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Maps Blog — Oct 2010

  • October
    27

    New Map App: OnTerra’s “RouteSavvy” Route...

    Inefficient driving routes between multiple waypoints waste time, money, and wear on people’s patience. Beginning today, Bing has set out to help reduce the stress and wasted time caused by inefficient driving routes with the launch of the “RouteSavvy” app in Bing Maps. With this route optimization map app from OnTerra, people can enter up to 100 addresses into Bing Maps and receive the optimal route between their destinations. With the holidays quickly approaching, errands are going to quickly increase: go Christmas shopping, drop off a package at the post office, head up to the forest to pick out your Christmas tree, and then make a quick stop at the grocery store before returning home. Or maybe you are in a delivery or service industry where you have to go to tens of locations throughout the day. Whether you are going five or fifty places, the Route Planner app is a useful, unique map app that will get you from point A to Z in the shortest amount of time possible. How it Works The first step is to add destinations on the map. “RouteSavvy” makes it easy to quickly add a few or 100 destinations – you can click locations on the map, enter... Read More Inefficient driving routes between multiple waypoints waste time, money, and wear on people’s patience. Beginning today, Bing has set out to help reduce the stress and wasted time caused by inefficient driving routes with the launch of the “RouteSavvy” app in Bing Maps. With this route optimization map app from OnTerra, people can enter up to 100 addresses into Bing Maps and receive the optimal route between their destinations. With the holidays quickly approaching, errands are going to quickly increase: go Christmas shopping, drop off a package at the post office, head up to the forest to pick out your Christmas tree, and then make a quick stop at the grocery store before returning home. Or maybe you are in a delivery or service industry where you have to go to tens of locations throughout the day. Whether you are going five or fifty places, the Route Planner app is a useful, unique map app that will get you from point A to Z in the shortest amount of time possible. How it Works The first step is to add destinations on the map. “RouteSavvy” makes it easy to quickly add a few or 100 destinations – you can click locations on the map, enter... Read More
  • October
    27

    Visual Fusion 5.0 Release Adds Analytics...

    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 product takes this to the next level by adding complementary analytics right out-of-the-box. Now business users have a tool to see their data in the full context of location, time, and analytics, each context interacting with and amplifying the others. Business Intelligence is a growing industry and, according to most surveys, the top IT priority of executives for the next few years. Similarly, location intelligence and data visualization have been expanding their prominence within business intelligence circles. Visual Fusion helps to highlight the important role that Bing Maps can play across the enterprise and government in a myriad of implementations: security, marketing, supply chain, asset tracking, operations intelligence, workforce management, commodities trading, government transparency, continuity management, counter-terrorism, situational awareness, and more. Visual... Read More 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 product takes this to the next level by adding complementary analytics right out-of-the-box. Now business users have a tool to see their data in the full context of location, time, and analytics, each context interacting with and amplifying the others. Business Intelligence is a growing industry and, according to most surveys, the top IT priority of executives for the next few years. Similarly, location intelligence and data visualization have been expanding their prominence within business intelligence circles. Visual Fusion helps to highlight the important role that Bing Maps can play across the enterprise and government in a myriad of implementations: security, marketing, supply chain, asset tracking, operations intelligence, workforce management, commodities trading, government transparency, continuity management, counter-terrorism, situational awareness, and more. Visual... Read More
  • October
    24

    New Map App: “Shout!” Along with Our Partners...

