Can MapPoint 2010 use a Windows 7 location sensor? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I just downloaded the MapPoint 2010 from Microsoft (free 60 day trial).

    I am trying to use a Windows 7 location sensor so that MapPoint can sense my location. Unfortunately, it only seems to want a GPS with a COM port.

    Does MapPoint 2010 support Windows 7 location sensors yet? Is there some other solution (like a "virtual" GPS COM port)?


    Joshua Rodd

    Friday, December 3, 2010 7:14 PM

All replies

  • Hi Joshua,


    What GPS unit do you have? Most come with a driver that creates a virtual com port. MapPoint requires NMEA protocol, 4800 baud rate, and 1Hz GPS update frequency.


    Laptop GPS World
    Saturday, December 4, 2010 9:03 PM
  • No, MapPoint does not support the Location Sensor in Windows 7. MapPoint 2010 actually came out a little over a month before Windows 7 was officially released!

    Another problem is that many GPS devices do not support the sensor API (but this should drop as old devices are replaced and drivers are written for new devices); and most users of MapPoint do not have Windows 7.


    I think in the long term, adding support will make it much easier for GPS users, and I have suggested it to the MapPoint/S&T team.

    Richard Marsden http://www.geowebguru.com http://www.mapping-tools.com
    • Proposed as answer by Marvin Hlavac Thursday, December 9, 2010 11:22 PM
    Tuesday, December 7, 2010 1:57 PM
  • While the Microsoft's MapPoint software doesn't support Location Sensor, the Microsoft's hardware does. I was playing with it last night:

    Using a GPS receiver as a Location Sensor in Windows

    Laptop GPS World
    Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:35 PM