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Maps Blog — Mar 2010

  • March
    31

    New Bing Maps Application: foursquare Everywhere

    Last week at the SES conference Yusuf Mehdi announced our partnership with foursquare and demonstrated a preview of the application that I’ve had the personal privilege of managing – woohoo! After much anticipation, I’m proud to present to you “foursquare Everywhere” – a new Bing Maps application that pulls foursquare data into Bing Maps to visualize check-ins, tips, badges and mayor coronations from the foursquare APIs. This application has gotten A LOT of buzz, so without further ado I give you Bing Maps’ foursquare Everywhere ... First off, we're flighting the application to a certain set of users so if you don't see it in the application gallery don't feel sad. Your time will come. The concept of foursquare is based on the idea of “checking in” to a location that gets shared with the community and your community of friends. You do all of this from your mobile device and the location that you checked into gets shared across your friends network. As of today, you can see where all these people are checking in on a Bing Map. On loading the map, you’ll see tips from users who have tagged a specific location with additional... Read More Last week at the SES conference Yusuf Mehdi announced our partnership with foursquare and demonstrated a preview of the application that I’ve had the personal privilege of managing – woohoo! After much anticipation, I’m proud to present to you “foursquare Everywhere” – a new Bing Maps application that pulls foursquare data into Bing Maps to visualize check-ins, tips, badges and mayor coronations from the foursquare APIs. This application has gotten A LOT of buzz, so without further ado I give you Bing Maps’ foursquare Everywhere ... First off, we're flighting the application to a certain set of users so if you don't see it in the application gallery don't feel sad. Your time will come. The concept of foursquare is based on the idea of “checking in” to a location that gets shared with the community and your community of friends. You do all of this from your mobile device and the location that you checked into gets shared across your friends network. As of today, you can see where all these people are checking in on a Bing Map. On loading the map, you’ll see tips from users who have tagged a specific location with additional... Read More
  • March
    31

    New Bing Maps Application: Oodle Rentals

    Looking for an apartment to rent? Condo? House! Bing Maps has you covered. Today, we’re announcing a new Bing Maps application called Oodle Rentals . The Oodle Rentals application displays rental properties around the United States. After loading the application, enter a location in the search box and you’ll be zipped over to the respective location with available rentals popped right onto the map. As you navigate the map the search results will dynamically change just as they do with native Bing Maps Search. Each listing will be populated into left-hand panel with a photo, price, type of rental, the address and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You can click the “Full Details” link that will take you to an Oodle.com listing. You can also filter your results by clicking the Refine Search tab and specifying the price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You have the option to choose amenities, pet options and specify the type of property your looking for. And, you can search by keyword. Whoa. Want to rent the place? Click the “View Full Details” link on any of the respective properties and you can see availability and inquire within... Read More Looking for an apartment to rent? Condo? House! Bing Maps has you covered. Today, we’re announcing a new Bing Maps application called Oodle Rentals . The Oodle Rentals application displays rental properties around the United States. After loading the application, enter a location in the search box and you’ll be zipped over to the respective location with available rentals popped right onto the map. As you navigate the map the search results will dynamically change just as they do with native Bing Maps Search. Each listing will be populated into left-hand panel with a photo, price, type of rental, the address and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You can click the “Full Details” link that will take you to an Oodle.com listing. You can also filter your results by clicking the Refine Search tab and specifying the price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You have the option to choose amenities, pet options and specify the type of property your looking for. And, you can search by keyword. Whoa. Want to rent the place? Click the “View Full Details” link on any of the respective properties and you can see availability and inquire within... Read More
  • March
    31

    New Bing Maps Application: Bing Maps World...

