MapPoint is desktop software for business mapping (statistics, analysis, routing), it comes with demographics data included (or add your own), and it is programmable (you can write your own, or use existing add-ons). There is a North American version and a version for Europe. Microsoft also offers a less expensive consumer-oriented software with a sub-set of MapPoint's features: Streets & Trips for North America (link
), and AutoRoute for Europe (link
). Updated maps.
I see newer streets now on the map in my neighborhood in MapPoint 2013. Microsoft has added 150,000 miles of new roads and 600,000 new points of interest (POI) to the North American version, which has just been released. I have not seen MapPoint Europe 2013 yet, but it is on it's way. The EULA does make a reference to MP EU 2013, as it does to AutoRoute 2013. The EU products usually release weeks or months after the NA launch. GPS-related features improved.
1. Users can opt out of receiving the Safety Warning each time navigation is enabled; 2. Heading (N/E/W/S) is now shown in the Navigation pane; 3. Speed (MPH or KMH) shown even when GPS pane is closed, it shows even in full-screen nav mode. Show all pushpin names.
In addition to the ability to toggle 1. hide/show all pushpin sets, and 2. hide/show all pushpin information, the application can now 3. show/hide all pushpin names. Create larger Drivetime Zones.
9999 minutes versus 999 minutes in previous versions. New style buttons.
Windows 8 Metro UI look.
More details, including screen shots, can be viewed in the Streets & Trips 2013 review here
MSFT has skipped MP2012
Version 2011 was purely a map data refresh. It introduced no new functionality to the software.
Version 2010 contains some very significant improvements. It has incorporated several user-suggested features. The following is a brief look at some of the differences between v2010 and v2009. Map coverage:
- MP 2010 North America
12 months fresher data.
Detailed street-level maps and address find capability for USA (including Alaska and Hawaii), and Canada (all provinces and all territories).
In addition, it also provides street-level coverage, but does not support address find for Mexico, Puerto Rico, and all three U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas).
Street-level map data of 42 European countries versus the previous versios 2009 which contained detailed map coverage of only 36 countries.Map settings
Detailed street-level maps and address find capability for Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
In addition, it provides some street-level coverage, but does not support address find, for Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Isle of Man, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City.
The new Map Settings pane is an excellent feature many users will love. It allows one to turn off unneeded map features to eliminate clutter and make the map more visually appealing for presentations, etc. Show/Hide pushpin sets, Show/Hide pushpin balloons
Improved pushpin management. It is now possible to toggle hide/show individual pushpin sets. It even is possible to toggle show/hide pushpin information balloons. Delete visible pushpins inside or outside of a selected area
The above before & after pictures illustrate another improvement of pushpin management in MapPoint 2010. Import / Export GPX files
Share data between other mapping software, online maps, or portable GPS devices by introducing the ability to import and export .gpx files. Send to mobile phone, Send to GPS device
Send location information to a mobile phone as an SMS.
Send also to a GPS device. Easier way to save defaults application settings
Users of MP2010 no longer have to save new template for some of the more basic items, such as setting their preferred map area to show upon start up, etc. Rename Route Stops
More info in the Navigation pane Pushpins are back!
Rename Route Stops is one of those new features in 2010 that is comparatively minor but really adds a lot of 'usability' to route planning. Thanks for that MSFT.
One of the disappointments of version 2009 was the removal of the familiar pushpin symbols and substituting them with only 45 new ones. Version 2010 brings us 348 new pushpins. I think they do look just fine. The 10,000 addresses import limit has been removed
Earlier versions allowed up to 10,000 addresses to be imported at one time. This hard coded limit has been removed in the new 2010 versions of the software. Back & Forward functionality returns!
MP2009 dropped the Back/Forward buttons. MP2010 doesn't bring the buttons back, but the functionality has been restored and it can be accessed either by going to the View menu, as shown on the above picture, or by using keyboard shortcuts Alt+ LeftArrow and Alt+RightArrow. Pause Windows Media Player during spoken navigation instructions.
MP is now able to pause Windows Media Player while voice instructions are spoken. This is an excellent feature for those of us who use it for real-time GPS navigation. This feature can be enabled in Tools => Options => Navigation Related Reading MP2009NA review MP2009EU review Mapping tools for MP Book - Mappoint for Dummies