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Introduction

Microsoft MapPoint is an affordable business mapping application that can easily plot geospatial data for North America or Europe. It can also geocode locations and plot routes. Although MapPoint may not have the full functionality of a large (and expensive) GIS system, it does ship with its own up-to-date road, address, and demographic datasets. This combination makes MapPoint a very affordable alternative for a wide range of business applications.

These pages demonstrate how to use MapPoint to its full capabilities. Each function and feature is described, along with caveats and potential problems. Differences between the different versions are also explained.

As a tutorial it is recommended that you work through these pages, starting with How to find your way around MapPoint. Look at the Case Studies for an overview of many of MapPoint’s capabilities.

The remaining pages in this section put MapPoint in context by describing the full range of Microsoft’s geospatial products.