Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services Imagery Styling Improvements Now Live!

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Today, we are pleased to announce the following rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps,…
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4 Easy Ways to Visualize Excel Data on Bing Maps

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Visualizing Excel Data with Bing Maps

I have been helping developers visualize their data on Bing Maps for many years. One of the most requests I’ve had in the past is, “I have this data, but can you show it on a map?” More often than not this data would be sitting in an Excel file, usually with some address data, but rarely contained any coordinate information. To get this data into Bing Maps I would…
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Partner Story – Mapping Software Yields Insight through Data Visualization in Multi-User Scenarios

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When nsquared, a software development company based in Sydney, Australia, wanted to enable multi-user mapping scenarios for large, interactive touch devices, it turned to Bing Maps, Windows 8, and Perceptive Pixel by Microsoft to create nsquared maps…READ MORE

How to Make Use of Maps in Universal Apps

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Using Maps in Universal Apps

Universal Apps are a pretty hot topic in the world of Windows app development. Universal apps allow you to build an app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 while, at the same time allowing you to share code, user controls, styles, strings, and other assets between the two projects in Visual Studio. This saves time having to develop code for each platform. Recently on the Bing Maps forums, there…
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Transit Directions Now Live in Taiwan

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Transit Directions Taiwan

We are pleased to announce that transit directions are now live in Taiwan. This update affects the Bing Maps website (www.bing.com/maps) and Bing Maps Enterprise products. This is a national data feed, meaning that Bing Maps now covers 96 transit agencies in Taiwan. These agencies provided over 2.3 billion transit rides in 2013, so this is a significant addition for users.   Overall, Bing Transit now covers almost 1,300 transit…
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How to Launch Maps in a Universal App

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At the Microsoft //Build/ Conference last April, the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK (WP8.1) was released as a preview. With the release of this SDK one of the new templates added to Visual Studios now allows you to create universal apps. Universals apps allow you to build an app for Windows and Windows Phone while, at the same time, share code, user controls, styles, strings, and other assets between the two…
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Announcing New Features and Cities Added to the Bing Maps Apps for Windows 8

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Back in December, we rolled out the Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1. The app introduced a new way to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design to help you get more done. In the past 6 months, we have been listening to feedback from around the world and today we’re announcing major updates to both the Maps and the Bing Maps Preview…
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Bing Maps Styling Improvements Now Live!

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Today, we are pleased to announce several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps on http://www.bing.com/maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic…
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How to Create Nicely Formatted Directions in Bing Maps Windows Store apps (.NET)

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Not long after the Bing Maps Windows Store apps SDK was first released we published a blog post on how to calculate and display routes. We created a simple input form to allow the user to enter a start and end location and then displayed the route instructions using a ListBox. This works fine, however the directions in the Maps app in Windows 8 have a lot more options in…
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How to Save and Share Map Screenshots in Windows Store Apps (.NET)

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A while ago I wrote a blog post on How to Share Maps Using the Search Charm in Windows Store Apps. In that blog post we made use of the Bing Maps REST Imagery service to generate a static image of the map that we could share in an email.  But what if you want a true screenshot of the map? In this blog post we are going to take a…
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