Microsoft Streets and Trips 2013
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- Updated street-level maps of the United States and Canada with more than 2.5 million points of interest from America's #1 travel and map software.
- Plan your trip including multiple destinations, rest stops, scenic detours, fuel stops and more-all with no Internet connection required.
- New! See customer ratings and reviews on businesses and take the guesswork out of deciding where to go when online.
- View the quickest routes with one-click trip optimization; add notes for planned stops, reservations, phone numbers, and more.
- Change your plans on the go, with no Internet connection; choose specific roads by dragging and dropping the route.
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Find adventure on the open road with Microsoft Streets & Trips. With America's #1 travel and map software, explore new places, generate maps and directions and even add your own contacts - all without an Internet connection.
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Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013
Explore the sights of the United States and Canada with Microsoft Streets & Trips. Plan a family vacation, optimize your business travel, or plan a trip around a hobby from amusement parks to historical sites. Tailor your trip to your personal style, such as preferred road types, start and stop times, and more. Streets & Trips makes your travels an adventure with over 2.5 million points of interest to help you find interesting stops along the way with no Internet required. Explore new places, generate maps and directions, and even add your own contacts. Get lost in the adventure - not trying to find it.
Maps, Directions, and Inspirations
A road trip is about more than "just getting there." Adventure awaits and Streets & Trips can help you coordinate your adventure from start to finish – including multiple destinations, rest stops, scenic detours, fuel stops, and more. Explore the United States and Canada with updated maps and over 150,000 new miles of roads. Calculate your mileage, fuel costs, and arrival times, and compare different routes you’re considering before you leave. Free construction updates will help you avoid delays – and maybe find a new favorite spot along a detour route.
Get even more when you are connected to the Internet. See customer ratings and reviews to take the guesswork out of where to go, and then take a peek at that location using Bing maps bird’s eye aerial imagery when you are online. Share your itinerary and trip details with friends and family and you just might inspire your friends and family to take their own trip.
Tailored to You
Do you prefer speedy and efficient highways or leisurely backroads? Either way, you can tailor your trip to your preferences. Easily set preferred driving speeds, road types, driving times, and more. Try one-click optimization and you might save time and money on fuel.
Create a trip tailored around your favorite hobby whether you are a history buff, BBQ enthusiast, or NASCAR fan. Use the more than 2.5 million included points of interest to find interesting stops or easily add your custom points of interest. See friends or family along the way by adding your Microsoft Outlook contacts. Keep track of the details by personalizing your maps with notes about planned stops, reservation details, phone numbers, and more.
Navigation on the Go
Find your way easily with detailed, turn-by-turn directions and an easy-to-read night map. Streets & Trips is also a great companion to GPS devices. Use Streets & Trips to plan the perfect trip, including multiple stops, points of interest, and start and stop times. Then share the route to a Garmin device for easy navigation along the way.
Why Streets & Trips?
Streets & Trips helps you plan or make changes to your trip – even if there is no Internet access or cell phone signals. Maps, routes, and directions are always at your fingertips and you don’t have to wonder what other routes you could take. With Streets & Trips, you can plan nearly unlimited stops, easily compare route options, and change routes by dragging and dropping without worrying about connecting to the Internet.
No DVD Drive, No Problem
If your computer doesn’t have a CD or DVD drive, you may still purchase and install Streets & Trips as a software download, or you can find out how to install the DVD version at www.microsoft.com/streets/activate.
