Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013, the new edition of the popular trip-planning software launched today offers a sleek and clean look in high contrast designed for easier viewing, updated maps of the United States and Canada -- including 150,000 new miles of roads since the 2011 version was released -- and more than 2.5 million points of interest.
"Streets & Trips 2013 adds upgrades our customers have asked for, including 600,000 more points of interest than the previous version," said Larry Petersen, software design engineer at Microsoft.
Current users of Streets & Trips 2010 will also find they "can now turn all pushpin names on or off with a single click, and they can create larger drive times for more flexibility in trip planning," Mirosoft stated.
The 2013 version of Streets & Trips is designed to help travelers plan the perfect trip start to finish -- generate maps and directions, customize with start and stop times, and add notes such as reservation numbers or operating hours -- all without an Internet connection.
"Microsoft Streets & Trips helps travelers tailor personalized itineraries with as much or as little detail as they prefer," said Lori Stock, group product marketing manager for Streets & Trips at Microsoft. "Everyone will appreciate how the software takes so many hassles and headaches out of the road trip while providing personalized options for creating memorable experiences," Lori adds.
One-click route optimization provides the most efficient route, and a fuel consumption manager helps consumers budget gasoline costs.
Then, while on the road, Streets & Trips on a laptop helps travelers find necessities such as ATMs, hotels, auto services, restaurants and more, with no Internet connection required, helping plan for -- or discover -- plenty of fun and useful stops along the way.
Microsoft Streets & Trips can be purchased online at the Microsoft Store for an estimated retail price of US$39.99.
Microsoft Streets & Trips with GPS Locator is available for US$69.99.
You can also download a free 14-day trial of Streets & Trips here.