An aussie/MS points out that MSDN subcribers can get the MapPoint web service for a full year free. (the actual link is here)
This is awesome news! I'm a big MapPoint fan, using it for all kinds of things but I have to say, I hate having to constantly upgrade to the latest version to see the latest street changes, etc.
Besides as a web service, you never have to worry about it being installed on the user's workstation. I'll report on how integration within VFP goes in a bit.
MapPoint Web Service Offering for MSDN Subscribers