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 in the Tag property of the shape. This makes it easy to retrieve this data when a shape is clicked or tapped. Unfortunately,the...
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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 be more convenient and faster for users to provide the input for these...
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How to Extend Your App with Talking Maps

In a previous blog post  we had a lap around the new support for Custom Geospatial Data in the Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS). This time around we will build upon that tutorial and extend the app so that we can talk to it and have it talk back. Check out the video to see and hear what we’re going to build. In order to achieve this, we leverage the Bing Speech Recognition Control for Windows 8.1 as well as the Windows 8.1 SDK ...
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Introducing Support for Custom Geospatial-Data in Bing SDS

The Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) have always supported the management and retrieval of your points of interest (POI). You can upload text or XML-files with addresses or GPS-locations and batch-geocode or reverse geocode them, you can store them in the cloud and query your points of interest in a radius around a location, in a bounding box, or along a route. The SDS also provides access to categorized POI in North America and Europe as well as...
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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 Africa. In this case to properly represent this country’s borders we would need to have a hole in the polygon. In this...
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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 of the map control and also a better experience for the user, as they will be able to see the map and not have pins hiding...
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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 for Windows Store apps (for Visual Basic, C# and C++ Developers), has been updated for the Microsoft Windows 8.1...
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Heat Maps in Windows Store Apps (JavaScript)

Heat maps are an effective means of visualizing geography-based trends by showing the relative density of location-based data. We can see where we have ‘hot spots’ in our data, and use this insight to drive better decisions for application users. In this blog post, we will show how you can visualize location data in the form of a heat map within Windows Store apps, pulling in both public points-of-interest data sources available within...
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Cross Platform Development with Bing Maps and PhoneGap

Bing Maps provides a variety of APIs and controls. One of which is the Bing Maps AJAX Control that was originally designed to provide interactive maps for the web, but meanwhile also powers the WinJS control in the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store apps. The Bing Maps AJAX control has a slim core to speed up the initial load of a website, is optimized for performance using HTML5 technologies and implements a modular concept that allows the loading...
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Traffic Notifications with Bing Maps & Windows Azure Mobile Services

Windows Azure Mobile Services is a great set of services which provide a cloud backend for your mobile applications. It provides native SDKs for Windows Store apps, Windows Phone, iOS and Android as well as HTML5. Those SDKs support amongst many other things push notifications, authentication via Microsoft, Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts as well as schedulers combined with the on-demand scaling that you expect from a cloud platform. Getting...
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