New Map App: OnTerra’s “RouteSavvy” Route Optimizer

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Inefficient driving routes between multiple waypoints waste time, money, and wear on people’s patience. Beginning today, Bing has set out to help reduce the stress and wasted time caused by inefficient driving routes with the launch of the “RouteSavvy” app in Bing Maps. With this route optimization map app from OnTerra, people can enter up to 100 addresses into Bing Maps and receive the optimal route between their destinations. With…

Visual Fusion 5.0 Release Adds Analytics Muscle

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Microsoft Gold Partner IDV Solutions just released Visual Fusion 5.0, business intelligence software that unites data sources in a web-based, visual context for better insight and understanding.  Bing Maps has long been a focal point for data visualization in Visual Fusion, and the 5.0 release of the product takes this to the next level by adding complementary analytics right out-of-the-box.  Now business users have a tool to see their data…

New Map App: “Shout!” Along with Our Partners In Learning

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Bing Maps continues its commitment to empowering educators and students with the “Shout!” map app.  The Shout! program invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues and connects experts in the field to share ideas and collaborate to solve environmental challenges. This map app displays the participating schools and the Smithsonian Tree Research Centers associated with the Shout Learning Initiative (www.shoutlearning.org).  The Smithsonian is the…

Bing Maps Now a Component on UNCHR.org to Help Protect and Empower Refugees

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This week, a Bing Maps mash-up developed by ShootHill was launched on UNCHR.org to show geographical information on refugees, refugee assistance offices, and refugee-related stories from around the globe. Since 1950, “UNHCR has protected refugees and other uprooted and stateless people worldwide by: ensuring their basic human rights; providing life-saving aid such as shelter, health, water, education, and other assistance; ensuring their protection through registration, prevention of sexual and gender-based…

Decide, Decode and Win: Explore the Life and Times of Jay-Z with Bing

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This new campaign is a great integration with Bing Maps. Thanks to the Bing Search team for writing this blog. Later this week, I’ll dive more into how Bing Maps was integrated into this campaign. For now, check out http://www.bing.com/jayz - Brian Ever listen to your favorite song and wonder what inspired the artist to write it?  Curious if there’s hidden meaning behind the lyrics?  Starting tomorrow, you will have the…

Map Controls in Windows Phone 7 with Chris P.

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Early previews of Windows Phone 7 have shown some pretty powerful integration of Bing Maps. Last week, Chris Pendleton spoke at the Seattle Silverlight Group’s Summer Series to provide potential WP7 app developers an overview of Bing Maps and the WP7 Bing Maps controls. You can watch his presentation below (note: the audio is very low and your volume will need to be turned up). Also, if you want even…

The Architecture for Bing Education/Waiting for “Superman” Map App

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The following is a guest post from Steve Milroy of OnTerra Systems, the developer for the Bing Education Map App, on the architecture and design of map app using Azure and Bing Maps. He also recently developed the DonorsChoose.org and Teach Here map apps. – Brian Recently the Bing Education Map was launched in the Bing Maps app gallery in conjunction with the Waiting for “Superman” movie from Participant Media.…

New Features for Bing Maps REST Services

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A couple of weeks ago we announced Bing Maps is going mobile as the default map control on Windows Phone 7. Today it’s my turn to follow up with news of more goodness from Bing – new routing and geocoding features for Bing Maps REST Services – your choice when developing for mobile or when you’re looking for simplicity and speed on the web. Bing Maps REST Services include: *Show…

Cart Diem with Bing – Free Food Day in Portland on October 13th

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In August, Portland foodies cheered when we launched the Bing Food Cart Finder map app to provide a better search experience to discover the city’s amazing food carts and help make decisions about which one to eat at super easy and fun. Since the response was very enthusiastic, we figured why not have a little more fun with the Bing Food Cart Finder and continue to celebrate the rich street food scene in Portland.…

Bing Maps in HeyGov! Helps Governments Manage 311 Issues

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Over two years ago, the Bing Maps blog highlighted MapDotNet, which is a suite of geospatial visualization, analysis, and integration products created by ISC. They have a lot of very interesting examples of how their product has been applied – I highly encourage you check out some demos. However, I’d like to highlight HeyGov!, a solution that uses MapDotNet, Bing Maps, and Azure to communicate and manage 311 issues for…