    Where 2.0 action continues with the release of the Bing Maps World Tour application which gives you a release by release breakdown of all the imagery updates we’ve published dating back to August 2009. Some of you may recall the World Tour application which we’ve used to publish imagery updates in the past. In an effort to consolidate the experience into the most logical location, we’re moving it from it’s lonely Azure island into Bing Maps and updating the interface, so here’s the breakdown of how the app works now. There are 4 tabs in the welcome panel – Welcome, Highlights, Filter and Other Releases. The Welcome tab is a text-based overview of the application. The Highlights tab is a quick view at some of the notable places where imagery was released for the respective release. Here you can see a list of places, with the respective countries, imagery type and total square kilometers for the respective location for that release. The Filter tab allows you to view all of the imagery for the selected release by either continent or type. So, if you only want to see the new Aerial imagery for Oceania in the February 2010 Part 2 release, you... Read More Where 2.0 action continues with the release of the Bing Maps World Tour application which gives you a release by release breakdown of all the imagery updates we’ve published dating back to August 2009. Some of you may recall the World Tour application which we’ve used to publish imagery updates in the past. In an effort to consolidate the experience into the most logical location, we’re moving it from it’s lonely Azure island into Bing Maps and updating the interface, so here’s the breakdown of how the app works now. There are 4 tabs in the welcome panel – Welcome, Highlights, Filter and Other Releases. The Welcome tab is a text-based overview of the application. The Highlights tab is a quick view at some of the notable places where imagery was released for the respective release. Here you can see a list of places, with the respective countries, imagery type and total square kilometers for the respective location for that release. The Filter tab allows you to view all of the imagery for the selected release by either continent or type. So, if you only want to see the new Aerial imagery for Oceania in the February 2010 Part 2 release, you... Read More
  • March
    29

    Bing Maps Updates - March 2010

    We made some updates to Bing Maps. In case it isn’t set as your homepage and you would like some additional context, I’d be happy to provide that for you. Here’s the bullet list: Walking Directions – Everyone in NYC will be relieved that they can use Bing Maps because we now have walking directions. Walking Directions allows you to calculate directions between two points in a way that would allow you to walk down streets that wouldn’t necessarily be fit for cars. There is a limit to how far we will allow you to walk (about 20 miles) and we won’t allow you to walk on freeways, so don’t try (you probably shouldn’t do that anyway). Now you can generate directions based on how you might drive from point A to point B or walk from point C to point D. Drag-able Routing Flags – I get a lot of people emailing about the fact that you can’t right click on the map to add a location to the map (you can do this in the Classic version of Bing Maps). Due to a limitation of Silverlight (no right-clicking) we just don’t have that feature (yet). So, if you do want to add an arbitrary flag onto the the map to add a location to... Read More We made some updates to Bing Maps. In case it isn’t set as your homepage and you would like some additional context, I’d be happy to provide that for you. Here’s the bullet list: Walking Directions – Everyone in NYC will be relieved that they can use Bing Maps because we now have walking directions. Walking Directions allows you to calculate directions between two points in a way that would allow you to walk down streets that wouldn’t necessarily be fit for cars. There is a limit to how far we will allow you to walk (about 20 miles) and we won’t allow you to walk on freeways, so don’t try (you probably shouldn’t do that anyway). Now you can generate directions based on how you might drive from point A to point B or walk from point C to point D. Drag-able Routing Flags – I get a lot of people emailing about the fact that you can’t right click on the map to add a location to the map (you can do this in the Classic version of Bing Maps). Due to a limitation of Silverlight (no right-clicking) we just don’t have that feature (yet). So, if you do want to add an arbitrary flag onto the the map to add a location to... Read More
  • March
    27

    Bing Maps foursquare Everywhere Application...