    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 challenges. This map app displays the participating schools and the Smithsonian Tree Research Centers associated with the Shout Learning Initiative ( www.shoutlearning.org ). The Smithsonian is the one of the initiative’s first key partners, along with Microsoft’s Partners In Learning Network and TakingITGlobal . Check out the new map app, but I also encourage everyone to visit Shout’s website and learn more about their program and how you can get involved. Brian Hendricks Bing Maps Follow me @ BingMaps , ^BH Disclaimer: What Are Map Apps and How Do You Access Them? If you’re new to Bing Maps and/or the Maps Blog, I want to make sure you know what map apps are and how you access them. Map Apps are a collection of extensions to traditional mapping features and an opportunity to expand how people can use maps to simplify tasks and find information... Read More 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 challenges. This map app displays the participating schools and the Smithsonian Tree Research Centers associated with the Shout Learning Initiative ( www.shoutlearning.org ). The Smithsonian is the one of the initiative’s first key partners, along with Microsoft’s Partners In Learning Network and TakingITGlobal . Check out the new map app, but I also encourage everyone to visit Shout’s website and learn more about their program and how you can get involved. Brian Hendricks Bing Maps Follow me @ BingMaps , ^BH Disclaimer: What Are Map Apps and How Do You Access Them? If you’re new to Bing Maps and/or the Maps Blog, I want to make sure you know what map apps are and how you access them. Map Apps are a collection of extensions to traditional mapping features and an opportunity to expand how people can use maps to simplify tasks and find information... Read More
  • October
    22

    Bing Maps Now a Component on UNCHR.org...

    This week, a Bing Maps mash-up developed by ShootHill was launched on UNCHR.org to show geographical information on refugees, refugee assistance offices, and refugee-related stories from around the globe. Since 1950, “UNHCR has protected refugees and other uprooted and stateless people worldwide by: ensuring their basic human rights; providing life-saving aid such as shelter, health, water, education, and other assistance; ensuring their protection through registration, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, family reunification, and other programs; improving access to education and livelihoods; and helping them find solutions to their plight through voluntary repatriation to their homeland, or integration into countries of asylum.” Microsoft also has a strong relationship with the agency. Shoothill’s blog described how they used the Bing Maps platform and Silverlight technology to create a strong mapping element highlighting country-specific refugee information. A coloured heatmap allows users to clearly see the locations of each camp, internally displaced people, returnees and asylum seekers, as well as UNHCR office locations. “We’re really... Read More This week, a Bing Maps mash-up developed by ShootHill was launched on UNCHR.org to show geographical information on refugees, refugee assistance offices, and refugee-related stories from around the globe. Since 1950, “UNHCR has protected refugees and other uprooted and stateless people worldwide by: ensuring their basic human rights; providing life-saving aid such as shelter, health, water, education, and other assistance; ensuring their protection through registration, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, family reunification, and other programs; improving access to education and livelihoods; and helping them find solutions to their plight through voluntary repatriation to their homeland, or integration into countries of asylum.” Microsoft also has a strong relationship with the agency. Shoothill’s blog described how they used the Bing Maps platform and Silverlight technology to create a strong mapping element highlighting country-specific refugee information. A coloured heatmap allows users to clearly see the locations of each camp, internally displaced people, returnees and asylum seekers, as well as UNHCR office locations. “We’re really... Read More
  • October
    18

    Decide, Decode and Win: Explore the Life...

    This new campaign is a great integration with Bing Maps. Thanks to the Bing Search team for writing this blog. Later this week, I'll dive more into how Bing Maps was integrated into this campaign. For now, check out http://www.bing.com/jayz - Brian Ever listen to your favorite song and wonder what inspired the artist to write it? Curious if there’s hidden meaning behind the lyrics? Starting tomorrow, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a multi-platform search experience to learn how one of today’s most iconic artists shares his life experiences through his lyrics. In anticipation of the release of his first book, DECODED , which will be on sale on November 16th, Jay-Z and Bing have teamed up to launch a multi-platform search experience and interactive game to help fans decode Jay-Z’s life and lyrics. The immersive online experience utilizes multiple facets of Bing, including Bing Maps and Bing Entertainment, to give fans full access to the stories behind Jay-Z's songs. Over the course of a month, fans will come together as a community to compile DECODED online before it hits bookshelves. Every single page of the book will... Read More This new campaign is a great integration with Bing Maps. Thanks to the Bing Search team for writing this blog. Later this week, I'll dive more into how Bing Maps was integrated into this campaign. For now, check out http://www.bing.com/jayz - Brian Ever listen to your favorite song and wonder what inspired the artist to write it? Curious if there’s hidden meaning behind the lyrics? Starting tomorrow, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a multi-platform search experience to learn how one of today’s most iconic artists shares his life experiences through his lyrics. In anticipation of the release of his first book, DECODED , which will be on sale on November 16th, Jay-Z and Bing have teamed up to launch a multi-platform search experience and interactive game to help fans decode Jay-Z’s life and lyrics. The immersive online experience utilizes multiple facets of Bing, including Bing Maps and Bing Entertainment, to give fans full access to the stories behind Jay-Z's songs. Over the course of a month, fans will come together as a community to compile DECODED online before it hits bookshelves. Every single page of the book will... Read More
  • October
    18

