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Prof. Vincent Tao on the launch of MS Live Maps in China

York Geomatics prof Vincent Tao has an interview up on one of my favourite technology/commentary blogs, O’Reilly Radar.

Can you tell us about coverage? What exactly launched today? What’s the difference in the platform between VE China and VE everywhere else?

The China release demonstrates our success in deploying our first VE data center remotely. We now have an in-country data center offering the better system performance and greater user experiences. This distributed mapping architecture allows us to grow the international markets in a scalable way. In this first release, VE China covers both tier-1 and tier-2 total 114 cities with very rich local contents (millions of POI/YP). In addition to most VE features in USA, China release offers the public transit feature for bus and train commuters. We understand that this is the most demanding feature for China users when concerning maps. We cannot afford not having this feature even for v1 release