    What is Bing Maps foursquare Everywhere? Bing Maps foursquare Everywhere is a mash-in application pulling in publicly available information from the foursquare™ APIs and placing information onto a Bing Map. foursquare users “check-in” to a location which is optionally shared with friends. Also, users may add tips about locations and are awarded with badges and being crowned mayor of a location for being the most frequent to check-in. This data is returned with location information (latitude and longitude) from the foursquare API and shared on Bing Maps through foursquare Everywhere. How do I “check-in?” You must first sign up for foursquare at foursquare.com . Once you sign up, you can begin checking in immediately. Why aren’t my check-ins / tips showing up? A few ideas: make sure you’re sharing your location on foursquare. Ensure the check-ins you want to see are in your history. Bing Maps utilizes the data provided by foursquare, so if it isn’t coming from foursquare we won’t receive it to place it on Bing Maps. What if I don’t want my check-ins to show up on Bing Maps? foursquare has its own built in... Read More What is Bing Maps foursquare Everywhere? Bing Maps foursquare Everywhere is a mash-in application pulling in publicly available information from the foursquare™ APIs and placing information onto a Bing Map. foursquare users “check-in” to a location which is optionally shared with friends. Also, users may add tips about locations and are awarded with badges and being crowned mayor of a location for being the most frequent to check-in. This data is returned with location information (latitude and longitude) from the foursquare API and shared on Bing Maps through foursquare Everywhere. How do I “check-in?” You must first sign up for foursquare at foursquare.com . Once you sign up, you can begin checking in immediately. Why aren’t my check-ins / tips showing up? A few ideas: make sure you’re sharing your location on foursquare. Ensure the check-ins you want to see are in your history. Bing Maps utilizes the data provided by foursquare, so if it isn’t coming from foursquare we won’t receive it to place it on Bing Maps. What if I don’t want my check-ins to show up on Bing Maps? foursquare has its own built in... Read More
  • March
    25

    New Location Browser on Bing Search

    Bing Search continues to innovate and the latest and greatest little tidbit involves a location browser for mapping out places in Bing Search reference results. If you do a Bing Search query for “The Hurt Locker” you’ll be presented with a listing of Wikipedia articles. If you select the first one, you be transported to a Bing Reference page which has this nifty little feature browser hovering on the right-hand side of the page. There are four tabs on the feature browser – overview, outline, images and locations. Click the locations button and all of the locations from within the article will be mapped out with little blue pins on a Bing Map. Additionally, a list of the locations is populated below the map. Hovering over one of the locations will highlight the pin to red on the map. Hovering over the pin on the map will give you the option to zoom to the respective location. So, now when browsing reference material on Bing you can see all of the location references right on a map without ever having to leave the article you’re so deeply immersed in; and, you’ll have an instant bit of context for associating the location information in the article... Read More Bing Search continues to innovate and the latest and greatest little tidbit involves a location browser for mapping out places in Bing Search reference results. If you do a Bing Search query for “The Hurt Locker” you’ll be presented with a listing of Wikipedia articles. If you select the first one, you be transported to a Bing Reference page which has this nifty little feature browser hovering on the right-hand side of the page. There are four tabs on the feature browser – overview, outline, images and locations. Click the locations button and all of the locations from within the article will be mapped out with little blue pins on a Bing Map. Additionally, a list of the locations is populated below the map. Hovering over one of the locations will highlight the pin to red on the map. Hovering over the pin on the map will give you the option to zoom to the respective location. So, now when browsing reference material on Bing you can see all of the location references right on a map without ever having to leave the article you’re so deeply immersed in; and, you’ll have an instant bit of context for associating the location information in the article... Read More
  • March
    17

