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Street Slide: Microsoft innovation or just copy paste?

Our buddy Wen over at has thrown up some you-tubage of an interesting new street view being developed by Microsoft called Street Slide.  This is really awesome stuff that looks like it’s getting prepped for the mobile world.  The tech is already being ported over to iPhone’s in the video so a Windows Phone future wouldn’t be too far fetched.  The tech ups Google’s street view by leaps and bounds.  This is very obvious.  By lining up contiguous street views for an easy to navigate and consumer relative views of business and addresses being used in the extra space there is massive appeal for navigating in and around unfamiliar streets.

I think this represents a change in Microsoft’s R&D rotation from incubation period with Windows Phone 7 and the surrounding services.  With the release right around the corner, any aces up the mobile teams’ collective sleeves should be dropping anytime now.  This is also represents a big push for Microsoft services over Google on third party OS’s like IOS where Bing and Google are currently jockeying for top spot.  A consistent mapping program between the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 could be the unlikely partnership to dislodge Google from their lofty top spot they’re currently lauding over the rest of the search and mobile industry.  I think this is going to be the beginning of a major services marketing campaign by Microsoft over the next year.  With their “3 screens and a cloud” crap they’ve been spewing all over everyone they have to get their ducks in a row and it’s standout tech like this that can help people make the jump from Googling it to Binging it.  Hit up the source link or head past the break for video evidence of Street Slides incredible awesomeness.