- No Internet connection required
- Updated street-level maps of the United States and Canada with 150,000 new miles of roads
- More than 2.5 million points of interest including national parks, casinos, hotels, campgrounds, and more
- Change your route on-the-go by dragging and dropping
- View the quickest routes with one-click trip optimization; add notes for planned stops, reservations, phone numbers, or other details
- Customize your trip with preferences such as driving times and speeds, start and stop times, and road types
- Calculate fuel costs before you go
- Share trips to your Garmin device for navigation and spoken directions
- See customer ratings and reviews on businesses when you are online
- Share trip details, such as route information and stops, with friends and family
- Easy-to-read night map display for navigating in low light
- Bing aerial map views and search results (when connected to the Internet)
- Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), or Windows XP (32 bit)
- 1 GB RAM for 32 bit OS, 2 GB RAM for 64 bit OS, 256 MB RAM for Windows XP
- 2 GB available hard-disk space
- DVD drive or high speed Internet access for installation
- 1024 X 768 or higher resolution monitor
Additional items or services are required to use certain features:
- Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010 required to use Send To features
- Broadband Internet service (connect time charges may apply)
- GPS device that supports NMEA 2.0 or later and USB port
- Internet Explorer (will not displace your primary browser)
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I also have a Tom-Tom which my wife and I use for short trips and to get directions from point A to point B within the state. Local travel is what the Tom-Tom and Garmin units are designed for. But where S&T beats the small units hands down is when planning long distance trips. There are many congested areas of the country I refuse to drive through (I-95 through the CT-NY-NJ area.) With S&T all I have to do is tell it to avoid this area by dragging the mouse over the map and the planned route is instantly modified. S&T also beats the small units when manually re-routing a trip. All you have to do is click on the route and drag the route marker where you want to go. S&T also provides a much greater overall map view of your trip as you are driving (you can see your progress on the entire trip rather than just a quarter mile ahead of you.) This is great with the kids/grandkids in the back seat watching the progress of the trip and seeing how far they have gone and how far they still have to go.
The little units have their place but my preference for long distance travel planning and GPS tracking is still with S&T. I was planning to upgrade to the 2012 edition but had to wait for 2013. Again, no major software upgrades that I have seen (other than the maps and POIs), but for the price I don't think you can beat it. The upgrade was worth it for the maps alone.
1. Speed: I have high-speed internet connection (13Mbps down/6Mbps up), but the speed of MS Streets&Trips is still far faster than any internet-based map service. I like the instantaneous response in zooming in/out, and quick panning movement.
2. Control: I can save my map with directions and locations as a file. Every planned trip becomes a single map file that can be easily reviewed at later time. Just double click the file when I am ready to use it. This is especially useful when I am on a multi-day trip. At night, I just open the map file to review tomorrow's trip.
3. Off-line: No need to worry about the weak and slow wireless connection from the hotel.
4. Point-of-Interest: The MS Streets&Trips shows point-of-interest with clear icons. That makes trip planning life much easier. I can easily see how many hotels/restaurants are around my destinations.
5. Multiple Destinations: MS Streets&Trips is especially good if you have more than 3 stops on a trip. You can organize your stops in the order you want and the program will generate detailed directions from one stop to next stop.
6. Printing: With the on-line map (either Google map, bing map, or yahoo map), you are not able to control the print out boundary. With MS Streets&Trips, I can zoom in/out the map to get exact print out.
7. Add Comment: I can easily add comments to the map for easy referencing purpose.
I don't run into any installation issue when installing it to my Window 7 64-bit PC. However, I agree with other reviewers that MS Streets&Trips 2013 does not seem to be much different from MS Streets&Trips 2009. Unfortunately, MS Streets&Trips 2009 can not be run on 64-bit PC. So, I need the MS Streets&Trips to be run on 64-bit PC.
In summary, GPS is very helpful while you are on the road, but GPS is not good for trip planning. On-line map is convenient but can not be tailored to fit each person's need. The MS Streets&Trips is definitely a great software in trip planning. I highly recommend it.
Why did MS discontinue it? Because they think it's obsolete in a world of Web maps.
Well, that's fine if you only travel the Interstates. But if you like to get off the beaten path, and drive the Blue Highways, there will be times when you don't have a decent cell signal.
Woops. What's your phone map going to do then?
Now yeah, you can buy a standalone GPS that has internal map storage. But if you like to plan your trips, if you like to map-daydream, if you like to find the little twisty roads, a standalone GPS is a lousy tool. You need something you can use at your desk or in your hotel room and *also* in the car. That's this.
The 2013 version has one great feature that the earlier ones don't: you can right-click on a point and select "Open in Bing Maps" and it does just that, opens the location in the web browser. Then you can do all the surfing and research that the web maps are so good at, and return to S&T with your newfound knowledge and continue planning your trip with a tool that isn't celltower-sensitive.
Oh, and I also have DeLorme's program. For all its faults, I like this a lot better.
Not everyone needs or wants this. You certainly don't need it just to get from Here to There. Buy a GPS or use your phone for that. But if you are a road aficionado, if the road itself is the highlight of your journey, then this does things that other tools don't.