Geo Grandfather ESRI Makes Strides on the Web

Most of the time we write about mapping, it admittedly includes Google Maps (we list over 2000 Google Maps mashups). However, ESRI, the biggest supplier of geographic tools for the enterprise, has made huge strides this year with its tools, including its own web mapping platform, ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript API.

Bing Maps Goes Silverlight: Now with Streetside Immersion, Enhanced Bird's Eye View, Photosynth, and More

Microsoft has just released a new Silverlight version of Bing Maps that is full of new features and upgrades. Although it's hard to say whether this release of Bing Maps has "stolen the cool crown" from Google, the new features do provide some additional value for users. The "beta" release is not yet available by default, though you can preview the latest version at:

Microsoft Shuts-Down Its PopFly Mashup Tool

Microsoft has announced that in late August it will be discontinuing availability and support for PopFly, its once popular mashup creation tool. As some of you may remember, we originally covered PopFly in May, 2007, shortly after its release as a developer preview.