How to Create a Customer Ranked Auto Suggest with Bing Maps and Azure Mobile Services

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From time to time I come across developers who want to have an auto suggest search box to use with their map. Your first thought might be to simply use the Bing Maps geocoding services to do this, however this often ends up generating a large number of transactions. If you are using Bing Maps under the free terms of use this can result in your application quickly exceeding the…
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How to Create Custom Shapes in Windows Store Apps (C#)

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In the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps there are five main types of data that you can add to the map: Pushpin, MapPolyline, MapPolygon, MapTileLayer, and UIElements. UIElements can be added to the map just like pushpins and are a great way to create custom shapes to the map.  In this blog post we will see how we can make use of the ability to add a UIElement…
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Learn How to Create a Location-aware Windows Store App (Unabridged version)

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Are you developing a location-based Windows Store app using web or managed programming languages? Do you need help with how to get started? A new eBook entitled, Location Intelligence for Windows Store Apps, is now available for free download. Written by Ricky Brundritt (EMEA Bing Maps TSP at Microsoft), the eBook delves into location intelligence and the different options for creating location-aware apps in Windows 8.1. The first half of…
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Learn How to Create Heat Maps in Native Windows Store Apps

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Find out how I came up with a solution for creating heat maps in native Windows Store apps and document the reusable library that I created. Heat maps, also known as density maps, are a type of overlay on a map used to represent data using different colors. They are often used to show the data hot spots on a map. If you are working in JavaScript there is a…
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A New Route for Bing Maps Developers

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About 9 years ago, I started a little MapPoint Web Service blog targeted at helping Enterprise customers and developers build geospatial applications. Having run the consulting arm of Vicinity Corporation, overseeing the customer migration from Vicinity web services to Microsoft web services and spinning up an Evangelist role, I’d see the same questions over and over again. The premise of my blogging started as a result of trying to eliminate…
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Teaching Bing Maps Some New (Language) Tricks

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We are excited to announce the preview release of dual labeling, ‘neutral ground truth’ (ngt) and additional language support. This new update to the AJAX Version 7.0 control allows you to create maps with labels in two different languages. This release also includes the ‘ngt’ language value that shows map labels in the native language of each country respectively. We have also added support for additional languages. Now you can…
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15 New 3D Cities Available in the Bing Maps Preview App

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In December, we launched the Bing Maps Preview app on Windows 8.1, introducing a new way to explore the world in a touch-friendly way. We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes…
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Make Clickable Shapes in the Native Bing Maps Control

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The native Bing Maps Windows Store control has two types of shapes: polygons and polylines. These shapes are great for representing areas and paths on the map. Often it is useful to be able to associate some information or metadata with these shapes. In past versions of Bing Maps we could easily store this information in the Tag property of the shape. This makes it easy to retrieve this data…
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Map-Driven Search in Windows Store Apps

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The Bing Search API gives developers the ability to incorporate search results powered by Bing into applications and websites. In addition to web search results, we can also retrieve images, videos and news results, and embed them in apps based on query terms, location information and other filter criteria. Traditional search experiences involve capturing user search intent via typed text input, but in this post, we will build an app…
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Capture Addresses from Artifacts Using Bing Maps and Bing Optical Character Recognition Control

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One of the most intriguing capabilities that Bing offers for empowering always-connected devices is the ability to visually recognize and understand artifacts in the real world. This is made available to developers via the Bing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) control for Windows 8.1 store apps. This control enables text from the outside world to be read by taking a picture from an on-device camera and analyzing the picture via a…
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