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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Map-Driven Search in Windows Store Apps

The Bing Search API gives developers the ability to incorporate search results powered by Bing into applications and websites. In addition to web search results, we can also retrieve images, videos and news results, and embed them in apps based on query terms, location information and other filter criteria. Traditional search experiences involve capturing user
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How to Fine-tune Location Coordinates with the Custom Geocoding Refinement Tool

When presenting custom location data in Bing Maps applications, a frequent requirement is to geocode the addresses of your location data prior to presenting them on the map, ensuring that you have latitude and longitude coordinates that accurately reflect the real-world locations. Bing Maps offers batch geocoding capabilities via the Bing Spatial Data Services Geocode
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How to Create a Speech-Powered Geocoding and Routing Experience in a Windows Store App

In a previous post, we saw how to incorporate speech into a JavaScript-based Windows Store app. In this post, we will speech-enable a XAML-based Windows Store app to provide a speech-driven geocoding and routing experience. Two very common activities in map-based applications include searching for locations, and obtaining driving directions. In many scenarios, it can
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