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Bing Maps
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Bing Maps

Bing Maps
Developer(s)Microsoft
Stable releaseFinal (v7) / December 5, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-12-05)
TypeWeb mapping service
Virtual globe
Websitehttp://www.bing.com/maps
 
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Bing Maps
Bing logo
Bing Maps

Bing Maps
Developer(s)Microsoft
Stable releaseFinal (v7) / December 5, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-12-05)
TypeWeb mapping service
Virtual globe
Websitehttp://www.bing.com/maps

Bing Maps (previously Live Search Maps, Windows Live Maps, Windows Live Local, and MSN Virtual Earth) is a web mapping service provided as a part of Microsoft's Bing suite of search engines and powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise framework.

Features[edit]

Street maps[edit]

Users can browse and search topographically-shaded street maps for many cities worldwide. Maps include certain points of interest built-in, such as metro stations, stadiums, hospitals, and other facilities. It is also possible to browse public user-created points of interest. Searches can cover public collections, businesses or types of business, locations, or people. Five street map views are available: Road View, Aerial View, Bird’s Eye View, StreetSide View, and 3D View.

Road view[edit]

Road view is the default map view and displays vector imagery of roads, buildings, and geography. The data from which the default road map is rendered is licensed from Navteq. In certain parts of the world, road view maps from alternative data providers are also available. For example, when viewing a map of London, road data from the Collins Bartholomew London Street Map may be displayed. In all parts of the UK, road data from the Ordnance Survey can also be displayed. A Bing Maps app is available that will display road data from OpenStreetMap.[1]

Aerial view[edit]

Aerial view overlays satellite imagery onto the map and highlights roads and major landmarks for easy identification amongst the satellite images. Since end of November 2010 OpenStreetMap mappers are allowed to use imagery of Bing Aerial as backdrop.[2]
At the end of January 2012 both Bing Aerial and Birds Eye View imagery at military bases in Germany became blurred. This was on request of the German government obviously using data of OpenStreetMap.[3]

Bird's-eye view[edit]

Bird's-eye view displays aerial imagery captured from low-flying aircraft. Unlike the top-down aerial view captured by satellite, Bird's-eye images are taken at an oblique, 45-degree angle. They show the sides of buildings, not just the roofs, and give better depth perception for geography. Bird's-eye view is available in selected locations across the globe,[4] including major cities in the United States, Canada, Japan and in over 80 European locations. Bird's-Eye images for a location may be viewed from all four cardinal directions. These images are typically much more detailed than the aerial views taken from directly above. Signs, advertisements, pedestrians, and other objects are clearly visible in many Bird's Eye views.

Streetside[edit]

Bing Maps showing Streetside's view on Westminster Bridge
Streetside provides 360-degree imagery of street-level scenes taken from special cameras mounted on moving vehicles. Launched in December 2009[5] it contains imagery for selected metro areas in the United States as well as selected areas in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia associated with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games (example: Richmond Olympic Oval). Selected cities in Europe were also made available in May 2012.[6] Prior to this, German customers were allowed to appeal integration of their house or flat in Bing Streetside between August and September 2011.[7] According to some officials, the number of appeals was significantly lower than with Google Maps Street View.[8] Only 40,000 requests were sent to Microsoft.

Venue maps[edit]

Venue maps provides a way of see the layout of the venue. There are currently over 4,700 venues that Bing have mapped across the world.[9] The categories are: Airports, Buildings, Convention Centers, Hospital, Museums, Parks, Racecourses, Racetracks, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts and Stadiums.

3D maps[edit]

The 3D maps feature lets user see buildings in 3D, with the added ability to rotate and tilt the angle in addition to panning and zooming. To attempt to achieve near-photorealism, all 3D buildings are textured using composites of aerial photography. To view the 3D maps, users must install a plugin, then enable the "3D" option on "Bing Maps". In addition to exploring the maps using a mouse and keyboard, it is possible to navigate the 3D environment using an Xbox 360 controller or another game controller in Windows 7 , Windows Vista or Windows XP.
Formerly, roughly 68 cities worldwide could be viewed in 3D, including most of the major cities in the United States and a few cities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France.[10] Some additional cities have had a select few important landmarks modelled in 3D, such as the Colosseum in Rome. Terrain data is available for the entire world. It is also possible to use a 3D modelling program called 3DVIA Shape for Maps to add one's own models to the 3D map. As of November 2010, Microsoft decided to drop their 3D feature to focus on other aspects of Bing Maps.[11]

Driving, walking, and transit directions[edit]

Users can get directions between two or more locations. In September 2010, Bing Maps added public transit directions (bus, subway, and local rail) to its available direction options.[12] Currently transit directions are only available in 11 cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark Metro Area, New York Metro Area, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver BC, and Washington DC.

