Transit Directions Now Live in Taiwan

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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…
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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…
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Announcing New Features and Cities Added to the Bing Maps Apps for Windows 8

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Back in December, we rolled out the Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1. The app introduced a new way to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design to help you get more done. In the past 6 months, we have been listening to feedback from around the world and today we’re announcing major updates to both the Maps and the Bing Maps Preview…
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Bing Maps Styling Improvements Now Live!

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Today, we are pleased to announce several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps on http://www.bing.com/maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color 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…
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How to Create Nicely Formatted Directions in Bing Maps Windows Store apps (.NET)

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Not long after the Bing Maps Windows Store apps SDK was first released we published a blog post on how to calculate and display routes. We created a simple input form to allow the user to enter a start and end location and then displayed the route instructions using a ListBox. This works fine, however the directions in the Maps app in Windows 8 have a lot more options in…
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How to Save and Share Map Screenshots in Windows Store Apps (.NET)

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A while ago I wrote a blog post on How to Share Maps Using the Search Charm in Windows Store Apps. In that blog post we made use of the Bing Maps REST Imagery service to generate a static image of the map that we could share in an email.  But what if you want a true screenshot of the map? In this blog post we are going to take a…
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Visualize Large Complex Data with Local Tile Layers in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (C#)

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Tile Layers are a creative way to visualize large complex data. By visualizing data as an image the map control only needs to reposition a set of images rather than every single data point of the data. This greatly improves performance and often reduces the amount of data the user will have to download. Tile layers generally consist of a large number of images that have a specific naming convention…
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Bing Spatial Data Services Meets 3D

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At //build 2014 there were many exciting announcements. It would have been easy to miss one of the implications of the moment of glory for Internet Explorer 11 during the keynote on day 1. The demo of the new FishGL website gave a hint about the enhanced support for WebGL in IE11 and, while I find fish quite yummy, I was more intrigued about what it means for mapping. After…
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Staying Fit with Bing Maps

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I just feel better when I have a certain level of fitness. So, I came up with the idea of the ‘Donkey Bike’. The idea was to create a virtual trip to visit my parents in Germany and track the progress with every rotation of my wheel and every stroke of the rower. I’d rather choose a scenic route than the direct one, so the first part of the journey…
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Image Overlays with Bing Maps (Native)

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A while back I wrote a blog posts called Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript). In this blog post we saw a couple of different ways to overlay an image on the map and bind it to a bounding box such that it stays correctly positioned when panned and scales as you zoom the map. In this blog post we are going to look at two different methods for doing…
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