Photosynth software analyzes digital photographs and generates a 3-D model by "stitching" the photos together. These models, or "synths," can now be viewed using Silverlight technology across multiple platforms. With the integration of Photosynth into Virtual Earth customers will be able to create detailed 3-D views of anything from places to products and from hotels to homes.
This integration of Photosynth into Virtual Earth is basically a fully customized version of what is available with Google Streetview. Instead of stopping at the door, the camera will be able to enter public buildings, retail stores, hotels and restaurant, etc...
The commercial update includes new controls that enable users to decide where and how they share synths by making synths public or unlisted. Synths can now also include user-defined highlights to showcase key images and greatly improve navigation.
Microsoft foresees applications in real estate, tourism and hospitality, retail, media, entertainment and public sector.