    Map Controls in Windows Phone 7 with Chris...

    Early previews of Windows Phone 7 have shown some pretty powerful integration of Bing Maps. Last week, Chris Pendleton spoke at the Seattle Silverlight Group's Summer Series to provide potential WP7 app developers an overview of Bing Maps and the WP7 Bing Maps controls. You can watch his presentation below (note: the audio is very low and your volume will need to be turned up). Also, if you want even more information on the WP7 Bing Maps Silverlight control, check out the related article on SilverLight Hack . Thanks for the great talk Chris! Update: Chris uploaded the slides in this presented to SlideShare. They can be viewed at: http://www.slideshare.net/cmpendleton/windows-phone-7-5477529 Map Controls in Windows Phone 7 With Chris from Interact on Vimeo . Early previews of Windows Phone 7 have shown some pretty powerful integration of Bing Maps. Last week, Chris Pendleton spoke at the Seattle Silverlight Group's Summer Series to provide potential WP7 app developers an overview of Bing Maps and the WP7 Bing Maps controls. You can watch his presentation below (note: the audio is very low and your volume will need to be turned up). Also, if you want even more information on the WP7 Bing Maps Silverlight control, check out the related article on SilverLight Hack . Thanks for the great talk Chris! Update: Chris uploaded the slides in this presented to SlideShare. They can be viewed at: http://www.slideshare.net/cmpendleton/windows-phone-7-5477529 Map Controls in Windows Phone 7 With Chris from Interact on Vimeo .
  • October
    12

    The Architecture for Bing Education/Waiting...

    The following is a guest post from Steve Milroy of OnTerra Systems, the developer for the Bing Education Map App, on the architecture and design of map app using Azure and Bing Maps. He also recently developed the DonorsChoose.org and Teach Here map apps. - Brian Recently the Bing Education Map was launched in the Bing Maps app gallery in conjunction with the Waiting for “Superman” movie from Participant Media. This map app integrates data from DonorsChoose.org, Mentor, GreatSchools and All For Good. It allows you to quickly evaluate US schools in your area and donate your money to school projects or time to mentoring and volunteering opportunities. Embed features via the “Embed this map” option in the map app allow integration of a simple map with the same data into other websites via an iFrame etc. This map app features cutting edge architecture and technologies. Bing automatically detects user location (Reverse IP) and the map app loads locations based on bounding box. After the default load, as you pan or zoom around the data is refreshed in near real time based on the updated bounding box. To provide a scalable architecture we used Windows Azure and... Read More The following is a guest post from Steve Milroy of OnTerra Systems, the developer for the Bing Education Map App, on the architecture and design of map app using Azure and Bing Maps. He also recently developed the DonorsChoose.org and Teach Here map apps. - Brian Recently the Bing Education Map was launched in the Bing Maps app gallery in conjunction with the Waiting for “Superman” movie from Participant Media. This map app integrates data from DonorsChoose.org, Mentor, GreatSchools and All For Good. It allows you to quickly evaluate US schools in your area and donate your money to school projects or time to mentoring and volunteering opportunities. Embed features via the “Embed this map” option in the map app allow integration of a simple map with the same data into other websites via an iFrame etc. This map app features cutting edge architecture and technologies. Bing automatically detects user location (Reverse IP) and the map app loads locations based on bounding box. After the default load, as you pan or zoom around the data is refreshed in near real time based on the updated bounding box. To provide a scalable architecture we used Windows Azure and... Read More
  • October
    11

