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Maps Blog — Jan 2010

  • January
    25

    Bing Maps Challenge, Win $100 Gift Card

    Think you’re savvy enough to navigate Bing Maps faster than anyone else? Answer 4 questions and you’ll be in the running to win a $100 gift card courtesy of the Bing Maps team. Take the Bing Maps Challenge now. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton Think you’re savvy enough to navigate Bing Maps faster than anyone else? Answer 4 questions and you’ll be in the running to win a $100 gift card courtesy of the Bing Maps team. Take the Bing Maps Challenge now. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • January
    22

    National Geographic Launches iPhone Atlas...

    National Geographic has been hard at work getting their atlas of maps into your grubby little hands. And as such, they’ve released their newest mobile application for iPhone – World Atlas ( iTunes link ). The application allows you to view 7 different levels of cartography, 3 maps styles and the ability to find locations around the world with nearly 7 million place listings. And, of course, the Bing Maps Platform has been integrated right into their application as a mapping option. Here’s a quick run down of the features I snagged from their site: High resolution National Geographic cartography, the same used to print our award-winning wall maps and bound atlases! Preloaded with 3 different styles of world maps, down to country detail. Additional detailed zoom levels and Microsoft Bing maps require internet connection to view. Map Library feature allows you to download and save National Geographic maps for faster access and offline use. Easy-to-use and fast place name search tool, with over 6 million database entries (major cities index is preloaded; full search requires internet or cell connection). World Flags and Facts database, expertly edited... Read More National Geographic has been hard at work getting their atlas of maps into your grubby little hands. And as such, they’ve released their newest mobile application for iPhone – World Atlas ( iTunes link ). The application allows you to view 7 different levels of cartography, 3 maps styles and the ability to find locations around the world with nearly 7 million place listings. And, of course, the Bing Maps Platform has been integrated right into their application as a mapping option. Here’s a quick run down of the features I snagged from their site: High resolution National Geographic cartography, the same used to print our award-winning wall maps and bound atlases! Preloaded with 3 different styles of world maps, down to country detail. Additional detailed zoom levels and Microsoft Bing maps require internet connection to view. Map Library feature allows you to download and save National Geographic maps for faster access and offline use. Easy-to-use and fast place name search tool, with over 6 million database entries (major cities index is preloaded; full search requires internet or cell connection). World Flags and Facts database, expertly edited... Read More
  • January
    20

    New Bing Maps Application: Haiti Earthquake

    The Haitian Earthquakes have captured the eyes of the world. As part of the effort, Bing Maps is doing what we can to help the world see the changes over time around Haiti by unveiling the Haiti Earthquake application in the application gallery. The concept of the application allows users to view the aerial imagery before and after the earthquake. The application allows you to select to view imagery before the earthquake or after the quake (dated January 15, 2010). Also included in the application is a link to our Twitter Maps application focused on Haiti using the Geolocation API from Twitter which allows you to view Tweets coming from people in Haiti. My heart goes out to those who have been affected by this travesty. Other Microsoft efforts in Haiti: Microsoft Community Involvement Microsoft is making an initial commitment of $1.25 million, which includes cash and in-kind contributions. In addition, Microsoft is matching U.S. employee donations (up to $12K). Already, 2,200 employees have contributed over $410K to 120 nonprofits working in Haiti. Photosynth You can view a photosynth of the video footage of the earthquake damage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.... Read More The Haitian Earthquakes have captured the eyes of the world. As part of the effort, Bing Maps is doing what we can to help the world see the changes over time around Haiti by unveiling the Haiti Earthquake application in the application gallery. The concept of the application allows users to view the aerial imagery before and after the earthquake. The application allows you to select to view imagery before the earthquake or after the quake (dated January 15, 2010). Also included in the application is a link to our Twitter Maps application focused on Haiti using the Geolocation API from Twitter which allows you to view Tweets coming from people in Haiti. My heart goes out to those who have been affected by this travesty. Other Microsoft efforts in Haiti: Microsoft Community Involvement Microsoft is making an initial commitment of $1.25 million, which includes cash and in-kind contributions. In addition, Microsoft is matching U.S. employee donations (up to $12K). Already, 2,200 employees have contributed over $410K to 120 nonprofits working in Haiti. Photosynth You can view a photosynth of the video footage of the earthquake damage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.... Read More
  • January
    19

