Virtual Earth 3D brings you another step closer to knowing "what it is like out there". You can search, browse, and organize local information viewed in three dimensions, just the way it exists in the real world. This enables you to more effectively find the data that is relevant to you, making Live Maps more useful than ever. Even better - it's just plain fun.
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This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
I had this product on my last computer & liked it fairly well. Downloaded from this site today, and when it finished, it directed me to an MS site for finalization of the download. That site no longer exists, nor can you find the product on any of the MS search pages. So now I have the product taking up space on my computer, but it is not useable.
1) Browser friendly 2) Integrated with Live Maps for easy switching between 2d and 3d 3) Birdseye View 4) 3d landscapes and buildings look relatively realistic to the real thing 5) Move tools are easy to use (especially with keyboard shortcuts)
1) Make sure your computer has been recently defragged before attempting to run 2) Have a relatively fast internet connection
When I tried out Google Earth, my computer was having nothing but problems. However, Virtual Earth requires no external program, only an up-to-date computer/browser.
Comparing it to Google Earth, it certainly does not have as many features. However, if it did, it would be a memory hog too. Nevertheless, VE is a great deal, considering it's free.