Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 Brings Voice Directions and Wi-Fi Location
Posted on 7-Oct-2005 05:44
Filed under: News
Microsoft Corp. is announcing Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator, the latest version of its mapping and travel planning software for the United States and Canada. The software comes in two versions, with or without the GPS Locator hardware. Both come with versions for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices.
Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator introduces voice-prompted directions, with turn-by-turn directional information. This feature is available on the Windows version only.
The software provides a personalized route planner, highly detailed and customizable maps, road construction updates, and more than 5.9 million miles of routable maps and 1.8 million points of interest across the United States and Canada.
The GPS Locator hardware is provided by Pharos Science & Applications Inc. and connects through a USB cable. though a Bluetooth cradle is available from Pharos, making it possible to use the same GPS receiver with a Bluetooth enabled Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone.
A new feature provides a driving guidance pane that displays text-prompted turn-by-turn directions, enlarged arrows indicating where to turn, and distance measurement by miles and yards as drivers get closer to the destination. Also new is a night map style that enhances views of maps and directions for easy reading when consumers are traveling at night or on dark roadways.
For those without the GPS hardware, the Locate Me technology can determine position by utilizing Wi-Fi hot spots to estimate location. Consumers can also go online to cross-reference MSN Virtual Earth.
Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator is available for an estimated retail price of US$129. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 (standard) is also available for an estimated retail price of US$39.95. For European users, AutoRoute 2006 will be available with similar prices.