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ImageAutoroute 2007
Latest incarnation of Microsoft's popular Autoroute software

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By Jane. November 26, 2008

Is AA Autoroute 2007 the last release for this well loved software?

Originally created in the late 1980s by UK company NextBase. It was a clunky old DOS application to begin with, yet extremely impressive. I fondly remember installing it from seemingly hundreds of floppy discs onto an old 386 machine. It was later ported to Windows and then, as is often the case with successful software, quickly bought up by Microsoft in 1994. In it's day A a Autoroute was a must have, something that you'd keep on your hard drive just in case ever you wanted to know the location of a weird looking postcode or the slowest route to an unwanted visit to relatives.

Close to 20 years later, in these days of free online maps and tiny sized GPS mapping devices in our cars, PDAs and even phones - You might well wonder what the age old classic Autoroute has to offer.

Well, to start off, GPS works very well with Auto route but, unless you like lugging a heavy PC around, probably only worth using on a laptop and even then best restricted to passenger use, not one for the driver. A win there for new fangled Tomtom style GPS devices then.

Unlike online maps of course, you have the mapping data permanently installed to your hard drive, taking up gigabytes of drive space offers surely an advantage in speed. Sure enough the maps pan smoothly and load quicker than their on-line counterparts but the maps do look old and tired compared to the smooth lines of googlemaps for instance.

Do we need DVD based aa auto route in a 21st century with super fast broadband and everyone slowly moving to 'the cloud? The answer, probably not. Which is maybe why Microsoft has decided to drop Autoroute, at least from the UK, the last version being Autoroute 2007.

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