    New Bing Maps Application: WorldWide Telescope

    About 2 years ago, I posted the announcement of Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT) – a project to map out the stars, planets, solar systems and anything not on the Earth (see WorldWide Telescope Now Available! ). That was some time ago and WorldWide Telescope has expanded its interfaces from a client based application, to a sharing of backyard astronomy information to a Silverlight web-based implementation to now a Bing Maps application . I knew there was a reason that I was blogging about WWT way back when and finally my tag cloud rings true with all those hot celestial bodies overlaying on Bing Maps . The WorldWide Telescope application allows you to view most of the features available in the Silverlight client right in Bing Maps. Yes, the WWT provides real time information about how the space is moving over the Earth. This provides context for where celestial entities are in real time if you were to look up at the night sky. Upon launching the WWT Bing Maps App, you may get so excited and just want to see SOMETHING, so just jump right in with stars. You can click the “Start Here” button which enables a telescope mouse pointer which you drag... Read More About 2 years ago, I posted the announcement of Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT) – a project to map out the stars, planets, solar systems and anything not on the Earth (see WorldWide Telescope Now Available! ). That was some time ago and WorldWide Telescope has expanded its interfaces from a client based application, to a sharing of backyard astronomy information to a Silverlight web-based implementation to now a Bing Maps application . I knew there was a reason that I was blogging about WWT way back when and finally my tag cloud rings true with all those hot celestial bodies overlaying on Bing Maps . The WorldWide Telescope application allows you to view most of the features available in the Silverlight client right in Bing Maps. Yes, the WWT provides real time information about how the space is moving over the Earth. This provides context for where celestial entities are in real time if you were to look up at the night sky. Upon launching the WWT Bing Maps App, you may get so excited and just want to see SOMETHING, so just jump right in with stars. You can click the “Start Here” button which enables a telescope mouse pointer which you drag... Read More
  • March
    16

    SxSW Musings and Where the World Is

    As I’m writing this I’m sitting on a plane from Austin heading to the Microsoft MIX conference in Las Vegas. I have 12 of the 16 new foursquare badges in hand, a brain full of ideas for what’s to come, and a brazen interpretation of the SXSW conference. I figured I’d share a few thoughts. Augmenting Maps with Reality . For those of you who came to my Bing panel, thank you. And, of course, a huge thanks to the panelists – Dennis Crowley (foursquare), Laura Diaz (NAVTEQ), Kellan Elliott-McCrea (Flickr) and Ryan Sarver (Twitter). I prefaced our panel with the idea that we would do no demos and have zero visuals and no presentations. The panel was a true panel with nothing but discussion. We discussed everything about how maps are created today, the data that is geo-tagged for usage with maps, how new types of data will shape the mapping world, how pictures and video will reinvent mapping and data visualization, integrating the historical aspects of mapping and shaping our real lives around location and the applications that leverage location contextually. Location is happening now. I know, I’m totally skewed on this topic; however, if you think... Read More As I’m writing this I’m sitting on a plane from Austin heading to the Microsoft MIX conference in Las Vegas. I have 12 of the 16 new foursquare badges in hand, a brain full of ideas for what’s to come, and a brazen interpretation of the SXSW conference. I figured I’d share a few thoughts. Augmenting Maps with Reality . For those of you who came to my Bing panel, thank you. And, of course, a huge thanks to the panelists – Dennis Crowley (foursquare), Laura Diaz (NAVTEQ), Kellan Elliott-McCrea (Flickr) and Ryan Sarver (Twitter). I prefaced our panel with the idea that we would do no demos and have zero visuals and no presentations. The panel was a true panel with nothing but discussion. We discussed everything about how maps are created today, the data that is geo-tagged for usage with maps, how new types of data will shape the mapping world, how pictures and video will reinvent mapping and data visualization, integrating the historical aspects of mapping and shaping our real lives around location and the applications that leverage location contextually. Location is happening now. I know, I’m totally skewed on this topic; however, if you think... Read More
  • March
    12

