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Microsoft MapPoint was the main geospatial product from Microsoft. Targeted at typical business (‘Microsoft Office’) users, it was an affordable business mapping application.

Although MapPoint may not have the full functionality of a GIS system such as Maptitude, it shipped with its own up-to-date road, address, and demographic datasets. This combination made MapPoint a very affordable alternative for a wide range of business applications.

Microsoft MapPoint 2013 was the last version, and official support end around June 2015. We continue to sell and support our various extensions for Microsoft MapPoint.

We recommend that users looking for a new geospatial solution, should take a serious look at Maptitude. We are currently porting many of our MapPoint products to Maptitude, and will be producing completely new add-ins in 2015.

MapPoint was only available for Microsoft Windows running on a PC or laptop. It will not run on Windows RT or a Windows Phone, but it will run on the Intel x86/x64 version of Windows 8. Different editions were available for North America and Europe, and include route, gazetteer, or demographic information for their respective regions. Map coverage outside of these regions is extremely basic, and is typically limited to coastlines and the locations of major cities.

This site specializes in tools and add-ins for the desktop version of Microsoft MapPoint and Caliper Maptitude. These pages describe how to use the various features in these products. Here is a quick summary of MapPoint’s capabilities:

Route Finding

Example picture of a route in MapPoint North America

Microsoft MapPoint comes with a comprehensive road database and routing capabilities. These could be used in a similar way as the Streets & Trips product, but they can also be accessed through the programming interface. This allows more complex functions to be implemented. For example, you could print a map showing the personalized route for each of your customers. Our MPMileCharter and MPMileage products both use Microsoft MapPoint’s routing abilities to find route distances and travel times between many locations. Both can also calculate estimated costs.

Microsoft MapPoint can also be used to track an attached GPS (Global Positioning System) unit that meets the NMEA 2.0 standard. This device can also be used for interactive real-time routing.

Geographic Data Analysis and Marketing

Geographic data can be plotted in Microsoft MapPoint in a variety of forms, including shaded areas and pie charts. Microsoft MapPoint is supplied with a range of demographic data, and you can import data from your own Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets, Access databases, flat files, and ODBC connections. Both of these example maps combine Microsoft MapPoint demographic data with external data.
Map of airline delays plotted as pie charts over climate information
This map plots aircraft delays for a series of airports. Pie charts illustrate both the percentage of delayed flights and the absolute number of flights. In an attempt to understand the causes for the delays, the data has been plotted over the climate data supplied with Microsoft MapPoint.

Geographic Annotation

You can also add your own lines, shapes, and annotation to Microsoft MapPoint maps. For example, it has been successfully used to draw networks, or “freeform” territories on real world maps.

 

Two drivetime shapes combined with MPSuperShape

This technique is used by our MPSuperShape tool to manipulate shapes, as well as import/export them to other data formats. In the example to the right, two drivetime polygons have been drawn around two sales offices using MapPoint. These mark areas within a specific driving time of each office. MPSuperShape can combine them into one, to give an effective market territory of the two offices. MPSuperShape can also find shape intersections, calculate pushpin boundary shapes, and import/export shapes in a variety of file formats.

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