The upcoming Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007 is reviewed here »
(S&T 07 will be in stores Oct 12)
The latest version of iGuidance 3.0 by iNav Corporation was a good attempt to make the product more suitable for UMPC's and CarPC's. Will the upcoming Streets & Trips 2007 by Microsoft try to be small-screen friendly?
about freaking time.
can you set it to always launch in fullscreen gps mode? Or do you have to jump through dialogs each time first?
would be a nice add on for POI searches.
while i likely still wont try to use this as a navigation app, its nice that they are at least giving up users a nod and confirming our existence, lol.
But for 35bucks you really cant complain too much. If anything i would say they should bump the price up to 100 bucks so they can dedicate more than the hand full of people working on the app to add more features.
nice review though
Yes, I feel the same way: S&T will still not be my choice application for navigation, it cannot compete with the ease of use of iGuidance, but S&T 07 does have a lot to offer, and it has been nice to watch it to improve over the last three version years! I agree with you that Microsoft should throw more money at this product. There is just so much that can be expected to receive for $35. Nothing would make me happier that to see the price of the product being increased to $100.
On the menu bar > Tools > Options > GPS/Navigation there is a user selectable item "Show full screen navigation with driving guidance". That should help to automate the switching to full screen mode. I will still have to play with it a bit more, though, to see what is possible.
It would also be nice for microsoft to rationalise their efforts with S&T's and mappoint and the european autoroute. They must have 3 offices working on similar products....
If they make it a little more user friendly (navigation oriented rather than planning), it will be the BEST package.
They are making some head way with 2006 though, they have a driving directions pane now that shows your current street that you need to turn on too and a bar graph that shows how much is left to go on the current street. A nice feature. I am using it right now be cause of the mapping is good for where I live and can't afford Iguidence
Little by little Microsoft it getting there. The new full-screen navigation mode is a step in the right direction.
Full Screen Navigation toolbar explained: The toolbar will autohide after about 3 seconds. A tap on the touch screen of your TabletPC, UMPC or CarPC will bring the bar back on the screen so you can access its buttons. Users may disable or enable the automatic hiding of this new tool bar.
Yes, it's out. In the US it started to sell this morning. Some people already reported buying it. In Canada it should come to stores likely on or after October 17th.