Since we shared the Bing Maps Preview* in July, you’ve given us more than 46,000 suggestions and pieces of feedback! Thank you. The team is passionate about the new experience and it means a lot to have so many of you taking the time to share your thoughts. As we sifted through the feedback, a number of common suggestions bubbled up to the top of the list:
- People loved the new cards but lots of you want to be able to hide and show the cards on the map canvas.
- Many of you would like to be able to turn map labels on and off in aerial and birds-eye modes.
- We didn’t show the distance and time between waypoints in directions, which a lot of people said was useful.
- There was an overwhelming ask for Ordnance Survey Maps to be enabled in the UK.
As we promised in our initial announcement, we’ve listened to you and have implemented numerous changes to the Bing Maps Preview, including the four suggestions above. Let’s take a look at each of these.
Hide/show all cards
We learned that there are times when it would be useful to just have an unencumbered view of the map. You can now easily achieve this by hiding the cards.
Turn map labels on/off in aerial and birds-eye modes
Based on your feedback, we’ve made it easier to select the map style or mode that you want to use. As part of this change, we added a way to enable and disable labels in aerial and birds-eye modes.
Display the distance and time per segment in directions
Bing Maps Preview now shows the distance and time per segment in directions, for routes with more than two waypoints. Additionally, you can also collapse/expand each of these segments depending on which ones you want to see.
Ordnance Survey Maps (for the UK)
Ordnance Survey maps was the most requested feature so far, no doubt for many of you who love being in the great outdoors and are looking for a familiar, information-rich experience that you can’t find on other mapping sites. We’re pleased to announce that Ordnance Survey maps are now available to users in the UK!
We’re not done yet – there’s more to come
Try these improvements out, and let us know what you think using the feedback button on the site, by going to Bing Listens, or tweeting us @bingmaps. The Bing Maps team will continue to review your feedback and update the Bing Maps Preview. Look for more exciting new features and improvements designed to make your trips easier and more enjoyable!
– The Bing Maps Team
*Bing Maps Preview is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa, and will be available to more markets in the near future.