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Awful as a route planner. Excellent for data mapping

  • Aug 16, 2009
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The maps in this product and Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009 are the same - and both are awful. They are incredibly outdated, incomplete and error-ridden.

On a recent trip, I was navigating. In a car moving at expressway speeds, the results in the search box were impossible to read because the type is so small. The address I was looking for is a house that was built in 1993. Neither it nor the surrounding community are to be found on the these maps.

In my own area, within a six block radius, both MapPoint 2009 and Streets & Trips 2009 list four restaurants that closed three or more years ago. Another restaurant, which has been located at its current location for at least ten years, is still shown at its former location a couple of miles away.

Such inaccuracies are unacceptable.

For route planning, I would strongly suggest using Google Maps as your primary source or at least to check on the accuracy (or lack thereof) of the Microsoft products.

Data mapping capability, on the other hand, is excellent. You can use ". . . an address, ZIP Code or postal code, census tract, city, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), state or province, or country. You can aggregate data by importing or linking data at one level (for example, ZIP Code) and displaying at a higher level (for example, State). Additionally, you can associate data to territories that have been defined on the map."

Importing is a relatively smooth process and you can use Excel, Access, Outlook contacts or any of several text formats.

You can create territories from data or manually. Pushpin styles are limited, compared to the last version, but you can add your own.

Once the data is mapped, you can massage it in a variety of ways, including creating routes between multiple pushpins.

Overall, I think both Microsoft mapping products have taken a step backwards from the most recent versions. Neither MapPoint 2009 nor Streets & Trips 2009 have any features compelling enough to make the upgrade and the maps appear to be the same. I'd hold off for the next version or consider competitive products. By all means, try out the Microsoft evaluation version before you purchase this product. Make sure it works for you and that the maps are accurate enough for your needs.


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MapPoint 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data and communicate insights with instant impact. Before you hit the road, plug in your stops and MapPoint plots the most efficient course with turn-by-turn driving directions.MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locatoradds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

Business Mapping Made Simple
Microsoft MapPoint 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data, communicate insights with instant impact, and integrate maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office. MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locator adds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy for organizations to visualize their business in a whole new way:

  • Map business data.
    Create and view sales territories, analyze trends, and evaluate performance by geography.
  • Identify new business opportunities.
    Combine business data with included demographics to target potential customers and focus decisions.

MapPoint 2009 helps you streamline your travel:

  • Arrive on time.
    Detailed directions--voice* and text-prompted--make it easy to follow your route.
  • Optimize your trip.
    Quickly calculate mileage, drive time, and expenses in advance.
  • Easy-to-see navigation.
    Track your route in real-time in Full Screen display.* Change to the special Night Map display with a single click.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy to use maps in combination with your Microsoft Office documents:

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