Microsoft today announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability.
Gradient Land Color
We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible.
Localized Landmark Icons
We also added new, culturally-accurate symbols for landmarks. Instead of using the same icons for landmarks like banks or pharmacies globally, we introduced new symbols that are relevant no matter where you are.
Transit Icon Consolidation
Additionally, we removed some instances where public transit icons were duplicated on the map in the United States.
Park Trails and Pathways
New styling helps clearly differentiate park trails and pathways from roads.