    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 and investment to name a few. The removal of the beta tag was done in parallel with a couple of new features and Bing Maps Application Gallery mash-ins. First off, if you go to the Bing Maps AJAX site and have Silverlight installed chances are you will be redirected to the Bing Maps Silverlight site (note this change only affects users in the US). We're rolling this out with a small percentage of users increasing up to 100% of all users in a few weeks. If you don’t have Silverlight installed you can hit the AJAX site and will be prompted to install Silverlight (which you can opt out of, but WHY would you??). Well, to make the AJAX site a bit smoother we’ve introduced some new transitions in the tile loading process for panning and zooming. So you can have your Silverlight and AJAX too. If you don’t want to stay on the Silverlight site, you can opt out and return to the... Read 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 and investment to name a few. The removal of the beta tag was done in parallel with a couple of new features and Bing Maps Application Gallery mash-ins. First off, if you go to the Bing Maps AJAX site and have Silverlight installed chances are you will be redirected to the Bing Maps Silverlight site (note this change only affects users in the US). We're rolling this out with a small percentage of users increasing up to 100% of all users in a few weeks. If you don’t have Silverlight installed you can hit the AJAX site and will be prompted to install Silverlight (which you can opt out of, but WHY would you??). Well, to make the AJAX site a bit smoother we’ve introduced some new transitions in the tile loading process for panning and zooming. So you can have your Silverlight and AJAX too. If you don’t want to stay on the Silverlight site, you can opt out and return to the... Read More
  • January
    19

    New Bing Maps Application: Destination...

    Need to give people directions to your house, business or party (yeah, baby!). Use the Destination Maps application just specify a place (such as Club XS in Las Vegas); set the area of interest by dragging the sides of the on-map square to include all the areas people are coming from; then give the map a title. You can select multiple map styles such as Sketchy, European, American or Treasure (a la pirate! – featured). Very reminiscent of the Line Drive maps from my Vicinity days...only way fricking cooler! CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton Need to give people directions to your house, business or party (yeah, baby!). Use the Destination Maps application just specify a place (such as Club XS in Las Vegas); set the area of interest by dragging the sides of the on-map square to include all the areas people are coming from; then give the map a title. You can select multiple map styles such as Sketchy, European, American or Treasure (a la pirate! – featured). Very reminiscent of the Line Drive maps from my Vicinity days...only way fricking cooler! CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton
  • January
    19

    New Bing Maps Application: Local Events

    No plans this Friday? Make some. Bing Maps newest application Local Events allows you to search for what’s happening around where you plan to be. Or, even better, where you may not plan to be but will end up! Load the Local Events application and navigate to your favorite destination to see events pinned to the map. If you’re looking for a specific type of application such as music or dancing you can filter the results on the map be changing the category in the navigation pane. And, next to location what’s the most critical element of events? When! You can further filter your search results by specifying when you’re looking to have some fun. You can specify today, tomorrow, this weekend, this week, next week or specific dates. If you dig arts and crafts on Wednesday nights between January 13 and March 3, we’ve got your search query for you. Plus, use the cool pin feature to pin the event to the map. Then, you can view just “your pins” at any given time. Also, get directions, share the event information or save the event to Your Places easily with built in features to do so. Go find something to do! CP – Follow me on Twitter... Read More No plans this Friday? Make some. Bing Maps newest application Local Events allows you to search for what’s happening around where you plan to be. Or, even better, where you may not plan to be but will end up! Load the Local Events application and navigate to your favorite destination to see events pinned to the map. If you’re looking for a specific type of application such as music or dancing you can filter the results on the map be changing the category in the navigation pane. And, next to location what’s the most critical element of events? When! You can further filter your search results by specifying when you’re looking to have some fun. You can specify today, tomorrow, this weekend, this week, next week or specific dates. If you dig arts and crafts on Wednesday nights between January 13 and March 3, we’ve got your search query for you. Plus, use the cool pin feature to pin the event to the map. Then, you can view just “your pins” at any given time. Also, get directions, share the event information or save the event to Your Places easily with built in features to do so. Go find something to do! CP – Follow me on Twitter... Read More
  • January
    18

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, January 2010...

