Bing Maps

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Bing Maps
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Bing Maps
Type of site
Web mapping service
Virtual globe
Owner Microsoft
URL www.bing.com/maps
Launched2005;16 years ago (2005) (as Live Search Maps)
OCLC  number 704290078

Bing Maps (previously Live Search Maps, Windows Live Maps, Windows Live Local, and MSN Virtual Earth) is a web mapping service provided as a part of Microsoft's Bing suite of search engines and powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise framework.

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History

Windows Live Local Beta, showing aerial imagery Windows Live Local Beta.png
Windows Live Local Beta, showing aerial imagery

Bing Maps was originally launched as MSN Virtual Earth, which was released for beta testing on July 24, 2005. [1] It was a continuation of previous Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft MapPoint and TerraServer. Its original stand out feature was the aerial imagery. [2] The original version lacked many of its distinguishing features, including birds' eye view and 3D maps, and the Collections functionality was limited to a single "Scratchpad" of points of interest.

In December 2005, Virtual Earth was replaced by Windows Live Local, featuring improvements, technologies from Pictometry International, and integrated with the Local Search index on Windows Live Search. [3] On November 6, 2006, Microsoft added the ability to view the maps in 3D using a .NET managed control and managed interfaces to Direct3D. Microsoft subsequently referred to this product officially as "Live Search Maps", integrating it as part of its Live Search services.

On June 3, 2009, Microsoft officially rebranded Live Search Maps as Bing Maps, and the Virtual Earth platform as Bing Maps for Enterprise.

In 2010, Microsoft added an OpenStreetMap layer to Bing Maps. [4] From 2012, Nokia (formerly Navteq) powered many aspects of Bing Maps as an extension to its Windows Phone 7 partnership with Microsoft, including mapping data, geocoding, traffic data and navigation. [5] [6] [7]

Updates

Imagery updates

Bing maps frequently update and expand the geographic areas covered by their imagery, with new updates being released on roughly a monthly basis. Each imagery release typically contains more than 10TB of imagery.

However, the necessary time-lapse before images are updated means that aerial and Bird's-Eye images for a particular location can sometimes be several years out-of-date. This is particularly noticeable in locations that have undergone rapid recent development or experienced other dramatic changes since the imagery was taken, such as areas affected by natural disasters.

Features

Street maps

Users can browse and search topographically-shaded street maps for many cities worldwide. Maps include certain points of interest built in, such as metro stations, stadiums, hospitals, and other facilities. It is also possible to browse public user-created points of interest. Searches can cover public collections, businesses or types of business, locations, or people. Five street map views are available: Road View, Aerial View, Bird's Eye View, Street Side View, and 3D View.

Road view

Road view is the default map view and displays vector imagery of roads, buildings, and geography. The data from which the default road map is rendered is licensed from Navteq. In certain parts of the world, road view maps from alternative data providers are also available. For example, when viewing a map of London, the user may see road data from the Collins Bartholomew London Street Map. In all parts of the UK, road data from the Ordnance Survey can also be displayed. A Bing Maps app is available that will display road data from OpenStreetMap. [8]

Aerial view

Aerial view overlays satellite imagery onto the map and highlights roads and major landmarks for easy identification amongst the satellite images. Since end of November 2010, OpenStreetMap mappers have been able to use imagery of Bing Aerial as a map background. [9]
At the end of January 2012, both Bing Aerial and Birds Eye View imagery at military bases in Germany became blurred. This was on request of the German government obviously using data of OpenStreetMap. [10]

Bird's-eye view

Bird's-eye view displays aerial imagery captured from low-flying aircraft. Unlike the top-down aerial view captured by satellite, Bird's-eye images are taken at an oblique 45-degree angle, showing the sides and roofs of buildings giving better depth perception for geography. With Bird's Eye views, many details such as signs, advertisements and pedestrians are clearly visible. Microsoft has occasionally removed Bird's Eye view from areas where it was previously available.[ citation needed ]

Streetside

Bing Maps showing Streetside's view near the Palace of Westminster Bing Maps Streetside.png
Bing Maps showing Streetside's view near the Palace of Westminster
Bing Maps Streetside car with cameras on the roof Bing Maps Streetside Car.jpg
Bing Maps Streetside car with cameras on the roof
Streetside provides 360-degree imagery of street-level scenes taken from special cameras mounted on moving vehicles. Launched in December 2009 [11] it contains imagery for selected metro areas in the United States as well as selected areas in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia associated with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games (example: Richmond Olympic Oval). Selected cities in Europe were also made available in May 2012. [12]
Between August and September 2011, German customers were allowed to appeal against integration of their house or flat in Bing Streetside. [13] According to some officials, the number of appeals was significantly lower than with Google Street View. [14] Only 40,000 requests were sent to Microsoft.
For OpenStreetMap editors, display of Streetside tracks and images can be enabled via a map data layer checkbox. [15]

