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Microsoft to take on Google Street View with GeoSynth

Microsoft plans to take on Google’s Street View with its own application dubbed “GeoSynth,” which essentially is going to function as a mashup between Microsoft’s Virtual Earth maps system and its PhotoSynth technology. GeoSynth is a virtualized, crowd-sourced, image-driven world map. “The system would take the best images from a location to create a single image of a specific landmark very much in the same way Microsoft did with the Obama Inauguration”, said Johannes Kebeck. “We couldn’t guarantee that all images would be used, but you could create a very good image of a given landmark like Piccadilly Circus for example from thousands of images”.

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