Redmond, Wash., and Redlands, Calif. - July 29, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. and ESRI today announced that ESRI ArcGIS users will have access to the robust mapping and imagery content provided by the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform inside ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server. With Virtual Earth seamlessly integrated into ArcGIS 9.3 Desktop, ArcGIS users are now able to easily add base maps, which feature rich aerial and hybrid views, to perform data creation, editing, analysis, authoring, and map publishing with one-click access.
“Microsoft and ESRI have a
long-standing history of delivering complete geographic information systems
solutions,” said Erik Jorgenson, corporate vice president at Microsoft Corp.
“The integration of Virtual Earth and ArcGIS 9.3 at both desktop application
and platform levels enables customers to better view, analyze, understand,
interpret, and visualize geographic data. This new offering further extends the
software-plus-services choices available to our mutual customers.”
“With the new ArcGIS Online Virtual
Earth map services, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Explorer users will have nearly
instant access to some of the world’s finest base map layers,” said S.J.
Camarata, Director of Corporate Strategies at ESRI. “Through this collaboration
with Microsoft, street maps, vertical imagery, and hybrid maps will be
available on an affordable, annual subscription fee basis.”
Together, Virtual Earth and ArcGIS
Online services will enable customers to access resources that add
comprehensive depth to their projects. The seamless integration of Virtual
Earth throughout the entire ArcGIS system makes it easier for ArcGIS customers
to offer their end-users better insight into their services, which can inspire
deeper involvement and participation with their valuable GIS data.
The ArcGIS Online Virtual Earth map
services will include high-resolution street maps, imagery, and hybrid maps.
Street map coverage is available for more than 60 countries and regions
including North America, Europe, South America, the Asia Pacific region, and Northern Africa. Aerial and satellite imagery includes
worldwide coverage, but varies by region. ESRI integrates with other Microsoft
products that may be part of a user’s Virtual Earth solution to incorporate
internal and third-party data-making information more discoverable, more
visual, and better to take action upon.
Land planning, site selection,
crime analysis, road network analysis, and delivery network management are just
few examples of how ArcGIS desktop users, including ArcGIS Explorer users, can
leverage ArcGIS Online Virtual Earth map services. ArcGIS Server users will be
able to connect to ArcGIS Online Virtual Earth Map Services at a later date,
through a service pack.
Users can preview Virtual Earth street
maps, imagery, and hybrid map layers atwww.resources.esri.com/arcgisonlineservices.
To learn more about ArcGIS Online, visitwww.esri.com/arcgisonline.
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