Bing Maps Now a Component on UNCHR.org to Help Protect and Empower Refugees

This week, a Bing Maps mash-up developed by ShootHill was launched on UNCHR.org to show geographical information on refugees, refugee assistance offices, and refugee-related stories from around the globe. Since 1950, “UNHCR has protected refugees and other uprooted and stateless people worldwide by: ensuring their basic human rights; providing life-saving aid such as shelter, health, water, education, and other assistance; ensuring their...
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Did you feel the TweetHeat this summer?

What did you do on your summer vacation this year?  I got sunburned and helped my son Harry catch his first fish.  Pretty good summer, I thought. Meet Viswa Mani.  He spent the summer on the Microsoft intern program, joining our search test team. His TweetHeat Map App won the “OSD (ie Online Services Division) Intern Hack Day”.  Ever wonder what people are really saying where on Twitter?  Viswa spent some...
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Bing Maps is coming to an HP printer near you!

Yes, you read correctly… Bing Maps will now be available as a mapping option on select HP Photosmart e-All-in-One printer. HP changed the printer game last June when they announced the world’s first web-connected home printer: The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web; and we along with many others were impressed. Now we’re getting into the fun!  Beginning this fall, Bing Maps will be available on new HP ePrint enabled...
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Improving the Map App Developer Experience

Since we released the Bing Map App SDK publicly in June, thousands of developers around the world have downloaded it and many have provided us with feedback on their experiences. One of the most frequent comments was that the debugging and testing aspect was, well, cumbersome. As a company that prides itself in its developer tools and its ability to make a developer’s job easier, we felt—no, we knew—we could do better. I am...
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Bing Maps Gets Transit Directions

Commuters rejoice! Today Bing Maps added transit routing to its directions options. So, for those of you who like to take the bus, subway, or local rail you now can turn to Bing Maps. This is a very important feature for us as public transit grows in popularity and coverage. There are more than 10.7 billion public transit passenger trips per year in the US alone.  In this initial release (i.e. more to come) of Bing Maps transit directions,...
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Support Education with the Bing Education Map App

In our continuing commitment to education through programs such as REDU, today marks the launch of “Our School Needs”, a competition open to all public and private schools, grades K thru 12, in the United States.  Starting today schools will have the tools needed to create their entry with an essay, pictures and optional video telling us what their school needs the most.  Check out the Bing blog for more details. To mark the...
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The DonorsChoose.Org Map App

More years ago than I care to remember, Geoffrey Parsons changed my life.  Up until age 11, geography was the most tedious thing I’d ever experienced (these were pre-reality TV days.)  All I recall is struggling to recall the major crops of Canada or the annual tin exports of Bolivia.  Mr. Parsons was our new geography teacher and he had a mission to bring the world to life.  I learned how glaciers shape our landscape and...
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MSN Launches the Interactive Guide to the Battle of Britain

Today MSN launched the Interactive Guide to the Battle of Britain. The application was build by Microsoft-partner Shoothill and has 3 major components: 1. The TimeMap is based on Bing Maps Silverlight Control. It shows original maps, reconnaissance imagery and target documents of the German Luftwaffe. You can navigate to various locations through quick links in a target list for London and Coventry. The TimeScope can be dragged around to explore...
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Meet the Bing Maps Team at the AGI GeoCommunity ‘10

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) will hold its annual conference – AGI GeoCommunity ’10 – in Stratford-upon-Avon on September 28th to 30th 2010. Bing Maps is one of the sponsors and several members of the team will be present throughout the conference. If you plan to visit the AGI GeoCommunity pop in and visit us at our booth or attend our session on “Mapping in the Cloud”. I will be talking about...
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Bing Maps for WordPress – Take 2

A while ago Chris Pendleton had blogged about Bing Maps for WordPress. In his post he described a plugin that was developed by Rich Gubby using the Bing Maps AJAX Control.  Just yesterday I discovered now another Bing Maps plugin for WordPress. This one is using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control and was developed by Regart.net. You can download the plugin directly from the WordPress Plugin Directory. Once you have installed and activated the...
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