    New Features for Bing Maps REST Services

    A couple of weeks ago we announced Bing Maps is going mobile as the default map control on Windows Phone 7. Today it’s my turn to follow up with news of more goodness from Bing - new routing and geocoding features for Bing Maps REST Services – your choice when developing for mobile or when you’re looking for simplicity and speed on the web. Bing Maps REST Services include: *Show a route on a static map: The Get a Static Map API now has the ability to output a route to the static map request. You can use this on its own with only waypoints (using lat/longs, landmarks) or customize with several options including: mode (walking, driving), optimize (time, distance, traffic) or the new avoid/minimize discussed below. *Avoid tolls and highways: With the new avoid and minimize parameters, you can allow your customers to optimize their route by either avoiding or minimizing tolls and/or highways. These options are available in both the Calculate a Route API and the Get a Static Map API . * Calculate driving routes from all four directions: The Calculate Routes from Major Routes API satisfies those scenarios where your user either doesn’t know their exact... Read More A couple of weeks ago we announced Bing Maps is going mobile as the default map control on Windows Phone 7. Today it’s my turn to follow up with news of more goodness from Bing - new routing and geocoding features for Bing Maps REST Services – your choice when developing for mobile or when you’re looking for simplicity and speed on the web. Bing Maps REST Services include: *Show a route on a static map: The Get a Static Map API now has the ability to output a route to the static map request. You can use this on its own with only waypoints (using lat/longs, landmarks) or customize with several options including: mode (walking, driving), optimize (time, distance, traffic) or the new avoid/minimize discussed below. *Avoid tolls and highways: With the new avoid and minimize parameters, you can allow your customers to optimize their route by either avoiding or minimizing tolls and/or highways. These options are available in both the Calculate a Route API and the Get a Static Map API . * Calculate driving routes from all four directions: The Calculate Routes from Major Routes API satisfies those scenarios where your user either doesn’t know their exact... Read More
  • October
    05

    Cart Diem with Bing - Free Food Day in...

    In August , Portland foodies cheered when we launched the Bing Food Cart Finder map app to provide a better search experience to discover the city’s amazing food carts and help make decisions about which one to eat at super easy and fun. Since the response was very enthusiastic, we figured why not have a little more fun with the Bing Food Cart Finder and continue to celebrate the rich street food scene in Portland. So here’s the deal: Next week we’re giving away free meals served by some of the most popular food carts in Portland. All you have to do is go to the Bing Food Cart Finder at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. on October 13th and look for the golden sporks. The golden sporks will reveal on the map the exact location where you can get free breakfast, lunch, and happy hour treats. The first 500 people to show up to each location eat for free. Sounds fun right? Mark your calendars, bookmark the map app, bring your appetites, and we’ll see you next week! Disclaimer: Offer good to the first 500 people to respond to each “meal” location while supplies last. Limit one offer per person, per meal location. This offer cannot be combined with... Read More In August , Portland foodies cheered when we launched the Bing Food Cart Finder map app to provide a better search experience to discover the city’s amazing food carts and help make decisions about which one to eat at super easy and fun. Since the response was very enthusiastic, we figured why not have a little more fun with the Bing Food Cart Finder and continue to celebrate the rich street food scene in Portland. So here’s the deal: Next week we’re giving away free meals served by some of the most popular food carts in Portland. All you have to do is go to the Bing Food Cart Finder at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. on October 13th and look for the golden sporks. The golden sporks will reveal on the map the exact location where you can get free breakfast, lunch, and happy hour treats. The first 500 people to show up to each location eat for free. Sounds fun right? Mark your calendars, bookmark the map app, bring your appetites, and we’ll see you next week! Disclaimer: Offer good to the first 500 people to respond to each “meal” location while supplies last. Limit one offer per person, per meal location. This offer cannot be combined with... Read More
  • October
    04

    Bing Maps in HeyGov! Helps Governments...

