Curious about what big cities are in the Chechnya region of Russia or what exactly constitutes its Golden Ring? Soon you might not have to contemplate a trip there to find out, but tap the Internet to get a bird’s eye view of the major cities in this sweeping country.
According to a report on the Russian-InfoCentre Web site, Microsoft has been in talks with two Russian companies to make the Russian territories part of its Virtual Earth project. Microsoft Virtual Earth, a competitor to Google Earth, is aiming to one up its competitor by providing full 3D models of Russia’s large cities and territories. The companies are talking about using high-performance hardware for a digital air survey as well as automatically generating textured 2D models of buildings and other structures.