Angus and dev.live.com have just announced that the July 2008 refresh of the Windows Live Tools was released today and includes some updates and bug fixes to the existing controls and importantly the release of the much anticipated Virtual Earth ASP.NET control.
Other major changes are:
- SilverlightStreamingMediaPlayer control upgraded to Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2
- SilverlightStreamingMediaPlayer Control supports Videos in Silverlight Streaming
- IDLoginStatus control supports transparent background
But the main attraction is the Virtual Earth ASP.NET control. It is a .Net 3.5 control designed for Visual Studio 2008 and does require a script manager (ASP.NET AJAX) to be added to the page to begin.
Developers, stay tuned to LiveSide for a more in depth look at the control and some real world examples that demonstrate how Virtual Earth can now be included in your next web application with a few clicks and some snippets of C# or VB.NET code.