Microsoft today released an update to Bing Maps Preview app for Windows to improve the public transportation information experience..  In select cities in the US, Canada and the UK, you can plan your journey via bus, train or subway in a few short clicks. This new app will now you route options, estimated departure and arrival times overlaid on a beautiful maps experience.  If the next bus is coming up in a couple of minutes, this app will let you know that you need to start hustling to the stop. Here is how it works, Say you are planning for an upcoming visit to New York City soon and want to find the quickest public transportation option from JFK airport to your hotel in Times Square. On your Windows 8 PC, simply pull up the transit experience within the app and enter the airport and destination.  We’ll beautifully render a layout showcasing all ...

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Microsoft has announced their plans to discontinue all of their offline mapping software products in favor of Bing Maps. It includes Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint. Since all these are traditional software products, the retirement of these products will not affect software already installed. Current users may continue to use Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint to plan their travel adventures and Microsoft will provide online support until at least July 2015. “The success of these products would never had happened were it not for the loyal and supportive fans who purchased the product and its various iterations over the years,” shares Larry Petersen, test lead for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Speaking at RV rallies over the years, I’ve loved hearing about our avid customers’ experiences using the software to plan and enjoy road trips across North America. The feedback and enthusiasm from our ...

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Earlier this year, Microsoft Bing team announced its plans to tap the potential of local businesses in developing nations like Brazil where maps are not available in the way they are available in countries like the USA, UK, etc,. A Microsoft team in Brazil has started a project to start building out this mapping infrastructure in the town of favelas and the team is seeking to build the necessary infrastructure to enable the many parties necessary for the communities to fully participate in the digital town square in ways that many of us in the developed online world take for granted. This project has been named ‘Na Area’ and officially kicked off from today. 200,000 people live in Vidigal, Complexo de Maré, and Manguinhos. There are approximately 863 million people, or 1/3 of urban dwellers, that live in informal settlements around the world – much like the favelas of Brazil. ...

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Microsoft today updated both their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview apps on Windows Store. This update allows you to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design for your local search activities. Find list of new features below, The Bing Platform Makes Personalized Recommendations Have you ever found yourself entering an address that you’ve looked up before? Have you ever wished your “favorites” on your work device were available on your home device? With the new auto-suggest feature, both apps leverage the intelligence of the Bing platform to provide you with a personalized experience which in turn helps you get more done. Now when you type into the search box, Bing displays your past searches for places and addresses as well as places you may have already saved as favorites. It also packs in recommendations for popular searches nearby and inline insights. Your Favorites ...

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Microsoft wants to make finding environmental data as simple as clicking on a map. To make this a reality Microsoft has introduced FetchClimate, a tool that makes locating environmental information easy. By drawing a box around a geographic area you’re and selecting the environmental information wanted, you can view the data on Bing Maps within seconds. FetchClimate calculates data uncertainty, so you know how reliable the information is, and the tool allows you to specify precisely the size of the area and the period of time for your query. FetchClimate runs in the cloud, on Microsoft Azure, meaning there is no physical limit on how much information can be added. You can not only look at historical climate data but also peer into the future, as Microsoft has included forecast data from the latest climate simulation experiments. For example, you can see what the predicted temperature or precipitation in your area will be in 2050. The Computational ...

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Microsoft today announced an update on Bing Search experience that will allow you to know directions and distance between two places easier than ever. You don’t need to go Bing Maps to find directions and distances, just type in Bing Search box, you will get it. Recently, we rolled out a faster way for you to get directions between two places on Bing*. Now, when you search for driving directions from say, Los Angeles to San Diego, we’ll surface the estimated travel time, mileage and map at the top of the search results page on Bing. When you click on the map or the “turn by turn directions” link, we’ll launch the Bing Maps experience where you will see a detailed set of turn-by-turn directions. Because we know directions are most useful when you’re on the go, we’ve enabled this mobile browse experience across the top smart phones including Windows ...

