Some big changes with Virtual Earth as Microsoft has announced the release of a new SOAP web service for Virtual Earth and an update to the Virtual Earth Map Control. The Virtual Earth AJAX Control SDK and the Virtual Earth Interactive SDK have both been updated as well.
According to Virtual Earth, An Evangelist’s Blog:
The new SOAP based Virtual Earth Web Services v. 1.0 offers static map images (.gif, .jpeg and .png), direct map tile access, one-box search functionality, geocoding, reverse geocoding, routing. It supports Virtual Earth on the desktop and on mobile devices.
It will be interesting to see how developers tap into this new web service, given its breadth of features, including reverse geocoding (a much requested feature among map mashers) and routing.
The new map control (version 6.2) offers a long list of new or expanded features, some of which include:
One of the features that really grabbed our attention is the near real-time weather integration, which gives the 3D models some great context. Head over to the MSDN web site to view the documentation for the new web service SDK and the updated map control SDK.