    The Bing Maps imagery release for January 2010 release is SO BIG we had to break it into two parts – not kidding! The January 2010 Part 1 release is 558,000 square kilometers of imagery consisting of: Germany’s Ruhrgebeit Belgium Luxembourg Vancouver – Sea to Sky Hwy to Squamish and beyond Additional imagery scattered throughout Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Latvia and Turkey. As always for the best experience, view the imagery using the Bing Maps World Tour . CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton The Bing Maps imagery release for January 2010 release is SO BIG we had to break it into two parts – not kidding! The January 2010 Part 1 release is 558,000 square kilometers of imagery consisting of: Germany’s Ruhrgebeit Belgium Luxembourg Vancouver – Sea to Sky Hwy to Squamish and beyond Additional imagery scattered throughout Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Latvia and Turkey. As always for the best experience, view the imagery using the Bing Maps World Tour . CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • January
    18

    Kroger Integrates Bing Maps

    Need to do a little grocery shopping? Chances are you’ll be shopping at a Kroger and not even know it. The grocery retail chain behind such huge brands as Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Fred Meyer (to name a few) is now officially moved their store locator over to the Bing Maps Platform . The new locator application from the Kroger.com home page allows you to enter a postal code or city/state combo, then select additional search filters such as Fuel Center, Pharmacy and Marketplace; then, specify the search radius to find the nearest store. The site also features an Advanced Search so you can put in a full address and add additional filters for other services available within the respective stores including Bank, One Hour Photo, 24-hour Pharmacy, Gas Station, Organics and Pharmacy Services. At the end of your search result, you get a list of stores and a Bing Map with branded pushpin icons on the map containing contact information, services available and driving directions. I need coffee creamer. I better stop on the way home. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton Need to do a little grocery shopping? Chances are you’ll be shopping at a Kroger and not even know it. The grocery retail chain behind such huge brands as Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Fred Meyer (to name a few) is now officially moved their store locator over to the Bing Maps Platform . The new locator application from the Kroger.com home page allows you to enter a postal code or city/state combo, then select additional search filters such as Fuel Center, Pharmacy and Marketplace; then, specify the search radius to find the nearest store. The site also features an Advanced Search so you can put in a full address and add additional filters for other services available within the respective stores including Bank, One Hour Photo, 24-hour Pharmacy, Gas Station, Organics and Pharmacy Services. At the end of your search result, you get a list of stores and a Bing Map with branded pushpin icons on the map containing contact information, services available and driving directions. I need coffee creamer. I better stop on the way home. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • January
    15

    Bing Maps Publishes Haitian Post-Earthquake...

    For those of you wanting to see the devastation in Haiti resulting from the recent Earthquake, Bing Maps has published the new imagery online. Visit the Bing Maps web site to view the imagery first hand. The imagery Is 50 cm color imagery taken from Digital Globe’s new Worldview 2 satellite. While the imagery is current, there was a cloud over part of Port au Prince which obscures some of the downtown area. Digital Globe will be acquiring more imagery daily and as soon as we have a cloudless image we will publish again. (Non-Silverlight link ). Other related links from Microsoft: Also, check out the MSR HD-View on MSNBC . Photosynth of Port au Prince . Microsoft’s Response to the Haitian Earthquake . CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton For those of you wanting to see the devastation in Haiti resulting from the recent Earthquake, Bing Maps has published the new imagery online. Visit the Bing Maps web site to view the imagery first hand. The imagery Is 50 cm color imagery taken from Digital Globe’s new Worldview 2 satellite. While the imagery is current, there was a cloud over part of Port au Prince which obscures some of the downtown area. Digital Globe will be acquiring more imagery daily and as soon as we have a cloudless image we will publish again. (Non-Silverlight link ). Other related links from Microsoft: Also, check out the MSR HD-View on MSNBC . Photosynth of Port au Prince . Microsoft’s Response to the Haitian Earthquake . CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • January
    15

    New Streetside Coverage: Vancouver and...

