I've been using MSN Virtual Earth for a while now and like it quite a lot. However there is definitely room for improvement and I'm glad to see that the team is soliciting feedback from users on what features they consider most important for the next release. In the post Suggestions for Virtual Earth Release 2? they write

The VE team is rolling on the next release and is interested in your feature requests. Lets make it interesting - You have 10 bucks to spend on features. How would you spend 'em? Post your comments here. My shopping list might look like this -
4  Street maps for Italy
3  Driving directions integrated in the application and not linked off to maps.msn.com
3  improved WiFi coverage for the Locate me feature in rural areas.
You get the idea. Go ahead, buy your features. Just remember to stay within your budget :-)

If you use VE and have some features you'd like to see in the next release, go ahead and post a comment with your requests. Here's how I'd spend my $10 on features; $2 to expand the Virtual Earth API to include conversions from physical addresses to latitudes & longitudes (aka geocoding), $3 to integrate driving directions into VE as opposed to being linked to http://maps.msn.com as is done today, $4 to add the ability to store my favorite locations in VE, and $1 to add maps of Canada to the service.

So how would you spend your dollars on VE features?


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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6:15:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
5 bucks for driving direction integration.
5 more to make printing those directions work well.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:09:19 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dare, I have detailed map of Bosnia and Herzegovina done in Corel which I have used in Windows application. Culd that map help in process of making Virtual Earth more Virtual Earth and less Virtual USA and GB. ;)
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:58:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Danijel: no coverage of the UK at all, currently. Well, it knows where the towns are. That's it. So my $10 would have to go on maps of the UK so that the service was any use to me at all.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:35:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
you are right. i have confused that part with other similar project.
at least there is usa and moon. :)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:14:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
5 pounds sterling so that it knows that there is a town in the UK called London (and as a side effect of that it might know about High Wycombe too)
5 pounds sterling on better photography for the UK
Thursday, October 27, 2005 6:39:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
$5 - Ability to manually add place tags to the scratch pad. (This would let us do things like label a place that Virtual Earth doesn't know about. It would also let us send links to others with a corrected location, since some of the coordinates have things wrong enough to cause confusion.)

$5 - More up-to-date and closer views for the satellite imagery.
John Fisher
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