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Just few hours of after the announcement from Nokia that HERE Maps will be released for all Windows 8 devices, Bing team has announced that they have added 15 new 3D cities to Bing Maps preview app in Windows Store.  We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes of imagery, we are delivering a more natural way to experience our planet.  Touch it, tilt it, tap it or turn it to immerse yourself and experience maps in new ways. Taking advantage of our advanced geometry engine, street labels and markers dynamically adapt to your vantage point.  So as you traverse the landscape the map adapts to how your eye sees the 3D space. ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps regularly updates their aerial imagery for various countries around the world. Today, they announced that 13 million sq km, or 315.92 terabytes, of new aerial imagery from around the world have been added to Bing Maps. You can view imagery from around the world below, Quebrada Cahiza, Chile Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland, Bing Maps Link Maritimes Alps, France, Bing Maps Link Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bing Maps Link Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England, Bing Maps Link Yukon Delta Refuge, Alaska Coastline, Fiji West West of Suzhou, China Harbour Island, Cape Town Source: Bing ...

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Bing< Maps looks like it could be the next major secret-spiller making headlines; you may recall that previously Bing May Have Revealed Secret U.S. Drone Base.  Bing’s satellite-imaging service captured a stealth Russian fighter jet, which was previously thought to be ancient history.  The airplane, known as the Mikoyan Project 1.44, was reportedly launched during the fall of the Soviet Union and was thought to be put to bed in 2001. . Mashable reports: The jet was purportedly Russia’s first attempt at a flyable stealth fighter — one that was meant to match one of America’s best-kept secrets, the F-22 Raptor. Some speculated that the fighter jet was sent to China to kick-start Beijing’s own stealth development program.  Foreign Policy compared China’s J-20 stealth fighter, revealed in 2010, to the 1.44 (see above). The 1.44 is the larger of the two planes, found just outside Moscow’s Zhukovsky airfield, but the ...

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The Bing Maps team has been quite busy lately.  On their blog today they announced a number of updates to Bing Maps, including the largest shipment of Bird’s Eye imagery yet, nearly 270 terabytes of data or the equivalent of 100,000 DVD’s, along with expanded venue maps and our new “Report a problem” feature.   To date Bing has published a total of 1,452,958 sq km, or half a petabyte of data, of Bird’s Eye scenes from around the world. The section in yellow below are the newly added Bing Bird’s Eye Imagery: Venue Maps in more than 59 countries on Bing Maps, you can navigate your way around malls, airports, amusement parks and more using your Windows phone, tablet, or PC!  While on Bing Maps and within a zoom level of 1000 feet, purple and green polygons will appear to outline particular points of interest for a given venue. Green shading ...

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Microsoft scored a small victory by displacing Google Maps in NORAD’s seasonal Santa tracker, which has been tracking the crimson present distributor for the the last 50 years. For the last 4 years Google has been providing the maps for the service, but this year Bing and Windows Azure will be powering NORAD’s tracking service. This may explain the presence of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps specifically to keep an eye on Santa’s movement. NORAD declined to give a reason for the change, but one suspects it may have something to do with Google increasing API fees for their mapping products. One suspects their falling profits has been making the company a lot more Scrooge-like recently. Via SeattleTimes.com ...

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Today Microsoft Bing released a new Bing Maps app called Hurricane Sandy.  This new app lets you view a detailed view of the destruction caused by Sandy. Microsoft’s Global Ortho flying partner Keystone Aerial Surveys acquired over 5,368 sq km of high-resolution aerial imagery along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. Try it yourself, · Go to www.bing.com/maps · Select Map apps · Choose the Hurricane Sandy app And use the Before hurricane and After hurricane buttons to toggle between pre and post hurricane damage. Source: Bing ...

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The War Horse Journey is a war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in the United States on 25 December 2011 and in the United Kingdom releasing on 13 January. The film creators have done a beautiful website to promote their film.  The site has two parts, a gallery and the TimeMap. The Gallery uses Deep Zoom technology to let the user explore a patchwork of historical images, maps and shots from the film. It’s an interactive exploration of the world of War Horse. The TimeMap uses Bing Maps and Map Cruncher to overlay today’s map of the WWI battle area with historical maps and photos. You can scroll a viewer around to see, for example, where the front line ran and the pockmarked landscape. It’s a powerful use of Microsoft technology to bring history to life and add depth and context to the film. In both regards, ...

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