Naturally, creating sites that require any type of plug-in – unless it’s really, really well-deployed like Flash – puts up a serious stumbling block for your users. This kind of functionality seems best to only be implemented for special sites when the spinning globe and fluent 3D power is really needed; otherwise, the Google Maps API, among other solutions, may be the way to go.
Browsing some of the examples provided by Google, you can see: two globes side-by-side showing, for any given location, the location on the other side of earth you’d reach by drilling a hole; a geography game where you need to pinpoint locations; another game where you can drive a milk truck over the earth surface, and more.
Microsoft, by the way, also offers a 3D plug-in called Virtual Earth 3D as part of their Live Maps website.
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