Bing Maps Gets a Major Makeover; Silverlight Control 1.0 Released

There are some big changes happening at Bing Maps, both on the user end and the developer end.

On Bing.com/maps, you can check out the following updates:

  • Draggable Routes
  • Zoom Bar with predefined settings
  • Command Parsing
  • Embed a Map
  • Dynamic Compute
  • New Navigation
  • World Wrap (no longer stops at International Date Line)
  • Diet Bing Maps - loads faster due to lighter load

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Meanwhile, Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 has been released. This allows developers to incorporate Bing Maps into their applications. There are a ton of updates, too many to mention in this post, so be sure to check them out here if you're a developer.

The terms of use have changed, allowing educators and tax-exempt non-profits to use Bing Maps on their sites for free.

There are also the following updates to the terms of use, per the Bing Maps blog:

  • Bing Maps AJAX Control - all maps rendered onto the client upon the initial request is considered 1 session. Session includes any requests for geocoding, routing or search.
  • Bing Maps Silverlight Control - all maps rendered onto the client upon the initial request is considered 1 session. There are no services built into the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, so you would use the Bing Maps Web Service for geocoding, routing and search, but we'll include those too.
  • Bing Maps Web Service - all maps, geocodes, routes and searches will each invoke 1 transaction.

What do you think of the updates for Bing Maps? Map your thoughts in the comments section below.