Microsoft is helping to digitally map the world -- one app at a time.
With Photosynth, your digital photos are incorporated into a 3-D environment that can be linked to Facebook or Bing Maps. If the app catches on, users could create a virtual world of their favorite places and experiences.
Here's how it works: Take a series of photos of, say, a new museum display. Photosynth pieces them together and seamlessly stitches them into Bing Maps. Other users who search for information on that artwork or museum can view your panorama.
"After capturing a great panorama of a museum you love or a beautiful garden, choose to publish to Bing Maps and it could be seen by the world," the Bing team wrote in a blog post. "From the map, 'dive in' and see your panorama next to that museum. Or, experience it seamlessly alongside the museum's listing in Bing (if tagged with the location name)."