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Microsoft now lets people using its Live Search Maps service get a more immersive view by integrating the company’s Photosynth panoramic viewer technology, reports C/Net

Photosynth stitches multiple images together into a 3D view, and people can in effect gaze around from a virtual vantage point. Areas with Photosynth views can be shown in the “explore collections” view of a map that also lets people see photos and other additions to a map.

For full instructions on how to use Photosynth on Microsoft’s maps, check the Virtual Earth evangelist’s blog from Microsoft. Favorite Photosynths include walkthroughs of the Venice Grand Canal, Crater Lake and Smith Tower.

In addition, Microsoft said Wednesday it added 47 terabytes of new aerial imagery on Wednesday showing new views of Spain, Japan, Canada, the United States, Australia, and assorted European countries, according to the Virtual Earth blog.

Wouldn’t it be fun to travel down the Columbia River Gorge 100 years ago, visit Portland’s 1905 Exposition or the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Surround 360 degree video can be shot with cameras from Immersive Media and i-Move but they weren’t around 100 years ago.

Imagine a Wayback Machine on the Android platform. Let’s go!

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