New ‘Via’ Waypoints feature added to the REST Services Routes API

The Bing Maps team has added a new feature to the Bing Maps REST Services Routes API called “via” waypoints. This feature already exists on the Bing Maps consumer site (http://www.bing.com/maps ) as the ability to drag-and-drop a route to create one or more “via” waypoints. We are excited to expose it to developers using the Bing Maps REST Services API. The first question that might come to mind is “If there is a new ...
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Three New Bing Maps V7 Modules

By Ricky Brundritt, EMEA Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional In September of 2011 we started the Bing Maps v7 Module CodePlex Project. The purpose of this project was to create a centralized location where developers could find and share useful modules that expand the functionality of the Bing Maps V7 API. Since the start of the project, we’ve had 12 modules submitted and a handful of new modules currently in development. It’s...
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Announcing: Bing Maps for Metro Style Apps

  On Wednesday, February 29, our friends over in the Windows division proudly unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release to the world. Today, we are excited to announce a beta of the new Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps, which provides a set of controls to help you integrate mapping into your Windows Metro style apps. Building apps using JavaScript If you’ve tried to use the Bing Maps AJAX v7 control in a Metro style app using...
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Bing Maps and Nokia Release Unified Map Design

Last year, we entered into a strategic partnership with Nokia which included plans to offer a unique and compelling mapping experience for our customers. Since then we’ve been working with Nokia and Windows Phone to deliver a unified map style based on one set of design principles with the goal of providing a more intuitive and pleasing online mapping experience. Our Bing Maps designers teamed closely with our partners at Nokia Maps and the...
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Bing Maps V7 Modules CodePlex Project

The Bing Maps 7.0 Control was released last fall and is a complete rebuild from the ground up when compared to previous versions of Bing Maps. We have seen huge improvements in API performance and the size of the control. One feature of the map control is that it uses a modular framework, which allows you to register and load modular blocks of code as they are needed. This means that you are able to load in features only when they are essential...
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What's New in the AJAX Map Control

Today we are officially introducing three new modules and several new features for the AJAX 7.0 map control.  The new modules add some very handy features, and they really show off the dynamic module loading capabilities of the AJAX 7.0 control by adding functionality when you need it, and getting out of the way when you don’t. The new modules help you: Calculate driving directions using the new Microsoft.Maps.Directions module. This...
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Updates to Our Road Map Style

If you have looked at a Bing map in the last 24 hours you might have noticed a few new things about our road map style.  So what did we change?  Simply put, we made things easier to see. Based on many phases of usability testing we’ve made dozens of changes to improve our base road map style. The result is a new style designed to communicate more important information at a glance. We have just finished rolling out our English...
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A new user interface for Bing Maps

Over the past few months, we’ve been testing some enhancements to the Bing Maps interface that we’re excited to now make available for everyone. The most apparent changes are to our task and navigation controls, where—based on your feedback—we’ve made it easier to find the most common actions to complete your task at hand. For reference, here’s the previous design (pay particular attention to the top and bottom...
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Loading GeoRSS-Feeds with Dynamic Modules in the Bing Maps AJAX Control v7

Introduction In May several Updates have been released to the Bing Maps AJAX Control v7 which Keith Kinnan has summarized here. Possibly the most significant one is the ability to dynamically load additional modules. When the Bing Maps AJAX Control had been re-written for v7 some of the design goals had been to improve performance and to support mobile devices. In order to achieve these goals the Bing Maps AJAX control supports now HTML5 and it...
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See AJAX 7.0 in action with the new interactive SDK

As many of you know, we recently rolled out some updates to the AJAX Control 7.0 (and we apologize to those of you who experienced problems with that, if you are still seeing issues please visit our developer forum to find solutions and report issues).   We’ve also just launched an interactive SDK for our AJAX Control 7.0. This handy developer resource is a great way to check out features and easily find the corresponding...
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