Name one person you know who has a smart phone and has never used Google Maps? Nearly impossible, huh? That probably has something to do with it being one of the best apps you can install on a smart phone. Well, leave it to Microsoft to take something awesome and attempt to make it better. On July 23rd 2010 a video appeared debuting Microsoft’s new maps program code named “Street Slide”. Systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive 360panoramas, or bubbles. The discrete moves from bubble to bubble enabled in these systems do not provide a good visual sense of a larger aggregate such as a whole city block. Multi-perspective "strip" panoramas can provide a visual summary of a city street but lack the full realism of immersive panoramas.
- CES 2018