Complex Polygons in Bing Maps

In Bing Maps we can easily create simple polygons. Simple polygons consist of a single exterior ring of coordinates. However, in more advance applications it is useful to be able to draw more complex polygons. Take for instance the borders of Lesotho, which is a land locked country within the main exterior borders of South
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New Bing Speech Recognition Control and Updated Bing OCR and Translator Controls

At the BUILD conference in June, we announced three broad categories of capabilities the new Bing platform would deliver to developers: Services to bring entities and the world’s knowledge to your applications, services to enable your applications to deliver more natural and intuitive user experiences, and services which bring an awareness of the physical world into
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Clustering Pushpins in Windows Store Apps

Clustering of pushpins in Bing Maps consists of grouping together nearby locations into clusters. As the user zooms in, the clusters break apart to reveal the individual locations. The goal of this process is to reduce the number of pushpins that are displayed on the map at any given time. This results in better performance
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Draggable Pushpins in Bing Maps (.NET)

When building a Bing Maps application, you may want to give the user the ability to drag a pushpin. In the JavaScript version of Bing Maps this can be done by setting the draggable property of a pushpin to true, but the Pushpin class in the .NET version does not have this property, so what
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Updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store Apps, for Windows 8.0 and 8.1

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
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Localizing Custom Mapping Data with Bing Translator

The Bing Maps for Enterprise platform offers extensive localization capabilities for map navigation, map labels, directions, and geocoding results in the AJAX v7 map control, Windows Store map control, and REST Services. Typically, you will also have your own custom data that you will be displaying within your mapping application. In this post, we will
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Interested in speech on Windows Phone 8? MVVM and Bing

For the last decade, Rob Chambers, Program Management Lead in Bing, has been working on speech technology. He recently wrote a helpful article on the MVVM (Model, View, View Model) pattern and speech for Windows Phone 8 that features his app, Go Search On.   While the app is targeted at understanding the MVVM paradigm, there is a lot of logic and implementation
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Bing at //build 2013 In Review

On June 26th we announced Bing as a platform, uniting the intelligent services that power Bing.com and making these capabilities available to 3rd party developers via new APIs and controls.  Several talks and educational sessions were given during BUILD that highlighted Bing’s new developer services, including the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) control for Windows 8
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Introducing The New Bing Developer Center and Services

Today at Build 2013 we announced a new set of developer services and the new Bing Developer Center.  This effort is part of our larger goal of empowering developers to take advantage of the enormous investments that we’ve made in search technologies.  Together, these comprise an ‘Intelligent Fabric’ that we use across Microsoft products to
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