Today, we’re happy to announce the following additions and changes to Bing Maps:
- Launch of the V7 AJAX control
- Redesigned left-rail
- Broader access to Map Apps & StreetSide
AJAX V7 Control
The launch of the next version the Bing Maps AJAX control provides consumers improved browsing performance, updated navigation controls, enhanced Bird’s eye and optimization for mobile.
You’ll notice the different position for the navigation and map layer options. Previously, these controls were in the upper left of the map and now run across the top of the map. Also, the Bird’s-eye option now refers to both our exclusive Bird’s-eye 45-degree angled view and a traditional top-down aerial view (there is a toggle to switch between the two).
About three weeks ago, we talked about the enhanced Bird’s eye that was being added to the AJAX site. The enhanced Bird’s eye adds synthetic building models for larger buildings (built using a combination of top-down and Bird’s eye views).
The "New" Left-Rail
We’ve updated the layout for easier navigation. So, one thing we changed is the left-side rail for Bing.com/Maps, giving you a direct on-ramp to what you want to do: get driving, walking, or transit directions; view live traffic and traffic cameras; view local restaurants and businesses; and explore Map Apps.
We feel the new design really surfaces how you can use Bing Maps to make decisions on which mode of transportation to use, when is the right time to avoid traffic, where to find local businesses, and how to experience Map Apps.
Unifying the Reach of AJAX with the Richness of Silverlight
Now, everyone using Bing Maps can access Map Apps and StreetSide (through a Map App). These features are still built on Silverlight and users will need Silverlight installed to use them. To access Map Apps, click either the "explore map apps" link or the Map Apps button in the lower-left of the screen. Use the search box or change the sort to find the map app you’re looking for.
I look forward to hearing feedback about the new Bing Maps site and the accessibility of Map Apps & StreetSide to all of our users. Enjoy!
Bing Maps Product Manager