XBox Live for Windows Phone 7 Will Feature Bing Maps

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With the impending release of Windows Phone 7, I’ve been working with both the Windows Phone and XNA teams on creating experiences that will involve Bing Maps. As a preview, Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst is the first game to be shown and announced to use an XNA control with Bing Maps for Windows Phone 7. Hot. The game uses Bing Maps as a backdrop for an attack and tank-like game…

Windows Live Essential Adds Geotagging with Bing Maps

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With today’s release of Windows Live Essentials Beta, one of the new features relevant to us here in the Bing Maps team is within the Windows Live Photo Gallery application in a function called geotagging. For those of you not familiar with the concept, it basically means you can add location information to a photo. This provides location context to a photo such as where the photo was taken or…

Imagine Cup, 2010 Apps Focus on Location

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 The Imagine Cup, 2010 is in full swing and at least 16 of the applications are using Bing Maps to represent their focus on visualizing location information. Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the Worldwide Finals…

New Location Browser on Bing Search

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Bing Search continues to innovate and the latest and greatest little tidbit involves a location browser for mapping out places in Bing Search reference results. If you do a Bing Search query for “The Hurt Locker” you’ll be presented with a listing of Wikipedia articles. If you select the first one, you be transported to a Bing Reference page which has this nifty little feature browser hovering on the right-hand…

Bing Maps Publishes Haitian Post-Earthquake Imagery

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For those of you wanting to see the devastation in Haiti resulting from the recent Earthquake, Bing Maps has published the new imagery online. Visit the Bing Maps web site to view the imagery first hand. The imagery Is 50 cm color imagery taken from Digital Globe’s new Worldview 2 satellite.  While the imagery is current, there was a cloud over part of Port au Prince which obscures some of…

Tracking Santa with Bing Maps in 2009

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MSN and The Today Show (.com) have united forces to create this year’s Santa tracker with the Bing Maps Platform. This year’s effort allows you to follow Santa’s current location as well as where he’s been. Check Santa to see his current position. Check the presents to see where he’s been. Click on a gift on the map and you’ll see a popup with information about the location, when he…

Bing Maps in Bing Toolbar and Accelerators

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Recently, the Bing Search team released the Bing Bar which places the Bing Search capabilities into your browser tool bar for easy searching of Bing and its different search facets – Web, Images, Videos, Shopping, News, Travel and, of course Maps (see Bing: Connecting People, Places and Things for full details). I wanted to clarify the functionality and where exactly to find Maps since I’ve had a couple people tell me…

Bing Unveils iPhone Application with Maps

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Last night the world was abuzz with the release of Bing’s iPhone application. The application is fully described on the Bing Search Blog, “Bing for Mobile Comes to the iPhone;” however, I wanted to go a bit deeper on the Maps part of the application for my fellow geospatial peeps. The following is a laundry list of Bing iPhone application features: Location Enabled – Bing Maps for iPhone locates your position…

Bing Maps China Expands Reach

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The Bing Maps China site just released some huge updates to their site. Following the release to Bing Maps (Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New Features) and Bing Maps UK (Released: Bing Maps UK), the Bing Maps China site has updated much of their data, added tons of new data and added a few new features. Check out the list: Yellow Pages – Over 8 million yellow page listings are now…