Microsoft Streets & Trips
||It has been suggested that Microsoft AutoRoute be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since June 2012.|
Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 startup screen
|Stable release||Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013
19.00.18.2600 / July 1, 2012
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Route planning software|
Microsoft Streets & Trips, known in Europe as Microsoft AutoRoute, is mapping software developed and distributed by Microsoft. Functionally the latest version is a subset of Microsoft MapPoint targeted at the average consumer to do a variety of map related tasks in the North American region including the United States, Canada, and Mexico, such as route planning.
Its primary competitor is DeLorme, particularly its Street Atlas series of mapping software.
The European version is marketed as Microsoft AutoRoute and covers all of Europe, including European Russia, as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Cyprus and all of Turkey. AutoRoute is also produced in several European languages besides English.
Streets & Trips 2006 and later versions install the new text-to-speech voice, "Microsoft Anna", which is part of Windows Vista, onto Windows XP computers for the voice-prompt direction feature. Version 2006 of both Streets & Trips as well as AutoRoute is the last version for Windows 98 / Me and version 2007 is the last version for Windows 2000.
Version 2008 (and older) included 336 pushpin symbols. The new version 2009 replaced these symbols with a new set of 46 pushpins. The Streets and Trips user community thus created a default map template wihich has the 2008 pin set in order to re-add them to the program. The former pushpins were restored in the 2010 version with updated visual styling.
Streets & Trips 2009 adds pronunciation of street names, as part of the voice directions prompts. The map of Mexico now includes street level data of even small towns, but the address-find feature still has not been enabled for there.
Version 2010  adds hide/show pushpinsets, hide/show information balloons, import/export GPX files, export to GPS navigation device, export to mobile phone, and 348 new pushpin symbols were added, the majority restored former pins as mentioned above.
Version 2011  is mainly a database update adding 88,000 miles of new mapping to the program and the removal of support for the ending MSN Direct service and coupon data, while allowing direct map correction feedback to maps provider Navteq and the addition of cardinal direction guidance and alternate road names to direction data. This version came out in February rather than the traditional August/September release date. No reasons were given.
Version 2013 has been released as of July 1, 2012.
A version of the product is currently sold with a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to allow users to use the product as a satellite navigation system. Since version 2008, Microsoft has started requiring Product Activation for Streets & Trips.
Originally released by NextBase Ltd in the 1988, a UK company, under the name "Autoroute", it was sold for DOS based PCs and later for the Apple Macintosh, Atari ST and Psion PDA. In the early 1990s it was ported to the Microsoft Windows operating system. The company created a version for the United States called Automap Road Atlas which it sold through its American subsidiary Automap Inc. in Bellevue, WA. In 1994 the product was sold to Microsoft. Microsoft combined the Encarta World Atlas Mapping Technology with new routing technology derived from Autoroute to create Automap Streets/Streets Plus and Automap Road Atlas/Automap Trip Planner products. These were produced under the Microsoft Home division and were later branded for a few releases as Expedia Streets and Expedia Trip Planner. After Microsoft spun off Expedia, they were merged into a single product called Microsoft Streets & Trips 2000, newer versions of which continue to be produced today in the USA. In Europe the Autoroute brand was retained. In 2000, Microsoft also developed Microsoft MapPoint as a business mapping program based on this technology. The technology was also used in MSN Maps which later became Bing Maps.
Although version 2013 uses the same file name extension (.est) as previous versions, it does not recognize files created in previous versions, including the last major version, 2010. This forces users to re-input all locations as if using the product for the first time.
System requirements of the 2013 version
- Processor: 300 MHz or faster
- Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7 with 1 GB RAM, Vista with 1 GB RAM, Server 2008 with 512 MB RAM, or Windows XP with 256 MB RAM (64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Server excluded); service packs for operating systems recommended.
- Hard Disk Space: 2.0 GB available hard disk space
- Display: Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher resolution monitor
- Certain features require Internet Explorer. If not present, Internet Explorer will be installed but will not displace your primary browser.
- Input Device: Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or a compatible pointing device
- Template adds old-style pushpins to Streets & Trips 2009 / MapPoint 2009
- Streets & Trips 2009 review
- Version 2010 Review
- Microsoft Streets & Trips 2008: Review
- Product activation FAQ and troubleshooting: MS KB927007
- "NextBase and Automap Products".
- Microsoft Streets & Trips review
- Microsoft Streets & Trips website
- Streets & Trips unofficial forum
- Streets & Trips blog by Microsoft employees
- Tips & Tricks for Streets & Trips
- Unofficial wish list for Streets & Trips
- Business uses for Microsoft Streets and Trips
- POI Mega File