There’re certain areas where Virtual Earth‘s imagery is in low resolution. The world is a huge place and Virtual Earth just having had its 3rd birthday is only in the initial phases of rolling out imagery and photography to cover the world. For those of you who just can’t wait, have a specific area you want covered or need more recently updated imagery/photography than what’s native to Virtual Earth there’s a new service from TerraPixel called “Image Patch,” revealed Chris Pendleton, Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist.
Microsoft is, in fact, permitting Image Patch to leverage Virtual Earth’s raster overlay capabilities. In this context, through TerraPixel’s service, users will be able to render their own content and add it to what is available in Virtual Earth. The past month, Microsoft introduced the GoVE program, an initiative aimed at permitting governmental and public sector organizations to publish their own Aerial photography to Virtual Earth.