Map apps[edit]

Bing Map Apps is a collection of 1st and 3rd party applications that add additional functionality and content to Bing Maps. Examples of map apps include a parking finder, a taxi fare calculator, an app that maps out Facebook friends, and an app which lets users explore the day's newspaper front pages from around the world. These apps are only accessible through Bing Maps Silverlight. A source code is available on Microsoft Developer Network to explain integration of Maps in Web Applications. A sample ongoing project on locating Blood Donors on Maps is available here.[13]

Traffic information and ClearFlow[edit]

Bing Maps shows users current traffic information for major highways and roads. The feature users 4 color codes (black, red, yellow, green) to indicate traffic volume, from heaviest traffic to lightest traffic. Microsoft announced in March 2008 that it will release its latest software technology called “ClearFlow”.[needs update] It is a Web-based service for traffic-based driving directions available on Bing.com in 72 cities across the U.S.[14] The tool took five years for Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence team to develop. ClearFlow provides real-time traffic data to help drivers avoid traffic congestion. ClearFlow gives information for alternative routes and supplies traffic conditions on city streets adjacent to highways.[15] Clearflow anticipates traffic patterns, while taking into account sporting/arena events, time of day and weather conditions, and then reflects the back ups and their consequential spill over onto city streets. Often, ClearFlow found it may be faster to stay on the highway instead of seeking alternative side street routes, which involve traffic lights and congestion as well.[16]

Sharing and embedding maps[edit]

Bing Maps allows users to share maps and embed maps into their websites. By clicking the e-mail icon in the bottom-left corner of Bing Maps, a window will open that displays a shareable URL so others can access the map currently being viewed. This window also provides HTML code to embed a small version of the map onto any web page.

Design[edit]

In August 2010, Bing Maps launched an overhauled design for its default view. The new colors create a more visually appealing backdrop for information delivery that helps content ‘pop’ on the map. The backdrop provides clear differentiation for pushpins, labels and red, yellow and green traffic overlays. These design principles also works well in black and white and creates differentiation for those with the most common forms of color blindness. Also, larger fonts correspond to larger roads to help customers more easily identify main roads in cities. More readable labels eliminate the need for bolding and less-attractive glows. The inclusion of neighborhood labels allows users to quickly find or convey locations in a commonly used and highly relevant format.

Other features[edit]

People, business, and location search[edit]

The search box at the top of Bing Maps can be used to locate places, businesses and landmarks, and people. Search results appear both on a left-side rail and as pushpins on the map (linked together by numbers). Search results often include addresses, contact information, and reviews for businesses and landmarks. For relevant searches, the user will also see a description of the landmark or place (powered by Wikipedia) if a Wikipedia article exists. The search process can also be guided using local directories for numerous categories (restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions, retail stores, etc.).

User contributions[edit]

Bing Maps users can also view and add “user contributed” entries to the map. These user-contributions must be toggled on by users. Such items can include businesses, landmarks, buildings, locations, as well as Microsoft Photosynths. Users can browse user-contributions by tags and subscribe to RSS feeds to receive updates of new user-contributions to a specific area.

Dynamic labels[edit]

In August 2010, Bing Maps added dynamic labels to its Silverlight experience (bing.com/maps/explore). Turn on the dynamic labels beta from the map style selector on bing.com/maps/explore and the labels become clickable. This allows users to quickly zoom down to a region or location anywhere on the map with just a few clicks. Zooming back out in a single click is also possible by using the ‘breadcrumb’ trail at the top left of the map.

AJAX and Silverlight versions[edit]

Bing Maps has two separate versions for users: an AJAX version (located at Bing.com/Maps) and an opt-in Silverlight version (located at Bing.com/Maps/Explore—not available anymore) that requires Microsoft Silverlight to be installed. The Silverlight version is positioned to offer richer, more dynamic features and a smoother experience. In November 2010, the AJAX and Silverlight versions were combined into a semi-hybrid site where Silverlight features such as Map Apps and Streetside could be enabled through the Bing.com/Maps site - these features still required Silverlight to be installed, but does not require use of a separate Bing Maps site.

