Our New Year’s Resolution? More Great Streetside and Aerial Imagery

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With year’s end fast approaching it’s appropriate to take stock on your accomplishments over the past 12 month as well as your ambitions for the upcoming year. Here at Bing Maps we are proud to have delivered an ongoing series of major updates of aerial and Streetside imagery and are starting to plan for what’s next for us in 2015. This post highlights some of the cities in our latest…

Gifts for map and geography geeks

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This holiday season, are you looking for gift ideas for someone who loves maps or geography?  Or are you looking for a unique gift for someone who is hard to buy for? There are all kinds of great gift ideas that relate to maps and geography that we at the Bing Maps team wanted to share. Books    Mark Monmonier is the author of several wonderful books that look at…

Where’s Santa? NORAD tracks Santa with the help of Bing Maps

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and Microsoft is excited to be partnering again with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) to create their annual Santa Tracker web site! A holiday staple for nearly 60 years, NORAD Tracks Santa allows millions of people every year to watch Santa as he makes his annual trip around the globe. This year’s site – built as part of the…

Not Travelling this Thanksgiving? Try a Virtual Family Visit Instead.

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away (and the winter holiday season right around the corner) thoughts turn to family traditions of years past. If you can’t make it home for the holidays Bing Maps imagery is a great way to spark memories of turkey dinner, snowball fights and watching football while you work off your “postprandial somnolence”  and this month we’ve released another batch of aerial 2D, aerial 3D…

Bing Maps provides more accurate trip times worldwide

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Bing Maps now provides more accurate trip times when calculating directions around the globe. Bing Maps now supports traffic-aware routing worldwide, including Clearflow technology that predicts traffic on roads that do not provide live traffic data. This technology has worked well in the United States, and now we will be using it in every country with Bing Maps traffic coverage. You’re probably already familiar with traffic flow in Bing Maps,…

Geography awareness week is Nov. 16th -22nd, GIS Day is Nov. 19th

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Hey teachers, students, parents and geography lovers, did you know that this week is Geography Awareness Week? It was established by the National Geographic Society 25 years ago to encourage American citizens to “think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it.” The event seeks to raise awareness about the deficit of geography education in American schools and to excite people about…

How to create bounded tile layers in Bing Maps (JavaScript)

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Tile layers are a great way to visualize a lot of data on a map and still have good performance. Depending on the type of data you are displaying as a tile layer, you may find that it is localized to a small part of the world. If this is the case then you will want to limit the loading of tiles in your app to that area. Otherwise you…

Visual Studio Toolbox Video: See and learn about Bing Maps in under 1 hour

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Technical Evangelist and host of Visual Studio Toolbox, Robert Green,  is joined by Bing Maps Program Manager, Johannes Kebeck who demonstrates how easy it is to add maps to your application.  Johannes reviews features of Bing Maps, shows you how to use the Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7.0 Interactive SDK to see what JavaScript code you would write to perform a variety of actions with maps and demonstrates both a Web and Windows Store project in…

Election 2014 Edition – Explore state landmarks in the new batch of aerial and streetside imagery

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As we discussed last week, Bing has launched a new election experience at Bing.com/election that helps you get a 360-degree view – from local to national – into Elections 2014.  To coincide with the upcoming midterms, we have also released fresh and expanded aerial and Streetside imagery for over 20 cities across the United States.  As you embrace the democratic spirit, take a few minutes to explore our national landmarks and state capitols…

Be smooth: Optimize Bing Maps in multipage Windows Store apps (JavaScript)

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Bing Maps is the most widely used map control inside of Windows Store apps. Many simple apps consist of a single page user experience while many other consist of multiple pages. Many developers like to use Bing Maps throughout their application, but have found that this results in the map control constantly being loaded/disposed as the user navigates between pages. This doesn’t make for the best user experience, as there…