Microsoft Releases the Beta of Windows Live Local

After all the hubbub over Google’s satellite earth imagery product… MS has launched the beta of their own local, imagery product in certain locations (one of which is right here in Kentucky… in Lexington). I used the bird’s eye view to zoom into my past — and found the apartment where I lived when I met Wayne (we met back in college) just off the University of Kentucky campus on Conn Terrace.

I can’t help but think of the wonderful applications of this newcomer technology to the real estate market — want to get a “birds-eye” view of the neighborhood you are considering as a first time home-buyer? Why not use a link on your favorite agent’s site to zoom into the area?

If you want to add a bit more “umph” to your website, maybe you will want to investigate how to link in key locations. It’s just been released today, so I don’t have the technical info on how to accomplish this, but it will only be a matter of time before it’s a “given” for the higher-tech, higher service-oriented real estate websites, IMHO. It seems to zoom in a bit closer than the Google Earth does — great for real estate agents and brokers, eh?

Want to see it for yourself….Go play with the newest player in the local/global search race:

I like the tagline I saw when researching this… Think Global, Search Local.