The AJAX and Silverlight site share the following features: Road View, Aerial View, Bird’s-Eye View, Sharing Maps, People/Business/Location Search, Building Footprints, Driving Directions, Walking Directions.

Silverlight users exclusively can Map Apps, StreetSide View, Photosynths, and Dynamic Labels.

Map apps[edit]

Access[edit]

Bing Map Apps are accessed either through the “Map Apps” button in the Bing Maps Explore Bar or through direct perma-links. The Map Apps button is only viewable if the user is in the Bing Maps Silverlight experience or in Windows 8.

Bing map apps[edit]

There are a number of map apps that are developed/published by Bing, as indicated by the publisher above the map app’s name in the app gallery. The following are a list of 1st party apps:

2010 Tour de France: Shows Tour de France segments and resultsBing Health Maps: Displays various health statistic heat maps for the USBing Maps World Tour – Explore new imagery for Bing Maps
Businesses by Category: Displays businesses by various categories (Shopping, Food, Travel, etc.)Coin Search: A game to find hidden coins in StreetSide imageryCurrent Traffic: See traffic levels for major highways and roads
Distance Calculator: Calculate the distance between 2 points in Miles or KilometersEducation Map: See local opportunities to volunteer and mentor kidsFood Cart Finder: Find the best food carts to eat at in Portland, OR
foursquare Everysquare: Integrates foursquare checkins and badges to Bing MapsHaiti Earthquake: View before and after photos of HaitiHome Turf Finder: Find places to watch the World Cup based on country
Hotel Finder: Find and learn about hotelsLocal Events: Learn about local upcoming eventsLocal Lens: Keep up to date with hyperlocal information
StreetSide Photos: Explore cities and landmarks at the StreetSide level using geo-tagged Flickr imagesTeach Here: Search for local teaching job opportunitiesTwitter Maps: See real-time updates from geo-tagged tweets
What’s Nearby: See what’s in the neighborhood (restaurants, bars, movie theatres, shopping, etc.)World Cup: Check the latest information on the World CupWorldWide Telescope: Explore the skies and universe
My Friends: Map out Facebook friendsOpenStreetMap: Change the base map to OpenStreetMap

Third-party apps[edit]

Bing Map Apps also allows third parties to create and submit map apps. The following are a list of 3rd party map apps:

Destination Maps: Create a custom map to a party or placeEveryscape Eats!: Explore 360 degree views of restaurantsGas Prices: See gas prices for nearby gas stations
GeoSalesTax: View a heat map of sales tax rates in the USGlobal Action Atlas: View ongoing global efforts to help people in need and help the environmentDonorsChoose.org: See micro-donation opportunities to help classrooms in need
Oodle Rentals: Find places to rent housingParkingFinder: Find parking and get parking rates in major citiesRandom Location: Jump to a random location on the map
Ricky’s Data Viewer: Import shape files and GSS files to view on Bing MapsRoadside Sculptures: See sculptures found on US highwaysRoadside Attractions: Learn about attractions found along US highways
Seattle Issues: Shows SeeClickFix civil issues in the Seattle areaSigns & Billboards: Unique and noteworthy signs and billboardsTaxi Fare Calculator: Estimate taxi care costs
Today’s Front Pages: View the front pages of newspapers from around the globeTrafficLand: See traffic cameras across the USTravel Webcams: View webcam feeds at global attractions
Urban Graffiti: Images of graffiti from citiesUrban Murals Wall paintings from urban corridorsWcities Events: Find local events
WCities Places Nearby: Find nearby hotels, attractions, venues, and restaurantsWeather: See weather conditions and forecastsWiki Explorer: Explore the 50 most recent entries to Wiki Places
World of Football: See scores of top European soccer teams

Map coverage[edit]

Global Ortho Program[edit]

In July 2010, Microsoft and DigitalGlobe, a leading global content provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, announced the collection of the first imagery from the company's Advanced Ortho Aerial Program. Through a special agreement with Microsoft, the Advanced Ortho Aerial Program will provide wall-to-wall 30 cm aerial coverage of the contiguous United States and Western Europe that DigitalGlobe has the exclusive rights to distribute beyond Bing Maps. The program's first orthophoto mosaics are of Augusta, GA, San Diego, CA and Tampa, FL, and can be viewed on DigitalGlobe's website.

