Live Search Maps! Updates: Gets Communites, Local search and more features

Chris Pendleton announced lots of new features in Live Search Maps, which are tied back to some of the updates in the Virtual Earth platform, including: Communities: Collections are indexed and available for search “seconds” after they are loaded.  In addition, Collections data is used where no Business listings are available for business searches Local search: […]

Chris Pendleton announced lots of new features in Live Search Maps, which are tied back to some of the updates in the Virtual Earth platform, including:

  • Communities: Collections are indexed and available for search “seconds” after they are loaded.  In addition, Collections data is used where no Business listings are available for business searches
  • Local search: Improvements include filters refine searches based on what you are searching for (hotels, for example)
  • Details page: Moved from a tabbed model to inline, allowing for much more content:
  • Multi-Point directions: Enables you to generate a single set of directions for reaching multiple destinations
  • Landmark hints: Hints will show up in driving directions in North America, telling you to “turn at the Taco Bell”
  • Weather: in 3D real time weather, based on 14 cloud types, updated every 3 hours, will be available
  • Geocoding: Results for place searches (e.g. cities, states, countries, landmarks, etc.) have been improved, particularly for international queries.

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