Microsoft has announced that it has partnered with a trio of mapping companies — HERE, TomTom and Esri — in an effort that will see the companies' data used across the board in various Microsoft services. The ultimate goal of the partnerships will be the creation of "the next world graph," Microsoft says.
For its part, TomTom will tie its location services into Microsoft Azure in an effort to make it easier for developers to create location-aware apps, Microsoft says. Esri's geographic information system (GIS) tech, on the other hand, is already "deeply integrated" in Microsoft applications and services with its ArcGIS products. Lastly, HERE, which already has a long-standing deal with Microsoft to provide data for its various services, is expanding that agreement to expand HERE data into car-related applications.
When put together, Microsoft is hoping to use the data from all three services to help create a "world graph." In short, Microsoft views this as an index of "physical places, objects and devices and their interconnectivity." The information could ultimately provide a platform for some rather interesting applications. From Microsoft:
That's certainly a lofty goal, but partnering with some of the biggest mapping data providers is certainly a good way to move toward that goal. For much more on Microsoft's goals with these partnerships, be sure to check out the company's full post.
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