Over 100 New Streetside and 3D Cities Go Live on Bing Maps

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Golden Gate Bridge

If you’re headed out on a last-minute vacation this summer, you can preview that special place on Bing Maps. We have been busy driving and flying to bring you more cities to view before you travel. We recently surpassed the 100-city mark for both our Streetside imagery and our 3D cities, and there are a host of vacation favorites among them. New Streetside cities Drive right up to your destination…

How to Spatially Enable Customer Care with Bing Maps and Parature

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Customer Care Heat Map

Most enterprise data have a location component, and data related to customer support interactions are no exception. When interacting with a customer, knowing where they are physically located can enable us to provide them with location-specific insight and information. Further, by visualizing larger groupings of customers, interactions, or social media events on a map, we can identify trends by location, and use these location-based trends to optimize our customer care…

Bring Your Maps to Life: Creating Animations with Bing Maps (JavaScript)

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Bing Maps is a very powerful mapping platform that is often used for creating engaging user experiences. The fluid interactive maps make for a great canvas when visualizing location based data. In this blog post we are going to take a look at how to make the user experience a little more engaging by adding custom animations that can be used in both web and Windows Store apps. Full source…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…