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…

Address and Location Capture in Dynamics CRM with Bing Maps

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With the Polaris release of Dynamics CRM Online, Bing Maps has been integrated directly into the Process forms for Accounts, Contacts and Leads. The integration is quite basic, however; the existing address details associated with the entity are geocoded when the form is displayed, and the results are used to show a map of the location. No additional data can be overlaid in the map, feedback on the quality of…

New Traffic Manager in AJAX v7

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Bing Maps AJAX v7 control can now show traffic incidents in addition to traffic flow and gives you the control to show or hide both with the new TrafficManager. Check out the following view of Seattle traffic flow and incidents. Hovering over an incident bring up details including time and duration. You can find the sample that created this view and more details on the TrafficManager page. Note: The TrafficManager…

Bing Maps V7 AJAX Highlights

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The Bing Maps V7 AJAX control was originally released in November 2010 and has since received a number of features and updates. Let’s run through the highlights. Redesigned from the ground up The map control itself has gone through a complete redesign from the ground up. The predecessor to this map control (V6.3) was over 250KB in size when compressed whereas the V7 control is only 35KB when compressed. How…

Optimizing Bing Maps Platform Sessions and Transactions Usage

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As many developers using the Bing Maps Platform know, some Bing Maps API calls generate billable transactions while other Bing Maps API calls don’t. The Bing Maps Platform team has documented which Bing Maps API calls are billable vs. non-billable (and when) here. As a side note, understanding and accessing your Bing Maps usage reports was previously discussed in the Bing Maps blog post here. Please refer to that blog…

Dev Tip: Repositioning an Infobox

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In the Bing Maps v7 AJAX control, when you open an infobox it will open up where it is positioned. If you are near the edges of the map it will go beyond the edges and end up getting cut of, out of view as the infobox is within the map div which hides any overflowing elements. Here is an example. This might not be the ideal default case, but…

Bing Maps: Not Just A Fair-Weather Friend

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The term ‘hurricane season’ recently brought new meaning to many communities across the U.S. East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Irene.  Being able to see the latest developments and impacted locations online through Bing Maps makes it possible to better anticipate, respond and recover from the destruction of hurricanes.  Around the world, people use Microsoft technology every day to stay in touch during difficult times. Today, we’re calling out…

What’s New in the AJAX Map Control

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Today we are officially introducing three new modules and several new features for the AJAX 7.0 map control.  The new modules add some very handy features, and they really show off the dynamic module loading capabilities of the AJAX 7.0 control by adding functionality when you need it, and getting out of the way when you don’t. The new modules help you: Calculate driving directions using the new Microsoft.Maps.Directions module.…

See AJAX 7.0 in action with the new interactive SDK

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As many of you know, we recently rolled out some updates to the AJAX Control 7.0 (and we apologize to those of you who experienced problems with that, if you are still seeing issues please visit our developer forum to find solutions and report issues).   We’ve also just launched an interactive SDK for our AJAX Control 7.0. This handy developer resource is a great way to check out features and easily find…