Microsoft Street Slide gets demoed, coming to WP7?


Most of us are familiar with Google’s Street View and Bing’s  Streetside. These tools allow you to virtually walk down a street in your browser; jumping between panoramic images and allowing you to get a feel for the street or location you are viewing instead of giving you impersonal lines on a map. While Street View is an amazing technology, the jumps between panoramas can be fairly significant; making the prospect of locating a small shop or building somewhat hit or miss.

Trust Microsoft to push the envelope with their services. Street Slide is Microsoft’s latest effort to make experiencing a location from the street level as seamless as possible. Using multiple perspectives to blend between different images, Microsoft presents a letterboxed view of the street. In the unused space above and below the image of the street, you are presented with street numbers that correspond with the buildings you are viewing, as well as navigation controls and corporate logos for individual businesses.

A YouTube video of the demo is after the break, and though Windows Phone 7 isn’t mentioned (some other smartphone is) it doesn’t take much of a stretch to see this coming to Microsoft’s upcoming mobile platform.

[via Engadget]

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • OMG! This is far superior? to google. their technique frustrates me.
  • For a website that calls themselves "WM Expert," you all need to update more frequently. I saw this video a few days ago.
  • To be fair, this doesn't have anything to do with Windows Mobile/Phone devices yet. The only mobile port mentioned was to iPhone. :-/
  • When the iPhone came out originally, visual voice-mail was the "killer app" we saw demonstrated seveal times nightly in TV adverts.. It was a cool, real-world benefit that everyone could unsterstand and want. If MSFT could get this type of street view into Bing and Windows Phone 7, it would be a killer app that would be real world practicle and very useful for anyone. And it would be worth demonstrating several times nightly on TV.
  • Pretty neat feature.
    Wonder how fast the images are downloaded on a mobile, 3G or not.
  • Yes it could be an edge but if they port it to the iPhone and other mobile platforms they will lose that edge.
  • Yes it could be an edge but if they port it to the iPhone and other mobile platforms they will lose that edge.