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Bing Maps Imagery Release, February 2010

This is a pretty exciting release, especially if you’re Romanian. In this release, we’ve added….wait for it…over 1 million square kilometers of new imagery! Can you even fathom how much data this is? Now, all of you who’ve sent me emails pointing out shortfalls in the Bing Maps imagery can rest assure that we are updating it and publishing some amazing and quite recent new imagery. And, for the first time ever, we’ve added Bird’s Eye for Romania and expanded our Enhanced Birds Eye outside the United States! Here are the details:

Bird’s Eye


  • Italy – 5,547 sq. km.
  • Netherlands – 554 sq. km.
  • Romania – 1,414 sq. km.
  • Spain – 512 sq. km.
  • Sweden – 1,174 sq. km.
  • United States – 120,181 sq. km. (!!!)


Aerial (Ortho)


  • Australia - 54,488 sq. km.
  • Botswana - 46,179 sq. km.
  • Canada - 391 sq. km.
  • Lesotho - 6,201 sq. km.
  • Mexico - 584,527 sq. km.
  • Morocco - 109,448 sq. km.
  • Namibia - 47,199 sq. km.
  • New Zealand - 57,540 sq. km.
  • Portugal – The Whole Country!
  • South Africa - 221,336  sq. km.


Enhanced Bird’s Eye


  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • Vancouver

Are you kidding me? The Bing Maps Imagery Processing team is really in a groove and our partnerships with Digital Globe, Pictometry and Blom are really paying dividends. As always, check out all the new imagery highlighted on the Bing Maps World Tour.

CP – Follow me on Twitter @ChrisPendleton


  • When are we getting better roads for India? please let's get better maps and roads in India,.. pretty please.

  • @sushovande - how are the roads on Bing Maps India ( We have plans to use some of this data.


  • When we  will get an updated maps of india

  • can we use KML's & KMZ's in bing?

    If not than which format is supported..

  • You can post kml URLs into the Bing Maps AJAX site @ and also in the API.


  • When are you going to implement a coverage layer for BirdsEye? I think I read a post by you (in October last year) saying that you don't want to create one because the coverage wouldn't be that impressive or something, but I don't think thats why people are asking. They don't want to be impressed, they want to see what is covered so that they can explore. At the moment, we have to guess at the areas covered. With a layer like the coverage for bing streetside, it would create a much better experience for anyone using the imagery.

    Please, if there is one feature you should introduce it is this one. Other than that, its a fantastic product and look forward to new features and developments in the future.

  • @Tronied - No timeline for this, but it's on our radar to do. Perhaps Johannes' application is more in line with what you're looking for?


  • @Chris - Thanks for the link as I didn't know that page existed and will prove useful for viewing new imagery. It's good to know you have the coverage layer on your to-do list, and hope it won't be too long before its implemented.

  • "our partnerships with Digital Globe, Pictometry and Blom"

    wow! nice!

  • Any news on New Zealand? I have to decide between google and Bing for a new project and while I would much prefer to go the Bing route the quality of maps even in Auckland is poor and very old.

  • Are there any plans to update the images for Cyprus?

  • am really impressed with the progress the maps team is making, it seems like every month there's an improvement!

  • When will we get the updated map?

  • Poland, when Poland?

  • Yup, still waiting for new imagery of southern Poland---you cant zoom in much @ all in some parts