我们很早就能通过 Virtual Earth 看到整个地球了，那么天空呢？微软目前还不能让我们看到天空。不过这个可能在 2月27日的 TED 会议上发生变化。
A source close to Microsoft says the company will launch new desktop software called WorldWide Telescope on February 27 at the TED Conference in Monterey, California….
The service will be accessed through a downloadable application – Windows only for now is what we hear. Users will be able to pan around the nighttime sky and zoom as far in to any one area as the data will allow. Microsoft is said to be tapping the Hubble telescope as well as ten or so earth bound telescopes around the world for data. When you find an area you like, you can switch to a number of different views, such as infrared and non-visible light.
From what we hear, WorldWide Telescope will be significantly better than Google Sky, which launched last August as part of Google Earth… The key is the user interface, which is seamless as you move around the sky and zoom in and out. Much of the Photosynth technology is said to have been used for the project. And the sheer amount of data Microsoft is accessing, said to be measured in the terabits, gives that great user interface something to show off…
LiveSide: Earth? No, the Sky is the limit?!