June 4, 2011
Bing Maps lags Google Maps in market share. However, Microsoft has worked hard to catch up.
Quentin Hardy of Forbes Magazine recently featured some very clever and original work by Bing in his article about the Global Ortho Project. The project goal is to create
a uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe
Microsoft’s focus in investing so heavily in mapping services may be for the enterprise market. Mr. Hardy notes that Google has just announced a cloud based mapping service for business.
By air not by sea
Nor by land.
Google Maps is known for its street view feature and use of land-based vehicles for mapping (among other things). In contrast, Bing Maps is approaching by air. The Global Ortho Project uses high-resolution cameras to fly over and capture images. It is the culmination of a long-term effort to automate and improve aerial imagery mapping techniques.
The Global Ortho Project is based on innovative and original technology. Bing might match or even surpass competitors in creating high quality photographic maps.
March 31, 2011
I just unearthed yet another Google product that has been in existence since 2009, or longer, that I had never heard of before today!
Google Desktop search sidebar
Google Desktop Search
As I was browsing around the National Public Radio (“NPR”) online site, looking for Windows 7 supported Google Gadgets this morning, I found a reference to a Google Gadget for 64-bit Windows. This led me to a blog post dated over a year earlier. Google was far ahead of me.
Google Desktop allows one to use Google search for one’s own desktop, and not be restricted to web browser search only. Apparently, Google Desktop support for 64 bit Windows was available as of July 2009!
I do not know if it applies to Windows XP, Visa and Windows 7 operating systems, as the blog post didn’t specify. If not, Windows 7 support is probably available by now.
It was no surprise to find that the official source for information about Google Desktop is the Inside Google Desktop blog on Blogger. Google is very consistent with its product coverage strategy and data governance policies!
I confirmed today that Google Desktop does support 64 bit Windows XP and Windows 7.
Google Desktop has expanded more than I realized. Google Desktop search is available for users of Linux and Mac OS X too.
November 18, 2010
This particular page resides on the Microsoft TechNet site, in the Resources for IT Professionals section. It is not behind a secured firewall. It is a documentation page, and includes an excellent chart to assist in realizing the full functionality of the Microsoft Bing search engine.
UPDATE: I was pleasantly surprised by Microsoft’s official policy for embedding screen shots of Microsoft’s content on personal website. Here is the chart documenting Microsoft Bing search syntax that I referenced in the hyper link in my preceding paragraph:
Microsoft Bing Syntax screen shot
*This link to the Microsoft Intellectual Property Permissions policy helped me to determine allowed usage of Microsoft content.