Microsoft launches UK mapping website

News Gail Robinson Jul 15, 2002

Microsoft has launched MapPoint, a free mapping and route planning service that aims to rival the likes of Multimap, Streetmap and the AA.

Microsoft has launched MapPoint, a free mapping and route planning service that aims to rival the likes of Multimap, Streetmap and the AA.

MapPoint offers maps and driving directions for the UK, nine other European countries and the US and Canada.

The multi-country feature could come in very handy if you'replanning a pan-European driving holiday,the route planner can handle trips from one country to another. The street maps are also available across the twelve listed countries.

The route planner is detailed with turn-by-turn directions and maps leading you through your route from door-to-door. A handy feature also lets you create reverse directions and routes can be printed out, emailed or saved onto a pocket PC.

MapPoint joins a long list ofmapping websites includingMultimap (www.multimap.com), Streetmap (www.streetmap.co.uk), the RAC (www.rac.co.uk), the AA (www.theaa.com), Maporama (www.maporama.com) and MapQuest (www.mapquest.co.uk).

http://mappoint.msn.com/UK/