Microsoft proved to the world it can be just as innovative as say, Google, this week when they unveiled the company’s latest project – Street Slide. And by the looks of it, even the most loyal Google Street View enthusiasts will have to admit the PC powerhouse is onto something here.
To put it simply, Street Slide does what Street View can’t. If you’ve ever used Street View, you’d know that the application works by using small bubbles that represent units of perspective. So, a user essentially clicks their way into a bubble where they can then virtually explore the inside of that space with a 360-degree view. It’s fantastic, but it does have its hangups. Clicking from bubble to bubble to expand your perspective can get a little monotonous.
That’s where Street Slide comes in. Cue the heavenly choir music. Microsoft developed their version of Street View to combine both the 360-degree capabilities of Google’s beloved application with an incredible panoramic views of streets and spaces. In Street Slide, users are seamlessly linked to the world. By zooming out of a location, you can see whole or multiple city blocks at one time. Now that’s smart. Who would refuse a little context with their perspective? The application does have one downside, though. The further you zoom out, the smaller the panoramic slices get, so be careful not to back your way into oblivion.
Check out a demo of the exciting new project:
What do you think of Microsoft Street Slide? Will you use it?