MapPoint Add-in for SQL Server (Updated with Example)
Nice :) If you have MSDN you can download MapPoint Europe or US or get the trial from the link below - will be trying this out tonight
View and edit your SQL data on a map. It’s quick, low cost, and doesn’t require special training. To get started you need the free Add-in, MapPoint 20091, and access to data in a SQL Server 2008 database
Right first I downloaded the 1.8GB European MapPoint and then remembered all my spatial SQL 2008 databases are US only :( so another 1.7GB later I have it all installed and tried out the add-in.
I used a US Airports table in SQL Server - approx 6000 records with a GEOGRAPHY column and added a layer onto the map of the US. Here is the result.
Still exploring the info further as there are many features. It would have been nice for the add-in to come with an example or a walkthrough on using the SQL 2008 sample spatial database but maybe thats for next time. This took less than 5 minutes from start to finish.