Bing maps is Looking Good

Today you may have noticed there are a few updates to Bing Maps. We have highlighted just a few below. For the complete details on all the updates to Bing maps, check out Chris Pendleton’s post on the Bing maps blog.

Draggable Routes:

You are now able to generate a route, and change it, simply by grabbing and dragging it to where you want the route to go. To use draggable routes, click the directions link in the welcome pane or the car icon near the bottom of the welcome pane. Enter a start and end, generate a route, then grab anywhere on the route to move the route line. The route will regenerate for you.

New Navigation:

There is now a subset of features on the button bar along the bottom of the welcome pane.

  •  “Welcome” loads the welcome pane
  •  “Car” loads driving directions
  •  “Star” loads My Places, formerly called Collections
  •  “Envelop” loads the ability to share the map with someone via email, copy a URI or embed the map into a web page
  •  “Printer” is for printing
  •  “Traffic light” will load the traffic overlay


Don’t forget to keep checking back here for more updates that are coming to Bing this week.

Kristin Meldahl – Bing

Other posts of interest:

Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And Some New Features

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  1. mocr

    How the heck do I hide the welcome pane?  I need the screen space.

  2. mocr

    Nevrmind…found it…lol

  3. chokolad

    What happened to 1-click directions?

  4. Quikboy2

    The changes are nice, but I'm really disappointed there aren't actual new features besides the draggable routes.

    How about more transit options? Not everyone has/uses a car to get around their city. Google Maps is already way ahead of this with very helpful pedestrian and public transit options included with Directions.

    What's also a concern of mine, is the fact that just anyone can remove a person's listings, by entering in some characters from those character-verifications pictures. Like if you searched "John Smith", and then hovered over the pushpin of a listing, there's an option called "Remove My Listing" which makes it too easy to get rid of other's people data without better verification.

    Anyway, I hope Bing Maps addresses those concerns. Nice job on the update.

  5. EricTN

    The mapping site and API can't handle a freeway + intersecting surface street (off/onramp) + State – you have to add the City to get it to map.  But when people are on the freeway at an offramp they often don't know what city they're in.  When will you enhance Bing maps for this common scenario?

  6. hotels

    bing is great!

  7. mgilbert


    What you're seeing in Dubai actually affects all our imagery–switching sources at a given zoom level. If you look at the copyright info in the lower right you'll see we switch from Harris imagery to Digital Globe. Obviously these two sources were taken at different times. The effect of switch depends on what imagery we have at a given location in the world. We try to match the zoom level to the imagery's native resolution to avoid over-sampling or a "patchwork quilt" effect. That said, we are looking at how and when to switch sources with an eye toward improving the experience. Stay tuned.

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