    Embed Bing Maps Twitter Maps On Your Site

    We've just released an update to the Twitter Maps application in the Bing Maps Application Gallery . NOW, you can embed our Twitter Maps functionality into your own web site. This means you can be cool by having a Bing Map on your web site, blog, favorite social networking site with the Tweets you care about. And, WOW, it’s super easy. You can do this in four easy steps: Select the map location either fixed (centered on a specific point) or anywhere (moves the map as the Tweets come in). Specify the dimensions of your map (height and width). Add search filters. These will be carried into the embed form if you’ve specified them to filter only tweets that meet your search criteria. Copy/paste HTML into your web page. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton We've just released an update to the Twitter Maps application in the Bing Maps Application Gallery . NOW, you can embed our Twitter Maps functionality into your own web site. This means you can be cool by having a Bing Map on your web site, blog, favorite social networking site with the Tweets you care about. And, WOW, it’s super easy. You can do this in four easy steps: Select the map location either fixed (centered on a specific point) or anywhere (moves the map as the Tweets come in). Specify the dimensions of your map (height and width). Add search filters. These will be carried into the embed form if you’ve specified them to filter only tweets that meet your search criteria. Copy/paste HTML into your web page. CP – Follow me on Twitter @ ChrisPendleton
  • March
    08

    Bing Maps SXSW Panel Announced

    About 6 weeks ago I asked the Bing Maps Product Management team about our presence at SXSW. A couple weeks later they gave me a panel. Then, they asked me to proctor it. Oh, and populate it. Hmm, this was a bit more than I was expecting to take on, but always up for a challenge I ran with it and now I’m proud to announce my panel for SXSW jam-packed with location all-stars. My panel is on Sunday, March 14 @ 9:30 AM. Here’s the scoop: Augmenting Maps with Reality Remember when the utility of an online map consisted of directions and gawking at satellite imagery? With the recent tide of location-based apps, maps is rapidly emerging as the gateway to socially exploring the world around us. But that’s not all. In this future focused discussion, we’ll explore the rise of maps as a social platform and it’s potential beyond. Check out this lineup: Dennis Crowley – foursquare - CEO & Co-Founder Laura Diaz – NAVTEQ - Senior Manager, Partner & Developer Program Kellan Elliott-McCrea – Flickr - Architect Ryan Sarver – Twitter – Director, Twitter Platform Proctor: Chris Pendleton... Read More About 6 weeks ago I asked the Bing Maps Product Management team about our presence at SXSW. A couple weeks later they gave me a panel. Then, they asked me to proctor it. Oh, and populate it. Hmm, this was a bit more than I was expecting to take on, but always up for a challenge I ran with it and now I’m proud to announce my panel for SXSW jam-packed with location all-stars. My panel is on Sunday, March 14 @ 9:30 AM. Here’s the scoop: Augmenting Maps with Reality Remember when the utility of an online map consisted of directions and gawking at satellite imagery? With the recent tide of location-based apps, maps is rapidly emerging as the gateway to socially exploring the world around us. But that’s not all. In this future focused discussion, we’ll explore the rise of maps as a social platform and it’s potential beyond. Check out this lineup: Dennis Crowley – foursquare - CEO & Co-Founder Laura Diaz – NAVTEQ - Senior Manager, Partner & Developer Program Kellan Elliott-McCrea – Flickr - Architect Ryan Sarver – Twitter – Director, Twitter Platform Proctor: Chris Pendleton... Read More
  • March
    05

    Bing Maps Imagery Release, February 2010...

