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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How to Fine-tune Location Coordinates with the Custom Geocoding Refinement Tool

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When presenting custom location data in Bing Maps applications, a frequent requirement is to geocode the addresses of your location data prior to presenting them on the map, ensuring that you have latitude and longitude coordinates that accurately reflect the real-world locations. Bing Maps offers batch geocoding capabilities via the Bing Spatial Data Services Geocode Dataflow API, and also via the Bing Maps Account Center, enabling data sources containing addresses…
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How to Create a Speech-Powered Geocoding and Routing Experience in a Windows Store App

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In a previous post, we saw how to incorporate speech into a JavaScript-based Windows Store app. In this post, we will speech-enable a XAML-based Windows Store app to provide a speech-driven geocoding and routing experience. Two very common activities in map-based applications include searching for locations, and obtaining driving directions. In many scenarios, it can be more convenient and faster for users to provide the input for these activities via…
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