Where 2.0 - Microsoft Local Live

Stephen Lawler showed some really nice demonstrations of Microsoft Virtual Earth. They definitely have the "slickest" UI of all the web maps.

They've also baked in a lot of functionality that Google has left to mashupers (if that's a noun) and developers. The "Collections" for building sets of spots and locations is a very Platial and Wayfaring.

What is *really* cool to see is their Streetside, which allows someone to virtually drive through a city and view the forward and side-views outside a car.

Microsoft has a lot of muscle and they're really flexing it.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.