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  • Blog Post: MapPoint Web Service 4.7 SDK Released

    Friday we released an updated version of the MapPoint Web Service SDK 4.7 . There's nothing new in terms of functionality for the SOAP XML APIs, but we did update the docs to include a new version of the road network coverage. So, now you get a better idea of what the MapPoint Web Service Geographic...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Launch Features Bing Maps

    Today’s a big day for us Microsofties – the launch of our latest operating system, Windows 7 marks a new era in desktop computing and some exciting times for Bing Maps. As mentioned in my Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Features Virtual Earth blog post, Virtual Earth (now named Bing Maps...
  • Blog Post: Visual Fusion 5.0 Release Adds Analytics Muscle

    Microsoft Gold Partner IDV Solutions just released Visual Fusion 5.0 , business intelligence software that unites data sources in a web-based, visual context for better insight and understanding. Bing Maps has long been a focal point for data visualization in Visual Fusion, and the 5.0 release of the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Map Control v3 – Great new features!

    We are happy to announce the availability of version 3 of the Virtual Earth Map Control. This exciting new control comes with dozens of enhancements, including new features not available in any of the previous versions, simpler integration, better compatibility, and much much more. New Features...
  • Blog Post: Map Control 3.1 Launched

    Last night, the most recent version of Live Local launched. Improvements include the ability to draw on top of the maps, highlighting favorite dog parks, cool bike trails, neighborhoods, etc.; white pages/people search, a great compliment to the business search functionality; some UI enhancements, like...
  • Blog Post: Announcing New Bing Maps & Local Features: Interior Views, Enhanced OpenTable Integration, Real-Time Transit, and Streetside for Mobile

    ( 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 the launch for Version 1.1 of the new Bing Maps style.) Throughout the last few months, Bing Maps & Local has focused on how our product can help with everyday...
  • Blog Post: New Map App: “Shout!” Along with Our Partners In Learning

    Bing Maps continues its commitment to empowering educators and students with the “Shout!” map app. The Shout! program invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues and connects experts in the field to share ideas and collaborate to solve environmental...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Server V2 Released

    Our second revolution of the Virtual Earth Server is now available! Virtual Earth Server? Yes, we have a server product. If you have a need for offline or behind the firewall scenarios for your government or enterprise mapping applications, the Virtual Earth Server is the product for you. And, it’s...
  • Blog Post: REST Easy; Bing Maps Has You Covered

    It was just 6 months ago that the Bing Maps Platform team officially launched support for the Silverlight control . This was in addition to the Bing Maps SOAP Service (via Windows Communication Foundation) and the AJAX Control that have been in use for years now. Today, we’re announcing a REST...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Goes Commercial with New Features

    A few months ago, Photosynth became a part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth team and shortly thereafter launched the availability for all users to create and upload Synths into our cloud storage. Of course, I had to take it a step further and integrate it with Virtual Earth - Photosynth Released - Now...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth V6 - QFE

    We had some features for Version 6 that didn't make it into the last release in October, but we really wanted them to be available now so we shipped them in a QFE. There was a newsletter that went out to all licensed customers and I wanted to ensure the community at large was made aware of these features...
  • Blog Post: Bing’s Bringing Sexy Maps

    Over the last few weeks a few of you lucky ducks got to experience a new map type we were flighting. Around 10% of users were seeing our new maps in all its aesthetic glory. Today, we’re releasing it to everyone. The new map type has two experiences that differ between the AJAX version of Bing Maps and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth 6.2 and Web Service Webcast Recording

    Thanks to everyone who attended my "Momentum Webcast: See More and Do More with Microsoft Virtual Earth (Level 100)" this morning. If you missed the webcast (shame on you), you can view the recording online at the Live Meeting Website . For additional information about the Virtual Earth AJAX Control...
  • Blog Post: Updated! - Service Notice: New Map Control - November 6, 2006

    Please be advised that we will release a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control on Monday, November 6 th 2006. We do not anticipate that this release will impact the service or uptime of the existing Virtual Earth Map Controls ( http://dev.virtualearth.net/standard/v2/MapControl.js or http://dev...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: MapPoint 2009 / Streets & Trips 2009

    It's official! We're releasing an update to the desktop products MapPoint 2009 (Desktop Business Intelligence Mapping and Analysis Tool) and Streets & Trips 2009 (Desktop Consumer Trip Planning). Contrary to the release of MapPoint 2006, there are quite a few more features and a whole new interface...
  • Blog Post: New Code Sample & Map App: Washington Real-time Transit

    Real-time bus schedules takes the uncertainty out of riding the bus. Sometimes a bus arrives early and you have to choose whether to chase after it or wait for the next one. Other times the bus arrives late and you have to wait at the bus stop, looking down the road wondering when the bus will appear...
  • Blog Post: New Feature Release of Live Search Maps!

    We've just made updates to our consumer site, Live Search Maps which are tied back to some of the updates in the Virtual Earth platform - there's a slough of posts coming from me today! For the release we've included some AWESOME new features for users to enjoy, so please...enjoy! Communities Community...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Version 5 is Now Live!

    Here's the official release doc for Virtual Earth V5: The new Virtual Earth platform The Virtual Earth platform is an integrated set of services that combines unique bird’s eye, aerial, and 3D imagery with best-of-breed mapping, location and search functionality. With ongoing investments in innovation...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Staging Environment

    We've officially launched our staging environment which allow you to access Virtual Earth features without incurring transaction costs for hitting production. Plus, we can stage new features allowing you to new stuff and regression test for backwards compatibility. Here's the official communication from...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps Argentina is Live!

    Argentina now has it's own Live Search Maps beta site. I'm a little late getting this on the blog, but better late than never. Plus, since I'm a little late to the game there's a good chance you didn't know about it either, so let's dig in.  This site comes with geocoding places and addresses, road...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Bing Maps: REST API, AJAX Control v7, and Account Center

    Today we are announcing the release of several updates and new features in the Bing Maps REST web service, Bing Maps AJAX Control version 7, and the Bing Maps Account Center. Bing Maps REST Web Services Support for Multiple Image Formats Previously a request for static images through the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Version 6 - Now Available

    The Virtual Earth version 6 API is now available. The launch included several new exciting features documented in the online SDK .Moving from Version 5 to Version 6 is easy! You simply need to change one character in your .ashx link - change http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=5...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Beta, No More

    We’re ripping the Beta tag off the Bing Maps Silverlight site and going full board with continuing innovation on Bing. Removing the beta tag has so many implications as a Microsoft asset in terms of what you can expect moving forward…reliability, supportability, and continued innovation...
  • Blog Post: Multimap Launches Free API (And It Includes Virtual Earth)

    It's been almost a year since Microsoft acquired Multimap . We've been pretty quiet integrating them into Microsoft; however, it's time to make a little noise. As part of the first significant announcement the Multimap team has release a new free API which contains lots of robust features which you can...