PS 2005 SP - Now Bundled for Free and with GPS Support!
Intro "Streets & Trips" first appeared in September 1999 when Microsoft released it to take over from Expedia Trip Planner 98. Prior to the "2005" version it had essentially remained a mapping program with some quality maps and POIs. With 2005, the pace of enhancements is picking up with more advanced GPS support on the PC version, improvements to the PocketPC version (see upcoming part II) and most significantly, GPS support on the bundled Smartphone version when the 2004 version used to be sold separately for $25 and lacked GPS support!
Getting a "Fix" on your Smartphone There really isn't a lot to say about getting up and running with the Smartphone version: install it at the same time as the PC version, or launch the separate setup later or just copy the .cab on your SP and click on it. You can then cut maps on your PC or simply download pre-cut maps for of major cities for Canada, the United States and Europe, copy them on to your SP, launch PS, turn on your Bluetooth GPS and that's it, your position will be centered on the screen.
Limited functionalities As with previous versions of Pocket Streets, you can search for an address or a POI, and show it on the map, but unfortunately, a trip calculation to that spot from your current GPS position is not possible. Similarly, you can't record your tracks for later transfer and analysis.
Conclusion So there you have it, a perfect companion for your Bluetooth GPS ;-) While that may sound like an odd comment, it echoes the one I made in the summer of 2002 when reviewing the first ever Bluetooth GPS to hit the strees, the Emtac Bluetooth GPS and wished for a small external screen. Of course Pocket Streets 2005 is more than just a screen, and it's likely Microsoft will continue to add more functionalities as Smarpthones get more popular.
You can use this thread of the "MS Streets and Trips and Mappoint" forums for any questions or comments.