Venue maps

Venue maps provides a way of seeing the layout of the venue. Currently, Bing Maps provides maps & level wise layouts of over 5300 venues across the world. [16]
The categories are: Airports, Amusement Parks, Buildings, Convention Centers, Hospitals, Malls, Museums, Parks, Racecourses, Racetracks, Resorts, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, Stadiums, Universities and Zoos.

3D maps

The 3D maps feature allows users to see the environment (e.g. buildings) in 3D, with the added ability to rotate and tilt the angle in addition to panning and zooming. To attempt to achieve near-photorealism, all 3D buildings are textured using composites of aerial photography. To view the 3D maps, users must install a plugin, then enable the "3D" option on "Bing Maps". In addition to exploring the maps using a mouse and keyboard, it is possible to navigate the 3D environment using an Xbox 360 controller or another game controller in Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.
More than 60 cities worldwide could be viewed in 3D, including most of the major cities in the United States and a few cities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. [17] Some additional cities have had a select few important landmarks modelled in 3D, such as the Colosseum in Rome. Terrain data is available for the entire world. It is also possible to use a 3D modelling program called 3DVIA Shape for Maps to add one's own models to the 3D map. Since 2014, new 3D imagery has been introduced to a number of new cities. [18] [19]

Driving, walking, and transit directions

Users can get directions between two or more locations. In September 2010, Bing Maps added public transit directions (bus, subway, and local rail) to its available direction options. [20] Currently transit directions are only available in 11 cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark Metro Area, New York Metro Area, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver BC, and Washington DC. It is also available in other countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Mexico and some others.

Map apps

Bing Map Apps is a collection of 1st and 3rd party applications that add additional functionality and content to Bing Maps. Examples of map apps include a parking finder, a taxi fare calculator, an app that maps out Facebook friends, and an app which lets users explore the day's newspaper front pages from around the world. These apps are only accessible through Bing Maps Silverlight. A source code is available on Microsoft Developer Network to explain integration of Maps in Web Applications. A sample ongoing project on locating Blood Donors on Maps is available here. [21]

Traffic information and ClearFlow

Bing Maps shows users current traffic information for major highways and roads. The feature uses 4 color codes (black, red, yellow, green) to indicate traffic volume, from heaviest traffic to lightest traffic. Microsoft announced in March 2008 that it will release its latest software technology called "ClearFlow".[ needs update ] It is a Web-based service for traffic-based driving directions available on Bing.com in 72 cities across the U.S. [22] The tool took five years for Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence team to develop. ClearFlow provides real-time traffic data to help drivers avoid traffic congestion. ClearFlow gives information for alternative routes and supplies traffic conditions on city streets adjacent to highways. [23] Clearflow anticipates traffic patterns, while taking into account sporting/arena events, time of day and weather conditions, and then reflects the back ups and their consequential spill over onto city streets. Often, ClearFlow found it may be faster to stay on the highway instead of seeking alternative side street routes, which involve traffic lights and congestion as well. [24]

Sharing and embedding maps

Bing Maps allows users to share maps and embed maps into their websites. By clicking the e-mail icon in the bottom-left corner of Bing Maps, a window will open that displays a shareable URL so others can access the map currently being viewed. This window also provides HTML code to embed a small version of the map onto any web page.

Design

In August 2010, Bing Maps launched an overhauled design for its default view. The new colors create a more visually appealing backdrop for information delivery that helps content ‘pop’ on the map. The backdrop provides clear differentiation for pushpins, labels and red, yellow and green traffic overlays. These design principles also works well in black and white and creates differentiation for those with the most common forms of color blindness. Also, larger fonts correspond to larger roads to help customers more easily identify main roads in cities. More readable labels eliminate the need for bolding and less-attractive glows. The inclusion of neighborhood labels allows users to quickly find or convey locations in a commonly used and highly relevant format.

Other features

The search box at the top of Bing Maps can be used to locate places, businesses and landmarks, and people. Search results appear both on a left-side rail and as pushpins on the map (linked together by numbers). Search results often include addresses, contact information, and reviews for businesses and landmarks. For relevant searches, the user will also see a description of the landmark or place (powered by Wikipedia) if a Wikipedia article exists. The search process can also be guided using local directories for numerous categories (restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions, retail stores, etc.).

