Until now, Microsoft’s Photosynth has been mostly a consumer-oriented application, used to bring multiple pictures together in a 3-D photo landscape. But Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) said Thursday it would integrate Photosynth with its Virtual Earth mapping platform, in hopes of selling the package to business customers.
The idea is that companies could combine their Photosynth pictures with Visual Earth’s aerial, 3-D views. Microsoft also said it had introduced commercial licenses for Photosynth that remove limits to the number of landscapes users can create and the traffic they can generate. In a statement, Microsoft said that a real-estate agency, for instance, could use the two products together to show home buyers the inside and outside of properties. A sidenote: Photosynth is the best known project of Microsoft’s Live Labs, which the company downsized last month.