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Bing map is so laggy on my Win7 IE9. (Don't read if you don't like to read complaints.)

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  • magicalclick

    I haven't spend time on that machine. It is a 3 years old self-build Win7 PC. I gave it to my mom. It is a capable machine since I play shooters. And recently I tried Bing Map on that PC, and it is so slow. It is trying to do smooth panning animation, but, makes the GUI so laggy and irresponsive.

     

    Also I really have to say, Bing map is not as fast as Google map. The image loads so slow when I zoom in and out and move around (on my really fast Win8 as well). And I really dislike how sucky the Birds Eye view after all these years. I keep hoping to see them do something about it. But, it still just showing black tiles when there is no image from the same plane. Seriously with all the image research like Photo Synth, you would thought they can do some magic to stich the images together nicely. I know there will be section where two angles collide, but, it is understandable. Black tiles are just looking horrible. Also it is irritating that, when panning from East or from West, it actually loads two different sets of images on the same location. I mean, come on!!!!

     

    I really think Bing Map needs a lot of catching up. I am still using it and the direction finally able to do Google like user drag&drop route, but, performance, street view, and etc. Are still not on par. (And unrelated whinning, please bring back Mango Bing turn-by-turn navigation).

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  • Sven Groot

    That's pretty much the opposite of my experience. Panning and especially zooming are much smoother on Bing Maps than Google Maps.

    Now if only Bing Maps was actually usable in Japan...

  • cheong

    Google put more emphasis on Mathematics than most other software companies when hiring, I'm not surprised if they're capable to find more efficient algorithm to render the maps.

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  • cheong

    @Sven Groot: In Hong Kong there's not much difference in performance (I mean the mobile version), perhaps because of the fact the Hong Kong is a small city.

    I'll give Bing Map the credit of including "direction of traffic" and public transport information on the default view.

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  • magicalclick

    @cheong:

    I like traffic based direction too. Except when I download offline map on my WinPh8, it stops working. =(. Don't know when will they fix that. I am unwilling download offline map since I don't want to give up traffic based directions.

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  • evildictait​or

    , cheong wrote

    Google put more emphasis on Mathematics than most other software companies when hiring, I'm not surprised if they're capable to find more efficient algorithm to render the maps.

    Not since about 2004 they haven't. Now their recruitment is pretty much the same as everyone else's

  • Bas

    I find the UI of Bing Maps superior to Google Maps in every way. Working with custom maps is a nightmare in Google Maps and it's smooth as hell on Bing.

    Sadly, Bing Maps is unusable for me because it can't find half the stuff Google Maps can find. Also, Google Maps has streetview everywhere that matters. So Google Maps reigns supreme for the foreseeable future.

  • Hometoy

    I find Bing maps to be sluggish as well.  I haven't seen the black squares but I do like the birds-eye view which gives me a good feel for where things are better than a satelite picture.

    I have noticed that when I first open Bing Maps I have to wait until it is done downloading/rendering before I can even put in the address I am searching for because when it finishes rendering the page it clears out the search text box.

    Google, meanwhile, once I can see the text box I can put the address in, hit Enter and it will search that address once it can get to it.

    Sometimes Google Maps is slow, but usually it is snappier than Bing in my experiences.

  • BitFlipper

    You could always install IE10 in Win7 and try that. I'm sure it would be faster. Not sure if it's still in beta or not but I used it in a Win7 VM at work once and it seemed very fast.

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  • magicalclick

    @BitFlipper: the more reasons to scream at Bing Map poor browser support. Seriously they need to build Bing Map using XP and IE7. Because it should run blazing fast on much slower PC and older browsers compare to my Win7 machine.

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  • Hometoy

    It has got to make you wonder when Bing has this nice animated snowfall background that is only animated in Chrome and Firefox.. but not IE (either IE 8 on XP or IE 9 on Server 2008 R2) Perplexed

    I would think if they were going to add a feature, they would make their own browser work with it?!

    It used to be I had to use Firefox or Chrome to access my SkyDrive, though thankfully that has changed since they dropped running it on Silverlight.

  • kettch

    @Hometoy: Bing's animated backgrounds are done using HTML5 video. Hence, no support for IE <9. It's also not surprising it wouldn't work on Server since the browser is pretty well locked down on that platform.

  • magicalclick

    @kettch: another reason I dislike IE lack of Windows support compare to competitors.

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  • kettch

    @magicalclick: What?

  • magicalclick

    @kettch:

    Hometoy is forced to use Firefox to enjoy Bing animations. I think his message is quite clear. There is really no need to keep spin what should have been done when the reality already presented itself.

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  • magicalclick

    Anyway, street view is getting more places, including my home with recent ugly neighbor paint.

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  • kettch

    @magicalclick: How do you propose to port <video> to down-level browsers? Flash? Windows Media? GIF? HTML5 has issues, but this is one place where it's worth a browser upgrade.

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