User contributions

Bing Maps users can also view and add "user contributed" entries to the map. These user-contributions must be toggled on by users. Such items can include businesses, landmarks, buildings, and locations. Users can browse user-contributions by tags and subscribe to RSS feeds to receive updates of new user-contributions to a specific area.

Dynamic labels

In August 2010, Bing Maps added dynamic labels to its Silverlight experience (bing.com/maps/explore). Turn on the dynamic labels beta from the map style selector on bing.com/maps/explore and the labels become clickable. This allows users to quickly zoom down to a region or location anywhere on the map with just a few clicks. Zooming back out in a single click is also possible by using the ‘breadcrumb’ trail at the top left of the map.

AJAX and Silverlight versions

Bing Maps has two separate versions for users: an AJAX version (located at Bing.com/Maps) and an opt-in Silverlight version (located at Bing.com/Maps/Explore—not available anymore) that requires Microsoft Silverlight to be installed. The Silverlight version is positioned to offer richer, more dynamic features and a smoother experience. In November 2010, the AJAX and Silverlight versions were combined into a semi-hybrid site where Silverlight features such as Map Apps and Streetside could be enabled through the Bing.com/Maps site - these features still required Silverlight to be installed, but does not require use of a separate Bing Maps site.

The AJAX and Silverlight site share the following features: Road View, Aerial View, Bird's-Eye View, Sharing Maps, People/Business/Location Search, Building Footprints, Driving Directions, Walking Directions.

Silverlight users exclusively can use Map Apps, StreetSide View, Photosynths, and Dynamic Labels.

Map apps

Access

Bing Map Apps are accessed either through the "Map Apps" button in the Bing Maps Explore Bar or through direct perma-links. The Map Apps button is only viewable if the user is in the Bing Maps Silverlight experience or in Windows 8.

Bing map apps

There are a number of map apps that are developed/published by Bing, as indicated by the publisher above the map app's name in the app gallery. The following are a list of 1st party apps:

2010 Tour de France: Shows Tour de France segments and resultsBing Health Maps: Displays various health statistic heat maps for the USBing Maps World Tour – Explore new imagery for Bing Maps
Businesses by Category: Displays businesses by various categories (Shopping, Food, Travel, etc.)Coin Search: A game to find hidden coins in StreetSide imageryCurrent Traffic: See traffic levels for major highways and roads
Distance Calculator: Calculate the distance between 2 points in Miles or KilometersEducation Map: See local opportunities to volunteer and mentor kidsFood Cart Finder: Find the best food carts to eat at in Portland, OR
foursquare Everysquare: Integrates foursquare checkins and badges to Bing MapsHaiti Earthquake: View before and after photos of HaitiHome Turf Finder: Find places to watch the World Cup based on country
Hotel Finder: Find and learn about hotelsLocal Events: Learn about local upcoming eventsLocal Lens: Keep up to date with hyperlocal information
StreetSide Photos: Explore cities and landmarks at the StreetSide level using geo-tagged Flickr imagesTeach Here: Search for local teaching job opportunitiesTwitter Maps: See real-time updates from geo-tagged tweets
What's Nearby: See what's in the neighborhood (restaurants, bars, movie theatres, shopping, etc.)World Cup: Check the latest information on the World Cup WorldWide Telescope: Explore the skies and universe
My Friends: Map out Facebook friendsOpenStreetMap: Change the base map to OpenStreetMap

Third-party apps

Bing Map Apps also allows third parties to create and submit map apps. The following are a list of 3rd party map apps:

Destination Maps: Create a custom map to a party or placeEveryscape Eats!: Explore 360 degree views of restaurantsGas Prices: See gas prices for nearby gas stations
GeoSalesTax: View a heat map of sales tax rates in the USGlobal Action Atlas: View ongoing global efforts to help people in need and help the environmentDonorsChoose.org: See micro-donation opportunities to help classrooms in need
Oodle Rentals: Find places to rent housingParkingFinder: Find parking and get parking rates in major citiesRandom Location: Jump to a random location on the map
Ricky's Data Viewer: Import shape files and GSS files to view on Bing MapsRoadside Sculptures: See sculptures found on US highwaysRoadside Attractions: Learn about attractions found along US highways
Seattle Issues: Shows SeeClickFix civil issues in the Seattle areaSigns & Billboards: Unique and noteworthy signs and billboardsTaxi Fare Calculator: Estimate taxi care costs
Today's Front Pages: View the front pages of newspapers from around the globeTrafficLand: See traffic cameras across the USTravel Webcams: View webcam feeds at global attractions
Urban Graffiti: Images of graffiti from citiesUrban Murals Wall paintings from urban corridorsWcities Events: Find local events
WCities Places Nearby: Find nearby hotels, attractions, venues, and restaurantsWeather: See weather conditions and forecastsWiki Explorer: Explore the 50 most recent entries to Wiki Places
World of Football: See scores of top European soccer teams

