Today Microsoft announced grand plans of digitizing India’s vast geographical maps and survey information. For this it has signed an MOU with Government of India. This is good news, not because MS is involved :-), but because this might finally evolve into a website that will allow me to search and access quality maps for India. Everytime I see Mapquest or MapPoint or hundreds of other maps website for USA, I envy the US for having excellent maps including driving instructions readily available. In contrast, in India we don’t even have one single website providing comparable service.
The other news here that makes me feel happy is that, Microsoft Research Lab in India which will work on this, is headed by Microsoft’s P. Anandan, who is a native of Chennai (My Home Town) !