I don't see the problem. If I search for a location (something that I would actually want a map for), the map comes up in the right margin, and I can click right on it if I want the full-size version. You can also get to the map choice under 'more' if you want. Those buttons at the top are context sensitive with the search term. I see a different set than your picture, but I am on IE8 at the moment.
Maybe someone overlooked it as part of an update. I don't think MS is phasing out bing maps any time soon.
The screenshot is the new GUI to limited users. It is from a blog. Usually I have a top bar with MAP button. There are many times I don't get the context result and I have to click the MAP button on the top bar, for example, search "LA".
It may be under MORE, or it may not be under MORE. But, since it is not visible, I fear MS is no longer interested in Bing Map and trying to kill it.
Or they are going to out source Bing Map to Nokia? I mean, what's all the intentions on hiding the simple map button? There is no way a normal person would expect Bing has mapping service. In fact, a lot of people I know have no knowledge of Bing Map.
@magicalclick: that's not very surprising. As far as I remember, Bing Maps has always been powered by Navteq, which is owned by Nokia. They are just taking things to the next level.
It works for me. But, I cannot add any push pin and I cannot customize the direction that a normal Google Map and Bing Map do.
So, I guess there is no point to use Bing.com for map because of the map app? I guess that's why they intentionally hiding map feature from bing.com.
@magicalclick: It might be a locale issue. I use the Dutch locale, and Bing Maps is utterly useless in anything except for the English version.
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