will support Silverlight in a beta to be released this summer. The company claims users will be able to access map tiles roughly nine times faster in its Internet Explorer 8 browser, or five times faster in Google's Chrome browser.

Geosynth is expected to launch sometime later this year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. chas_m



    Photosynth etc

    This technology has been out a while now; I remember having to grumpily install Silverlight plug-ins in Safari in order to view it.

    So far, the concept is quite intriguing but, like most MS technology, the reality isn't yet up to snuff (google "Photosynth demo" to try it out for yourself). Still, with time and some further engineering this could be -- could be -- a powerful alternative to Google "Street Level" maps.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Flickr stes are filled with a wealth of photos many of which of geotagged - however, geotagging is rarely spot on and you only have to look at to see that coverage really is limited worldwide to touristy spots and so forth. In the end Google Earth and Google Street view are here now, and in use and by the time MS comes out with this photosynth Google will be so entrenched they don't have a chance. Besides what's with MS only going after established markets? Why not target something new?

  1. paints

    Joined: Dec 1969


    established markets

    why, that's what they do. that's all they do. to go after something new would require them to have some kind of originality. let's be serious.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    that's what ms does. that's all they've ever done. they copy, throw a ton of money at it and hang around until they're the last one standing.

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How many more chefs...

    Too many chefs spoil the broth or however that saying goes... Why does MS feel the need to see someone else having success with some enterprise in the "computer" industry and MS feels the need to have their own version? They had their OS, Server OS, Business Apps like Word, Excel, then hardware components mice and keyboards, then Web Browser Wars with Netscape, X-Box 360 vs Playstation, Zune vs iPod, WinMob 6.5 or whatever vs iPhone OS, now this Photosynth vs Google Earth and Streeet views and MS is still trying to team up with Yahoo for Internet Search vs Google Search... and while MS may put out something different, it might not necessarily be better. I guess MS is taking a page out of AIG, trying to make it to where MS is too big to fail. How many of their various departments have turned a profit? When does anyone think MS will be asking for their bailout? It is hard to see where Ballmer and team are taking that company but they seem to be floundering in ideas and just copying others who are having success in their area and MS figures a "we too" mentality will ensure success.... Aargghh...

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and the list could go on... silverlight/adobe, msn/aol, you got back far enough and the list really starts getting long... stacker, quicktime, ole...
    though those were more direct theft than copying. no, not "more", my bad, they were theft and courts of law said so.

  1. IIWmaster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google Ocean copied this!

    [Title: Google Ocean Google Latitude = Real-time Fishing LBS Contents]

    Have you heard about Real-time Fishing LBS Contents? We have proposed this Service Model to Google over 3 years ago. Real-time Fishing LBS Contents is Location Based Service for IPTV, WiMAX, Mobile. This Service Model was created in 2002 by I&IWorld. I&IWorld's located in South Korea. As you know, there're many people enjoy fishing in the world(about 5 hundred million). I&IWorld's Real-time Fishing LBS Contents is like these.

    Main Functions
    1.The underwater topography and 3D views with fishing spots
    2.Real-time fishing points tracing by GPS and angling direction guide
    3.Service the real-time fishing condition about fishing place(weather, water temp, depth etc)
    4.Angler Social network(such as Second Life)

    Everyone knows that Google motto is, 'Don't be evil.' Is it all right? Visit If you need more information, please send your email address.

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