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
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.
- 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.