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  • Blog Post: Migrating “My Map” from Google to Bing

    Many users have asked about migrating their data to Bing Maps from Google Maps, after recent changes to the Google “My Map” feature. In this blog post, we show available solutions in Bing Maps. Getting your data out of Google “My Places” To get started, you can find your “My Map” data on Google here...
  • Blog Post: Recap: Bing Maps at //Build/ 2015

    First off we would like to say thanks to those who attended the Bing Maps sessions during //Build/ 2015 in person or online. We would also like to say thanks to those who came by the Bing booth and to ask us questions or to just try out the our new 3D maps on a Microsoft Perceptive Pixel device (large...
  • Blog Post: Adding Opacity and WMS support to tile layers in WP8.1 Maps

    The maps in WP8 did not support adding an opacity to a tile layer. The only way around this was to set the opacity in your tiles or to use a proxy service and change the opacity of the tiles on the fly. With WP8.1 a new map API was released which is available through the Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls.Maps...
  • Blog Post: Join the Bing Maps team at //Build/ 2015

    Microsoft //Build/ 2015 is taking place in San Francisco from April 29th to May 1st. If you are attending the //Build/ conference in person come meet the Bing Maps team at the Bing Booth or attend one of our sessions. If you weren’t able to get your ticket to the conference you can still watch the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Let the madness begin on Bing Maps

    March Madness kicks off this week with the first round of games starting in a few days. Along with Bing’s bracket builder , the Bing Maps team is excited to share new imagery of the stadiums that will host both the NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s games across the US. In this blog post we will see how...
  • Blog Post: Accessing the Bing Maps REST services from various JavaScript frameworks

    On the Bing Maps forums I often come across developers who have difficulty accessing the Bing Maps REST services using different JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery and AngularJS. One common point of confusion is that passing in a REST service request URL into the address bar of a browser works, but...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Bing Maps with Salesforce.com

    Recently I had a customer ask how to add Bing Maps to their Salesforce.com solution. I regularly work with developers who are integrating Bing Maps into Microsoft Dynamic CRM, but this was the first request I’ve had for Salesforce.com in a while. In this blog post we are going to see just how easy it...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing point-based Business Intelligence data on Bing Maps

    It is often said that upwards of 80% of business data has some sort of location based context to it. In recently years many companies have learnt the value of unlocking this data and making use of it to make better business decisions. Many companies use Bing Maps to make better sense of their business...
  • Blog Post: How to create bounded tile layers in Bing Maps (JavaScript)

    Tile layers are a great way to visualize a lot of data on a map and still have good performance. Depending on the type of data you are displaying as a tile layer, you may find that it is localized to a small part of the world. If this is the case then you will want to limit the loading of tiles in your...
  • Blog Post: How to add custom auto complete functionality to your map app

    More and more developers want to add auto complete to their map applications, and for good reason. It’s convenient for users and can help make your map application a user-friendly delight. In this blog post I will show you how to use Bing Spatial Data Services to create custom auto complete functionality...
  • Blog Post: Correctly anchoring pushpins to the map

    I regularly come across developers who run into issue that when they zoom the map in and out the pushpin appears to drift to and from the coordinate in which is meant to represent. The reason for this is that most of the time the information for how to offset the pushpin relative to the coordinate is...
  • Blog Post: Part 2 – Bring your maps to life: Creating animations with Bing Maps (.NET)

    In a recent blog post , you saw how to use JavaScript and CSS3 to create custom animations. Now you’ll see how to create the same custom animations for a Windows Store app using .NET.  You are in luck, as all of these animations can be used with the Bing Maps WPF control as well with just a few...
  • Blog Post: The Art of IntelliSense: Three ways to use IntelliSense with Bing Maps APIs

    Do you find that you spend more time digging through documentation trying to figure out what properties do rather than spending time building great apps? IntelliSense can help. A few weeks ago, someone asked me if there was any IntelliSense support for Bing Maps. I vaguely remembered there being an...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Use of Maps in Universal Apps

    Universal Apps are a pretty hot topic in the world of Windows app development. Universal apps allow you to build an app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 while, at the same time allowing you to share code, user controls, styles, strings, and other assets between the two projects in Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: How to Launch Maps in a Universal App

    At the Microsoft //Build/ Conference last April, the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK (WP8.1) was released as a preview. With the release of this SDK one of the new templates added to Visual Studios now allows you to create universal apps. Universals apps allow you to build an app for Windows and Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: How to Save and Share Map Screenshots in Windows Store Apps (.NET)

    A while ago I wrote a blog post on How to Share Maps Using the Search Charm in Windows Store Apps . In that blog post we made use of the Bing Maps REST Imagery service to generate a static image of the map that we could share in an email. This method has a couple of limitations. The first is that you...
  • Blog Post: Visualize Large Complex Data with Local Tile Layers in Bing Maps Windows Store Apps (C#)

    Tile Layers are a creative way to visualize large complex data. By visualizing data as an image the map control only needs to reposition a set of images rather than every single data point of the data. This greatly improves performance and often reduces the amount of data the user will have to download...
  • Blog Post: Image Overlays with Bing Maps (Native)

    A while back I wrote a blog posts called Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript). In this blog post we saw a couple of different ways to overlay an image on the map and bind it to a bounding box such that it stays correctly positioned when panned and scales as you zoom the map. In this blog post we...
  • Blog Post: How to Create a Customer Ranked Auto Suggest with Bing Maps and Azure Mobile Services

    From time to time I come across developers who want to have an auto suggest search box to use with their map. Your first thought might be to simply use the Bing Maps geocoding services to do this, however this often ends up generating a large number of transactions. If you are using Bing Maps under the...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Custom Shapes in Windows Store Apps (C#)

    In the Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps there are five main types of data that you can add to the map: Pushpin, MapPolyline, MapPolygon, MapTileLayer, and UIElements. UIElements can be added to the map just like pushpins and are a great way to create custom shapes to the map. The main shapes we will...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook: Location Intelligence for Windows Store apps

    I am happy to announce the release of my  book “Location Intelligence for Windows Store Apps”. This is available as a free eBook. Yes I said “free”, as in “Free beer”. Location Intelligence has been one of the fastest growing industries in recent years and continues to grow at an exponential rate...
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