Still interessting news.
Microsoft VE to be in ESRI's ArcGIS Online
The press release came out yesterday and was picked up by a number of blogs, though few had any immediate comment. I'm in the same boat. It crossed my desk and I didn't get an immediate sense of a world changing event.That said:
- ESRI rarely announces anything new before the User Conference.
- Delivery of Virtual Earth content via ArcGIS Online was hinted at in the ESRI UC Q & A (including pricing: $200/year per ArcGIS seat).
- ESRI has yet to officially launch ArcGIS Online; that's coming next month.
- ESRI's "Google" announcement at Where was rather "hands off," that is required seemingly little partnering. This is different from a business standpoint since I have to believe Microsoft will receive some money from each subscription for its data.