We will not know all the details about the upcoming new version of Microsoft Streets and Trips till we have a chance to test drive it ourselves, but the following pages of this discussion reveal some interesting facts already:
Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009 will release in early October 2008. It will include the long awaited feature: * Voice direction prompts that include street names
(turn right on Main Street, instead of just turn right).
The new Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009 will also include a handful of other improvements. * 2.5D improvements (zoom to turn, indicator icon, etc)
Will this feature now work properly? Several members here at Laptop GPS World don't like the implementation of the '3D' feature in the current Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008 version, because 1.
the auto-zoom feature cannot be enabled when 3D (perspective map) is enabled, and 2.
the GPS icon sometimes travels outside the screen, or is just too high on the map. Have these concerns been addressed in the new Streets and Trips 2009? We will have to take it for a drive to know.
Several members here at the forum also mentioned they could no longer use Streets and Trips 2008, because of the introduction of the automatic rerouting feature. A trip painstakingly planned by a user in this #1 trip planning software, could be automatically altered against the will of the user. Some people, especially those driving larger vehicles (RVers, truckers, etc) just could not leave routing up to the computer software, so they just returned to the previous 2007 version. Will Streets and Trips 2009 let users turn off/on automatic rerouting? I don't know, because it it not quite clear from the description I just read: * Configurable spoken street names and automatic re-routing
Does it mean both of the features are configurable? Spoken street names configurable, and also automatic re-routing configurable? And how configurable is this (or are those) feature(s)? Hmm, we will just have to wait till Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009 is available for a test drive.
Chris Pendleton, Virtual Earth Tech Evangelist, Microsoft Live Search, writes more about the upcoming release of Microsoft Streets and Trips 2009, and Microsoft MapPoint 2009, in his blog: Bing Community