Geography awareness week is Nov. 16th -22nd, GIS Day is Nov. 19th

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Hey teachers, students, parents and geography lovers, did you know that this week is Geography Awareness Week? It was established by the National Geographic Society 25 years ago to encourage American citizens to “think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it.” The event seeks to raise awareness about the deficit of geography education in American schools and to excite people about…

Visual Studio Toolbox Video: See and learn about Bing Maps in under 1 hour

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Using Bing Maps Video

Technical Evangelist and host of Visual Studio Toolbox, Robert Green,  is joined by Bing Maps Program Manager, Johannes Kebeck who demonstrates how easy it is to add maps to your application.  Johannes reviews features of Bing Maps, shows you how to use the Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7.0 Interactive SDK to see what JavaScript code you would write to perform a variety of actions with maps and demonstrates both a Web and Windows Store project in…

The Microsoft 311 Service Center with Bing Maps

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Microsoft now has an all-in-one fully integrated solution for city governments with the 311 Citizen Services Center. It combines the power of several Microsoft technologies and has both a citizen-facing portal and a back-end management module, including interactive Bing Maps for both components. When cities use the 311 service center, citizens can easily report outages, potholes, etc. by locating them on a map. City workers and contractors can use Bing…

Updates to Our Road Map Style

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If you have looked at a Bing map in the last 24 hours you might have noticed a few new things about our road map style.  So what did we change?  Simply put, we made things easier to see. Based on many phases of usability testing we’ve made dozens of changes to improve our base road map style. The result is a new style designed to communicate more important information…

A new user interface for Bing Maps

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Over the past few months, we’ve been testing some enhancements to the Bing Maps interface that we’re excited to now make available for everyone. The most apparent changes are to our task and navigation controls, where—based on your feedback—we’ve made it easier to find the most common actions to complete your task at hand. For reference, here’s the previous design (pay particular attention to the top and bottom of the…

Map Controls in Windows Phone 7 with Chris P.

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Early previews of Windows Phone 7 have shown some pretty powerful integration of Bing Maps. Last week, Chris Pendleton spoke at the Seattle Silverlight Group’s Summer Series to provide potential WP7 app developers an overview of Bing Maps and the WP7 Bing Maps controls. You can watch his presentation below (note: the audio is very low and your volume will need to be turned up). Also, if you want even…

Bing Maps at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

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Going to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC next week? We are too. The Bing Maps team will be there in full force with lots of activities for you to immerse yourself with knowledge about Bing Maps, how Bing Maps are being used by Microsoft Partners via presentation by those partners, a hands on lab and Microsoft Partner awards (solutions have used Bing Maps!). Check out the full…

The City of Miami Shows Value in the Cloud [Webcast]

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Date: June 07, 2010 Event Start Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC – 4 hours) Duration: 1 hour The City of Miami, even when limited by a tight budget, looks for ways to improve the services it offers citizens. The city wanted to develop an online application to record, track and report on nonemergency incidents, but the customer’s traditional heavy GIS technology would require significant computing resources. Further constrained…

How Bing Maps Creates Streetside

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As we continue to roll out more and more Streetside imagery for Bing Maps, I figured it was time to give my technical peeps out there a little sneak peak into how we create the Streetside user experience for Bing Maps. For those of you who don’t know, Streetside is the term for Bing Maps’ ground level, human scale imagery that is highly coveted for bringing users the full visual…

Bing Maps Platform Webcasts, April 2010

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Today, April 22, 2010, is the last of 3 webcasts we’ve produced in April to educate you on using the Bing Maps Platform in the Enterprise. I’ll be hosting the web cast today (!!!) at 9AM PDT and for the first time you’ll get to see me over live streaming video! Very chic! Today’s topic: Managing Assets. Register now. If you missed the other two web casts, I’ve provided additional…