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Microsoft MapPoint Web Service Access for Startup Applications

Maps4MyApps.com provides developers direct access to the Microsoft platform.

Web developers can now purchase Microsoft MapPoint Web Service usage transactions in small blocks for their applications. Maps4MyApps.com provides access to the MapPoint web platform for transactions usage starting out as low as 1,500 transactions per month — ideal for small or start up applications requiring map look up and driving directions.

Maps4MyApps.com provides developers direct access to the Microsoft platform under a cell phone model, utilizing monthly usage charges, and transaction rollover, all under an annual contract. There is no activation fee, and developers can select usage plan between 1,500 and 50,000 usage transactions per month. As your application grows, usage plans may be upgraded at any time.

Maps4MyApps.com is a service of InfoGrow Corporation, a Microsoft Certified Partner and leading MapPoint Web Service application developer.

Recently Microsoft MapPoint Web Service has been re-branded to the Virtual Earth Platform. The Virtual Earth Platform is an integrated set of location-based services that combines unique bird's-eye, aerial, and satellite imagery with the best-of- breed mapping, location and search functionality.

Through the Virtual Earth Platform, web-based application developers will have flexibility of tapping into one of the two Virtual Earth application programming interfaces (API): MapPoint Web Service API using SOAP XML to communicate with customer applications and Virtual Earth Map Control that lets users make requests via JavaScript to AJAX map object. As pricing details become available for the Virtual Earth Platform, Maps4MyApps.com will incorporate them into the monthly access plans.

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