ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, announced the release of MapObjects 2.2--Windows Edition. MapObjects--Windows Edition is ESRI's collection of embeddable mapping and GIS components that can be used to add dynamic mapping and GIS capabilities to existing Windows applications or build custom mapping and GIS solutions.

Highlights of the MapObjects 2.2 release include Support for Visual Studio .NET (VB.NET and C#) New sample applications and useful documentation for getting started with MapObjects in Visual Studio .NET Tracking layer smoothing Improved projection engine (along with new formats) Enhanced labeling Elimination of the separate end user license and fee requirements previously required to read GIF and TIFF/LZW images MapObjects 2.1 customers who are current on their maintenance will receive MapObjects 2.2 at no charge. For more information on MapObjects, visit or call ESRI at 1-800-447-9778, call your ESRI regional office (to locate your regional office, visit, or contact your local reseller (to locate a reseller near you, visit Outside the United States, please contact your local ESRI distributor; see for a current distributor list.