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…

Microsoft and IDV Solutions Present a Webcast on Visualizing Physical Security and Public Safety with Visual Command Center

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Join Microsoft Global Security and IDV Solutions for an informative presentation and demonstration of Visual Command Center – innovative software that is helping federal agencies and the armed forces protect people, property, and assets. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, SPAWAR, Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies and commands are using Microsoft and IDV Solutions technology for a variety physical security and public safety missions such as:…

HealthGrades Upgrades with Bing Maps

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Named one of the Top 50 Websites of 2011 by TIME, HealthGrades was already the leading online tool to help people rate and find doctors. But HealthGrades was determined to give customers an even better experience. Once users found “Dr. Right,” HealthGrades wanted to give folks an easy way to locate offices and quickly get directions. With Bing Maps, HealthGrades found they could seamlessly integrate maps into their physician search…

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.…

Migration Tip: The Value of Spatial Data Services (SDS)

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This is a guest blog written by Steve Milroy, cofounder and CEO, OnTerra Systems. The end of life for MapPoint Web Service and Multimap is quickly approaching (November 18, to be exact), so it’s a good time to start considering migrating to Bing Maps. This blog focuses on why the use of the Bing Maps Spatial Data Services (SDS) should be considered as your migration solution. With MapPoint Web Service…

Bing Maps Android SDK available on Codeplex

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InKnowledge has launched an open-source Bing Maps SDK for Android. This new SDK now gives Android developers a choice in terms of map controls and provides greater flexibility as a result of having direct access to the code base. You can find the SDK at: http://bingmapsandroidsdk.codeplex.com/ Built using the latest Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0, the Bing Maps Android SDK has all JavaScript wrapped with native Java calls. As a result,…

Improving the Map App Developer Experience

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Since we released the Bing Map App SDK publicly in June, thousands of developers around the world have downloaded it and many have provided us with feedback on their experiences. One of the most frequent comments was that the debugging and testing aspect was, well, cumbersome. As a company that prides itself in its developer tools and its ability to make a developer’s job easier, we felt—no, we knew—we could…

Bing Maps Goes Mobile – For Free

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More and more developers are choosing Bing Maps, and today there’s great news for all of you – the new Windows Phone 7 SDK features Bing Maps as its default map control. But it’s not just about Windows Phone – we’ve made Bing Maps free for you to create consumer-facing mobile applications on any platform. (For details, see the Bing Maps Mobile Terms of Use.) If you’re new to Windows…