Zimbio launches Celebrity Places, powered by Bing Maps

If you’re suffering from the latest epidemic, known as Bieber Fever, you may want to check out Zimbio’s newest feature: Celebrity Places for the cure. Zimbio is an interactive magazine publisher with a focus on entertainment, style, current events and a bevy of other pop culture topics. Their latest feature combines the accuracy and richness of Bing Maps with Zimbio’s high resolution photography of your favorite celebs...
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Free webcast to showcase what’s new with Bing Maps, March 1st

Bing Maps developers from Earthware, OnTerra and Infusion will discuss Bing Maps’ latest features and development tips and tricks in a free webcast at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 1. In this 40-minute webinar we’ll discuss the new Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0, how to evaluate and improve the performance out of your Bing-powered mapping applications, and new tools for working with SQL databases. Earthware’s Brian Norman...
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Announcing V1.1 of the “New” Map Style

(Note: This post is part of two major announcements for Bing Maps/Local on Dec. 15. Be sure to check out the other announcement about Interior Views, OpenTable, Real-time Transit, & Streetside on Mobile) A few months ago, we launched our new map style which provides a unique backdrop for information delivery and helps content "pop" on the map, allowing people to find what they are looking for more quickly. The initial feedback was...
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Bing engages open maps community

Continuously innovating and improving our map data is a top priority and a massive undertaking at Bing.  That’s why we’re excited to announce a new initiative to work with the OpenStreetMap project, a community of more than 320,000 people who have built high quality maps for every country on earth.  Microsoft is providing access to our Bing Aerial Imagery for use in the OpenStreetMap project, and we have hired industry...
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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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