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Microsoft expands Virtual Earth

Aerial and satellite imagery firm GlobeXplorer to provide high-resolution images to Live Search Maps.

Microsoft has signed an agreement with GlobeXplorer, an aerial and satellite imagery provider, that will provide new images to Live Search Maps. GlobeXplorer's images will be integrated into Virtual Earth within the next few months.

The update will affect Live Search Maps, which is powered by Microsoft's Virtual Earth online mapping platform, according to Microsoft. Among the changes, more than 400,000 square miles of U.S. aerial footage will be updated with high-resolution images.