In this show, we talk with Chris Pietschmann, a developer and a Microsoft MVP on the Virtual Earth platform. Chris tells us how he got started on Virtual Earth back in the beta of version 1.0 and gives us a good overview of the product.

Virtual Earth Links (courtesy of Chris):

Chris Pietschmann’s Blog -

Virtual Earth Dev Site -

Virtual Earth Interactive SDK -

Mike Garza - Virtual Earth Concepts -

Via Virtual Earth -

MapCruncher -

PietschSoft.VE - Open Source ASP.NET Virtual Earth Mapping Server Control -

Simplovation Web.Maps.VE - ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Server Control -

Zune Contest

Our second Zune contest is still underway, but closes on June 2nd - so get your entries in. One lucky winner will receive a Zune80 with custom artwork etched from This contest is easy enough. Just send us your constructive feedback on what Microsoft can do better to support your work/personal life in utilizing Microsoft’s tools and technologies. Send your entries to thirstydeveloper [at] with the subject header of ‘Zune Contest’.

Submit your feedback and your entry for a custom Zune80.

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Blogs you should know

Virtual Earth 3D Team Blog

Mark Brown’s Virtual Earth Blog

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