Microsoft updated its Street & Trips to a 2007 version today and adds the following new features:
- New! SiRF star III GPS locator is 10 times more sensitive than the previous GPS locator and provides a strong signal whether the user is in the city or mountains. Consumers can simply plug in the sleek and compact GPS receiver to a notebook PC’s USB port to view maps and travel routes in real time, so they always know where they are, no matter where their travels take them.
- New! USB adapter for the GPS device gives consumers the flexibility to travel cable-free. They can just plug it in and go.
- New! Full-screen navigation mode has been streamlined to highlight the four most commonly used buttons at consumers’ fingertips. With the new and improved display, travelers can access the options they need quickly and easily while in the car, without having to spend time searching.
- New! Integration with Live Search helps consumers find current business listings online that can easily be saved to their Streets & Trips maps. Keyword searching helps consumers quickly find listings near their location by entering words such as “coffee” or “restaurant”; search results automatically refresh as users move around the map, so they always have the most relevant information.
- Enhanced! Driving Guidance Panedisplays textual turn-by-turn directions, with enlarged arrows indicating where to turn and distance measured by miles, then in yards, as drivers get closer to their destination. With the new Estimated Drive Time feature, travelers will always know how far they are from their destination.
The Standard version is $39.95 while the software with an included GPS locator device will set you back $129.99. The GPS device is a new model offering from Pharos.