Microsoft launches StreetView rival in Europe

Microsoft is launching its own version of Google’s StreetView – dubbed Streetside – across Europe.Cars fitted with cameras have begun taking pictures around London and will start mapping major cities on the continent next month.The service is already available in 56 US towns and cities.Microsoft has been keen to avoid the privacy concerns that dogged Google’s service but said that it does plan to gather wi-fi data. see:Microsoft’s Streetside cameras roaming London for Bing Maps
Microsoft Corp. is taking Streetside, it’s rival to Google Inc.’s Street View, to the streets of Europe.According to the BBC, cars fitted with 360-degree panoramic cameras have hit boulevards, roads and avenues in London, snapping photos to be used in Microsoft’s Bing Maps, which competes with Google Maps.,0,4910780.story

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