Microsoft announced its latest Streets & Trips 2009 edition today. The new 2009 version can be purchased with or without a Pharos GPS receiver that connects to a laptop USB port. The new version features options to help you find local attractions and make trips close to home.
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A search feature lets you find points of interest within a 50-mile radius of your home. The POI database has over 1.5 million entries. The software features free online road update to keep the database of construction and closed roads fresh. Street maps for the US and Canada are updated in the 2009 version. The 2009 version with GPS retails for $74.95 and the standard version is $39.95.
"Microsoft Streets & Trips 2009 is an especially good option if you are watching your pocketbook," said Lori Stock, senior product manager for Streets & Trips at Microsoft. "Whether you are exploring regional hot spots or your very own neighborhood, Microsoft Streets & Trips will help you find nearby places of interest and calculate the most efficient route between stops. The GPS version has all the same great features but will also guide you to those destinations with spoken streets names, which gives you a hands-free solution to help make trips as smooth and stress-free as possible."