    Over two years ago, the Bing Maps blog highlighted MapDotNet , which is a suite of geospatial visualization, analysis, and integration products created by ISC . They have a lot of very interesting examples of how their product has been applied – I highly encourage you check out some demos. However, I’d like to highlight HeyGov!, a solution that uses MapDotNet, Bing Maps, and Azure to communicate and manage 311 issues for governments and citizens. Earlier this year, ISC won a Windows Azure contest for the best US Public Sector Application and used the winning application as the foundation for HeyGov!. Released this past April, HeyGov! is “a Web 2.0 app “for government that is designed to help with citizen communication. It can be used by virtually any government department that deals with direct requests from the public. HeyGov ! can integrate with an existing on-premise customer relationship management (CRM) system or provides a cloud-hosted CRM as an alternative.” The goal is to decrease local call center volume and improve customer service by adding a new level of transparency. Miami and San Francisco are HeyGov!’s current users; also, because... Read More Over two years ago, the Bing Maps blog highlighted MapDotNet , which is a suite of geospatial visualization, analysis, and integration products created by ISC . They have a lot of very interesting examples of how their product has been applied – I highly encourage you check out some demos. However, I’d like to highlight HeyGov!, a solution that uses MapDotNet, Bing Maps, and Azure to communicate and manage 311 issues for governments and citizens. Earlier this year, ISC won a Windows Azure contest for the best US Public Sector Application and used the winning application as the foundation for HeyGov!. Released this past April, HeyGov! is “a Web 2.0 app “for government that is designed to help with citizen communication. It can be used by virtually any government department that deals with direct requests from the public. HeyGov ! can integrate with an existing on-premise customer relationship management (CRM) system or provides a cloud-hosted CRM as an alternative.” The goal is to decrease local call center volume and improve customer service by adding a new level of transparency. Miami and San Francisco are HeyGov!’s current users; also, because... Read More
  • October
    04

    Enabling the New Style in the Bing Maps...

    A while ago Chris Pendleton had blogged about the new map style that has become the default in our consumer facing AJAX and Silverlight sites. With the latest update to our Bing Maps AJAX control you can now also optionally enable this new style in your own applications through VEMapOptions -properties. In fact there are four new options: VEMapOptions.UseEnhancedRoadStyle is a Boolean value that allows you to enable the new map style. Default is false. VEMapOptions.DashboardColor sets the colour of the Dashboard. Valid values are “blue” and “black”. Default is “blue”. VEMapOptions.EnableSearchLogo allows you to activate or deactivate a mouseover-event for the Bing logo. This is a Boolean value with default “false”. If set to “true”, a search-box flies out when you hover over the Bing logo. A search will be re-directed to Bing. VEMapOptions.EnableClickableLogo allows you to activate or deactivate a link behind the Bing logo. This is a Boolean value with default “false”. If set to “true”, a click on this logo will open the Bing Maps consumer site with the zoom-level and centre-point that... Read More A while ago Chris Pendleton had blogged about the new map style that has become the default in our consumer facing AJAX and Silverlight sites. With the latest update to our Bing Maps AJAX control you can now also optionally enable this new style in your own applications through VEMapOptions -properties. In fact there are four new options: VEMapOptions.UseEnhancedRoadStyle is a Boolean value that allows you to enable the new map style. Default is false. VEMapOptions.DashboardColor sets the colour of the Dashboard. Valid values are “blue” and “black”. Default is “blue”. VEMapOptions.EnableSearchLogo allows you to activate or deactivate a mouseover-event for the Bing logo. This is a Boolean value with default “false”. If set to “true”, a search-box flies out when you hover over the Bing logo. A search will be re-directed to Bing. VEMapOptions.EnableClickableLogo allows you to activate or deactivate a link behind the Bing logo. This is a Boolean value with default “false”. If set to “true”, a click on this logo will open the Bing Maps consumer site with the zoom-level and centre-point that... Read More
  • October
    01

    Did you feel the TweetHeat this summer...

