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

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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…

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…

New to REST Services: Elevations API

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We are happy to announce the release of Elevations API as the latest addition to the Bing Maps REST Services offerings. The Elevations API will enable you to query for elevation information for a set of points, polyline or a region on the Earth described by latitude and longitude pairs. Here are some example use cases for this API. Let’s say you have a sports GPS tracking device that tracks…

Find Venue Maps, Businesses and Buildings Faster on Bing Maps

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Today we’re excited to announce the release of a handful of updates to maps to help users navigate faster and find business, building and venue information to help you go from doing to done more quickly. Some of these features will also be available in select initial international markets. Let’s take a closer look. Never miss a venue map again. Did you know Bing Maps has nearly 900 venue maps…

Microsoft Partners with Navteq for Streetside Photos

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By now you’ve noticed our latest release of Bing Maps which includes Streetside photography (read, Bing Maps Adds Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, Photosynth and More). Now, you may be wondering, “You don’t have coverage in my area. When will you have pictures of my house?” OMG – go outside, stand in the middle of the street and BOOM there’s your house. Kidding. Seriously, we have some massive expansion plans to include…

The Weather Network Broadcasts with Bing Maps

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Now, I’ve seen some cool newscasts with Bing Maps (formerly Virtual Earth), but I’ve got some new eye candy to help boost your weatherman’s ratings. The Weather Network in Canada has integrated Bing Maps into their weathercasts and it is, simply put – sick. Watch this weather broadcast video (in Silverlight) and check out the Virtual Earth / Bing Maps 3D integration with animated weather right in the 3D control…

National Geographic Digitizes 120 Years of Magazines; Geobrowse with Bing Maps

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 National Geographic is publishing 120 years worth of their magazines onto a 6 DVD set (or external hard drive) for amazing discoveries, fascinating [Bing] Maps, and the world’s best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine, digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it. Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search…

Windows 7 Launch Features Bing Maps

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Today’s a big day for us Microsofties – the launch of our latest operating system, Windows 7 marks a new era in desktop computing and some exciting times for Bing Maps. As mentioned in my Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features Virtual Earth blog post, Virtual Earth (now named Bing Maps) is onboard the multi-touch PCs natively as the Microsoft Surface Globe application. The Multi-touch pack comes with a whole…

AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

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I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize data like I’ve never seen before. Read the official press release on…

Importing Google SketchUp Models into Microsoft Virtual Earth

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With the release of trueSpace 7.6 for Virtual Earth, I’ve been pinged with questions about importing 3D objects in Microsoft Virtual Earth, developing 3D objects, supporting other platforms objects, etc., etc. Well, today, my good buddy Tom Grimes from Caligari posted a note on how to pull objects from the SketchUp Warehouse and import them into trueSpace. From trueSpace you can upload objects directly into a Live Search Maps Collection…