Major Bing Maps Announcements and SDK Release

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Today, at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans, the Bing Maps team is making some major announcements that are sure to please. Chris Pendleton came by our studio to talk about the SDK release and to give a hands-on demo of some of the new apps. He also promotes a few contests and explains why you really need to start developing applications for Bing Maps right now!


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      twentytwokhz

      Awesome, can't wait to try it out. Also, does it work with the Windows Phone Dev tools April CTP?

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      exoteric

      Nice, especially location and weather features. Laura: remember inter-national! Wink

      PS - cool B(l)ing logo in the background.

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      USArcher

      I really appreciate the developer story you are announcing today.  It really seems to cover all the bases.  I just have to sit down and starting playing with the SDK.

       

      A question about the upgrade to SL4...will that large "Bing Maps" ghost image always be there during the loading process?

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      BigDataDev

      Great stuff but wish the video was more concise.

       

      IMO, too much idle chat happening between announcements.

       

      Would like to get a summary of the key announcements upfront in the first 5 minutes and then do the drill down with idle chat.

       

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      Laura10

      You can always read the BLOG POST if you're looking to bypass the chatter Smiley

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      Adam​Speight2008

      To extend on the Mall Map and Zoo Maps. I'm thinking it would also possible to incorporate a localised route finding ability.

       For example 

        I'm in CarPark B of the Mall and I want get {Insert Shop Name}, show me the route. 

      or taking it little further

       What route do I take in the Supermarket to obtain this shopping list.  Bread, Baked Beans, Coffee.

       

      It would be fantastic for visitor attractions.

       I'm at the Penguins and want to see the Lions, How do I get there?

      or for the Microsoft Campus / College Campus.

        I'm on Microsoft Way and I want to get to Laura's Desk/Office.

       

      This would be a great addition.

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      BigDataDev

      Sorry about my ornery comment.  I still enjoyed watching the video.

       

      As you say, the blog post has the concise summary.

       

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      spacefruit

      Cool stuff, I love Bing maps! On separate note, when is the Bing spring refresh going to finish its rollout?

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      aL_

      uh yeah thats cool.. if you're in the U.S.....

      in sweden by default we still get the inferior bing beta [no maps, no videos] instead of the real thing. get the lead out ffs, its been a year since bing went out of beta in the U.S. Smiley atleast you could redirect people who hit the beta site to the real site..

       

      sure, people in the know can switch to the us site, but most people wont go through that trouble and they shoudnt have to either..

      new bing maps is hot though Smiley

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      punkouter

      great features from bing map team.

       

      i like the idea of having a map inside another map. a question , how do you visualize buildings with multiple floors?

       

      another idea, personally, i dont like the colors that bing map uses. to me google maps colors are more clearer. eventhough, bing maps gives more details, sometimes it just distracts me from finding what i want. if there is a way for setting up colors and granularity of details in the map that would be very awesome.

       

      anyhow, i think bing map on silverlight 4 is awesome. thanks.

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      CKurt

      What about a new silverlight DLL? There are still some problems with bird eye view internationally...

       

      Love the Bing Map Apps platform, and ik got a great idea. Hope I can finnish it in time for the competition...

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