Map coverage

Global Ortho Program

In July 2010, Microsoft and DigitalGlobe, a leading global content provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, announced the collection of the first imagery from the company's Advanced Ortho Aerial Program. Through a special agreement with Microsoft, the Advanced Ortho Aerial Program will provide wall-to-wall 30 cm aerial coverage of the contiguous United States and Western Europe that DigitalGlobe has the exclusive rights to distribute beyond Bing Maps. The program's first orthophoto mosaics are of Augusta, GA, San Diego, CA and Tampa, FL, and can be viewed on DigitalGlobe's website.

Americas

CountryNavteq CoverageBird's EyeMap POIs
United StatesFullYesYes
BahamasFullNoYes
CanadaFullYesYes
Cayman IslandsFullNoYes
MexicoFullNoYes
Puerto RicoFullNoYes
Virgin IslandsFullNoYes
ArgentinaFullNoYes
BrazilFullNoYes
ChileFullNoYes
ColombiaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
French GuianaFullNoNo
GuadeloupeFullNoNo
MartiniqueFullNoNo
Saint BarthelemyFullNoNo
VenezuelaFullNoYes
AnguillaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Antigua and BarbudaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ArubaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BarbadosLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BelizeLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BermudaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BoliviaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Costa RicaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CubaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
DominicaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Dominican RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
EcuadorLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
El SalvadorLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)LimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GreenlandLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GrenadaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GuatemalaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GuyanaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
HaitiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
HondurasLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
JamaicaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MontserratLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Netherlands AntillesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NicaraguaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PanamaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ParaguayLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PeruLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Saint Kitts and NevisLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Saint LuciaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Saint Vincent and The GrenadinesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
St. Pierre and MiquelonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SurinameLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Trinidad and TobagoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Turks and Caicos IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UruguayLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs

Africa

CountryNavteq CoverageBird's EyeMap POIs
AlgeriaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AngolaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BotswanaFullNoYes
BeninLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Burkina FasoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BurundiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CameroonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Cape VerdeLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Central African RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ChadLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ComorosLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CongoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Côte d'IvoireLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
DjiboutiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Equatorial GuineaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
EritreaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
EswatiniFullNoYes
EthiopiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GabonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GambiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GhanaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MoroccoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Guinea-BissauLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
KenyaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
LiberiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Libyan Arab JamahiriyaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
LesothoFullNoYes
NamibiaFullNoYes
MadagascarLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MalawiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MaliLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MauritaniaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MauritiusLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MayotteLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MozambiqueLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NigerLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NigeriaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
RwandaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
São Tomé and PríncipeLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SenegalLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SeychellesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Sierra LeoneLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SomaliaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
South AfricaFullNoYes
St. HelenaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SudanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Tanzania, United Republic ofLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TogoLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TunisiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UgandaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Western SaharaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ZambiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ZimbabweLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs

Europe

CountryNavteq CoverageBird's EyeMap POIs
AndorraFullNoYes
AustriaFullYesYes
BelgiumFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CroatiaFullNoYes
Czech RepublicFullNoYes
DenmarkFullYesYes
EstoniaFullYesYes
FinlandFullYesYes
FranceFullYesYes
GermanyFullYesYes
GibraltarFullNoYes
GreeceFullYesYes
GuernseyFullNoYes
HungaryFullNoYes
IrelandFullYesYes
Isle of ManFullNoYes
ItalyFullYesYes
JerseyFullNoYes
LatviaFullYesYes
LiechtensteinFullNoYes
LithuaniaFullYesYes
LuxembourgFullYesYes
MonacoFullYesYes
NetherlandsFullYesYes
NorwayFullYesYes
PolandFullYesYes
PortugalFullYesYes
Russian FederationFullNoYes
San MarinoFullYesYes
SlovakiaFullNoYes
SloveniaFullNoYes
SpainFullYesYes
SwedenFullYesYes
SwitzerlandFullYesYes
TurkeyFullNoYes
United KingdomFullNoYes
Vatican City StateFullYesYes
AlbaniaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BelarusFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Bosnia and HerzegowinaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BulgariaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
IcelandFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
North MacedoniaFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Moldova, Republic ofFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MontenegroFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
RomaniaFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SerbiaFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AzerbaijanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Faroe IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GeorgiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ArmeniaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CyprusLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MaltaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Svalbard and Jan Mayen IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UkraineLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs

