From the press release entitled Microsoft Adds 3-D City Models to Live Search we learn
REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 6, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today
announced U.S. availability of Virtual Earth™ 3D, a new online mapping
interface that is part of the Live Search offering, providing consumers
with a three-dimensional experience to search, browse and explore the
real world online.
When people visit Live Search (http://live.com),
type a query into the search box and click the “Maps” tab, they get
their search results in a map context that offers the option to explore
the area using two-dimensional views (aerial and bird’s-eye) or three
dimensional models with Virtual Earth 3D. This new technology compiles
photographic images of cities and terrain to generate textured,
photorealistic 3-D models with engineering level accuracy.
Again the VE team proves why they are my favorite team at Windows Live. The team has also blogged about the changes in their blog post entitled Spaceland is Live! which includes a screenshots. This is hot. I'm off to a launch party in a few hours here in SF and I can't wait to high five some of the folks behind this feat of technological sweetness.