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 today announced their updates to Korean map services integration into Bing Maps which they have been working on for past 18 months. Map data is provided by SK Planet and Microsoft uses it in accordance to complex local rules. They have implemented all of the map styles across Bing Maps to represent this rich, beautiful new data including road, hybrid aerial and high contrast. You’ll find these maps on both Bing Maps (.com), the Bing Maps app for Windows and the Bing Maps Preview (3D) app for Windows. We’ve implemented all of our map styles across Bing Maps to represent this rich, beautiful new data including road, hybrid aerial and high contrast. You’ll find these maps on both Bing Maps (.com), the Bing Maps app for Windows and the Bing Maps Preview (3D) app for Windows. And, we’ve integrated a full stack of services for our users, including address geocoding (both new ...

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Microsoft today expanded Bing Maps with greater transit coverage and additional transit-related features in Japan. In this release, they have expanded the number of agencies and routes in Bing Maps. So, you can enjoy transit routes in Japan wherever you go. Detailed walking directions Transit can be frustrating when you have a transfer that doesn’t occur at the same station. Getting off of one metro line, going up to the street, and finding where to get your next bus or train can be difficult – especially if you only have a few minutes to make your connection. Now on Bing Maps, you will see detailed walking instructions between stops and at the beginning and end of your trip. In the screenshot detailing walking directions to Tokyo Tower, you can see guidance about which side of the street to walk on and the locations of crosswalks. You can even see the picturesque shortcut through the park that ...

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  Nokia today announced an update for HERE Maps for Nokia X devices with new usability improvements. Another key update is the support for global navigation which was earlier supplied only on premium Lumia devices. New improvements in this version, The first time app experience was improved. Instead of lots of wizards for performing various tasks, they have now simplified it and also you can skip them in few taps. They have updated the app when there is slow internet and poor GPS connections. The app will now display appropriate messages instead of going blank. They have improved satellite imagery. Changed the HERE user registration page. Source: Nokia   ...

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Back in May, Microsoft announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. This rendering and styling improvements are now live for Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. 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. Source: Bing Dev Center ...

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During the 2014 Rooster Teeth Expo, 343 Industries shared some new info on the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They revealed the new content for the Halo 2: Anniversary portion and a new trailer. In the panel organized there, Halo developers showed off the first of the six remade maps for Halo 2 Anniversary – Coagulation. They also revealed some of the new modes include: SWAT: The popular no-shields, no-motion-tracker mode had been expanded in Halo 3, and Halo 2 gets an upgrade. Ricochet: One of the newest modes from Halo 4, where players have to get a ball into the enemy’s goal. Think Halo basketball. Infection: The popular zombie mode from Halo 3 owes a Halo 2 custom game credit for its invention… and now, it’s coming to Halo 2 for real. Race: Straight from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Get in a vehicle and hit all the checkpoints. And that’s barely scratching ...

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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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Microsoft today updated their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store. Bing Maps offers regular 2D maps while Bing Maps Preview offers 3D maps of the locations. Find the new features in these apps below. Bing Maps: • Search box and map controls always visible in the app along with other improvements to the app look and feel. • Improved search experience with autosuggest and improved results. • Integration of ratings and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and other providers. • Favorites now available across PCs and Windows Phone 8.1 • Transit and driving directions availability in additional markets Download it for free here from Windows Store. Bing Maps Preview: • Get Yelp and TripAdvisor ratings and reviews for restaurants, hotels and other businesses • Easily find 3D cities with the new Explore 3D experience • Search more quickly and easily with inline suggestions ...

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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 ...

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Microsoft Bing team is planning 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 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. In places like Johannesburg and Rio, millions of people live in shantytowns and favelas – homes that literally don’t show up on the map. Less than one percent of these major urban settlements have been mapped. While these people may not have formal addresses they are not sitting on the sidelines of technology. For ...

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The Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today. The Bing Maps Preview requires Windows 8.1and the app takes advantage of Windows features including Snapview, Windows notification and live tile.  The Bing app includes the following features: Natural Navigation from Your Point of View Streetside In-App Searching Traffic Notification on Favorite Routes Local Scout and Personal Picks Source: Bing Blog Download: Bing Maps Preview ...

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Today Bing Maps team announced two new updates for Bing Maps. First one is the updated sharing feature for Maps. You can now share maps through twitter, Facebook or send to mobile in single click. Second is the simplified process for finding directions between places. On Sharing, Send the URL: The URL links are shorter, thanks to our “binged.it” domain. But if you’re more of a traditionalist, just click the “Show full URL” link to see the expanded version. Post to Facebook and Twitter: You can now easily share your results, directions, places, and more on Facebook and Twitter with one click (well…technically two, but who’s counting?). Say it with SMS: If you’re in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, or Italy you can send search results and driving directions directly to mobile phones via SMS. Simply click the Send/Mobile links attached to eligible business listings, popups, and direction ...

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As expected Bing Maps team today announced the availability of Bing Maps Streetside view. The new Streetside view will replace the existing streetview of the Bing Maps. Google first launched the streetview images in US almost 4 years back which became famous wy of virtually exploring the world. But it was not so much convenient for exploring business collections, for which the new Streetside view from Bing will address the problems. From Bing Blog, If you take a look at a Bing map in Streetside view today you will notice that we’ve made a lot of changes. These changes represent a significant enhancement for desktop browsers, enabling you to quickly pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find businesses. We are doing this by providing street level panoramas so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of locations and landmarks. As you slide ...

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