A secret of the Microsoft Live Local Team
More in line with their public announcement, I had the Microsoft guys clarify their goals for their Bird's Eye imagery. Their plan is to have Bird's Eye imagery available for 80% of the United States. When asked about the possible development of a virtual globe, the reps simply reiterated Microsoft's enthusiasm for Bird's Eye imagery and annotation. Fortunately, earlier in the day, Microsoft's Stephen Lawler gave a hint of things to come. Making reference to the fly-through functionality of Google-Earth-like software, and how Live Local does not offer such a 3D experience, he left no doubt that they were working on it. "We're the company that made Halo. The company that made Flight Sim," he said.