Virtual Earth goes 3D

By Chris | In News | Posted November 6, 2006 8 comments
Today sees a Virtual Earth update that adds a wealth of new features to Windows Live Local ( Changes include:
  • 3D representations of 15 major US cities (San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, San Jose, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Houston, TX)  – Codenamed Spaceland
  • A new "flythrough" mode that allows the user to roam and discover
  • In-world advertising
Because of the scale of the release, we've made several posts covering the changes, have a screencast showing the update in action, and an audio interview with Stephen Lawler (General Manager for VE product development).
The interview covers a range of topics, including how the 3D photorealistic cities are made, whether there will be a Virtual Earth client and whether Virtual Earth will be going mobile.

The press release just went live, check it out here: Official Press Release 
Screenshots (Click to enlarge):
Posted November 6th, 2006 at 6:08 am
  • Khristopher

    it’s gone live now.

  • tophtucker


    Just…… wow.

  • donavon

    I’m collecting interesting 3D places in a Windows Live Local collection. Click 3D on the dashboard control and the select Hybrid for the best view.

    Here is the URL:!185

  • rieuwa

    Maps were nice
    Satellite imagery was cool.
    Birds-eye view was awesome…
    3D view… Well I can’t think of an adjective to describe my amazement.

    Wow… It’s Christmas come early! I’m not complaining at all, as I am amazed at the work these guys have put in… but I cannot wait for this to arrive in 3d Europe (already seen a few nice models in London…)…

  • ian-live


    Even has contours of hills/mountain ranges.

    Truly amazing

  • BV2312!185 doesn’t seem to work donavon

    but i did try!185 and that worked! pretty cool! google maps eat ur heart out

  • BV2312

    Odd! i posted the link for…… but somehow it changed to….. :S someone explain?

  • Chris

    Mmm no idea. Perhaps they are redirecting to