Microsoft Releases Virtual Earth 3D (Beta)

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3D is no longer just the domain of ESRI, Google and NASA. Microsoft has released their Virtual Earth 3D. What is different about Microsoft’s digital globe is that it runs inside your web browser. I’ll have to play with it some more when I get off of work, but it is visually amazing. It streams much slower than GE, but the detail is many times better. Click images for larger view:

The Digital Globe View


The detail of the 3D cities is way beyond Google Earth


Take a spin down the Las Vegas Strip


But, Tempe is still low resolution


It works with Internet Explorer 6 or 7, so Firefox users will have to wait for Microsoft to release a DirectX Firefox add-on (if that is possible).