Microsoft brings MSN Direct Traffic and gas prices to laptop navigation



Microsoft brings MSN Direct Traffic and gas prices to laptop navigation
Microsoft today launched Microsoft Streets & Trips 2008 with Connected Services. The updated version of the program combines the mapping software for the United States and Canada, a USB GPS and MSN Direct receiver, providing drivers with current traffic updates and competitive gas prices without needing an Internet connection. Streets & Trips 2008 with Connected Services also integrates with Live Search Maps, allowing consumers to find up-to-date local information that can be saved to take on the road.

Microsoft Streets & Trips 2008 with Connected Services is available today for an estimated retail price of US $179.95 with a one year MSN Direct subscription. Subscription renewal is available for a one time payment of $59.95 or one additional year subscription at $39.95. The version without the MSN receiver (with GPS) is available for US $99.95 and the software only version for US $39.95.



Microsoft brings MSN Direct Traffic and gas prices to laptop navigation
Microsoft brings MSN Direct Traffic and gas prices to laptop navigation
A premium price for the GPS version

Microsoft asks a premium price for the GPS version of this software. In comparison Street Atlas USA 2008 from DeLorme costs US $69.99 (read our article here) and offers the spoken name of road or exit in its voice guidances. DeLorme embeds a STMicro chipset instead of a SiRF StarIII for Microsoft which probably makes for a part of the price difference.

Tuesday, August 21st 2007

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