If you’re an observant person or a fanatic of maps and aerial imagery, you probably already noticed that we updated our map images late last week by integrating the Microsoft Virtual Earth maps/aerial imagery with our underlying maps platform. As a result, you’ll now see aerial images that are more clear, crisp, and actually a bit closer when searching on Zillow.

Prior to integrating Microsoft’s Virtual Earth, we were hosting maps and satellite images we acquired from various sources. We have been using Microsoft Virtual Earth’s Bird’s Eye views of homes for some time now, and with the mapping technology of Microsoft Virtual Earth now integrated into the site, you’ll see improved maps and satellite images along with an expansion of coverage.

I’ve included some examples of some of the things you might notice off that bat:

UW Student Housing

New construction. Some of our developers who recently attended and lived on the University of Washington campus pointed out changes to the UW college apartments, which you can now see in the After image.


Closer aerial map views. Notice in the Before example there are more homes and streets showing at the most zoomed in-level,  whereas on the After map view, the image is closer resulting in a more detailed view of homes.

Points of Interest

Points of interest. In the top view, museums, stadiums and other prominent POI did not exist, but now you can see how close you live, or could live, to some interesting hot spots.

We hope you enjoy these updates.  As always, if you have feedback on ways we can further improve the site, please do let us know!

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