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Coming soon: a smooth street view

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Microsoft is working on a new technology, dubbed Street Slide. And from the looks of the demo, it would revolutionize online maps.

The new technology allows users to “slide” along a street—rather than jump from snapshot to snapshot, as in Google Street View.

As you glide along the street, you can zoom out or in for a better street-level view of shops or focus on a single building.

For business travelers, there’s another benefit to the cool tool: A series of info-graphics above and below the street image will point out storefront logos and building numbers, to help navigate a neighborhood.

In tests, people found specific addresses 17 seconds faster using Street Slide vs. Google’s map tool.

See http://research.microsoft.com for more about the technology.

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