Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Beginning of 3D Internet or Virtual Spam?
Microsoft's Virtual Earth 3D, a new geographic-search program, was released yesterday. The result of two years of development, Virtual Earth 3D is a fully monetized beta version, incorporating local search function with video game ease of interface and, oh joy, advertising.
Microsoft Virutal Earth 3D is a direct competitor to Google Earth software, of which 100 million free copies have been distributed since its June 2005 introduction.
Microsoft 3-D version of Virtual Earth provides photorealistic images of the 15 targeted cities: San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.
Do we want a virtual state that is accessible only by Internet Explorer, supported by Microsoft and financed by advertisers? We may end up with some strange, Photoshop-enhanced hybridized world view, slightly altered to enhance the delivery of, and increase opportunities for, advertising?
Shades of The Matrix . . . with a Blue Screen!
Tags: Virtual Earth 3D, Google Earth, local search engine, photorealistic