A persistent complaint we hear is that Microsoft’s services, for a global company, is extremely US-centric. Hopefully their partnership with Nokia will help change it. One of the first fruits of that collaboration is that Microsoft Steetview, their Google Streetside competitor, is coming to Europe, courtesy of Nokia’s Navteq mapping cars (pictured above). Microsoft will apparently start by snapping London between March and June 2011, according to their schedule here, and unlike Streetside will not aim to map the whole city and all the streets in the country, but will stick to the business district and tourist attractions, ostensibly to protect privacy, but a limitation which I feel will reduce the value of the project immensely. Both Microsoft and Nokia have earlier said that mapping technology will be one of the lynchpins of their collaboration, with Microsoft planning to use it for location-based advertising and the two planning to share ...

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Yesterday, WMPoweruser reported that NAVTEQ is launching Destination Maps that allows indoor navigation. Bing had similar mapping solution called Venue Maps with full maps of few US malls. Now today Bing has announced that Bing Venue Maps now shows 9 largest US malls and 148 malls in total. Here is the list of 9 malls, Mall of America, MN South Coast Plaza, CA Woodfield Shopping Center, IL King of Prussia Mall, PA Millcreek Mall, PA Del Amo Fashion Center, CA Houston Galleria, TX Roosevelt Field, NY Tysons Corner Center, VA.   I think Bing Venue Maps will soon be powered by NAVTEQ’s Destinations maps when Nokia-Microsoft deal gets completed in a year or so that the combined service might explore the market of indoor mapping to next level. Source: Bing Blog ...

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