    What did you do on your summer vacation this year? I got sunburned and helped my son Harry catch his first fish. Pretty good summer, I thought. Meet Viswa Mani. He spent the summer on the Microsoft intern program, joining our search test team. His TweetHeat Map App won the “OSD (ie Online Services Division) Intern Hack Day”. Ever wonder what people are really saying where on Twitter? Viswa spent some of his summer figuring out how to show you. Welcome to the TweetHeat Map App. Over to Viswa Mani… “In "Intern Hack Day", interns are encouraged and helped to develop working ideas in a number of areas. A workshop kicked off the first ever Intern Hack Day and introduced a few new technologies that we could use, including the Bing Map App SDK. The product teams provided support for the 10 teams that participated – team sizes varied from 6 to 1 (i.e. me). There were awards for audience favorite and best hack, awarded by the judges. “Being an intern at Microsoft was a great experience. Thanks to the Intern Coordinators, especially Caroline Bulmer, School Recruiters and social group coordinators who did an awesome job of making sure... Read More What did you do on your summer vacation this year? I got sunburned and helped my son Harry catch his first fish. Pretty good summer, I thought. Meet Viswa Mani. He spent the summer on the Microsoft intern program, joining our search test team. His TweetHeat Map App won the “OSD (ie Online Services Division) Intern Hack Day”. Ever wonder what people are really saying where on Twitter? Viswa spent some of his summer figuring out how to show you. Welcome to the TweetHeat Map App. Over to Viswa Mani… “In "Intern Hack Day", interns are encouraged and helped to develop working ideas in a number of areas. A workshop kicked off the first ever Intern Hack Day and introduced a few new technologies that we could use, including the Bing Map App SDK. The product teams provided support for the 10 teams that participated – team sizes varied from 6 to 1 (i.e. me). There were awards for audience favorite and best hack, awarded by the judges. “Being an intern at Microsoft was a great experience. Thanks to the Intern Coordinators, especially Caroline Bulmer, School Recruiters and social group coordinators who did an awesome job of making sure... Read More
  • October
    01

    Steeler Nation Comes Together on Bing Maps

    I was reading Fox Sports this morning and noticed that the Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked number 1 in the Power Rankings as we enter the 4th week of the NFL season (and my lowly Chargers are off to another slow start ranked 18, ugh). And, with the Steelers clashing with their archrival Ravens this weekend this is as good a time as any to talk about a new app that uses Bing Maps. John Yokim is an ATS in the Microsoft field, loves his Steelers, loves Silverlight and loves Bing Maps, so of course he’s trying to further unite Steeler Nation with his new app – Pittsburgh Steelers Bar Locator . The application visualizes the location of over 1800 “Steeler Nation Bars” across the U.S. Simply double-click on the map to re-center the map. A circle will be drawn to highlight the radius of a search for bars that support the Steel Curtain. Clicking an icon will highlight the bar and pull down the address information for the respective location. You’ll want to use the native zoom controls to zoom in and out since the double click is being overridden to re-center and search for bars. Note: this site is neither endorsed nor provided by The Pittsburgh Steelers and... Read More I was reading Fox Sports this morning and noticed that the Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked number 1 in the Power Rankings as we enter the 4th week of the NFL season (and my lowly Chargers are off to another slow start ranked 18, ugh). And, with the Steelers clashing with their archrival Ravens this weekend this is as good a time as any to talk about a new app that uses Bing Maps. John Yokim is an ATS in the Microsoft field, loves his Steelers, loves Silverlight and loves Bing Maps, so of course he’s trying to further unite Steeler Nation with his new app – Pittsburgh Steelers Bar Locator . The application visualizes the location of over 1800 “Steeler Nation Bars” across the U.S. Simply double-click on the map to re-center the map. A circle will be drawn to highlight the radius of a search for bars that support the Steel Curtain. Clicking an icon will highlight the bar and pull down the address information for the respective location. You’ll want to use the native zoom controls to zoom in and out since the double click is being overridden to re-center and search for bars. Note: this site is neither endorsed nor provided by The Pittsburgh Steelers and... Read More