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It is a sort of baby/lightweight GIS. Yes it can be used with GPS, can be used for route finding, and for plotting data. Data plotting is more orientated towards business applications rather than the natural sciences.

MS MapPoint is to GIS a bit like MS Excel is to a decent statistics system. You can do a lot with it at an affordable price (just over $200 from places like Amazon I think), but there are some definite limits.

If you're used to the ESRI products then you'll find MapPoint restrictive. It does however include quite a bit of demographic data, and has a reasonable programming interface - I've used it from C++ and VB6.

There are two geographic editions: Europe and North America.

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