    As I mentioned previously, Bing Maps Adds Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, Photosynth and More , we’re going to be rolling out more and more Streetside photography on Bing Maps. Well, we did a special run just in time for the winter Olympics that covers Vancouver and Whistler in Canada. Check it out:   The slopes in Whistler are some of the best in the world: More to come. Stay tuned. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton As I mentioned previously, Bing Maps Adds Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, Photosynth and More , we’re going to be rolling out more and more Streetside photography on Bing Maps. Well, we did a special run just in time for the winter Olympics that covers Vancouver and Whistler in Canada. Check it out:   The slopes in Whistler are some of the best in the world: More to come. Stay tuned. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • January
    05

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, December 2009

    Another month goes by and another few hundred thousand square kilometers of Bing Maps imagery hits the web – more than 274,000 square kilometers in fact. December was a big month for Bird’s Eye and although we just launched Streetside, we’ll continue to add more cities every month. We added / updated 27 counties across Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Illinois, Washington D.C. and Oklahoma with fresh new Bird’s Eye photos (33,520 sq. km.). 151 cities across Russia, Poland and Turkey were updated with new aerial (ortho) imagery (240,739 sq. km.). And, finally, we added 1.1 TB of new Streetside imagery of which I’ll get you the location details in a future post. As always, you can see the finer details on the Bing Maps World Tour Application . CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton Another month goes by and another few hundred thousand square kilometers of Bing Maps imagery hits the web – more than 274,000 square kilometers in fact. December was a big month for Bird’s Eye and although we just launched Streetside, we’ll continue to add more cities every month. We added / updated 27 counties across Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Illinois, Washington D.C. and Oklahoma with fresh new Bird’s Eye photos (33,520 sq. km.). 151 cities across Russia, Poland and Turkey were updated with new aerial (ortho) imagery (240,739 sq. km.). And, finally, we added 1.1 TB of new Streetside imagery of which I’ll get you the location details in a future post. As always, you can see the finer details on the Bing Maps World Tour Application . CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton
  • January
    04

    Bing Maps User Group (UK) – Join Now

    Bing Maps is kicking off its UK user group inaugural event at the Microsoft office in London . Get in early as one of the inaugural members. The first meeting will be on January 13, 2010 from 6PM to 9PM. The Microsoft office is located at 100 Victoria Street, London . Here’s a bit about the event I ripped from the web site : Our first meeting of the new Bing Maps UK User Group. Open to all newbies, experienced and bing maps wizards there should be something for everyone. We will start informally around 6pm with coffee and socialising and start officially at 7pm finishing up around 9pm and off to the pub. The first event will have two 'formal sessions': Adventures in Mapping at the BBC, Jim Lynn Integrating SQL Server 2008 and Bing Maps, Alastair Aitchison If you would like to host a session yourself at this event, or future ones please let us know in the comments below. The event will focus on developers but any of you marketing and sales types are more than welcome. Beer and pizza is being kindly donated by Microsoft to let us all relax and unwind. If you’re in the neighborhood and craving some free coffee, pizza, beer and Bing Maps info it’ll... Read More Bing Maps is kicking off its UK user group inaugural event at the Microsoft office in London . Get in early as one of the inaugural members. The first meeting will be on January 13, 2010 from 6PM to 9PM. The Microsoft office is located at 100 Victoria Street, London . Here’s a bit about the event I ripped from the web site : Our first meeting of the new Bing Maps UK User Group. Open to all newbies, experienced and bing maps wizards there should be something for everyone. We will start informally around 6pm with coffee and socialising and start officially at 7pm finishing up around 9pm and off to the pub. The first event will have two 'formal sessions': Adventures in Mapping at the BBC, Jim Lynn Integrating SQL Server 2008 and Bing Maps, Alastair Aitchison If you would like to host a session yourself at this event, or future ones please let us know in the comments below. The event will focus on developers but any of you marketing and sales types are more than welcome. Beer and pizza is being kindly donated by Microsoft to let us all relax and unwind. If you’re in the neighborhood and craving some free coffee, pizza, beer and Bing Maps info it’ll... Read More