Asia / Oceania

CountryNavteq CoverageBird's EyeMap POIs
BruneiFullNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
JapanFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AfghanistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
American SamoaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BangladeshLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
BhutanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
CambodiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
ChinaLimitedNoNo
Cook IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
FijiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
French PolynesiaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
GuamLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
KiribatiLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
KyrgyzstanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Lao People's Democratic RepublicLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MaldivesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Marshall IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Micronesia, Federated States ofLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MongoliaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
MyanmarLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NauruLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NepalLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
New CaledoniaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
NiueLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Norfolk IslandLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
North KoreaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Northern Mariana IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PakistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PalauLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Papua New GuineaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
PhilippinesLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Solomon IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
South KoreaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Sri LankaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TajikistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Timor-LesteLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TongaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TurkmenistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
TuvaluLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
UzbekistanLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
VanuatuLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
VietnamLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Wallis and Futuna IslandsLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
AustraliaFullYesNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
Hong KongLimitedNoYes
IndiaFullYesYes
IndonesiaLimitedNoYes
MacauLimitedNoYes
MalaysiaLimitedNoYes
New ZealandLimitedNoYes
SingaporeLimitedNoYes
TaiwanLimitedNoYes
ThailandLimitedNoYes

Middle East

CountryNavteq CoverageBird's EyeMap POIs
BahrainFullNoYes
KuwaitFullNoYes
OmanFullNoYes
QatarFullNoYes
Saudi ArabiaFullNoYes
United Arab EmiratesFullNoYes
IranLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
IraqLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
IsraelLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
LebanonLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
SyriaLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
YemenLimitedNoNamed Places & Transportation Hubs
JordanFullNoNo
ReunionFullNoNo
EgyptLimitedNoNo

Compatibility

Microsoft states that Bing Maps needs the following environment: [25]

Compatible browsers include Windows Internet Explorer 6 or later, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later, or Safari 3.1 or later. [26] Opera is stated to be usable "with some functionality limitations". [27] Users of browsers that are not considered compatible, as well as users of versions of compatible browsers that are not supported, will be directed away from viewing the map without an error message.

The 3D Maps viewer plug-in requires Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 6/7/8 or Firefox 1.5/2.0/3.0. [28]

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Google Maps Navigation is a mobile application developed by Google for the Android and iOS operating systems that was later integrated into the Google Maps mobile app. The application uses an Internet connection to a GPS navigation system to provide turn-by-turn voice-guided instructions on how to arrive at a given destination. The application requires connection to Internet data and normally uses a GPS satellite connection to determine its location. A user can enter a destination into the application, which will plot a path to it. The app displays the user's progress along the route and issues instructions for each turn.

Microsoft mobile services are a set of proprietary mobile services created specifically for mobile devices, they are typically offered through mobile applications and mobile browser for Windows Phone, | platforms, BREW, and Java. Microsoft's mobile services are typically connected with a Microsoft account and often come preinstalled on Microsoft's own mobile operating systems while they are offered via various means for other platforms. Microsoft started to develop for mobile computing platforms with the launch of Windows CE in 1996 and later added Microsoft's Pocket Office suite to their Handheld PC line of PDAs in April 2000. From December 2014 to June 2015, Microsoft made a number of corporate acquisitions, buying several of the top applications listed in Google Play and the App Store including Acompli, Sunrise Calendar, Datazen, Wunderlist, Echo Notification Lockscreen, and MileIQ.

Here WeGo Web mapping and navigation service

HERE WeGo is a web mapping and navigation service, operated by Here Technologies. Originally developed by Nokia as HERE Maps, the mapping software application was first released for Windows Phone and the World Wide Web in 2013 as a revamped version of Nokia Maps. The Here Maps application was then released for the Android platform on 10 December 2014 and later for iOS on 11 March 2015, and the name was changed to Here WeGo in July 2016. It is also the default maps service provider for the Amazon Fire tablets and smartphone.

Windows Maps

Windows Maps, and its predecessor Maps, are web mapping client software for the Bing Maps service. The Maps app is included with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, while Windows Maps is included with Windows 10 and is available for Xbox One.

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