Introducing the Bing Maps Preview App for Windows 8.1

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Today we announced the release of the Bing Maps Preview app built for Windows 8.1. As a first look at the next generation of the Bing Maps app, it offers a beautiful 3D experience designed for touch that brings the best of Bing and Windows together. Get all the details in the official announcement on the Bing Blog and let us know what you think.

Updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store Apps, for Windows 8.0 and 8.1

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Today we are announcing the availability of updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store apps for both Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 in the Visual Studio Gallery. The Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps update for Microsoft Windows 8.1, which consists of the Bing Maps SDK for JavaScript (for JavaScript Developers) and Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps (for Visual Basic, C# and C++ Developers), has been updated for…

Augmented Reality with Bing Maps in a Windows Store App

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In this blog post we are going to take a look at augmented reality apps and how to create them as Windows Store apps. When many people hear the words “augmented reality” the first thought that comes to mind is the large helmet type video games that never really took off in the 90’s. This was largely due to the high costs and bulky hardware that was required. This is…

Infoboxes for Native Windows Store Apps

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Recently there has been a number of requests for information on how to create infoboxes using the Bing Maps Native control. Many developers who have used our JavaScript controls are used to an infobox control being available out of the box and are a bit surprised that there isn’t one in the Native control. This wasn’t an oversight, but really not needed. With the Native control, we have the ability…

Bing Maps Publishes Equivalent of 100,000 DVD’s of Bird’s Eye Imagery

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Today, we are excited to announce a number of updates to Bing Maps, including the largest shipment of Bird’s Eye imagery yet, nearly 270 terabytes of data or the equivalent of 100,000 DVD’s, along with expanded venue maps and our new “Report a problem” feature. Bird’s EyeImagery captured at a 45 degree angle, giving depth and three-dimensionality to ortho photography To date Bing has published a total of 1,452,958 sq km,…

Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript)

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There are a lot of different types of data that can be overlaid on top of Bing Maps. In this post, we are going to look at how to overlay images on top of the Bing Maps V7 AJAX and Windows Store JavaScript controls. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of great use cases for overlaying images on top of the map. Some of the more common use cases…

HTML5 Canvas Pushpins in JavaScript

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One of the more interesting features of HTML5 is the canvas elements. The canvas provides us with a feature rich, low level 2D rendering panel and is supported by all the major web browsers. In this blog post, we are going to create a Bing Maps module that wraps the standard pushpin class to create a new HTML5 Canvas pushpin class. There are a lot of cool and interesting things…

New Top of the World and High Resolution Satellite Imagery

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We are excited to introduce our new top of the world imagery – which includes bathymetry data from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We are also releasing over 13 million sq km of updated satellite imagery! Satellite High-Resolution Nadir or "Straight Down" orthophotos taken by aircraft or satellite We are pleased to present our new seamless base satellite imagery provided by TerraColor. This imagery has a resolution of 15 meters per…

Geocoding and Routing in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

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In this blog post we are going to look at how implement Geocoding and Routing using the Bing Maps Windows Store App JavaScript SDK. If you are new to JavaScript development with the Bing Maps Windows Store App SDK I recommend reading the Getting started with Bing Maps Windows Store Apps blog post first. We will also be making use of Bing Maps Modules. If you are unfamiliar with modules,…

Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps Training Kit

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Bing Maps for Windows Store apps combine the power of Windows 8 and Bing Maps to provide an enhanced mapping experience for Windows Store apps. Developers can use this Bing Maps control to incorporate the latest road maps, aerial views, and low-angle high-resolution images into a Windows Store app. Today we are happy to announce the release of the Bing Maps for Windows Store Apps Training Kit. This training kit…