    Last month we pushed out our largest amount of new imagery EVER in terms of square kilometers. This month, we’re blowing THAT record out of the water. You thought 1 million+ sq. km. was large? How about 6.7 million square kilometers! It’s pretty much unfathomable. The big winners? Aerial: The Russian Federation, Australia, Mexico and most places in the US where we had black and white imagery. Bird’s Eye: Sweden. Deets: Aerial Australia 524,645 sq. km. Botswana 61,433 sq. km. Estonia 618 sq. km. Hungary 3,369 sq. km. Mexico 236,624 sq. km. Morocco 13,303 sq. km. Namibia 72,162 sq. km. New Zealand 14,987 sq. km. Poland 6,254 sq. km. Romania 3,695 sq. km. Russian Federation 553,244 sq. km. South Africa 123,138 sq. km. Turkey 16,148 sq. km. United Kingdom 15,221 sq. km. United States 4,961,758 sq. km. Oblique (Bird’s Eye) Austria 238 sq. km. Belgium 898 sq. km. Denmark 718 sq. km. Finland 1,634 sq. km. France 2,001 sq. km. Greece 931 sq. km. Ireland 1,340 sq. km. Netherlands 1,709 sq. km. Norway 2,425 sq. km. Portugal 2,184 sq. km. Romania 1,534 sq. km. Spain 5,143 sq. km. Sweden 6,747 sq. km. Switzerland 424 sq. km. United Kingdom 13,094 sq. km. United... Read More Last month we pushed out our largest amount of new imagery EVER in terms of square kilometers. This month, we’re blowing THAT record out of the water. You thought 1 million+ sq. km. was large? How about 6.7 million square kilometers! It’s pretty much unfathomable. The big winners? Aerial: The Russian Federation, Australia, Mexico and most places in the US where we had black and white imagery. Bird’s Eye: Sweden. Deets: Aerial Australia 524,645 sq. km. Botswana 61,433 sq. km. Estonia 618 sq. km. Hungary 3,369 sq. km. Mexico 236,624 sq. km. Morocco 13,303 sq. km. Namibia 72,162 sq. km. New Zealand 14,987 sq. km. Poland 6,254 sq. km. Romania 3,695 sq. km. Russian Federation 553,244 sq. km. South Africa 123,138 sq. km. Turkey 16,148 sq. km. United Kingdom 15,221 sq. km. United States 4,961,758 sq. km. Oblique (Bird’s Eye) Austria 238 sq. km. Belgium 898 sq. km. Denmark 718 sq. km. Finland 1,634 sq. km. France 2,001 sq. km. Greece 931 sq. km. Ireland 1,340 sq. km. Netherlands 1,709 sq. km. Norway 2,425 sq. km. Portugal 2,184 sq. km. Romania 1,534 sq. km. Spain 5,143 sq. km. Sweden 6,747 sq. km. Switzerland 424 sq. km. United Kingdom 13,094 sq. km. United... Read More
  • March
    01

    Bing Maps Platform Exam & Training

    As part of Microsoft Learning, we’ve updated our exam for application development against the Bing Maps Platform . What’s this all about? For those of you who are new to Microsoft Learn, it’s all about getting certifications. Certifications lead to qualifications. Qualifications lead to being added to respective lists. Being added to respective lists means you’re up for getting business referrals from Microsoft; and, that means revenue. Here’s a bit about the exam: About this Exam Candidates for Exam 74-544: TS: TS: Bing Maps Platform, Application Development work on teams that create solutions for medium or large environments using Bing Maps. This exam is a rebranding of exam 70-544. Audience Profile Candidates for Exam 74-544: TS: Bing Maps Platform, Application Development work on teams that create Bing Maps solutions for medium or large environments. Candidates have experience with using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to build Web solutions that search for and display geographic information for the Microsoft Bing Maps platform. Candidates should have at least one year of experience developing Web-based applications by using Visual Studio 2005... Read More As part of Microsoft Learning, we’ve updated our exam for application development against the Bing Maps Platform . What’s this all about? For those of you who are new to Microsoft Learn, it’s all about getting certifications. Certifications lead to qualifications. Qualifications lead to being added to respective lists. Being added to respective lists means you’re up for getting business referrals from Microsoft; and, that means revenue. Here’s a bit about the exam: About this Exam Candidates for Exam 74-544: TS: TS: Bing Maps Platform, Application Development work on teams that create solutions for medium or large environments using Bing Maps. This exam is a rebranding of exam 70-544. Audience Profile Candidates for Exam 74-544: TS: Bing Maps Platform, Application Development work on teams that create Bing Maps solutions for medium or large environments. Candidates have experience with using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to build Web solutions that search for and display geographic information for the Microsoft Bing Maps platform. Candidates should have at least one year of experience developing Web-based applications by using Visual Studio 2005... Read More