Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New Features

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If you visited Bing Maps today you may have noticed a new look and feel. Well, that’s because it has a new look and feel. Specifically, the navigation bar is now black to match the Bing color set. Well, that’s the obvious change; however, I’ll go ahead and provide you with a list of new features you may not notice right off the bat. Draggable Routes – Yes! This is…

Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released

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After months of residing online as a community technology preview (CTP), the Bing Maps Silverlight Control (Version 1.0) has arrived and the .dlls are ready for your grubby, coding hands and vividly, creative minds to start bringing to life the next generation of location-based applications. The Bing Maps Silverlight Control adds stunning aesthetic, unmatched performance and an innovative revolution to an already strong arsenal contained under the Bing Maps Platform’s…

Bing Maps Terms of Use Changes; Benefit Educators, Not-for-Profits and Developers

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I mentioned in my “Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released” blog post that we altered the Bing Maps terms of use and it would require a post all on its own. Well, here’s why. We’ve made a bunch of changes which makes things easier to understand, easier to use and easier to get started. The way the mapping industry grew up, depended on counting transactions. A transaction is either (a)…

The Scottish Government Goes with Bing Maps Silverlight

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 The Scottish Government launched their Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) site which identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a fair way and allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation is now using a Bing Maps Silverlight interface to visualize their data. The SIMD Interactive Bing Map…

YellowPages.com’s Mobile Efforts with Bing Maps

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For the past years, I’ve worked closely with Yellow Pages (owned by AT&T Interactive) getting Bing Maps onto their Yellow Pages.com web site; however, they’ve also been working on some mobile applications that use Bing Maps. You can see the applications from your mobile browser at http://m.yp.com. I was able to commandeer a video from them that illustrates all of the offerings from the mobile side of the house. Sorry, it’s a…

Bing Maps Globally Sponsors NAVTEQ’s 2010 LBS Challenge

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Up for a challenge? Got a killer idea for the next great mobile or web, location-based application? Wanna win some killer prizes to propel your application into the spotlight? For the first time, Microsoft’s Bing Maps is sponsoring the developer-focused NAVTEQ LBS Challenge a location-based contest for developers to strut their stuff and vie for the opportunity to go big on their ideas with funding from some of the biggest…

Bing Maps on the New MSN Homepage

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MSN is getting an overhaul. We just launched a new version of the portal site and I must say it looks much cleaner. See for yourself: http://preview.msn.com/. And, if you’re looking for Bing Maps, you’ll have to either search for something location related in the Bing Search box or go to the “More” tab. I guess we’re just a bit of a red-headed step-child for now…no offense to red-headed step-children.…

Bing Maps Imagery Release, October 2009

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We just shipped another 9,460 square kilometers of imagery onto Bing Maps. This month’s release showcases high precision imagery for the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. The biggest drop by far was Greater Vancouver Metro…I wonder why. Hmm? Anyone up for a little curling in Canada? O Canada! In any case, it’s all 15-30 centimeter resolution imagery, so it’s pretty stunning. We also released a refresh of the mobile tile set…

The Weather Network Broadcasts with Bing Maps

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Now, I’ve seen some cool newscasts with Bing Maps (formerly Virtual Earth), but I’ve got some new eye candy to help boost your weatherman’s ratings. The Weather Network in Canada has integrated Bing Maps into their weathercasts and it is, simply put – sick. Watch this weather broadcast video (in Silverlight) and check out the Virtual Earth / Bing Maps 3D integration with animated weather right in the 3D control…

MapPoint Presence at 2009 SQL Server Pass Summit

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The MapPoint Team will be available for you bending their ears at the SQL Server Pass Summit this year in Seattle, WA from November 2-5. If you’re a SQL Server expert and want to extend your use of the spatial indexing capabilities by adding visualization outside of the Dundas maps provided with Visual Studio, you may want to stop by the MapPoint kiosk at this show and talk with the…