Americas[edit]

CountryNavteq CoverageBird’s EyeMap POIs
United StatesFullYesYes
BahamasFullNoYes
CanadaFullYesYes
Cayman IslandsFullNoYes
MexicoFullNoYes
Puerto RicoFullNoYes
Virgin IslandsFullNoYes
ArgentinaFullNoYes
BrazilFullNoYes
ChileFullNoYes
ColombiaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
French GuianaFullNoNo
GuadeloupeFullNoNo
MartiniqueFullNoNo
Saint BarthelemyFullNoNo
VenezuelaFullNoYes
AnguillaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Antigua and BarbudaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ArubaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BarbadosLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BelizeLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BermudaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BoliviaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Costa RicaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CubaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
DominicaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Dominican RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
EcuadorLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
El SalvadorLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)LimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GreenlandLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GrenadaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GuatemalaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GuyanaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
HaitiLimiteNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
HondurasLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
JamaicaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MontserratLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Netherlands AntillesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NicaraguaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PanamaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ParaguayLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PeruLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Saint Kitts and NevisLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Saint LuciaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Saint Vincent and The GrenadinesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
St. Pierre and MiquelonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SurinameLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Trinidad and TobagoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Turks and Caicos IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UruguayLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs

Africa[edit]

CountryNavteq CoverageBird’s EyeMap POIs
AlgeriaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AngolaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BotswanaFullNoYes
BeninLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Burkina FasoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BurundiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CameroonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Cape VerdeLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Central African RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ChadLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ComorosLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CongoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Côte d'IvoireLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
DjiboutiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Equatorial GuineaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
EritreaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
EthiopiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GabonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GambiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GhanaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MoroccoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Guinea-BissauLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
KenyaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
LiberiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Libyan Arab JamahiriyaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
LesothoFullNoYes
NamibiaFullNoYes
MadagascarLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MalawiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MaliLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MauritaniaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MauritiusLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MayotteLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MozambiqueLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NigerLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NigeriaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
RwandaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
São Tomé and PríncipeLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SenegalLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SeychellesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Sierra LeoneLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SomaliaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
South AfricaFullNoYes
St. HelenaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SudanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SwazilandFullNoYes
Tanzania, United Republic ofLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TogoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TunisiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UgandaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Western SaharaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ZambiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ZimbabweLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs

Europe[edit]

CountryNavteq CoverageBird’s EyeMap POIs
AndorraFullNoYes
AustriaFullYesYes
BelgiumFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CroatiaFullNoYes
Czech RepublicFullNoYes
DenmarkFullYesYes
EstoniaFullYesYes
FinlandFullYesYes
FranceFullYesYes
GermanyFullYesYes
GibraltarFullNoYes
GreeceFullYesYes
GuernseyFullNoYes
HungaryFullNoYes
IrelandFullYesYes
Isle of ManFullNoYes
ItalyFullYesYes
JerseyFullNoYes
LatviaFullYesYes
LiechtensteinFullNoYes
LithuaniaFullYesYes
LuxembourgFullYesYes
MonacoFullYesYes
NetherlandsFullYesYes
NorwayFullYesYes
PolandFullYesYes
PortugalFullYesYes
Russian FederationFullNoYes
San MarinoFullYesYes
SlovakiaFullNoYes
SloveniaFullNYes
SpainFullYesYes
SwedenFullYesYes
SwitzerlandFullYesYes
TurkeyFullNoYes
United KingdomFullYesYes
Vatican City StateFullYesYes
AlbaniaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BelarusFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Bosnia and HerzegowinaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BulgariaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
IcelandFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Macedonia, The Republic ofFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Moldova, Republic ofFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MontenegroFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
RomaniaFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SerbiaFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AzerbaijanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Faroe IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GeorgiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ArmeniaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CyprusLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MaltaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Svalbard and Jan Mayen IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UkraineLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs

Asia / Oceania[edit]

CountryNavteq CoverageBird’s EyeMap POIs
BruneiFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
JapanFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AfghanistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
American SamoaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BangladeshLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BhutanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CambodiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ChinaLimitedNoNo
Cook IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
FijiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
French PolynesiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GuamLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
KiribatiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
KyrgyzstanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Lao People's Democratic RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MaldivesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Marshall IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Micronesia, Federated States ofLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MongoliaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MyanmarLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NauruLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NepalLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
New CaledoniaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NiueLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Norfolk IslandLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
North KoreaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Northern Mariana IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PakistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PalauLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Papua New GuineaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PhilippinesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Solomon IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
South KoreaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Sri LankaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TajikistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Timor-LesteLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TongaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TurkmenistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TuvaluLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UzbekistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
VanuatuLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Viet NamLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Wallis and Futuna IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AustraliaFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Hong KongLimitedNoYes
IndiaFullYesYes
IndonesiaLimitedNoYes
MacauLimitedNoYes
MalaysiaLimitedNoYes
New ZealandLimitedNoYes
SingaporeLimitedNoYes
TaiwanLimitedNoYes
ThailandLimitedNoYes

