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  • Blog Post: Announcing Live Maps Belgium…in French and Flemish

    Live Maps Belgium hit the web today as the next country in a wave of localized mapping sites built integrating local knowledge, local listing providers and the Microsoft Virtual Earth API . Belgium has an diverse audience, so leveraging this knowledge the local team built out both Live Maps Belgium in...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps V7 AJAX Highlights

    The Bing Maps V7 AJAX control was originally released in November 2010 and has since received a number of features and updates. Let’s run through the highlights. Redesigned from the ground up The map control itself has gone through a complete redesign from the ground up. The predecessor to...
  • Blog Post: Advertising Opportunities on Live Search Maps

    If you've ever been on Live Search Maps , there's a good chance you've seen some of the advertisements we display on the site. I figured it was time to dive a little deeper into the opportunities that are available to you as a Virtual Earth platform customer (or if you'd like to be one) to increase your...
  • Blog Post: New Hurricane Sandy app uses High-Resolution Imagery

    Our new Hurricane Sandy app provides a detailed view of the destruction left in the wake of Sandy. Once weather permitted, Keystone Aerial Surveys , one of our Global Ortho flying partners, acquired over 5,368 sq km of striking high-resolution aerial imagery along the New York and New Jersey coastlines...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Live Search Maps India

    We've just launched the new Live Search Maps India site and for a v1 it is SUPER robust. Check out this list of features: Street Maps for 9 important Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur and National Road Network of India with roughly 20,000...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps China - New Features!

    The Live Search Maps China site just got some improvements. Innovation is burning like wildfire worldwide. Driving Direction – New! Country-wide (mainland China) road coverage Inter-city (e.g. Beijing to Shanghai ) and intra-city (e.g. Tiananmen to Bird's Nest in Beijing ) directions Multi-point...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Application Gallery Overview…New App!

    One of the most significant additions to the Bing Maps beta web site is the Application Gallery mentioned in my Bing Maps Adds Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, Photosynth and More post. The Bing Maps Application Gallery is a simplified way to use search and map visualization for dynamic applications...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Add Listings to Live Search Maps via The New Live Search Local Listings Center

    We've just released the ability to add your listings to Live Search Maps via the Live Search Local Listings Center (US only). Actually, the service had been in place for a while, but not many people knew about it and functionality was, well, rudimentary. Live Search Local (and Live Search Maps) lets...
  • Blog Post: Birds Eye Navigation Improvement

    A nice improvement was just released for Virtual Earth’s Birds Eye navigation at http://local.live.com . The Birds Eye navigation thumbnail grid has been replaced with an inset map for easier usability (see screenshot below). Please note, this feature is currently only available at http://local.live...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps on the New MSN Homepage

    MSN is getting an overhaul. We just launched a new version of the portal site and I must say it looks much cleaner. See for yourself: http://preview.msn.com/ . And, if you’re looking for Bing Maps , you’ll have to either search for something location related in the Bing Search box or go to...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Publishes Haitian Post-Earthquake Imagery

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Adds Streetside, Enhanced Bird’s Eye, Photosynth and More

    Today is a day I’ve been waiting for. Today is the day that I can finally stop biting my lip and start blabbing to the world that YES we have Streetside photography in Bing Maps – woohoo! Today is the day we release our beta Silverlight version of Bing Maps and it is smoking hot. We’ve...
  • Blog Post: Global Ortho & 17 Million SqKm of New Satellite Imagery

    In a recent post, we announced the completion of the Global Ortho (GO) program in the United States.  GO for Western Europe is on schedule to be completed by the end of CY 2012. Also new this month, Bing Maps adds nearly 17 Million SqKm of new satellite imagery! Global Ortho New Satellite Imagery...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Platform Webcast Series for Fall 2012

    Who’s in for some free geospatial insight?! Learn how your organization can take advantage of Bing Maps to enhance your line of business solutions and provide a deeper insight into your business data. Up next… Bing Maps Platform in the Enterprise: Experience the Value (EPG339CAL) ...
  • Blog Post: Global Ortho Project Complete for United States

    In 2010 the Bing Maps team began its most ambitious mapping endeavor ever with the start of its Global Ortho (GO) project . Today we are excited to announce the completion of the GO project in the United States! With the Global Ortho project, the Bing Maps Imagery team set a new standard in aerial...
  • Blog Post: Finding Haunted Houses with Virtual Earth

    Halloween is BY FAR my favorite holiday, so I find it only appropriate to publish a little something to help spread the holiday fear. A few years ago we published a Halloween Map (aka The Haunted Map), but we’re not doing it this year (and haven’t in 3 years). This year, I’m simply going to show you...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Keyboard Shortcuts

    It’s Friday. The sun is shining in Seattle and I’m personally coming out from under a set of dark clouds that has covered me for the last 6 weeks. I’m in a good mood suddenly and feel a few quips coming on, so figured I’d post something on the light side to satiate your technical...
  • Blog Post: Create Heat Maps with Bing Maps and Dynamics CRM

    The majority of data in the enterprise today has a location component, including most sales, operational, or service-related data. By visualizing our business data on a map, we can identify trends by geography, and use them to make smarter business decisions. In this blog post, we will show how you can...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps China Expands Reach

    The Bing Maps China site just released some huge updates to their site. Following the release to Bing Maps ( Bing Maps Gets An Overhaul…And, Some New Features ) and Bing Maps UK ( Released: Bing Maps UK ), the Bing Maps China site has updated much of their data, added tons of new data and added...
  • Blog Post: Golden Spike Event: Team Photo

    To celebrate the US completion of the Global Ortho project, the team flew one last commemorative mission which we've called our “Golden Spike” flight. Check out the full post: Global Ortho & 17 Million SqKm of New Satellite Imagery . 1 Brad Clark 2 Mike Gilbert 3 Robert Waterman 4 Jeff Collins 5...
  • Blog Post: New to REST Services: Elevations API

    We are happy to announce the release of Elevations API as the latest addition to the Bing Maps REST Services offerings. The Elevations API will enable you to query for elevation information for a set of points, polyline or a region on the Earth described by latitude and longitude pairs. Here are some...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Maps - China!

    We've launched our Live Search Maps site in Chinese ! Not only that but we have street data for China! The first public release supports most basic map and local search features across China with details for 114 cities, plus a Public Transit feature for 11 cities, but without Driving Directions and Public...
  • Blog Post: New Imagery Added to Windows 8 Maps App & Bing Maps

    This month we’ve added over 121 TB of satellite and Global Ortho imagery to the Windows 8 Maps app & Bing Maps, built a Hurricane Sandy map app and now feature our full spectrum of imagery daily on Facebook .         Total coverage of new Satellite imagery currently live on Bing...