Geo-fencing with Bing Spatial Data Services and Azure Mobile Services

Triggering certain actions such as sending notifications or alerts when a device enters or leaves an area is often referred to as geo-fencing. The geo-fence, the boundary of the area of interest, can be dynamic like a radius around a school or around your own device, it can be pre-defined such as a neighborhood, city
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Detect and visualize entities with Bing Knowledge Widget

Today we’re releasing the Bing Knowledge Widget for webmasters and publishers. It’s an easy-to-deploy, JavaScript-based widget for webmasters that detects and visualizes entities on the webpage and displays rich information about the entity. It provides your visitors with quick access to relevant information about the entities on the page, and keeps them engaged, entertained, and
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Link Your App to Search Results

BUILD 2014 App Linking Blog Post Link Your App to Search Results App discoverability and app engagement are major challenges that app developers face every day. With millions of apps out there, how do people discover your app? And after a user installs your app, how do you encourage them to engage with it? According
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How to Create Custom Shapes in Windows Store Apps (C#)

In the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps there are five main types of data that you can add to the map: Pushpin, MapPolyline, MapPolygon, MapTileLayer, and UIElements. UIElements can be added to the map just like pushpins and are a great way to create custom shapes to the map. The main shapes we
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Learn How to Create a Location-aware Windows Store App (Unabridged version)

Are you developing a location-based Windows Store app using web or managed programming languages? Do you need help with how to get started? A new eBook entitled, Location Intelligence for Windows Store Apps, is now available for download. Written by Ricky Brundritt (EMEA Bing Maps TSP at Microsoft), the eBook delves into location intelligence and the
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How to Create Heat Maps in Native Windows Store Apps

Heat maps, also known as density maps, are a type of overlay on a map used to represent data using different colors. Heat maps are often used to show the data hot spots on a map. The data used in these overlays usually takes one of two forms: Color coded polygons or polylines – In
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Teaching Bing Maps Some New (Language) Tricks

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
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Calling All Coders: Bing Code Search Arrives

Over the past few years, we have been working hard to deliver the capabilities of Bing to products across Microsoft. Whether you’re using Xbox, Windows Phone, Office or Windows 8, we’ve begun a journey to make it easier to find the stuff you are looking for and take action.  Following that path, today in collaboration
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Make Clickable Shapes in the Native Bing Maps Control

The native Bing Maps Windows Store control has two types of shapes: polygons and polylines. These shapes are great for representing areas and paths on the map. Often it is useful to be able to associate some information or metadata with these shapes. In past versions of Bing Maps we could easily store this information
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