Middle East[edit]

CountryNavteq CoverageBird’s EyeMap POIs
BahrainFullNoYes
KuwaitFullNoYes
OmanFullNoYes
QatarFullNoYes
Saudi ArabiaFullNoYes
United Arab EmiratesFullNoYes
Iran (Islamic Republic of)LimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
IraqLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
IsraelLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
LebanonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Syrian Arab RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
YemenLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
JordanFullNoNo
ReunionFullNoNo
EgyptLimitedNoNo

History[edit]

Bing Maps was based on existing Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft MapPoint, and TerraServer. The original version lacked many of its distinguishing features, including birds' eye view and 3D maps, and the Collections functionality was limited to a single "Scratchpad" of points of interest. Upon its release in December 2005, Windows Live Local became the public face of the Virtual Earth platform. On November 6, 2006, Microsoft added the ability to view the maps in 3D using a .NET managed control and managed interfaces to Direct3D. Microsoft subsequently referred to this product officially as "Live Search Maps", integrating it as part of its Live Search services. On June 3, 2009, Microsoft officially rebranded Live Search Maps as Bing Maps, and the Virtual Earth platform as Bing Maps for Enterprise.

Updates[edit]

Imagery updates[edit]

Bing maps frequently update and expand the geographic areas covered by their imagery, with new updates being released on roughly a monthly basis. Each imagery release typically contains more than 10TB of imagery.

However, the necessary time-lapse before images are updated means that aerial and Bird's-Eye images for a particular location can sometimes be several years out-of-date. This is particularly noticeable in locations that have undergone rapid recent development or experienced other dramatic changes since the imagery was taken, such as areas affected by natural disasters.

Compatibility[edit]

Microsoft states that Bing Maps needs the following environment:[17]

Compatible browsers include Windows Internet Explorer 6 or later, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later, or Safari 3.1 or later.[18] Opera is stated to be usable "with some functionality limitations".[19] Users of browsers that are not considered compatible, as well as users of versions of compatible browsers that are not supported, will be directed away from viewing the map without an error message.

The 3D Maps viewer plug-in requires Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 6/7/8 or Firefox 1.5/2.0/3.0.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bing.com
  2. ^ Details for Microsoft imagery usage with OpenStreetMap on opengeodata.org
  3. ^ Comparing blurred regions of Bing imagery with polygons of military landuses from OpenStreetMap-data plus some details at the OSM Wiki.
  4. ^ Bing Maps Imagery Release April 2010
  5. ^ Bing Maps Rolls Out Enhanced Aerial and Street-Level Views
  6. ^ "New Bird’s Eye Imagery & Streetside Coverage on Bing Maps!". Bing Maps Blog. Microsoft. May 8, 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Bing StreetSide: Appeal is possible until end of September, Netzwelt, retrieved September 12, 2011
  8. ^ Only 40,000 Appeals for Bing Steetside, Netzwelt, August 28, 2011 (german)
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ List of 3D cities[dead link]
  11. ^ Bing Maps is dropping their 3D version - Google Earth Blog. Gearthblog.com (2010-11-05). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  12. ^ Bing.com
  13. ^ ASP.NET MVC 4 with Bing Maps in C# for Visual Studio 2010. Code.msdn.microsoft.com (2012-05-22). Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  14. ^ Bing Maps
  15. ^ Markoff, John (2008-04-10). "Microsoft Introduces Tool for Avoiding Traffic Jams". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  16. ^ Glazowski, Paul (2008-04-10). "Microsoft Implements 'Clearflow' Traffic Artificial Intelligence in Live Maps". Marshable Social Networking News. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  17. ^ Onlinehelp.microsoft.com
  18. ^ Virtual Earth / Live Maps: Safari and iPhone get the Birds Eye Treatment
  19. ^ Microsoft.com
  20. ^ System requirements for Virtual Earth 3D (Beta)

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