Bing Maps China Expands Reach

The Bing Maps China site just released some huge updates to their site. Following the release to Bing Maps (Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New Features) and Bing Maps UK (Released: Bing Maps UK), the Bing Maps China site has updated much of their data, added tons of new data and added a few new features. Check out the list: Yellow Pages – Over 8 million yellow page listings are now searching from Bing Maps China...
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Vampires + Bing Maps + Silverlight = So Hot Right Now

With the impending release of the much anticipated teen vampire romance, Twilight: New Moon, the Bing team has put together The Virtual Twilight Tour, a blood-sucking fun application for you to view an exclusive Twilight video tour brings Forks, La Push, Port Angeles, and Volterra right to your computer so that you can see 16 of Twilight’s and New Moon’s most exciting locations, such as the Cullen house, Fork’s Police Station...
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Windows 7 Launch Features Bing Maps

Today’s a big day for us Microsofties – the launch of our latest operating system, Windows 7 marks a new era in desktop computing and some exciting times for Bing Maps. As mentioned in my Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features Virtual Earth blog post, Virtual Earth (now named Bing Maps) is onboard the multi-touch PCs natively as the Microsoft Surface Globe application. The Multi-touch pack comes with a whole suite of...
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Is Bing Maps Just a New Name?

Not the case. Well, Bing Maps is pretty much the same, but we did get the new logo and image captions of what’s on Bing.com’s home page. Oh, and the URL is now bing.com/maps; however, more importantly, there are other Bing properties that are implementing Bing Maps in a variety of ways.   A search for Rubio’s near San Diego, CA provides the 10 closest locations with a nice little inset map pinpointing where they are. In...
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Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features Virtual Earth

I recently posted a little teaser entry about Virtual Earth and Windows 7 – Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth? Well, now today there’s more to talk about (and you can expect news to continue to roll out as time goes on). Today, the Windows Team announced the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7. Why should my fellow Virtual Earthlings care? Because there’s a Virtual Earth application included...
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MSN City Guides Re-launches….and Leverages Virtual Earth

MSN just launched a new version of their local offering dubbed, MSN City Guides (read the press release). Okay, just another local listing site with maps, right? Oh, no…this one is the beginning of something pretty great and very community driven and it has Microsoft Virtual Earth. Fine, I’m skewed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a shiny new toy. I set my location to Louisville, KY – I’m heading out there this...
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Windows 7 Release Candidate Available…Where’s Virtual Earth?

With the release of Windows 7 RC to the world which you can now freely download from the Microsoft Windows web site, I figured I would at least let you know where Microsoft Virtual Earth fits into the equation. First off, there’s a location API built into the operating system. This means that from within Windows your applications can access a single API that will tell you where the user is. Well, any time you have location information it...
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Happy Earth Day, 2009

Happy Earth Day, my fellow Virtual Earthlings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight a couple Virtual Earth applications? Ok, I could think of a few ways, but since we’re all stuck inside on Earth Day….wait, maybe I should go work outside today….I’ll give you some relevant sites that have integrated Microsoft Virtual Earth into their applications to help conserve Mother Earth and give you a reason to...
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Virtual Earth + SharePoint = Business (Location) Intelligence

In many of my discussions with customers I talk about the value Virtual Earth plays in data visualization, especially around business intelligence and visualizing that information on maps for analysis. Now, even the iPhone is making its way into enterprise applications hosted by SharePoint with IDV Solution’s new Visual Fusion Contribute application (see below). We have a whole partner ecosystem that can help our customers build out this...
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GeoLife 2.0: A Location-Based Social Network

GeoLife was shown at TechFest in Redmond this week by Yu Zheng (Microsoft Researcher). I figured it was applicable and you might be interested. What is GeoLife? GeoLife is a GPS-data-driven social network on Microsoft Virtual Earth. It is not only a Website where individuals can manage, visualize, and understand their life experience using their own GPS trajectories; it’s also a social networking service that enables people to build...
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