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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Microsoft Ships Streets & Trips 2007 With GPS Locator


Updated trip-planning software and more powerful GPS receiver team up to resolve the battle for the driver?s seat.

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator, which includes the latest version of the best-selling1 travel and mapping software for the U.S. and Canada. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator delivers the helpful tools that consumers have come to expect, along with several new and enhanced features. The updated version of the product includes a sleek new and compact cordless Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver manufactured by Pharos, and a new full-screen navigation mode, making it easier than ever to plan personalized road trips and travel with complete confidence.

Despite skyrocketing fuel prices, Americans are still hitting the roads. Whether they are heading across town or around the country, men and women have very different travel styles. A recent survey conducted by global digital map content provider Tele Atlas NV confirmed the common belief that men tend to rely on their own sense of direction to avoid getting lost when on the road, while women prefer to stop and ask for directions.2 These fundamental differences often result in travel tension, which can cause fun to take a back seat. Add children to the mix, and a bumpy ride is sure to ensue.

?Couples and families routinely spend time together in the car, especially during the holidays,? said Helen Chiang, product manager for Streets & Trips at Microsoft. ?Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator helps to relieve common travel stress by making road trips fun and more affordable.?

Knowing Where You?re Going

Planning the trip ahead of time and building in stops for meals, bathroom breaks, gas, and fun points of interest such as landmarks or museums is a surefire way to decrease in-car tension and give the entire family things to look forward to along the way. Microsoft Streets & Trips is an easy way to get customized, highly detailed driving directions. It includes more than 1.2 million points of interest that can turn any trip into a journey to remember. Need a snack, gas or a place to sleep? Streets & Trips has the answer with easy-to-locate points of interest such as gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants and national parks, helping to enhance the entire road-trip experience. Integration with Windows Live Search also allows consumers to find current business listings online that can easily be saved to their Streets & Trips maps, ensuring that they have the latest and greatest information.

Sharing the Responsibility, Doubling the Fun

Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator helps ease the tension between travelers by making the role of driver and passenger equally important. Everyone in the family can be involved in planning the perfect route with fun and convenient pit stops or navigating along the way so the driver always knows what to expect. With Voice-Prompted Directions, a personalized Route Planner, highly detailed and customizable maps, timely updates on road construction, and more than 6.1 million miles of routable maps, Streets & Trips is the perfect tool for keeping the peace ? and peace of mind.

Keeping Travel Costs Down

The rising price of gas is affecting everyone, but Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator helps travelers find the most efficient route and stay within a specific budget. The program?s fuel consumption manager provides a cost estimate for the trip based on the car?s tank size and mileage per gallon, along with the current price for fuel, and will alert travelers when it?s time to refuel. The Reroute from Here feature keeps wrong turns from turning into huge delays by alerting travelers and quickly recalculating directions if they get off course. Getting back on track with one simple click helps travelers make the most of every tank of gas.

Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator includes the following new and enhanced 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 Pane displays 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.

Availability

Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 with GPS Locator is available for an estimated retail price of $129 (U.S.).3 Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 (standard) is also available for an estimated retail price of $39.95 (U.S.). For those planning European vacations, AutoRoute 2007 will be available for an estimated retail price of $129 (U.S.) for the GPS version and $39.95 (U.S.) for the standard version.


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