New Bing Maps with Silverlight & Photosynth

Update: Not sure I made it clear below but this is a US release with some content available from some countries thrown in, including the UK. Check out this video for more on Reuters. I think you’ll agree it’s a great showcase for what’s in store but for now outside the US http://www.bing.com/maps is still the de facto experience.

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Not content with sitting back and delivering a simple mapping solution, the guys from Bing have created what is simply an awesome and groundbreaking experience which takes some of the best Microsoft technologies and melds them together.

Check out http://www.bing.com/maps/explore

A simple search for “Trafalgar Square” renders what you’d expect right? – A map!

image Just to the left of it though, is some info on the landmark from Wikipedia and some useful weather information but wait….there’s more….

Picture1 Click on the icon at the bottom of the page and you get four types of view – Automatic, Road, Aerial and the fabulous Birds Eye!

But wait…….there’s even more….

image Click on the little guy icon for a choice of views made up of Photosynths made by our community of UK photographic enthusiasts.

But….ok….you guessed it…..there’s a little bit more….

image If you go back to the regular results and click under Explore – What’s Nearby – Bing throws up restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes!

Check out and have a play at Kew GardensStonehengeLondon Eye

The US takes it a step further with Streetside – take a look around the streets around the Empire State Building!

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I was lucky enough to meet Blaise a couple of years ago, and he said this was the vision, but never in my wildest dreams did I think the experience would be this damn good!

  • http://www.evilgreenmonkey.com/ evilgreenmonkey

    It’s a shame that they resorted to using Siverlight, I’m sure that it could have been implemented without this requirement. I’m determined not to install Siverlight, as Microsoft software is the only thing that borks on my Mac.

    I really like the standard Bing maps though, much clearer for winding UK streets than Google maps.

    iPhone app expected any time soon?

  • MelC

    Rob – install – try it – if you don’t like – uninstall….easy! A few seconds of your life might open some new doors and experiences my friend :-) If it doesn’t….no harm done!

    http://discoverbing.com/mobile/

  • http://www.socialconversations.com Li Evans

    LOL – Rob u should install it, do I have to whip out that video I have as black mail? ;)

    Thanks for tweeting about this Mel. I tweeted it out to my followers and others were retweeting it. I also think I found my topic for my SEW social media column due tomorrow – how maps have gotten social!

    ~Li

  • http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jamie_thomson Jamie Thomson

    evilgreenmonkey,
    Sounds like you’re cutting off your nose to spite your face!

    How does your want for an iPhone app jive with your insistence that you wo’t install any MSFT s/w?

    -Jamie

  • General Zod

    its cool looking, but why oh why announce things before checking that its working properly? I know its beta, but first impressions still v important.

    its very hit n miss at the moment, but was working well last night. maybe too much traffic and its falling over. frustrating tho.

  • http://www.GreensladeCreations.com Amanda Greenslade

    I like it! Thanks for sharing about this. The maps seem to be a few years out of date for Australia though – at least for the area I go walking in the afternoons.

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